A walk through culture- Heritage town, Pondicherry

I was visiting my a town for my friend’s  wedding this week. The bus journey took me through many tiny villages which I used to see through the bus window as a kid. I started to realize that they changed as it happens to any place with time. Many new built houses which lost the ‘Telangana village house’ touch, youth wearing all the modern attire, shops with modern names written in abused Telugu. There were old people with wrinkled faces still wearing traditional Telangana attire and jewellery like those few old houses which almost looked hunched.

It is not bad to get along with the world, I am not against it. Learning new things,  following trends and imitating others is inevitable in this time. But my only worry is that once these old faces fade away, bodies with the traditional attire die and the house are demolished,  there won’t be any difference between the Telangana Village or some random village in North India or some place in western world ( except  the faces) .  The whole heritage will be lost in time. Traveling won’t be an experience any more. It would just be a task. You just go to this particular place, take pictures and come back. I really am not sure whether  thinking this way is proper, but I simply dislike Globalization.

Talking about heritage takes to me to the Heritage town, Pondicherry. When I was a preparing a list of places to be seen in Pondicherry, I came across walking/ cycle tours through heritage town, Pondicherry. Which made me wonder. As it happens our hotel was located in the heritage town itself. So one evening we wanted to explore the area by foot.

Those colorful french houses...
Those colorful french houses…

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Pondicherry used to be a french colony. Heritage town, Pondicherry is a kind of colony with planned and structured streets. There are many perpendicular and parallel roads and it is pretty easy to get lost. You can wander for hours in the streets without getting to your destination, if you are lost. The houses have this typical french or traditional tamilnadu building styles. Those buildings are now used as residential complexes, schools, offices and even heritage hotels. This is also a prominent shopping area where all major brand stores are located. You get various options for street food.

Early Tamilian houses , this one is used as a school now
Early Tamilian houses , this one is used as a school now
These kids stopped us and asked us to take a snap and posed
These kids stopped , asked us to take a snap and posed
I have spotted many 'mini towers'like this in Pondi
I have spotted many ‘mini towers’ like this in Pondi
I have never seen Police in any other city with this attire and a cap/ hat like this one.
I have never seen Police in any other city with this attire and a cap/ hat like this one.

As we got lost multiple times, a 1 km to the beach  walk took  more than 40 mins for us. But this was a worthy effort as we could see these beautiful buildings en route.

Gandhi memorial at beach
Gandhi memorial at beach
PROMENADE BEACH @ sundown
PROMENADE BEACH @ sundown

As I was emphasizing earlier, If you have a special heritage, it is crime not to preserve it properly. INTACH is doing that job in Pondicherry. Kudos to their efforts.

INTACH, Pondicherry
INTACH heritage center, Pondicherry

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Goa Dates Outfit 4

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At the resort

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Hi Guys !! This is the last post of my Goa outfit series . That day we planned a road trip to an unknown place called Tiracol Fort.If you want to read the full story of the journey ,click here-Journey to the less known Tiracol Fort, Goa

The morning was slightly chilly and considering the long road journey I chose a very simple and light outfit . I added a blazer which could be taken off anytime. As i expected it again became sunny and i had to remove my blazer .

I really like neon colors as they have some bright cheering up effect. The neon yellow (bright lemon yellow is my all time favorite. I have many pieces in that color.The blazer went well with the Lip T shirt . The blue necklace complemented the yellow

blazer and matched the T shirt. The yellow gladiator sandals were my favorite.

Outfit details :

Yellow blazer, lip t shirt – dresslink.com
Denim shorts – recycled from old jeans.
Blue necklace – Addons
Yellow gladiator – done by none.

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GOA DATES :Outfit 1

GOA dates :OUTFIT 2

Goa Dates Outfit 3

Journey to the less known Tiracol Fort, Goa

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Places to visit in Goa other than beaches

7 Goa travel tips

7 Goa travel tips

Hello guys , I have been thinking of writing this for sooo long but this is delayed by one thing or the other

1.Timing

Goa travel tips

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 Our marriage was in June , so the honeymoon was also planned then. But unfortunately most of the beach cities have no water activities or sports in monsoon ,that is June -October . We had no option as we wanted  Goa badly. If you do not have any such restriction and want to enjoy Goa completely ,plan your holiday accordingly .

2.Journey

Goa travel tips

Though the simplest and most convenient method is travel by air , I advice you to plan a train journey .It can offer a spectacular view of Dudhsagar Falls ,if you are luckySome trains like Vasco da Gama express, Amaravathi Express pass it . Just inquire whether a train from your place passes it .

You can read the full story of my experience here.

3.Accommodation

If you are traveling in only male group ,it is OK even if you stay in some budget hostel like  place .But if you have girls in your batch or you are with family ,then you need to be rather careful about the hotel . Majority of gangs reach Goa just to booze . It is always better to be on safe side ,you know !!!! Read reviews before selecting a hotel or resort .Make sure you feel secure enough at the place.

4. Sunscreen

Goa is one of the most hot and humid places i have ever visited . Chances of sun damage are double there .So have heaps of sunscreen bottles with you . Also try to buy some ‘ water resistant’ ones. (for more details on using sunscreen ,read this 10 sunscreen questions answered ).

5. Clothing :

Goa is the only one place in the India  where you can wear anything to every place without the need to face ‘stare’s from everyone. I even traveled in a rural route on bike which was pretty conservative ,but no one gave us odd looks. So you can happily experiment with clothes. ( To know what i chose for Goa trip click these links…GOA DATES :Outfit 1,OUTFIT 2,OUTFIT 3 )

6.Food

As Goa is a world known destination which welcomes millions from all over the world ,wide range of cuisines are at your service. Especially for non vegetarians it is like a heaven of sea food.

7.Explore

Goa travel tips

Goa is used synonymous to the beach ,but there are many other places in Goa if you have a willingness to explore. I have written posts on that which you can read from the links Places to visit in Goa other than beaches ,Journey to the less known Tiracol Fort- Goa,FORT AGUADA ,GOA.

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All my Goa posts are listed below…

A TRAIN to GOA : a sweet surprise

GOA DATES :Outfit 1

FORT AGUADA ,GOA

GOA dates :OUTFIT 2

Journey to the less known Tiracol Fort, Goa

Goa Dates Outfit 3

Places to visit in Goa other than beaches