Pondicherry is the largest city in the Indian union territory, now known as Puducherry. It is affectionately known as Pondy.
Pondicherry is a popular tourist destination in South India visited by a lot of people both from within India and abroad. The city has many colonial buildings, churches, temples, and statues which combined with the systematic town planning and planned French style avenues. Puducherry is also popular for its eateries that cover a wide iety of cuisines ranging from French, Indian and Italian to Mexican, Thai and Chinese. Pondicherry is a centre to learn the art of yoga, meditation and spirituality. The city gives you the opportunity to explore a French town in India, which is an exciting endeavour in itself. Another highlight of this beautiful city is the beautiful beaches along the Bay of Bengal.
The Sri Aurobindo Ashram is one of the most important ashrams in India, founded by the renowned Freedom Fighter and spiritual philosopher Sri Aurobindo. Auroville City of Dawn is an "experimental" township located 8 km north-west of Pondicherry. It is meant to be a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony, above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities. Pondicherry has a colour for everyone.