One of the many perks of being Indian means that over the course of the year you get invited to a fair few weddings and engagement parties. For me it also meant that this year I got to see one of my closest friends get married in Jaipur, India. Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan and famously known as the ‘Pink City’. It’s landscape is full of vibrant temples and grand palaces where Maharajas once ruled. It’s opulence and grand hospitality was the perfect backdrop to what was definitely the wedding of the year.
After the wedding, we thought we’d extend our stay in India (as you do) by discovering a Southern city called Pondicherry. The city locally known as ‘Pondi’ has been ruled by the Portuguese, Dutch and more recently by the French who have all influenced the city over the years. The city is completely different to Northern areas of India, the chilled out atmosphere, colonial buildings, boutique shopping, beach promenade and incredible seafood made it the perfect city to unwind in. There were hidden boutiques and restaurants off the beaten track, locals were incredibly friendly and with many yoga teachers in the area the chilled out vibe really helped make Pondicherry a gem in India’s Southern Coast.