Auroville Guided Tour

Puducherry, India

Experience hosted by Samarth

3 hours, Hosted in English, French, and Hindi
Committed to safety
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Up to 10 people

What you'll do

The Auroville Tour is aimed at giving you an insight into one of the most unique experiments in human unity as you discover an oasis of creativity, talent, and dedication in living and building as a community.

We begin at Pondy Local, a charming boutique that offers products made by local artisans.
From here, we head to Auroville on two-wheelers that get us to Matrimandir in roughly 20 minutes.

At Auroville

As you view the Matrimandir - the soul of Auroville, you will be introduced to the futuristic vision of the City of Auroville as envisaged by The Mother - the spiritual collaborator of Sri Aurobindo.

We then visit a whole variety of organizations to interact with entrepreneurs working in sectors such as music therapy, e-mobility, designer furniture and textiles, natural bath and body products, dehydrated nutritious foods, etc.

If you're willing to explore the place in an eco-friendly manner, we could hire an e-cycle and bike through the forest trails.

We could then have a scrumptious meal or an equally delightful quick bite at a spot as we exchange stories, experiences, discuss the future of education and how we could add meaning to our existence.

This tour is an occasion to reflect upon the role we play in making that incremental change, living our lives more consciously, and bring a smile to those around us.
And then we head back, as we move forward!
The Auroville Tour is aimed at giving you an insight into one of the most unique experiments in human unity as you discover an oasis of creativity, talent, and dedication in living and building as a community.

We begin at Pondy Local, a charming boutique that offers products made by local artisans.
From here, we head to Auroville on two-wheelers that get us to Matrimandir in roughly 20 minutes.

At Auroville

Meet your Host, Samarth

Host on Airbnb since 2017
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I am a third generation Pondicherrian and have been working with an NGO called Sikana for the last 5 years. We make educational video programs to empower people through skill development and spread health and environmental awareness. I studied at Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education in Pondicherry and then moved to Paris 11 years ago. I shuttle between the two cities regularly and love traveling and discovering new cultures. I have trekked in Peru, Ecuador, Bhutan and Tanzania. When I'm in Pondicherry, you can find me playing ultimate Frisbee or tennis in Auroville or jamming in my family's heritage home. My parents are entrepreneurs in Pondicherry and they are founders of two cool companies: Offbeat t-shirts and Bagtrendz. Together we founded Pondy Local, a small boutique and an online platform to help the local artisans.
I am a third generation Pondicherrian and have been working with an NGO called Sikana for the last 5 years. We make educational video programs to empower people through skill development and spread health and environmental awareness. I studied at Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education in Pondicherry and then moved to Paris 11 years ago. I shuttle between the two cities regularly and love traveling and discovering new cultures. I have trekked in Peru, Ecuador, Bhutan and Tanzania. When I…
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Where you'll be

Auroville is an international township, 8 kilometres from the French Town in Pondicherry. At the heart of it lies the Matrimandir, a gigantic globe covered with gold plates. It is surrounded by a dense forest and people from different walks of life and countries live and work there harmoniously in their quest for perfection. They do cutting edge research in renewable energy, architecture, music, organic farming, education, yoga and meditation.

Rated 4.67 out of 5 from 3 reviews.

Dharshini
July 2021
Samarth knows all around Auroville. He was an amazing host. It was a very interesting experience to learn more about the magical place. Definitely recommended.
Sushi
March 2021
Getting to meet some of the Auroville entrepreneurs and understanding their work was a great experience. Since Samarth grew up with this community, his insights on Auroville were invaluable.
Lakshminarayanan
September 2021
We got to see some of the cool businesses within Auroville. Would not have been possible without Samarth’s help

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 16 and up can attend.

What to bring

Water

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