Pondicherry is one of the most beautiful destinations in India- full of history, character! Here’s a complete guide for planning 2 day trip to Pondicherry.

Pondicherry is one of my favorite travel destinations in India, so it comes as no surprise that my first post on Indian travel is about Pondicherry and Auroville. Although what surprises me is the number of people I meet, both Indian and non-Indian, who haven’t yet visited there. Pondicherry is like 3-4 hours away from Chennai. So you should visit if you’re around and have a weekend to spare, because I’m laying out the whole plan here for you for a 2 day trip to Pondicherry!

So hopefully, after reading this article, you’ll be inspired to plan your trip as soon as you get a chance, if not right now!!

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Why You Should Visit

Pondicherry is the only popular place that has lots of French elements since the colonial rule by the French, you’ll find French people, cuisine, restaurants, architecture, and even the street names are French here. Other than this unique culture and history, the city is marvellously beautiful – a small town with a laidback attitude, and is right next door to Auroville, the new town made for meditation and spirituality, where travellers come to find peace. Also: plenty places to rent a bike or motorbike!

When to Visit

The best time to visit is Winter and Spring, from November to March, when it won’t be too hot there. Plus, less mosquitoes (in summer and monsoon you’ll find plenty insects and mosquitoes owing to the high amount of greenery everywhere)!

Where to Stay

Pondicherry and Auroville are both amazing places to stay in.  If you’re going for a 2 day trip to Pondicherry, I recommend finding a guest house in Auroville. You can visit their official website to search for guest houses according to location and category.

Find a nice guest house that’s rated either C-good or D-self contained. Some of these have kitchenettes so you can cook there. The best location would be either near Matrimandir, which is in the center of the town, or closer to the main highway. Two of the places I’ve stayed in and recommend are Auromode, which was near Matrimandir, had nice breakfast and big rooms, and Guest House at New Creation, which is near Tanto, the popular restaurant, and had a beautiful big site with lotus ponds and tiny cottages to stay in.

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Shilpa Ahuja a designer, entrepreneur and fashion blogger. She is the editor-in-chief of ShilpaAhuja.com, which she founded with the goal of inspiring confidence in the modern working woman through fashion. Fashion has traditionally been for the rich, white, thin woman. That's how it evolved over centuries and that's how it's been represented in fashion media. But Shilpa believes that with the changing role of women in the society, fashion has changed, too. She believes that fashion is for everyone, regardless of their age, gender, color, body type and background. So she translates runway fashion into easy style advice that one can incorporate into their daily lives. Shilpa's work has been published in the University of Fashion blog and Jet Airways magazine. She is also an artist, illustrator and cartoonist. She is also the creator of Audrey O., a comic series that represents the lifestyle of millennial women. She enjoys creative writing and world travel. Her art has been exhibited at Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Aroma Hotel, Chandigarh and been published in Chandigarh Times. Originally from Chandigarh, Shilpa also has a professional degree in architecture and has worked in interior project management. She is also the author of the book "Designing a Chinese Cultural Center in India". Shilpa has a Masters in Design Studies degree from Harvard University. For feedback and questions, please email contact@shilpaahuja.com

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