We had a thoroughly enjoyable walk through the leafy lanes of this charming part of town with Ashok Ponda from INTACH. Ashok is passionate about preservation & restoration & with him we Discovered the beautiful houses behind the high front walls & got insights in to their history. There is a lot of effort put into the preservation and restoration of the French quarter by INTACH, kudos to them, without their effort the French quarter would not have been the same. The walk was supposed to be for an hour but we ended up spending nearly 2 hours. I would strongly recommend this to every visitor to Pondicherry.