Pondicherry Backpacking Tour
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Pondicherry is an Indian Union territory that was once a prominent part of the French Colony. A place that has its own natural beauty and the fact that it is home to various cultural and architectural marvels of the country makes it a must-visit place for every traveler. Besides its intermixed culture, Pondicherry stands out with its picturesque beaches and landscapes as well.
Mamallapuram, also known as Mahabalipuram, is best known for the UNESCO World Heritage Site of 7th- and 8th-century Hindu Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram. The site has 40 ancient monuments and Hindu temples, including Descent of the Ganges or Arjuna's Penance – one of the largest open-air rock reliefs in the world. The site includes several categories of monuments: ratha temples with an architecture of monolith processional chariots built between 630 and 668 CE; the mandapa viharas with halls and stone roofs with narratives from the Mahabharata, Shaktism, and Vaishnavism.
French Colonial Legacy: Pondicherry, a former French colony, still bears the imprints of its colonial past. The French Quarter, known as "Ville Blanche" (White Town), features charming colonial-style architecture, tree-lined streets, and quaint cafes. Prominent landmarks like the French Consulate, Government Square, and the French Institute showcase the enduring French connection.
Auroville - The City of Dawn: Auroville, an experimental international township just outside Pondicherry, is a testament to human unity and sustainable living. It was founded on the principles of spiritual philosopher Sri Aurobindo and The Mother. The Matrimandir, an iconic golden sphere, serves as a symbol of unity and peace.
Beaches: Pondicherry boasts several pristine beaches, each with its own unique charm. Promenade Beach, Paradise Beach, and Serenity Beach are popular choices for relaxation and water sports. The Promenade, in particular, is a bustling waterfront promenade that's perfect for an evening stroll.
Aurobindo Ashram: The Sri Aurobindo Ashram, founded by the philosopher-poet Sri Aurobindo in 1926, remains a center for spiritual seekers. It's a serene place for meditation and introspection.
Local Cuisine: Pondicherry's culinary scene is a delightful fusion of French and South Indian flavors. You can savor delectable crepes, croissants, and French pastries at local bakeries or indulge in traditional South Indian dishes.
A Rich Cultural Melting Pot: Pondicherry's culture reflects a harmonious blend of various influences. The town hosts a range of cultural festivals, including French music and dance festivals, and traditional Indian celebrations.
Shopping: The town's markets offer a unique shopping experience. You can find exquisite hand-woven fabrics, pottery, local crafts, and fragrant incense. The Sunday Market is a must-visit for souvenir hunting.
Watersports and Adventure: Water enthusiasts will find plenty to do in Pondicherry. The town offers opportunities for surfing, scuba diving, and boat rides, making it a favorite for adventure seekers.
Cafes and Bakeries: Pondicherry's vibrant cafe culture is reminiscent of its French influence. You can relish freshly baked goods, aromatic coffees, and delectable pastries at various charming cafes.Be sure to visit the renowned "PY Cafe and Restaurant," known for its inviting ambiance and a delightful menu that includes freshly baked goods, aromatic coffees, and delectable pastries. It's the perfect place to savor a cup of coffee or indulge in sweet French pastries, enhancing your Pondicherry experience.
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- Start your overnight journey from Bangalore to Pondicherry.
- Our representative will pick you up in the late evening from:
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- Eden Beach: Your first stop is Eden Beach, where you'll arrive in the morning. This serene beach offers captivating coastal scenery.
- Aurobindo Ashram: Visit the famous Aurobindo Ashram, a renowned spiritual and cultural center.
- PY Café & Restaurant: After exploring the ashram, indulge in the culinary delights of "PY Café & Restaurant." This eatery is likely popular with both locals and tourists.
- Paradise Beach: Spend your afternoon at the stunning Paradise Beach, known for its golden sands and crystal-clear waters.
- Return to your hotel in the evening, where you can enjoy a hearty dinner and prepare for the night.
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- Rock Beach: Wake up early and visit Rock Beach to witness the sunrise. This tranquil spot, named for the boulders that line the shore, offers a serene start to your day.
- French Colony: Explore the French Colony, also known as White Town, which is a charming neighborhood reflecting Pondicherry's rich French heritage.
- Auroville: Your next destination is Auroville, known as "the city of dawn." It is a unique and harmonious place that promotes human unity, transcending nationalities and cultures.
- Take a break for lunch, allowing you to explore local dining options or choose your own meal (self-sponsored).
- After a day of exploration, embark on your journey back to Bangalore, with a wealth of memories to cherish.
- You will reach Bangalore in the late evening, between 11:00 PM and 12:00 AM, concluding your remarkable Pondicherry expedition.
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Backpackers United is the leading and fastest-growing Travel Community, founded in 2017, that offers exceptional travel experiences in India. Our team of young, dynamic, and passionate travelers is committed to exploring the great outdoors through sustainable nature trails. We believe in providing a unique travel experience that takes our fellow travelers off the beaten path to discover the hidden gems of nature. We offer a diverse range of travel services, including treks to unexplored places in both North and South India, Cycling Tours, Holiday Packages, Sightseeing, Backpacking Trips, Corporate treks, Team Outings, Personality Development through adventure activities, experiential learning trips specially curated for school and college students, a variety of Adventure activity packages, and much more. Our experienced travel planning team curates each itinerary to ensure every penny is worth the experience. At Backpackers United, we have executed over 2K trips for more than 20,000 enthusiastic travelers, and our weekend treks and trips from Bengaluru are the perfect way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. We offer customizable travel packages that cater to specific needs and requirements, ensuring a personalized and memorable experience. Our commitment to sustainable tourism and responsible travel ensures that we leave a positive impact on the communities we visit. We encourage travelers to explore the great outdoors in a way that respects and preserves nature, and we promote eco-friendly practices in all our trips and treks. Join our community of adventure seekers, and experience the thrill of exploring nature in a unique and sustainable way. Book your next adventure with Backpackers United and make unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime.
- Transfers: Comfortable A/C transfers to and from Bangalore.
- Accommodation: Stay at a 3-star hotel, ensuring a comfortable and pleasant experience during your trip.
- Tour Guides: Experienced tour guides from Backpackers United, who will accompany you throughout your journey, providing valuable insights and information.
- Meals: Enjoy 2 breakfasts as part of your package, ensuring you start your days with a delicious meal.
- Sightseeing Entry Charges: Any entry fees to specific attractions or sightseeing spots are not included in the package and will be at your own expense.
- Additional Adventure / Water Activities / Jeeps: Any extra adventures, water activities, or jeep rides beyond what's specified in the itinerary will be considered additional and self-sponsored.
- Lunch and Dinner: Meals beyond those explicitly mentioned in the package, including lunch and dinner on all days, are not included. You're free to explore local dining options and enjoy meals as per your preference.
- Personal Expenses: Any personal expenses, such as shopping, souvenirs, or other miscellaneous costs, are not covered in the package.
- Anything Not Mentioned in the Inclusions: Any services, activities, or expenses that are not explicitly mentioned in the "Inclusions" section will be considered additional and will be at your own cost.
THINGS TO CARRY
Things to Carry:
Xerox ID Proof (Aadhar or other Gov. ID): Always carry a photocopy of your identification proof for any required verifications.
Good Shoes: Comfortable and sturdy shoes, preferably trekking shoes, for a safe and enjoyable journey.
A Small Backpack: A compact backpack to carry your essentials during the trip.
Reusable Water Bottles: At least 2 liters of water to stay hydrated throughout the journey.
Clothes for Two Days: Pack appropriate clothing for the duration of your trip, considering weather conditions.
Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Cap/Hat: To protect yourself from the sun and stay comfortable during outdoor activities.
Toiletries: Essential toiletries such as shampoo, towel, toothpaste, soap, and sanitizer.
Juice Packs, Glucon-D, Energy Bars: Quick energy sources for staying refreshed during the trip.
A Polybag to Carry Wet Clothes: Carry a plastic bag to store wet clothes or items.
Raincoat, Poncho, or Umbrella: Weather-appropriate gear to stay dry during unexpected showers.
Personal Medication: If you have any specific medications or medical needs, ensure you carry them.
Torch with New Batteries: A flashlight with fresh batteries for any night activities or emergencies.
Camera (Optional): If you're interested in capturing memories, bring your camera.
Long Socks: To protect your legs from insects or harsh terrain.
Sandals: Lightweight sandals for relaxation during breaks or at the campsite.
Power Bank: Keep your mobile devices charged with a power bank.
Policy and Terms
- Cancellations made 30 days or more before the date of travel will incur a cancellation fee of 10.0% of the total tour cost.
- Cancellations made between 15 days to 30 days before the date of travel will incur a cancellation fee of 25.0% of the total tour cost.-
- Cancellations made between 7 days to 15 days before the date of travel will incur a cancellation fee of 50.0% of the total tour cost.
- Cancellations made between 3 days to 7 days before the date of travel will incur a cancellation fee of 75.0% of the total tour cost.
- Cancellations made 0 days to 3 days before the date of travel will incur a cancellation fee of 100.0% of the total tour cost.
This cancellation policy is designed to provide clear and transparent guidelines regarding cancellation fees based on the timing of cancellations. Please take note of these terms before booking your adventure.
Terms and Conditions
Please carefully read and understand the following terms and conditions that govern your travel experience with Backpackers United.
- Ownership of Content: Any photos or videos taken during the trip by Backpackers United's content creators or clients are owned by Backpackers United and can only be used by the company for advertising purposes. No one else can use the content commercially without permission from Backpackers United.
- Payment: Full payment for the trip must be completed before the trip begins. Failure to complete the payment may result in the cancellation of the trip.
- Valid ID: All travelers must have a valid government-issued ID that will be verified before boarding. No boarding will be allowed without a valid ID.
- Transfer of Bookings: The transfer of bookings is not allowed. Only the names mentioned at the time of confirmation will be allowed to travel.
- Passport Requirements: For international travel, clients must ensure that their passport is valid for at least six months from the date of intended travel and not damaged in any way. Backpackers United is not responsible for clients who book travel with passports that do not meet this requirement. Any denial of entry at immigration or any additional cost arising from alternate arrangements for deportation must be borne by the travelers.
- Unused Inclusions: No refunds will be given for any inclusions that are not utilized by the client.
- Luggage and Belongings: Travelers are responsible for their luggage and belongings. Backpackers United is not responsible for any damage or missing items.
- Departure Time: The departure time is fixed, and all travelers must report at the pickup point 30 minutes before scheduled departure. The air conditioning will be switched off in the hills, and the driver will have the discretion to turn off the AC during the trip for safety reasons.
- Prohibited Activities: Drinking and smoking are strictly prohibited during the tour. Backpackers United's tours involve physically demanding activities such as trekking and camping at high altitudes, so clients are advised to be in good physical shape.
- Liability: Backpackers United is not responsible for any accidents, bodily injury, illness, death, loss, or damage to baggage or property, or any damages or claims arising from negligence or delay by any person not employed by Backpackers United.
- Conduct: Any misconduct or indiscipline will not be tolerated during the tour.
- Alterations to Itinerary: Backpackers United is not responsible for any delays or alterations to the itinerary due to natural hazards, accidents, weather conditions, landslides, political closures, or any untoward incidents. Alterations to the itinerary may be necessary due to various factors, such as weather and road conditions, and the physical ability of participants, in the interest of safety, comfort, and general well-being.
- Insurance: Backpackers United does not provide insurance policies to cover sickness, accidents, or losses due to theft or other reasons.By booking a trip with Backpackers United, you acknowledge that you have read, understood, and agreed to abide by these terms and conditions. Your safety and enjoyment during the trip are our top priorities, and we appreciate your cooperation and adherence to these guidelines.