Pondicherry, India

Liana bougainvillea, curling around the cathedral Pondicherry, tree-lined boulevards and a second might make you wonder where you are: in the south of France or still in the former French colony. But vibrant festivals, famous monument, Aayi Mandapam and Sri Aurobindo Ashram allow unmistakably - it is India. To the north and south of the city stretch quiet beaches where you can swim or just soak up the sun.