Auroville, Pondicherry
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Auroville

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Auroville City is considered to be a ‘City of Dawn’ that is situated around 8 km from the main town of Pondicherry. It lies on the East Coast Road and was founded by Mirra Richard in 1968. This city was designed by the French architect Roger Anger with the purpose of achieving human unity. The word Auroville essentially means a universal town, where people can live peacefully, irrespective of nationality, colour, caste and creed.

Auroville was officially inaugurated on 28th February, 1968 and was endorsed by UNESCO and the Government of India. During its inauguration, soil from over 124 countries was placed and mixed inside a lotus shaped urn, symbolising universal oneness. Auroville was built to welcome people from all over the world to live together and explore scientific, educational, cultural and spiritual pursuits as per the Auroville charter.

Tourists can visit the Auroville Information Centre and Matrimandir (meditation hall with one of the biggest man-made crystal balls in the world). Matrimandir has a unique architectural shape, which was conceived by Alfassa, resembling ‘a symbol of universal mother’. It has around twelve gardens, future lakes, banyan tree, twelve petals and an amphitheatre.

The residents of Auroville are engaged in administration, handicrafts, agriculture, commerce, education, healthcare, alternative technology and development projects. There is a visitor centre located near Bharat Niwas, which is the Indian National Pavilion in Auroville’s International Zone. It has a permanent exhibition on philosophy and the history of the project.

This information centre offers brochures, books and leaflets about Auroville. The centre also has three boutiques, a cafeteria and a bookshop inside the attraction. Presently, Auroville covers an area of about 2 square miles, resided by over 1,900 members from 40 different countries.

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  • Below Average 7
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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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Brinda Majithia s

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  • Brinda Majithia s
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 3 photos
  • 2 Reviews
  •  4 readers

"Must visit when in Pondicherry" new review

  • 5.00/7
  • Posted Yesterday
Yes it was worth the hype. The whole concept of the ashram, the landscaping along with the paisa vasool cafes.

We visited in the afternoon (in July) and it was too sunny so it seemed tiring to go to the viewing place. However there were vehicles to drop off at the main entrance.
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Ravi Kumar

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  • Ravi Kumar
  • Lives in Vizianagaram
  • 2 Reviews
  •  38 readers

"Peaceful and very inspiring" new review

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
History of Auroville shown in videos are inspiring, golden globe is very beautiful, it is separate meditation world, we can see people from all over world who visit Auroville.
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S S

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  • S S
  • Lives in Lucknow
  • 9 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  7124 readers

"Nice for meditation" new review

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
This place is for meditation, if you are planning to go inside the temple have prior booking so go early otherwise you will not get the opportunity to explore from inside. Though outside view is not bad at all it's amazing ball shape architecture is surely nice for the eyes.
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Rahul sharma

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  • Rahul sharma
  • Lives in Ghaziabad
  • 5 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  289 readers

"Beautiful and relaxing" new review

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
This place is extremely beautiful, full of greenery. There is a Auroville bakery in the way which offers some good stuff. The place is very relaxing, slow and peaceful and you just want to stay there for ever. You should take out some good hours and come to this place. A must visit to those who are coming to Pondicherry.
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Raghavendra Bhat

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  • Raghavendra Bhat
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 34 Reviews
  •  141 helpful votes
  •  15227 readers

"Glimpse of spirituality" new review

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Auroville is a must visit for all those who want to experience Indian spirituality. This global township with citizens of around 50 countries is an inspiration for the co-existence of humanity. The way a barren desert-like land has been transformed into a forest is amazing. Worth spending time soaking in the atmosphere of the place and wait to visit the Matrimandir for concentration/meditation. Added attraction is the availability of yummy world cuisine at reasonable price.
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Tulika Goyal

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  • Tulika Goyal
  • Lives in Jaipur
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  • 4 Reviews
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"Peaceful bliss" new review

  • 5.00/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Going to Auroville is an experience in itself, one can only be there to feel it. No one can tell you the feeling that one gets when we sit inside the inner chamber at Auroville.
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Gopinath Das

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  • Gopinath Das
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  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 28 Reviews
  •  73 helpful votes
  •  29063 readers

"A must visit"

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Pondy auroville is a destination in itself. This is place which is a must visit for every visitor. The various products made are to be seen whatever you can afford you should buy. There are many things you can take as a souvenir some very unique one.
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Lalith Kashyap

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  • Lalith Kashyap
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 9 Reviews
  •  28 helpful votes
  •  1889 readers

"Auroville - Eco-Friedndly Township"

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Auroville is township which was the brain child of the the mother of Aurobindo Ashram. This is about 10km from the city center.

The Auroville complex boasts of a numerous organic restaurants and shops. Being a random visitor you cant access all the parts of Auroville.

One structure you'll be spell bounded is the matri Mandir a gigantic golden globe. Which happens to be a place of meditation. You got to take permission one day in advance to get inside Matri Mandir.

On the ECR road which leads to auroville is the auroville beach which is pretty silent and non-crowded. There are no activities on the beach and one thing to keep in mind is that you don't have public changing rooms so after you visit the beach it might be a little difficult. There are no sign boards which guide you to the beach. The only landmark is the hotel Surya which is on your right while driving from pondicherry.

Carrying some snacks isn't a bad idea at all.
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Anuraj

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  • Anuraj
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  1357 readers

"Its good for meditation"

  • 5.00/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It was nice to be there. We were able to know many things. Its a place of meditation. They will guide us fully, overall felt good. Travellers should visit if you go to Pondicherry. Location is not that far.
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Chirag Gupta

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  • Chirag Gupta
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 10 Reviews
  •  1095 readers

"A place of ultimate peace"

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Auroville is wonderful planned village in Pondicherry. Its a wonderful place to spend time in peace. One should book the slot in Matrimandir which is a meditation place with pin drop silence. Built in the shape of crystal and covered with brass circular plates looks magnificent.
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