Pondicherry is a Union Territory town bounded by Tamil Nadu in South India. Its French legacy is preserved in its French Quarter, with tree-lined streets, mustard-colored colonial villas and chic boutiques. Aurovil an experimental community founded in 1968 by the spiritual leader Mirra Alfassa as a town where people from all over the world could live in harmony. Pondicherry Museum houses a fantastic collection of bronze sculptures of God and goddess, a wide gathering of temple lamps, handicrafts and art. A seaside promenade runs along the Bay of Bengal and passes several statues, including a 4m-high Gandhi Memorial.

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