- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
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After the “ferry” ride back to central Pondicherry, we drove outside of the city to nearby Auroville. Auroville is a spiritual mecca where people from across the globe come to live, meditate, practice yoga, and visit the unique ...
... can see the Ray of light beaming down.
The Matrimandir is there for "those who want to learn to concentrate.." "No fixed meditations but you stay there in silence, in silence and concentration. It's a place for trying to find one's consciousness."
"The Mother" wanted a place where everybody would get something of their own to help with their growth. ...
... leisurely breakfast and then found our driver and made our way south for 170km to Auroville leaving Chennai behind. The car journey was a pretty smooth one, with a stop off for some drinks and a pee on the way, and for once an almost complete absence of the usual honk honk of the horns as the traffic mingles together at lightning fast speeds, nice one! Auroville is in a state called Tamil Nadu in the south of India, and it’s still amazing how much changes from state to state, ...
... great Indian food in some very nice restaurants and also found some nice shopping here.
U for Urine!
This was the smell that hit us whenever we walked down the street of our guesthouse on the Tamil side. While the French side looked beautiful and affluent we also saw poverty on the Tamil side, i.e. a soup kitchen, homeless people and buildings that in their day would have been stunning but now was disused and home to street ...
... but aside from that they don't have money within the community. They also make a point that Auroville 'belongs to no-one', it transcends nationality. It feels very much like the 'green fields' at Glastonbury. I'm sure there are problems and it's not for everyone but you can't blame them for giving something different a go. I order a Ice Chai tea and some Irish exchange students who have been working in Chennai I meet at the coffee shop say that the gold building at the centre ...