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: South Asia
: Southern India
: Pondicherry (union territory)
Pondicherry is a union territory in Southern India. It consists of a number of so-called pockets in three different states:
All the territories of Pondicherry were under French occupation before they were peacefully handed over back to India.
Tamil is the official language. French and English is understood and spoken by the educated elite.
The territory consists of enclaves isolated from one another, so "getting around" is somewhat indistinguishable from getting in and out of the place.
- Shopping. Shopping for mementos and souvenirs is a must for all tourists,isn't it? If you want to buy something from Pondicherry, which is made locally and with local flavor, then visit stores run and maintained by Aurobindo Ashram, offering a variety of range. The Ashram runs Harpagon Showrrom in Dupuy Street where block printed sarees, dress materials. tshirts, kurtis, bedsheets, handicraft items, photoframes, keychains, freezer magnets , stainless steel utensils and many interesting articles are displayed. " Shabda" store, opposite The Aurobindo Ashram sells all publications and stationery items published and marketed by the Aurobindo Ashram and ' Auroshikha" store in same street as the Ashram, is very famous for incense sticks, candles, aroma oils and artificial flowers produced in the Ashram. Incense sticks are on must-buy lists for most of the tourists visiting Pondicherry. Many boutiques run by Auroville and many French boutique hotels are also excellent for buying artistic, high end products and articles. edit
There is a lack of "sit down" food & tea outlets of the budget range. Plenty of samosa stalls
- "Indian Coffee House" on J W Nehru St is honest food in an old style ambience, at fair prices.
You can get south Indian style foods like idly, dosa, sambar that are moderately spiced.