Pondicherry Heritage Walk – Ashram Walk
Pondicherry (Now also called “Puducherry’) is an erstwhile French Colony at 160 kms South of Chennai and now a renowned beach and heritage getaway. A walk around heritage bylanes could be an endearing experience for an experiential traveler.
Aurobindo Ashram since its establishment almost a century back has played a significant role in the socio-economic-spiritual fabric of Pondicherry. The ‘Ashram Walk’ covers the northern section of French Pondicherry, taking through many grand buildings of French lineage, including the Raj Nivas, French Institute. Also included in the walk are some shops that sell products manufactured by the different Ashram ancillaries.
Places that could be covered
* Ashram Office (starting point)
* Ashram Library
* French Consulate
* French Institute
* Ashram Playground
* Ashram Art House
* Le Foyer de Soldat – Legion half for soldiers who served in the different French wars.
Ashram and Samadhi
* Gloconde – Main residential quarters for the Ashramites.
Starting Point - Ashram Office (beach)
Walk ends at - Ashram Dining Room
Distance covered - 1 Km
Approximate time taken - 30 – 45 minutes
Seasonality: October To March