The Richmond, Puducherry
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service
- Wheelchair accessibility
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... the steps up to one of the temples. Crowds of pilgrims swarm around, wrapped in dhotis, shawls and saris of vivid colours; red, green, yellow and white. We are accosted by an excitable group who show us we must buy some camphor to light every ten steps or so as we ascend. They tell us the temple is due to close and we must hurry and grabbing the kids arms they set off at a quick pace. Amber and I wheeze along after them up the 500 or so steps pleased of the brief ...
... task because we quickly discovered that this intimate community has their own currency system. Auroville does not accept paper or coin currency, but rather payment must be made using an Aurocard. After being turned away multiple times because of our lack of acceptable currency, we finally found a small cafe that catered to both locals and visitors. For the first time since arriving in India, I did not feel out ...
... piles, with white towels for us to sit on, all organised with linear precision, on seating areas carved out of white marble and stone. Nice touch.
Once our socks were popped on, we walked up a few steps and from here we were now a level higher and could look up and down and see the entire chamber properly. In the centre of the chamber was a huge circular marble disc, standing about 15 feet high, the top of the disc not visible from the ground level to which we entered; and now ...
... that it was no collision at all and the drivers were all smiles and nodding heads. And even more surprisingly only one road kill, though the dog may have died from boredom since being a living chicane has little career progression.
Joy our stoic, steady and smiling driver does however again save us from the jaws of Hades and delivers us to a charming 'boutique' hotel a spit from the French district in Pondicherry, a seaside town on ...
...we missed out on visiting Kochi due to torrential rains, waded in ankle deep puddles around the city center to find a bus to the airport, failed and settled for a tuk tuk instead, after which we almost missed the fight to Chennai because the ride took nearly two hours ...we booked seats for ourselves on two separate flights to Calcutta staggered over a couple hours to save €€€ - here's to some adventure! ...we tasted chikka and pomegranate juice; now ...