Together with the former French enclaves of Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam, Pondicherry now forms the Union Territory of Pondicherry. The houses and institutions in the streets between the waterfront and the canal are now very chic, their gardens ablaze with flowering trees and bougainvillea, and their entrances adorned with shiny brass plates. The main reason people visit Pondicherry is to visit the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and its offshoot, Auroville, 10 km. outside town. The ashram is one of the most popular in India and is also one of the most affluent. Its spiritual tenets represent a synthesis of yoga and modern science. Sri Aurobindo Ashram : The main ashram building is on Rue de la Marine and is surrounded by other buildings given over to the various educational and cultural activities of the Aurobindo Society. The ashram is open everyday. The room in which Aurobindo used to mediate is open for viewing daily between 11.30 and 11.45 am., by appointment only. Opposite the main building is the educational centre. French Institute (Alliance Francaise) : The French Institute on Dumas St includes French classes, a French restaurant and library. Pondicherry Museum : The museum has an interesting, eclectic and well-displayed variety of exhibits ranging from French furniture to a history of bead making. It is at 1 Romain Roland St, south of the main square, and is open between 9.00 am. and 5pm. from Tuesday to Sunday.