Wednesday 10 February 2010

Experience France in India.....PONDICHERRY

Pondicherry, is a Union Territory of India. It is a former French colony, consisting of four regions, and named after the largest region, Puducherry.

Take a close look at the names of all the streets...........they start with Rue De La ....
French influence
Pondicherry still retains much evidence of its history as a French colony. The design of the city was based on the French (originally Dutch, the plans of Pondicherry dating from the end of the seventeenth century (1693-1694) are preserved in the National Archives at The Hague) grid pattern and features neat sectors and perpendicular streets. The entire town is divided into two sections, the French Quarter ('Ville Blanche' or 'White town') and the Indian quarter ('Ville Noire' or 'Black Town').

I loved the use of colours. While you can see bright hues of yellow on one side, you will also see the subtle and subdues hues of grey and blue. The stone floored steets look truly french

Notice the shape of the windows with the close knit railings in blue. To read more on Pondicherry, please click here.


Haddock said...

Have heard a lot about Pondichery.
Must visit this place once.

Anonymous said...

Vasu.. do you know what the national dress of Pondicherry is??? If you do.. or have a pictures.. please.. please... can you email it to me!!

By the way.. this is an amazing post!

Anupama Puneeth said...

Nice post Vasu.
Never been to Pondicherry... looks amazing.
Do they also have something similar to Paris there :P. one of my favorite city :-)

Vasudha Narasimhan said...

hi pat, haddok, and anupama

thanks for the wonderful comments..
@ pat, i am not sure whether pondicherry has some special dress...will definitely find out and let you know. I have some students from pondicherry....

bodaat said...

i have always wanted to go there!