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... this residence. You may be wondering what is so special about this government house. First, it was once the official residence of the French Governor. So the historical significance is there. And the Raj Nivas is a rare combination of Indian and French architecture, completed circa 1738.With time, however, the Raj Nivas has slowly established its Indian style with the courtyard on the ground floor of the house. The wooden pillars that surround the courtyard are ...
... and traffic.
When we finally arrive it makes sense. Palani is a pilgrimage town for Hindus. Away from the town and station two huge boulders sit on the plain just some 500 meters apart each with a temple on the summit. Hotels and a busy market surround the bases of the monoliths, servicing the steady flow of pilgrims. Our driver delivers us into the waiting arms of a guesthouse proprietor. The hotels are of an Indian standard and are therefore even less ...
Pondicherry, or Puducherry as it is now known, is in the old French Quarter of India. The French renounced their claim to these lands back in 1954, some 7 years after Independence from British Rule came into effect throughout the rest of the country. Francophillia is still in evidence everywhere though from the street names (Rue ...) to the gendarmerie style headdress worn by the police. They are not bad at pastries either.
Arriving by train at 0530 has its pros and cons. You ...
... we stepped closer towards, well, towards we didn’t quite know what to be honest. Then all of a sudden we emerged inside this huge, gigantic sphere, and only once inside did the size of the sphere really hit us, it was huge! Everything was white, pure white, floors, walkways, the structure itself was pure white, dazzling, cavernous and brilliant. Inside the domes chamber and in contrast to the gold on the outside, the chamber walls had clear red triangular patterns which lit ...
... of surviving another kilometer of road is its own reward.
The descent straight to hell awaited us when we arrived in Pondicherry after dark as we had a slightly lost driver and thus an unexpectedly extended scenic route from Chetinad. Take away being able to clearly see the traffic coming at us because vehicle lights are optional, the bicycles don't have reflectors, never mind rear lights and light reflective strips don't feature at ...