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“Love colonial restoration. Informative.”

INTACH Heritage Centre
Ranked #23 of 78 things to do in Pondicherry
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

Located just a few blocks north of the market, the Center is housed in a beautifully restored home with central garden. The projects on display give you a nice feel for the town's colonial heritage, restorations planned or underway and the impressive scheme for enhancing the promenade / park areas near the water.

Thank Wendell D
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"french quarter"
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"wonderful resource"
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"informative"
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"architecture"
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Reviewed 19 February 2017

We visited Pondicherry a while ago and based on TripAdvisor's rating, we decided to give this heritage walk a go. Our guide was late. The walk lasted just over an hour or so and involved him talking about how great INTACH was and how useless the government is. During this time, we walked up and down a couple of the long streets in the French quarter. He pointed out a couple of places that had been renovated and took us inside another which is now a heritage hotel. But throughout the walk there was actually no mention of either the architecture of the place or any real history.

At the end of it all, he collected Rs. 1000 from us as a "donation" to INTACH. No receipt was given of course ...

1  Thank Tekufa
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Reviewed 18 February 2017

The gentleman who guided us through the French Town was so passionate about conservation: his sincerity to make Pondicherry into a cleaner and more beautiful town was quite touching, while his intelligence (6 languages he speaks!) gave more depth than a regular walking tour. Highly recommended!

3  Thank TheWorldDigested
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Reviewed 27 January 2017

Organised by INTARCH a wonderful resource for all those interested in the built heritage of Pondicherry. The walk started with a small briefing inside a restored heritage restaurant and then we went about exploring various lanes in the heritage part of town. Overall it was a great experience and highly recommended.

2  Thank Lakshmi S
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Reviewed 1 January 2017

Great displays in their renovated office building. Worth asking for walking tour even for a traveler who has been to Pondi before. Mine turned out to be a solo tour. Great guide and certainly worth the price.

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