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Summers are here and you’re probably planning a trip to some place much cooler, away from pollution, noise and dust and your ex. The most mainstream trip to Goa has either been ticked off your bucket list or been slashed out by your parents/pocket money and if its neither of this, give this a thought: What if the Goan vibe doesn’t match yours? What If you’re a much more calm person looking for an escape from the chaos? What if you’re an artist looking for an inspiration or someone with an unusual spiritual inclination? Or maybe you are looking for a not so mainstream place to explore. Don’t worry, I’ve got your back.
Auroville- The City of Dawn; a place as exemplary as its name, (Oh, no don’t worry, it’s in India.) A global township situated in Viluppuram district of Tamil Nadu, Auroville is a haven for those with an artistic, spiritual side. Just ten kilometres drive away from Pondicherry, it’s a small village home to people over 50 nationalities.
The concept of Auroville – an ideal township devoted to an experiment in human unity – came to Mirra Alfassa (popularly known as ‘The Mother’s) as early as the 1930s. In the mid 1960s the Sri Aurobindo Society in Pondicherry proposed to Her that such a township should be started and with her blessings the concept was then put before the Govt. of India, who gave their backing and took it to the General Assembly of UNESCO. In 1966 UNESCO passed a unanimous resolution commending it as a project of importance to the future of humanity, thereby giving their full encouragement.
The natives, popularly known are “Aurovillians” come from some 49 nations, from all age groups (from infancy to over eighty, averaging around 30), from all social classes, backgrounds and cultures. The population of the township is constantly growing, but currently stands at around 2,500 people, of whom approx one-third are Indian.
The town is based on the principle of sustainability and everything used in Auroville is majorly homegrown, from medicines to food grains.
There’s so much you can do at Auroville :-
- Relax and meditate at the Matrimandir, a beautifully designed temple in a shape of a golden lotus.
- Go surfing (if you don’t know how to, they have a surfing school) at the Serenity Beach nearby and chill at the cafe or maybe go shopping at the weekend flea. Welcome to Hawaii, y’all.
- Sit and chill on the rocks of Auroville’s very own beach and treat yourself with an amazing view and some coconut water.
- Check out the homegrown botanical garden of Auroville.
- Ignite the artist in you by working with small designing and art studios nearby
- Volunteer/Intern at humble initiatives
- Take part in workshops and take therapy sessions
- Explore the green forests around, as welcoming and the Aurovillians.
There’s just one drawback if only if you’re looking for a luxurious vacation. Auroville welcomes anyone and everyone to stay at their visitor accommodation hostel which offers you a comfortable stay at really cheap rate like 250 bucks a night. So if you’re looking some swanky 5 star hotel to stay, you can surely turn around and miss out on this beautiful place and a spiritual utopia.
Make sure you check their website out. It wont fail to amaze you.
Kuchh dinn toh guzariye Auroville mein!