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TravelPod Member ReviewsMaison Perumal Pondicherry
as with all CGH Earth sites this one excells in homely comforts and personal touches. Well appointed rooms are smaller than in most of the CGH Earth hotels but with lofty ceilings and simple furniture, tastefully chosen, the effect is spacious. Menus are a bit restricted but anything can be obtained just by asking. That goes for food, help, shopping, and local knowledge. We caught up on some late shopping, watched a festival, chatted about the virtues of Kerelan food versus Chettinad cuisine and came away feeling refreshed and ready for the world
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... it's no Hyde park, not exactly 'maintained' but peaceful all the same. We found some more temples and had a look at some of the local shops with the beautiful jewelry. Pundacherry was under French rule back in the day and it changed it's name from Pondicherry in 1996. There's some lovely French colonial buildings still in the French quater so many photos were taken! Back to the ashram to refresh and work out the next leg, which looks like it's ...
Today after a nice breakfast and a Skype date with Elle we caught the bus to Pondicherry. Again we were lucky enough to hop on an air conditioned coach for the 2 hour ride. Wow India I am impressed with your step up in transportation over the past three years. Spoiler alert: This was going to be the last coach ride of the trip, I think we just got really lucky! We arrived to Pondicherry in the early afternoon and immediately made ...
... as well as the kittens and puppies! India is turning me into this mad baby animal lady. None of the animals are neutered or spayed so there's heaps of puppies and kittens everywhere. Victor and Tom were staying at the Ashram hotel, which bizarrely has a curfew of 10pm. We wanted to have another beer after dinner, so they missed their curfew and we tried to find a bar to have a drink, but as it turns out Pondi kind of closes down 10.30/11ish. So whoops, they missed their ...
... ashram gardens - or perhaps it was meditating.
We walked on to the Grand Bazaar, in the Tamil Quarter, which had been described to us as "a place you go into and lose yourself for hours". I can only assume that this person meant that you are overpowered by the stench of the place, and fall over insensible for a few hours, as though asphyxiated. The stink was overwhelming. I was prepared to give it a shot for a little while, but Lyndsey's good ...
... that thats been said, I can move on.
We spent 16 1/2 hours on a bus from the border to Pokhara. Its up and down through the mountains and valleys, at high speeds, with seats that bounce back and forth back and forth. We were also unfortunate to get the back to seats. EVERY time there was a decent size bump, I would literally fly out of my seat. I obtained 2 big cuts on my head from a couple bumps. Eventually I tried tying myself to the seat but that just made the head ...