What You Get For $300 – Pondicherry, India

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Located in the Southern end of India, Pondicherry is a charming and small city.  We chose to visit here because I was curious about a place called Auroville, its related ashram, and the city’s history as a French colonial base.  I was not quite sure whether we would be staying for 3 months or 1 year so we decided to rent an apartment to get the best feel for the city.

As a single woman, travelling with 2 daughters and a young sister, I wanted to make sure our accommodations met the following standards:

  • Secure and safe
  • Clean and furnished
  • Close proximity to the beach
  • Close to transportation

We ended up in the beautiful and quaint Muslim quarter of Pondicherry, where yes, the majority of the residents are Muslim. Many are descendant from some of the original Arab traders who settled in the area. One of the perks of this neighborhood was that because of the religious requirement for cleanliness, street cleaners came through twice a day and the trash was picked up daily.

For $3oo rent we had a 2-bedroom, 2-bath, furnished apartment with a combined living /dining room, and a small kitchen.  Unfortunately, in a late night rush to organize my pictures, I accidentally deleted about 500 of them.  However, I did want to share some pictures of  our road, which I took subsequently.

The cost of living in Pondicherry, compared to Cuenca (Ecuador), is slightly higher, but the experience of living and breathing India for a moment, was definitely worth it.

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    • Pondicherry is a fantastic city. It’s small and managible, relatively clean (by Indian standards) and the people were fantastic. We were always being offered chai (tea) and snacks while we were in shops and there are two bakeries that have croissants that rival any French bakery, fantastique! The Sri Auribundo Ashram is a central hallmark of the town and I think can be creditied with the energy and vitality you see there. I loved it there and had a very difficult time leaving.

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