Auroville, Pondicherry
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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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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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Raman sahgal

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  • Raman sahgal
  • 7 Reviews
  •  190 readers

"Much Ado"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Unless you are a diehard Bhakt it is difficult to comprehend what the fuss is about. Yes am sure living there will be a fulfilling experience. And perhaps the inside of the Matrimandir must be enriching ( For getting a pass to go inside you have to make at least two visits but staring at a golden orb from a distance is vacuous
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Rajanath ghatak

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  • Rajanath ghatak
  • 3 photos
  • 2 Reviews
  •  191 readers

"Place to realise life in your soul"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Its a place for people those who wants to feel beauty of life, meaning of life, meaning of duty, aim of life, this is not place to enjoy with family and get only snaps. Long back in the year 1998-99 I visited MATRIMANDIR that it was under construction and no restriction in entry and to see the SOUL of MATRIMANDIR the CRYSTALL. This time I and my family was unlucky that could not see the place and CRYSTALL. THE DIVINE LIGHT which I can feel in me. I went on 21st Dec and saw the can's express in word.
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VRV

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  • VRV
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 445 photos
  • 108 Reviews
  •  26 helpful votes
  •  92672 readers

"A very unique experience"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Pondicherry is famous for the Aurobindo ashram and Auroville's Matrumandir.
Though the ashram is situated in Pondicherry town, Auroville is a bit out of town and one has to take a rick costing sox Rs 550 for return trip, or have your own vehicle to reach there.
It's best to reach there before 9 am, and check in for a video screening about Auroville history, at the information center.
After which, you can obtain passes to visit the beautiful Matrumandir for the next day.
This is a bit surprising as you have to travel twice in two days. However, if in Pondicherry, it's a must to experience the beautiful gardens and the inner parts of a unique spherical shaped Matrumandir, where you can meditate in absolutely fantastic circular hall where a beam of sunlight falls on a clear crystal ball creating a unique environ for meditation.
The Matrumandir is surrounded by beautiful greenery, fountains and a huge banyan tree.
Those who have passes are only allowed in batches for this very unique experience.
But, if you do not have time and patience, you can walk down to a viewing area from where the spledure of greenery and the golden spherical Mandi can be seen and photographed.
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Jitendra mistry

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  • Jitendra mistry
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1428 readers

"Jitendra"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Oct 30, 2016
Auroville site is fantastic to experience, the nature and walk to See Matrimandir is really good, hope they allow to visit inside Matrimandir soon. The Plantation along the track to Matrimandir was enjoyable.
Shopping the goods manufactured by Auroville is worth buying.
The food available in Cafeteria Water is very hygienically prepared and organised. Unstoppable Photography to keep remember to visit to Auroville is very delightful. I would like to visit Auroville again.
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Abhinav Kumar

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  • Abhinav Kumar
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 247 photos
  • 138 Reviews
  •  59 helpful votes
  •  57475 readers

"The Perfect City"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Oct 25, 2016
Auroville is 13km from Pondicherry. The community live here without the sake of religion, politics etc. They have their own way to live. Indian government has also kept it free from many laws and regulations. People from around the globe live here as residents. The living is very natural you will find all around trees and green area. They are managed by the residents only. One can experience the pure spirituality and art of living here. It was civilized by the great philosopher Sri Aurobindo g and mother. Please google it before going there, you will definitely be amazed to know facts.
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Mahesh Suthar

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  • Mahesh Suthar
  • Lives in Jodhpur
  • 221 photos
  • 27 Reviews
  •  316 helpful votes
  •  11795 readers

"Get transported to a different era"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Oct 6, 2016
Auroville is remarkably different from any other place I have been to. I was amazed to see a village that does not believe in the concept of money. The residents of Auroville work for their bare necessities and instead of money get paid in kind. I stayed their on a farm for two weeks and felt that life could be so much simpler if we take money out of the equation. It's a beautiful communion of like minded people from all over the world who believe in mental and peace and live with minimal expectations. Every traveller should take a solo, solacing trip to this wonderful place :)
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Sanish Kb

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  • Sanish Kb
  • Lives in Kottayam
  • 9 Reviews
  •  4223 readers

"Wonderful place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 8, 2016
Wonderful place to visit at Pondicherry. Had a nice experience. A good place to relax. A good place for meditation too. A must-go place at Pondicherry.
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Mahesh mahipati

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  • Mahesh mahipati
  • 8 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  2891 readers

"Nice place"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Aug 2, 2016
This is good place to be with friends and family. To reach this place we need to trek almost 4 km. The meditation is allowed only in the morning and you have to book tickets well in advance.
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Swateek Jena

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  • Swateek Jena
  • Lives in Bengalooru
  • 10 photos
  • 17 Reviews
  •  30 helpful votes
  •  13242 readers

"Serene and peaceful place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 1, 2016
We visited this place on our bikes. Everyone has to walk a good distance to reach Matri Mandir, and there's no way someone would get bored in the walk. You see the mandir from a distance, since not everyone is allowed inside. To book a meditation session, you have to contact the city office. This has to be done a day before you visit the place.
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Pushkar

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  • Pushkar
  • Lives in Adoor
  • 15 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  3483 readers

"Decent place to visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jul 25, 2016
A decent and must visit place if you happen to be here, service, location, place all is extremely beautiful. Basically it's in a shape of Nucleus, and feel good to see that. It's recommended to go in evening as there is very hot climate there. Shuttle service is available for free and also a video room is there for the demonstration of the whole Ashram. There are many different species of Flower plants.
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