Joy Community Guest House

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  • Comfortable accommodation in a tranquil area immersed in nature. Community atmosphere, beautiful gardens, large yoga hall for any practice. Shared and private accommodation with shared or attached bathrooms. Well equipped kitchen. www.joyauroville.org  more info...
  • Joy Community Vision
    
    This is a place surrounded by a culture of creativity, happiness, and integrity, where everybody is dedicated to the development and ideals of Auroville. As such, we are ready to bring forth human unity in diversity by working harmoniously together, yet giving freedom of expression to each one's unique needs, vocation, truth and soul purpose in a spirit of service. Therefore, we commit to be a joyful community and a center for experiential education, where people can connect at the  heart level and sustainable ways of living and spiritual values are brought into practice.
    
    
    Guesthouse Information
    
    We run a naturally simple, yet very beautiful and clean guesthouse for those people seeking for a real experience in Auroville, instead of staying in the usual tourist accommodation. We have a peculiar community atmosphere and we are immersed in nature, which here is characterized by the tropical evergreen dry forest and the most colorful birds. At the same time, we are located in the very center of Auroville, only a few hundred meters from the Matrimandir, the Visitor's Center, the Town Hall and the Solar Kitchen. Our place is perfect for a diverse stay as you can relax in a hammock in the garden or skype with your friends in a comfy sofa indoor. You can also be active and do any practice in our beautiful yoga hall or help in our organic vegetable garden. For those who are interested and stay long enough, we are also happy to share our experience here and some of the history and complexities of the "City of Dawn". Time to time we even organize a 4-days intensive program for people who wish to discover some very interesting projects and deepen their understanding of Auroville: an intentional community in the making, aspiring for unity in diversity, yet far from the dream in the current reality.
    
    Our guesthouse has a large variety of accommodation styles to meet the needs and wishes of each and every guest. Our basic accommodation facilities are mainly made of wood and bamboo and have a traditional coconut roof; they are more suitable for guests on a budget or looking for a rustic adventure. Our standard (shared bathroom) and comfort (attached bathroom) accommodation facilities are very diverse, but they all have in common a beautiful design; they are more suitable for guests who prefer a comfortable lodging or a tranquil experience.
    
    All types of accommodations are equipped with fan, electricity, and power back-up for lights only. Comfort rooms additionally have even fans connected to power back-up. All the showers (shared or private) are connected to a solar heater that provides hot water all-year round, even during monsoon and in the night thanks to the electric back-up. We have a well-equipped common kitchen that is available for guests use. Please bring your own flashlight, towel, toilet paper, soap, etc. We have lockers available for guests staying in shared accommodation, but bring your own lock. We are an alcohol and drug free campus, while smoking cigarettes is allowed only in a dedicated area.
    
    Included in your stay: free WiFi internet (up to 500 GB/week), free yoga hall and mat use (out of class time), drinking water, some common kitchen items, service tax, the Auroville contribution and organic Auroville style breakfast for comfort rooms only in the high season. We provide bed-sheets, blankets and mosquito nets for all types of accommodation. Not included in your stay: bicycle use (Rs. 50 a day, 40 % discount if you take it for at least 2 weeks), laundry (Rs. 200 per washing machine load), organic lunch (Rs. 300 including starter, main course, dessert, tea/coffee and juice) and any class happening in our multipurpose hall. 
    
    Office Hours: from 8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Saturday and 8.30 am to 12.30 pm on Sunday. Check-in time is from 2 pm onward and check-out time is up to 11 am. If you plan to arrive at a different time, please let us know; otherwise you won't find anyone to welcome you. Also, shops and restaurants in Auroville close down around 8-9 pm, so please come prepared with food/snacks if you're arriving late.
    
    
    Guesthouse Rates from 13/03/17 to 30/04/17
    
    - Minimum stay: 3 nights.
    - Auroville long-term (2 months minimum stay) volunteers discount: 30 % on the rates below plus  an additional 20 % reimbursement from Auroville Financial Service after 2 months of stay.
    - 2 weeks stay discount: 15 % on the rates below. 
    - Basic shared accommodation (non-mixed dormitory, divided in areas of 2-3 beds): Rs. 400/person/night.
    - Basic double/twin bed bungalow: Rs. 700 for single use, Rs. 1000 for double use.
    - Basic double/triple bed room: Rs. 1000 for double use, Rs. 1200 for triple use.
    - Standard single bed room: Rs. 700.
    - Comfort double/triple bed room (attached bathroom): Rs. 1000 for single use, Rs. 1400 for double use, Rs. 1800 for triple use.
    
    
    Guesthouse Rates from 01/05/17 to 30/06/17
    
    - Minimum stay: 2 nights.
    - Auroville long-term (2 months minimum stay) volunteers discount: 30 % on the rates below plus  an additional 20 % reimbursement from Auroville Financial Service after 2 months of stay (if registered in SAVI).
    - 2 weeks stay discount: 15 % on the rates below. 
    - Basic shared accommodation (non-mixed dormitory, divided in areas of 2-3 beds): Rs. 300/person/night.
    - Basic double/twin bed bungalow: Rs. 500 for single use, Rs. 700 for double use.
    - Basic double/triple bed room: Rs. 700 for double use, Rs. 900 for triple use.
    - Standard single bed room: Rs. 500 for single use.
    - Comfort double/triple bed room (attached bathroom): Rs. 800 for single use, Rs. 1000 for double use, Rs. 1200 for triple use.
    
    
    Guesthouse Rates from 01/07/17 to 14/12/17
    
    - Minimum stay: 3 nights.
    - Auroville long-term (2 months minimum stay) volunteers discount: 30 % on the rates below plus  an additional 20 % reimbursement from Auroville Financial Service after 2 months of stay (if registered in SAVI).
    - 2 weeks stay discount: 15 % on the rates below. 
    - Basic shared accommodation (non-mixed dormitory, divided in areas of 2-3 beds): Rs. 400/person/night.
    - Basic double/twin bed bungalow: Rs. 700 for single use, Rs. 1000 for double use.
    - Basic double/triple bed room: Rs. 1000 for double use, Rs. 1200 for triple use.
    - Standard single bed room: Rs. 700.
    - Comfort double/triple bed room (attached bathroom): Rs. 1000 for single use, Rs. 1400 for double use, Rs. 1800 for triple use.
    
    
    Guesthouse Rates from 15/12/17 to 17/03/18
    
    - Minimum stay: 7 nights.
    - Auroville long-term (2 months minimum stay) volunteers discount: 15 % on the rates below plus  an additional 20 % reimbursement from Auroville Financial Service after 2 months of stay (if registered in SAVI).
    - Organic Local breakfast included in comfort accommodation only.
    - Basic shared accommodation (non-mixed dormitory, divided in areas of 2-3 beds): Rs. 500/person/night.
    - Basic double/twin bed bungalow: Rs. 1000 for single use, Rs. 1400 for double use.
    - Basic double/triple bed room: Rs 1000 Single use, Rs. 1400 for double use, Rs. 1800 for triple use.
    - Standard single bed room: Rs. 1000 for single use.
    - Comfort double bed room (attached bathroom): Rs. 1500 for single use, Rs. 2250 for double use, Rs. 3000 for triple use.
    
    
    Booking / Advance Payment
    
    In order to make and confirm a booking, we require a non-refundable advance deposit. You can pay in different ways:
    - in cash in person (or via a local friend),
    - by credit card (domestic debit card and internet banking) through our online payment gateway.
    
    
    Guesthouse Directions
    
    If you are coming by a private car please print out your booking confirmation and let us know about your estimated time of arrival to alert the security, otherwise the car won't be allowed inside Auroville; only if you are coming inside with an Auroville taxi, no such a issue. We are located within Center Field Community about 500 meters away from Matrimandir Gate and Solar Kitchen, 1km from the Visitor's Center and Town Hall. From Chennai either take a taxi (see contacts below) or a bus to Pondicherry. From Pondicherry, you can take an Auroville taxi (see below) to our guesthouse or a rickshaw to the Visitor's Center. From the Visitor's Center, go towards Matrimandir and after 500 meters turn right when you reach a T-junction; after 100 meters you'll see our sign board pointing a dirty road on the right, take it and after 100 more meters you'll see again our sign board pointing another dirty road on the right, take it and after 50 meters, you'll see our gate with our sign board on the left. When you enter go until the very end of the dirty lane and take a walking path on the left leading to the reception.
    
    
    Taxis and Airport Pick-Up
    
    Please contact one of the Auroville taxi services if you need an airport pick-up (or other taxi service) as rickshaws and other taxis are not always allowed inside Auroville:
    
    Aurocabs: aurocabs@auroville.org.in, +91 (0)413 2623200
    Unity Transport Service: uts@auroville.org.in, +91 (0)413 2623587
  • Contact: Giovanni, Stefania, Sara, Ruba  joycommunity@auroville.org.in
  • Telephone: +91 9487272393
  • Languages: English, Italian, Spanish, Tamil, Croatian
  • Community: Center Field Setting: center
  • Comfort range: A - basic B - standard C - good
  • Lat. 12.00199489
    Long. 79.80646849
  • Bathroom: Shared or private.
  • Fan / AC: Fans in every accommodation type.
  • Meals: Auroville breakfast available in high season (free for comfort rooms).
  • Kitchen: Well equipped common kitchen for guests use.
  • Internet: Free WiFi.
  • To Matrimandir: 0.5 km
  • Other services: 1 week min stay, Laundry (Rs. 200/load) and bicycle rent (Rs. 50/day, Rs. 30 for minimun 2 weeks) available. Various learning and social activities on site. Free use of yoga hall, mats and cushions. More info: www.joyauroville.org and update: www.facebook
  • Minimum stay:  3 nights
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