Today sightseeing of Pondicherry.
The former capital of the French territories in India Landmarks include the Raj Niwas, the residence of the Lt. Governor of Pondicherry – a handsome 200-year-old building which faces Government Park (French Place) with its well laid out paths and lawns, a few fountains and a number of sculptures. The Romain Rolland Library has over 60,000 Volumes on its shelves. The Pondicherry Museum has an outstanding collection of artefacts relating to all aspects of the French Indian past. Its prize exhibits the bed that Dupleix slept on when he was Governor of Pondicherry. The church of Notre Dame des Anges was built around 1865. It has a rare oil painting of Our Lady of the Assumption, a gift from Napoleon III. Visit Aurobindo Ashram, the best known landmark of Pondicherry. The Ashram, in addition to practicing yoga, also provides scope for practical activity for its followers who come from all over the world. These include construction, farming, shoe-making and laundering. Auroville is an extension of the Aurobindo Ashram. It is a voluntary commune, 6 miles (10 kms) northwest of Pondicherry where around 800 people from 28 nations live. It looks like a city of the future as its architecture is the result of diverse experiments in building materials, techniques and styles.