If there was one thing we could do more often, it would definitely be travelling and exploring the world. And while it's nice to go to place we’re familiar with (Bali again? London? Nah...) this year, it's time to break out of the travel rut and do things a little different. So with the drop of our first digital issue, we started looking into unique travel spots -- hidden gems that don’t appear on your feed every other day.
Thanks to the suggestions from the peeps from Airbnb, we were able to round up hidden spots that should be the destination on your next plane ticket. Why not try something different for a change?
The colourful town of Pondicherry
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A day in the Life in Pondicherry, India 🇮🇳 Pondicherry, officially known as Puducherry, is the capital with a population of 657,209 and an area of 492 sq km. The city is situated in Puducherry district of the union territory, and is surrounded by the state of Tamil Nadu to which it shares most of its culture. The history of Pondicherry is recorded only after the arrival of Dutch, Portuguese, British and French colonialists. By contrast, nearby places such as Arikamedu, Ariyankuppam, Kakayanthoppe, Villianur and Bahur, which were colonised by the French East India Company over a period of time and which later became the union territory of Pondicherry, have recorded histories that predate the colonial period. A marketplace named Poduke or Poduca is recorded as a Roman trading destination from the mid 1st century. The area was part of the Pallava Kingdom of Kanchipuram in the 4th century. The Cholas of Thanjavur held it from the 10th to 13th centuries, only to be replaced by the Pandya Kingdom in the 13th century. The Vijayanagar Empire took control of almost all of the South of India in the 14th century and maintained control until 1638 when they were supplanted by the Sultan of Bijapur. The French East India Company established this city as their headquarters in 1674. Five trading posts were established along the south Indian coast between 1668 and 1674. The city was separated by a canal into the French Quarter and the Indian Quarter. During the Anglo-French wars (1742–1763), Puducherry changed hands frequently. On 16 January 1761, the British captured Puducherry from the French, but the Treaty of Paris (1763) at the conclusion of the Seven Years’ War returned it. The British took control of the area again in 1793 at the Siege of Pondicherry amid the Wars of the French Revolution, and returned it to France in 1814. When the British gained control of the whole of India in the late 1850s, they allowed the French to retain their settlements in the country. Pondicherry, Mahé, Yanam, Karaikal and Chandernagor remained a part of French India until 1954. #pondicherry #pondicherrydiaries #pondicherrydiaries🌴 #puducherry
The French capital of India, Pondicherry will make you feel like you stepped into a Wes Anderson movie. Hello pastel aesthetics!
Often referred to as ‘Pondy’, the town is a few hours drive from the state capital of Chennai and is perfect for nature lovers. If you want to stroll through the town in good weather, visit between November and February.
Ride through Pichavaram Mangrove Forest, the world’s second largest mangrove jungle, or if you love a bit of adventure, go scuba diving to see everything from corals and manta rays to sharks, whales and dolphins.