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10 Things You Must Know Before You Pack Your Bag For Auroville

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Do not take a day trip to Auroville when you are in Pondicherry. Instead, pack your bags and plan a stay, soak in the spirit of doing the things you really love. HolidayIQ Travellers suggest a guide for Auroville. Indulge in delicious organic food, volunteer, cherish the freedom, hone a skill and live a little.

10 Things You Must Know Before You Pack Your Bag For Auroville:

  1. Auroville, Pondicherry
  2. Auroville Beach, Pondicherry
  3. Pondicherry

1. Live Cashless. Get An Auro Card

Live Cashless. Get An Auro Cardsource: aborrowedbackpack.files.wordpress.com

Living cashless is fun! Just get an Aurocard generated and you are good to go. Auroville aims toward no money circulation. Most places in Auroville don't accept money. You can get the card  at the Guest House or at the two branches of the Auroville Financial Service. You can get this done against a 500 rupees deposit, and load it with cash at the financial services centre.

HolidayIQ Traveller Rutavi Mehta shares, "I walked around the inner roads of auroville where there are various homes stays managed by international, saw couple of eco tourism places as well. Tip- Take Auro card which helps you with discount to many places if you are going to stay for long."

2. You Need To Make A Daily Contribution Of Rs 100.

You Need To Make A Daily Contribution Of Rs 100.source: revelation.web.net

All guests in Autoville need to make a daily contribution of Rs 100. Most guesthouses include this in their lodging costs, but some don’t.

3. Stay Among Aurovilians At Arka

Stay Among Aurovilians At Arkasource: guesthouses.auroville.org

Arka is a quiet place if you want to just  concentrate and introspect. You need to keep the music and speech at a low level to keep this ambience. Arka is also a place free of alcohol and other intoxicants. The place is beautiful with grassy hills and natural wilderness, the rooms are spacious, the staff is very helpful, and it is one of the few guesthouses in Auroville with an internet room.

HolidayIQ Traveller Paramashivan shares, "This is a beautiful guest house in Auroville where you wake up to the sounds of peacocks. Breakfast and dinner are provided and the best part of dinner is that all the guests sit at a table at a given time."

4. Indulge In Delicious Organic Food

Indulge In Delicious Organic Foodsource: theshootingstar.files.wordpress.com

HolidayIQ Traveller Anisha Mehta shares, “There is so much to discover in Pondicherry. Beyond the touristy sights and the ashrams and the French Colony, Pondicherry food culture is evolved and must be explored by foodies. Right from restaurants in French Colony such as Baker's Street, Hotel Du Parc and Le Club to small cafes in Auroville, a food trail in Pondicherry should be on every traveller's bucket list. Do visit Le Club for its nibbles they serve with beer and other interesting mocktails. Baker’s Street is a must! Reach there by 9 am and treat yourself to fresh croissants, pastries, pizzas and of course, yummy coffee. At Auroville, avoid visiting the cafe at the Visitor's Centre. Instead visit this place called Tantos that serves legendary pizzas. Run by an Italian gentleman, you must try their range of vegetarian pizzas. Also, there is a small cafe next door run by a couple that serves delicious crepes. Try their cold coffee!”

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5. Learn Sustainable Food Practices At Buddha Garden

Learn Sustainable Food Practices At Buddha Gardensource: aviuk.org

Learn sustainable food practices at Buddha Garden. This place is owned by an English lady, Priya. It is a great opportunity to learn volunteering on a farm that is 100% organic. They make their own compost, experiment with pest control remedies, and have plenty of work for volunteers. You can also avail for the rustic accommodation that is offered to volunteers at 200 rupees a day, and can customize volunteer programs for long term volunteers and big groups.

6. Get A Worthwhile Experience! Visit Matrimandir

Get A Worthwhile Experience! Visit Matrimandirsource: auroville.org

HolidayIQ Traveller Ravishanker shares, "Visited Auroville for the first time and was amazed to see the Matrimandir structure from outside. Before you proceed, you are advised to watch a video for 10 min, which is very interesting, and you are given a pass to see the Matrimandir from outside, nobody is allowed inside." Adds HolidayIQ Traveller Biswabhushan Dash, "If you want to spend some in with silence, then you must go to this place. I think this place is the world’s most silence place. I advice to travellers, they must go to this place. This place was very much good for meditation. The spiritual persons must go to this place. And the architecture and design is very unique and no electricity is used, only solar energy is used in this structure."

7. What Better Than Spending An Introspective Evening At Auroville Beach

What Better Than Spending An Introspective Evening At Auroville Beachsource: ashq.files.wordpress.com

HolidayIQ Traveller Piyush RT from Chennai shares, "Auroville beach also known as Auro beach combines the exotic experience of fun and adventure. The attraction there is the awesome sunrise view which energizes and revive the feeling of love and enjoyment. The best time to visit Auro beach is during early morning time where the lavish beauty of sunrise and fisherman's there will increase the beauty of the view. You will easily find cottage house with cheap rate near the beach."

8. Participate In The Pizza Night Event Every Saturday

Participate In The Pizza Night Event Every Saturdaysource: blog.eyesopen.co.uk

You could do a lot of things here. Learn and experience new things during your stay in Auroville; eco movie screenings at Sadhana Forest, pizza nights with the Youth Club, discussions on Auroville-related subjects, pottery, yoga, volunteering in farms, forests, language and dance classes, and more. The pizza nights at the youth club is an interesting event. It is organised every Saturday night which helps pay for their ongoing projects.

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9. Hone A Skill

Hone A Skillsource: anurag mallick and priya ganapathy

Live and learn in this global city of ideas where its inhabitants perfect crafts like handmade paper (Auroville Papers), indigo-dyed clothing (The Colours of Nature), incense manufacture (Encens d'Auroville) and body care (Maroma Spa) to energy-efficient solutions.

HolidayIQ Traveller Dhaval says, “ You would love the peaceful atmosphere and the greenery around. Take photographs at this place.”

10. Go around Auroville & Explore Pondicherry On A Moped

Go around Auroville & Explore Pondicherry On A Mopedsource: travelingmonkeys-production.s3.amazonaws.com

The easiest way to get around Auroville is on a bike. Your guesthouse can arrange a bike (Activa or moped) for 100 rupees a day for over a week’s rental.

HolidayIQ Traveller Karan Singh shares, "The Auroville beach is 10-12 km away from the main city. A bike ride towards the beach is worth it."

The views above are collated from opinions expressed by travellers on www.holidayiq.com

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