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:
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…
Hitching rides… 🙂
Yep, not for me.
Arrive in Pondy, in the late afternoon. What would take about 2 hours to drive in the US, took 8.5 hours here.
One of the traffic circles…
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.
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.
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.
The entrance. It was called “Shanghai Nite”…
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.
The boy band, with a chica in tow…
Thats some of the buffet in the back there. It went all along that wall, then curved to the right along another wall.
The streets were quite. I think it is the quitest i have seen an Indian street. Everyone was at some celebration or party.