Solo tripping in Auroville

Tripoto
1st Dec 2014

The Yogi Life

Photo of Solo tripping in Auroville by andrea.pinto92

The Matrimandir in all its glory!

Photo of Solo tripping in Auroville by andrea.pinto92

Inquisitive little horse

Photo of Solo tripping in Auroville by andrea.pinto92

My reception party at Gaia Guest House

Photo of Solo tripping in Auroville by andrea.pinto92

Food food food!

Photo of Solo tripping in Auroville by andrea.pinto92

Some equi love at Red Earth!

Photo of Solo tripping in Auroville by andrea.pinto92
Photo of Solo tripping in Auroville by andrea.pinto92

Bikes can be unreliable - take a horse

Photo of Solo tripping in Auroville by andrea.pinto92

I felt all of these three things when I set out on my first solo adventure to Auroville: Excitement. Amazement. Pure, cold blooded fear. I had never eaten lunch on my own how was I supposed to survive a ten day journey on my own? In a city that didn’t even speak a language I understood. So I cleared my head and did the only thing it made sense doing. I boarded the plane. And didn’t look back.

The universe I realized works in funny ways. It helps you when you’re struggling. It gives you little wings of hope and bursts of inspiration just when you need it.

You know how people say everything happens for a reason? So my flight was delayed at the Pune Airport by about three hours because of fog. (Which meant I had a whole three hours to say “Andrea it’s a sign, get off the plane! This is your last chance!”) But because of that a friend managed to pick me up from the airport who otherwise wouldn’t have been able to. And so I found myself being escorted to the Chennai bus stop where I got onto one of the local non AC (look at me, being adventurous) buses to take me to Pondicherry where I would spend a day before heading to Auroville.

So, my big green backpack, my packet of gems and I set out on one of the most exhilarating, heart warming journeys of my life! 

There are a million more things I could rant on about my visit here but I must stop now. Auroville will always hold a soft place in my heart for being the place which gave me the courage to have faith in people and taught me to trust my instincts no matter what.

All is not lost in the world when there is an Aurovillian to show you the way! 

I stayed at Gaia Garden Guest House, a little away from the centre of Auroville but located in a beautiful garden with large clean rooms which open out into intricately designed flower beds. One of the main reasons I loved this place so much was because I was greeted by two gorgeous Alsatians and a sweet old Great Dane every time I left my room. Watch out for the old grumpy cat as well who sat by me one night as I lay on the veranda watching the stars.
Photo of Gaia Garden Guest House by andrea.pinto92
For the slightly adventurous, head over to Red Earth Riding School (R.E.R.S) and explore Auroville on horseback! A great way to spend your mornings and suitable for riders of all levels. Set in the outskirts of Auroville, this is a sanctuary for happy riders to spend time quality time with some great horses and fantastic trainers! Be warned, a hyperactive Labrador and a few Boxers might pounce on you without warning :)
Photo of Red Earth Riding School by andrea.pinto92
Photo of Red Earth Riding School by andrea.pinto92
Photo of Red Earth Riding School by andrea.pinto92
Cheese, cheese, so much cheese! All bacon lovers and pizza addicts MUST visit!
This place is surreal and the interiors are spectacular! Perfect for the soul searcher, happy wanderer.
Photo of Matrimandir, Auroville, Bommayapalayam, Tamil Nadu, India by andrea.pinto92
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