Bastille Day in Pondicherry – Watch Two Cultures Collide in Celebration

Bastille Day is the French National Day, marking the anniversary of the storming of Bastille, a prison, in 1789. The fall of the prison symbolised the rise of modern France, the end of monarchy and the start of a republic. Bastille Day was first celebrated in France on the fourteenth of July, 1790, exactly one year after the prison fell and has been an annual event ever since. The Bastille Day celebrations are grandiose in nature and include parades, parties and fireworks. After all, it is a day of immense significance for the French, so one might find it a little odd to see that the Indian city of Pondicherry also commemorates Bastille Day with a similar pomp and grandeur. Visitors may also be perplexed by the architecture of the older city areas, which bear a strong French influence, that is until one realises that Pondicherry (now called Puducherry) though small in area was once the largest French colony in India. It is still home to a significant French expat community.

Although essentially Indian in nature, French culture is still strong in this southern city, even decades after independence. This unique blend of Indian and French cultures makes Pondicherry a highly interesting place to visit. Tourists who happen to be visiting the city in mid-July will be able to witness first-hand the delightful outcome when two seemingly disparate cultures collide in unity. Bastille Day is a major event on the city’s calendar and the yearly festivities are taken quite seriously by the locals. The day is generally marked with a parade usually conducted by retired soldiers. The parade honours French soldiers who have fallen in battle. Amidst all the festivities, the locals also manage to show their national pride with the Indian national anthem being sung along with the French one and Indian flags being displayed alongside French flags.

Tourists in town for the celebrations and looking for quality Pondicherry accommodation can try the Hotel Atithi. This impressive example of a Pondicherry hotel occupies a central location and offers guests easy access to the city’s commercial and leisure areas. With its convenient location, top-notch services and tastefully decorated rooms, it is the ideal accommodation option for both leisure and business tourists.

Scuba Diving In Pondicherry – Home to a few Amazing Diving Spots

Pondicherry, which recently changed its name to Puducherry, is a city found in the southern part of India. Small in size, the city was once a French colony and the French influence is fairly obvious in the older regions, although the French influence has also seeped into the newly built parts of the city as well. The city, with its European feel, may come as a shock to visitors who have spent time visiting the culturally rich, aesthetically distinct south. However, the differences are mostly cosmetic and Pondicherry is truly an Indian city filled with all the things tourists love about the country.

The city is full of interesting things to see, although those who want to take a break from sightseeing and do something adventurous can try their hand at scuba diving. There are a few amazing diving spots found just off the coast of Pondicherry and tourists are sure to enjoy exploring them. It does not matter whether one is a veteran diver or a complete beginner as there are many diving centres in the city which conducts scuba diving courses.

The best time to go scuba diving is between January and May and also between September and November. Since there are many diving centres to choose from, one can look for the place that provides the most facilities. Fish one may come across include trigger fish, angel fish, banner fish and even several species of sharks.

Scuba diving is a highly thrilling activity, perfect for adventure and nature lovers. Those who would rather not go scuba diving can try snorkelling instead. One may not come across much sea life this way but the waters off the coast of Pondicherry are abundant with marine fauna and it is possible to observe a fair cross section of them this way.

A country accustomed to visitors, it is easy to find restaurants and places to stay in all parts of India and Pondicherry is no different. Tourists looking for Pondicherry accommodation can try the Hotel Atithi. The Pondicherry hotel offers excellent facilities, well decorated rooms and great views of the city. The hotel also enjoys a central location which makes it easy for guests to get around.