|Pondicherry Ghandi Statue|
|Park Guest House in Pondicherry|
|View from my room|
|My room at Park Guest House||My room's balcony|
|Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry|
Auroville is a sort of Hippie paradise, something like the movie "The Beach" with Leonardo DiCaprio but in a larger scale and it seems to be a successful experiment. According to the Lonely Planet: "Auroville is an international community built on handful of soil donated by 124 countries, where dedicated souls, ignoring creed, color and nationality, work to build an universal township and realize interconnectedness, love and good old human oneness".
Of course, I had to check the place myself, with my own eyes, so I went there on a day trip, but sorry, I forgot to bring my camera with me :-/. I thought it would be a weird place but I kind off liked it although I didn't see much. To really get to know the place you should stay there for a week or two and do some volunteering work. It is very green and the Matrimandir, a big sphere similar to the one in Epcot Center, was better than I expected.
According to what I read in the boards around the place the land was originally very arid with no shadows at all. It was the people that move to this place that started to work hard on building all sorts of systems to collect the rain water and to reforest the place. Originally they were living on tents, with oil lamps and cooking on wood fires but now they have solar energy and solar kitchens. They also produce local products for selling and they provide accommodation for visitors or volunteers at different price ranges.