A Touch of France in Pondicherry

If you are looking to honeymoon at an artsy, design-savvy destination without having to leave the country, Pondicherry is the place. A fascinating blend of Indian and French culture, Pondicherry is a revelation. And if you are keen to explore the French colonial roots of the city, there is no better place to stay than the Hôtel de l’Orient. Converted from an 18th-century Education Department building, the Hôtel de l’Orient has 16 tastefully decorated rooms and sits elegantly on the rue Romain Rolland.

All the rooms are beautifully decorated with french colonial furniture including four poster beds and dark-wood wardrobes, fascinating artefacts, traditional tiles and woodwork. All rooms are elegantly attired in whites, pinks, yellows, or cool emerald They have a wonderful, airy feel and surround a pretty courtyard shaded by citrus and neem trees. Top favorites are Mahe ( a double bedded luxury suite) , Karikal (a Grand Room with terrace and veranda) and Arcot, which has a patio.

A stay here is incomplete without a meal at romantically candle-lit courtyard restaurant, Carte Blanche, where local “Creole” cuisine, a blend of South Indian and French, is served.

Now you can buy or gift a stay at this romantic hotel and experience the French heritage of the city.

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