Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Ayesha Kapur’s guide to Auroville & Puducherry as a local: Shopping and activities

It is important to note that Auroville is a unique location. It can be a difficult place to understand and get a true sense of, especially as a tourist visiting for the first time and without a local showing you around. A lot of people clump Auroville along with Puducherry, but these two places are actually extremely unique not just in terms of geography but also in terms of vibe, aesthetics, and history.

It is easier to get a sense of Puducherry than Auroville, since the former is state-run and doesn’t really have any restrictions towards visitors, with more information readily available online than Auroville. Both Pondy and Auroville have an excellent assortment of restaurants, stores, and interesting activities and attractions. In this article, as a local “child of Auroville” (which basically means, a local of Auroville), I will share some of my favourite things to do in both Auroville and Puducherry.

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Activities | Auroville

There’s actually a lot of things that one can do in Auroville. A lot of times, people come here thinking that all they can do is visit the Matrimandir (the famous meditation chamber) and the Visitors Centre. I do highly recommend doing those two things, but I’ll also lay out a few more options.

via Lonely Planet India

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