So, here’s finally the first travelling post from this nomad 😀 and Pondicherry/Puducherry it is.
This was one of those impromptu, have-to-be-there decision. I knew I had to unwind, lay back, and relax (not far from pretty much what I do all the time though). And what better place could I have gone than here.
Beautiful mesmerizing lanes, captivating serene beaches, spicy food to gorge on and sweet pastries in baker street to balance it out. Warm and welcoming locals who will in a very charming way try to help you out despite the language barriers and much more.
The first thing I did after landing in Pondy was to reach the place I was staying at (of course :P) and headed over to the terrace for a quick view:
The first view before I looked beyond the terrace.
A random click as I descended the stairs.
After such a good start, I headed in straight for the alluring White town/French quarters and biked my way around the quarters losing myself in a loop.
When few doors are closed, you simply fall in love.
Colorful white town
I could walk around here entire day without knowing.
I stopped over at Rocky beach that’s more beautiful in the night. Few captures:
The rocky beach
Do visit this beach at night!
Just one more capture 😀
The best thing you will love about Pondy is how easily and quickly you can get to anywhere in minutes. May be, that’s why the life in Pondy isn’t racing around or so I felt. I then continued to Vinaynagar temple in the long queue and then in the spiritual flow lazed in Aurobindo ashram. For a restless soul like me, meditating would not be the right term but then I felt part of the beatific silence and the ambience of the place. To find a place where you could appreciate silence. Bliss.
This is the roof top right before the entrance.
The day had already gone by before I noticed. I never follow plans. Never run into slot timings. And I wasn’t definitely doing that here. In the late evening instead of hitting the popular places, I strolled in the narrow lanes. Played with kids sitting, covering half of the lane. I am not sure if aunties around were comfortable with me joining those kids circle and almost blocking the lane now. I soon learnt that I was miserable at their game 😀 It was quite a fun though. One of the best moments I spent there. Right in the very lane, there was a small temple that I had to bend (half my height) to enter and I sat for some time conversing (in different languages here too) with the jubilant pandit who wore a cherubic smile throughout.
A beautiful day. I gulped down few drinks and hit the bed 😉
The next day, after a complete south breakfast, I reached this church right in the city. A hub of beauties right next to each other and I truthfully was swaying in the rhythm of poetic Pondy.
Few more clicks
These clicks are from The Basilica Of The Sacred Heart of Jesus
I spent an hour or so at the church and you now know why. Or may be more. I am not sure. I felt at ease there like at almost all the places in Pondy. I was at times the excited kid hopping around, then lost in solitude right next moment with the endless beauty that pondy had to offer.
I am heading over to the beaches and though I would love to write about it right away but then I don’t want to make the post (the first one) too picture heavy, so more about beaches and the rest of the day which has a lil more of the journey in Pondy 🙂
(P.S. The idea of travel post isn’t to document the travel rather the feel of being there. Do spend more than two day each in Pondy and Auroville if you are heading there. I am a novice photographer, a nomad who’s starting to step out to places. So, please be kind 😉 and I look forward to feedback 🙂 )