Pondicherry (Puducherry) came into the spotlight due to the arrival of the French on 4 February 1673. On this sightseeing tour, we take you around the ‘Paris of the East’ where you can witness the influence of its French history even today. Places included in the sightseeing are Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry Museum, Promenade, Statue of Joseph François Dupleix and more...
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Pondicherry, as we know now, became wide known on the arrival of the French on the 4 February 1673. 20 years after in 1643, the town became the property of the Dutch before belonging to France in 1699 with the" traité de Ryswick". François Martin who was appointed Administrator following the "traité of Ryswick” restored stability to Pondicherry and developed the town. Dumas that succeeded him followed the principles created by François Martin. Sightseeing of Pondicherry which traces its origin to Saint Gasthya, the revered sage of the South. Excavations near Pondicherry reveal that a Roman settlement existed here 2000 years ago. It was also the theatre of many a battle between the British and the French and was the capital of French India before it attained its independence. Visit Aurobindo Ashram, an 'Ashram' for peace and harmonious living, founded by saint-philosopher Sir Aurobindo. 0900 hrs pick from hotel visit Sri Aurobindo Ashram / Visit Manakula Vinayakar Temple later on drive through old French town and beach side. During the tour experience a Cycle Rickshaw ride in streets of the Pondicherry and explore.
Sri Aurobindo Ashram
The Sri Aurobindo Ashram is a Hindu spiritual community (ashram) located in Pondicherry, in the Indian territory of Puducherry. The ashram grew out of a small community of disciples who had gathered around Sri Aurobindo after he retired from politics and settled in Pondicherry in 1910. On 24 November 1926, after a major spiritual realization, Sri Aurobindo withdrew from public view in order to continue his spiritual work. At this time he handed over the full responsibility for the inner and outer lives of the sadhaks (spiritual aspirants) and the ashram to his spiritual collaborator, "the Mother", earlier known as Mirra Alfassa. This date is therefore generally known as the founding-day of the ashram, though, as Sri Aurobindo himself wrote, it had “less been created than grown around him as its centre.”
Statue of Joseph François Dupleix
Joseph Marquis Dupleix (23 January 1697 – 10 November 1763) was Governor-General of French India and rival of Robert Clive. Dupleix left Puducherry in 1754, French recognition of his contribution came only in 1870, with the commissioning of two statues-one in Puducherry and the other in France. It is now situated in Goubert Avenue at the end of Rock Beach. It was first installed on 16 July 1870. In 1979 the statue was moved from its previous location to the current location at the beach. Dupleix is represented as a man of commanding stature. In the large nose and massive under jaw, some resemblance may be traced to Oliver cromwell as commonly represented in his portraits. In the statue, Dupleix wears Court dress with bag wig and long riding boots; In his right hand is a plan of Puducherry, his left reposing on the hilt of his sword.
Manakula Vinayagar Temple
Manakula Vinayagar Temple is a Hindu temple in the Union Territory of Puducherry, India. Dedicated to the god Ganesa, it is a popular pilgrimage site and tourist destination in Puducherry. The temple is of considerable antiquity and predates French occupation of the territory. During the tenure of Dupleix, there were attempts to destroy the temple, but it was spared owing to strong protests from the Hindu population and the threat of British and Maratha invasion of the territory.
The Pondicherry Museum is an art and history museum located in Pondicherry, India. It is especially noted for its collection of fine lost wax bronzes form the period of the Chola Empire. The Museum's collection includes 81 Chola bronze sculptures, ranking as one of the largest collections of Chola bronzes. Artifacts from the archaeological dig at Arikamedu, a Yavana (Greek) trading port that existed just north of modern Pondicherry in the late first century BCE to the first and second centuries CE. Kindly note that Pondicherry museum is closed on Mondays and national holidays.
Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is situated on the south boulevard of Pondicherry in Puducherry. It is an oriental specimen of Gothic architecture. It contains rare stained glass panels depicting events from the life of Christ and saints of the Catholic Church. In recent years it has become one of the famous pilgrimage spots for Christians.
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The Pondicherry Museum is closed on Mondays and national holidays.
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