Vijayawada and Pondicherry and Tiruchirappalli in southeast India offer places of history,
spirituality and commerce, as well as colorful friendly people.
Just outside Pondicherry is the international city of Auroville–started in 1968–intended as a place of "human unity".
At the center of the commune is the huge round meditation globe known as the Matrimandir, pictured here.
Auroville is intended as a place "where all human beings of goodwill…could live freely as citizens of the world…"
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