Pondicherry, currently known as Puducherry, has earned the moniker Paris Of The East due to the French influence in its culture and heritage. The Union Territory of India shares a deep connection with French culture since 1674, the year when the first trading post of the French East India Company sprang up here. Pondicherry has been influenced by the multiple colonial powers of Dutch, English, and Portuguese. But France always had a strong presence here, and eventually, their lifestyle started to influence the lives of the locals. The Parisian architectural styles can be seen in Pondicherry, making it the pinnacle of Indo-French architecture.
Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges:
As the name suggests, Raj Niwas is the Governor’s residence and is nearly 350 years old. The stunning white mansion is the perfect blend of French and Tamil architecture and was built by the French East India Trading Company in the year 1674. If you are a heritage enthusiast and you are visiting Pondicherry, this is a place you must see.
French Villas in the French Quarters: