In our humble opinion, this has to be the most unique town of India, maybe the entire world. Never heard of it? Well, let us see what makes this place about 12 kms from Pondicherry so unique and definitely worth visiting.
So what is Auroville
It is not just a place, rather it is an ongoing experiment started in 1968 by Mirra Alfassa known more commonly in Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry as “The Mother”. The vision of Auroville is to be a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony.
Ok, I get it but what makes this place so unique?
A lot of things. But consider this to begin with:
- About 2400 people live in Auroville from more than 50 nationalities, yes 50! There are French, Germans, Uzbeks, Japanese, Swiss, Britons, Kazakhs etc. and lest I forget, Indians too.
- It is almost cashless: For daily transactions like those on food, clothing, other items of use and even services, there is a system of accounts known as the Auroville Maintenance Fund. This organization acts as a bank for Aurovilians. Each account contains money against the names of the particular resident. Whenever they have to pay at specific restaurants, cafes, boutiques, and several other Auroville units, they mention their account number in a register, their name, the amount to be paid, put their signatures and voila! For visitors, there is an Aurocard (a kind of debit card) which can be used in place of cash.
- Everything is collective property: Consider this, all land and immovable property do not belong to anyone, but are the joint property of Auroville.
- You get paid for staying here: There is the concept of support from theCentral Fund, which is in the range of Rs 8000 to Rs 15000 that every Aurovilian gets every month (credited to their account with the Financial Service), provided they are working or have set up some commercial unit or service rendering business.
Hmm, sounds very different indeed. So for how long should I visit Auroville?
You should definitely stay back for more than a week here to truly understand this amazing ongoing experiment and be a part of it. This place is truly unlike any other place that you would have seen till now.
How do I get around?
There are bicycles, bikes available in plenty to see Auroville. Find one and check out this amazing town. Trust us, you will not feel disappointed!
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