Pondicherry

So, Pondicherry is the last place to visit in India for this leg of the trip.  After which, i start making my way back to Mumbai, once i have picked up my bike in Ahmedabad.  So, New Years Eve in Pondy, and, then another 9 days hanging out.  After which, a bus ride back to Bangalore to catch a plane to Ahmedabad.  Then, pick up my bike and my other luggage there, and drive down to Mumbai (i hired a driver and mini van).  A few days in Mumbai, then i flight out to New Zealand on the night of Sunday Jan 18.  Here is Pondy:

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The national highway to Pondy hasnt been paved yet.  So, most of the ride is this type of gravel and dirt path, which is shared by trucks and buses.  I am glad i am not riding my bike here..  very tight quarters sharing with the big trucks.  No much room at all.  7 hours of this bs…

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Hitching rides…  🙂 

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Yep, not for me. 

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Arrive in Pondy, in the late afternoon.  What would take about 2 hours to drive in the US, took 8.5 hours here. 

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One of the traffic circles…

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My hotel, all decked out for New Years Eve.  They did a nice job.  Even had fireworks of their own, which rivaled the city show. 

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Busy place on new years.  They kept it very clean.  Its the GRT Sunway Grand, and i do recommend it.  The staff are super nice, and very attentive.  The nicest staff that i had run across in all of India.  Second would be the Marriott Jaipur staff, although the Marriott had better food and amenities.

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Their new years eve stage and party.  It was nicely laid out.  Behind this was a 200 foot long buffet.  They had so much food there, it was incredible.  But soon, all the kids arrived; mostly a family type of party, as i later learned.  Got annoying very quickly. 

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The entrance.  It was called “Shanghai Nite”…

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This girl, although quite plain jane looking, had a voice on her.  Incredible.  When she first got on stage, nobody was paying attention; then, everyone sat down and started listening.  She sang several times, and was qutie a hit.  Good for her. 

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The boy band, with a chica in tow…

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Thats some of the buffet in the back there.  It went all along that wall, then curved to the right along another wall. 

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The streets were quite.  I think it is the quitest i have seen an Indian street.  Everyone was at some celebration or party. 

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