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Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry

·  Summer: (24 °C-41 °C) Hot weather
·  Winter: (17 °C-32 °C) Warm and pleasant
·  Monsoon: July to September. Moderate to heavy rainfall.

Best time to visit:  October-March

Opening Time: 08:00 a.m. for visitors and 04:30 a.m. for guests and pass-holders.
Closing Time: 06:00 p.m. for visitors (Break from 12:00p.m. to 2:00 p.m.) and 11:00 p.m. for guests and pass-holde
Weekly Holiday: Open 7 days a week.

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Rejuvenate your life with spiritual salvation at Aurobindo Ashram, one of the most prominent ashrams in India. Set up by Sri Aurobindo way back in 1926, the ashram was looked after by Madam Mirra Alfassa, fondly called The Mother or Maa by the followers. Offering an extremely peaceful environment to practice yoga and meditation, it attracts uncountable visitors, including huge numbers of foreigners, every year.

Art-craft workshops, art gallery, ashram library, art house, handmade paper factory, weaving and embroidery departments and many other highlights of the ashram are worth exploring. There are accommodation facilities in the form of ashram-run guesthouses for those who wish to stay here and attain spirituality.

Passes are required to stay, to dine and to participate in different activities. Visitors can also visit the cenotaphs (Samadhis) of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother. Guided tours, which begin at 08:15 am, can be joined to explore the ashram in the company of a guide.  

Additional Information:
It is advisable to wear traditional or decent Indian clothes. Children below 3 are not permitted. Sexual activities, alcohol and smoking items are prohibited. Advance reservation is required at ashram-run guesthouses. At the ashram, passes are required by guests for various activities.

Road: Accessible by National Highways 45, 45A and 66, the place is convenient to access by buses, taxis and private vehicles. Prefer to travel via East Coast Road that offers an enjoyable scenic trip.

Railway: Pondicherry Railway Station is only about 2 km. away from the ashram. Daily trains from Chennai and regular ones from Bangalore, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and other cities are available.

Airway: Chennai Airport (about 148 km.) is the nearest airport for domestic as well as international air traffic. From the airport, one can get to the ashram in a taxi enjoying well-maintained roads.