The magic of the whole Orient in one name: Pondicherry, where the French set up a new coastal lifestyle. Only a French flirtation with India’s bewildering diversity could have produced the refined and elusive magic of Pondicherry.

Now, this French 18th century in India is brought alive again in a virtual art gallery with etchings and hand written postcards.

Recreated in high-raftered ceilings with savonnerie rugs and easy chairs to lounge away the afternoons. Four poster beds – one accessed by three stairs! To help you recreate your past with dreams. Savour a French mansion full of Indian warmth.

Enjoy fine Creole eating where Tamil spices mix with subtle French under-statement to titillate the palates of gourmets. Served at the Carte Blanche, among a collection of antique maps to sail you down the waves of time with sailors, mercenary adventures and traders.

There’s also The Neemrana Shop to spoil you with souvenirs and designer lifestyle gifts.