Pondicherry is best known as the former capital of France's India colony - a Gallic enclave of whitewashed 18th century homes with walled gardens and bougainvillea.
The beachside French quarter of the ‘Ville Blanche' is full of clean and clear streets, a stark contrast to the bustling Indian market town across the canal.
Many visitors are drawn to the city's renowned Auroville ashram.
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This luxury tour introduces you to the flavour and spice of Southern India. Relax and observe whilst the delicate aromas of cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, turmeric and curry leaves perfume the air.
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This historic chateau in the heart of Pondicherry is a striking monument to French colonial rule in this corner of India – an area they ruled for almost three centuries. A seductive fusion of the chic and heady, the Palais de Mahe is one of India's most distinctive eco-hotels, its historical charm …
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