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Travel to Mexico: From the magic of Mayan to Me-Mo

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World Architecture Travel (WAT), an international network for architectural tours now brings to you a unique travel experience to Mexico from October 28th to November 10th, 2017. The tour is designed, and planned integrating architecture, design, art, and culture metamorphosing into a memorable 360 degrees experience. The tours are interspersed with a blend of explorations, interactions, lectures, a peek into the lesser known, escapades and much more that stimulates, enlightens and exhilarates. The team of professionals and travelers are bound by the common thread of our intense love and passion for traveling, places and people. The tour features some of the architectural marvels in the region namely Chichen Itza, Cuernavaca, Merida, Puebla, Tulum Ruins among others.

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Ancient Mexico, the land of the Mayan civilization, was a highly evolved society, evident from archeological finds as early as 2500 B.C or earlier. Teotihuacan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a city believed to have been established around 100B.C and lasted until the 8th century A.D, is architecturally and anthropologically significant, being one of the largest cities of that period, in its complex multi-residential, multi-floor residential compounds, pyramids and shrines built to accommodate a population of 125,000 or more of multi-ethnic groups. Itza and Toltec invaders occupied and influenced the art and architecture of the Mayans.

Schele and Freidel in ‘A Forest of Kings: The Untold Story of the Ancient Maya’ write,

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“To the Maya, the world was alive and imbued with a sacredness that was especially concentrated at special points, like caves and mountains. The principal pattern of power points had been established by the Gods when the cosmos was created. Within this matrix of sacred landscape, human beings built communities that both merged with the God-generated patterns and created a second human-made matrix of power points. The two systems were perceived to be complementary…. Thus, as Kings built and rebuilt temples on the same spot over centuries, the sanctums within became even more sacred…. There were rituals which contained the accumulated power of objects, people and places when they were no longer in active use. And conversely, when the community became convinced that the power was gone from their city and ruling dynasties, they just walked away.”

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Mexico City, just about 40 km from the ruins of Teotihuacan, today is a chaotic metropolis with over 21 million inhabitants living in high density within a volcanic valley. Citing, Daniel Rauchwerger, ‘The Mexican Moment: The rise of Architecture’s latest Design Capital’, Architecture, and a unique cuisine, is what draws visitors to this city today. Challenges for architects and planners are abundant here but a strong sense of appetite for updated architecture is felt almost everywhere here, and a rare and exciting energy to act, change, move and create as it nourishes architectural education and innovation within and attracts international firms at the same time.

‘Me-Mo’, short for Mexican Moment, is a term invented by local architects. Local Architectural firms like Jose Castillo’s Arquitectura911sc, Productora, young architects like Frida Escobedo along with a host of brilliant designers like Tatiana Bilbao, Fernando Romero, Alberto Kalach, Enrique Norten, Issac Broid are creating a wonderfully new Mexico that the Modernist movement architect and designers like Luis Barragan, Felix Candela, Pedro Ramirez Vasquez, Mario Pani and others paved in the recent past. Mexico City is proving to the world how the present and the past can lead to a promising future through all the chaos and problems of a developing country but with a respect and sensitivity toward its culture and history.

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World Architecture Travel (WAT) a unique travel portal that explores architecture & culture is supported by The World Architecture Festival (WAF) the annual festival and awards ceremony for the architecture industry dedicated to celebrating and sharing architectural excellence from across the globe. WAT supported by WAF has inked a strategic brand alliance to offer a host of benefits to architectural travelers. WAT reaches out to individuals with a passion for architecture, urban design and culture, travels to places of modern architecture, unexplored places, a well planned places experience of contemporary architecture. Through city walks, culture trails and academic discussion are organized with a team of experienced architects, historians and academicians. Our passionate teams of planners bind in local architecture, building culture, current architecture developments, and urban design as part of your travel experience

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Mail/Express trains to get saloons for exclusive journey

Railways has given written instruction to all zonal railways to allow saloons to be attached to all scheduled mail/express trains across the country. The Rajdhani, Duronto, Shatabdi and Gatimaan expresses have been exempted from this.

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New Delhi, June 8 (IANS) Aiming to increase earnings, Indian Railways will add a saloon to mail/express trains if booked by passengers for exclusive travel for reaching destination in comfort by paying a little more.

Known as an Inspection Car, a saloon is a specially designed rail coach with two bedrooms, a drawing/dining room, two bathrooms, an attendant’s room and a kitchen.

Facing stiff competition from low cost carriers the national transporter is in the process of coming out with many innovative approaches to perk up revenue.

Saloons are used by senior railway officials on their inspection duty. Ministers are also entitled to use the saloon during their rail journey.

Though the saloon can comfortably accommodate six passengers, one has to pay the equivalent of 18 first class fare for the same destination in the scheduled train.

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IRCTC opens luxury railway saloons to public; coaches to offer valet service, air-conditioned rooms

“We have allowed saloon to be booked by any passenger. It would be added as an additional coach to the existing mail/express train on demand after paying the prescribed rate,” a senior Railway Ministry official said.

One can book the saloon through IRCTC, the railways’ tourism and catering wing.

Railways has given written instruction to all zonal railways to allow saloons to be attached to all scheduled mail/express trains across the country. The Rajdhani, Duronto, Shatabdi and Gatimaan expresses have been exempted from this.

Currently, a Mail/Express train have between 18 to 24 coaches.

Since the saloon is equiped with cooking facility, customers will be free to make their own catering arrangements.

Railways expect the saloon will be in demand in tourist destinations and it would also be a much sought after service by newly married couples.

By : Arun Kumar Das

( is a senior Delhi-based freelance journalist. He can be contacted at [email protected])

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Now, Shimla is just 20 minutes away from Chandigarh

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The heli-taxi service that will cut down the travel time by four hours. (Photo- AIR)

Shimla, June 4: The travel distance between this Himachal Pradesh tourist resort and Chandigarh was reduced to just 20 minutes with the launch of a heli-taxi service on Monday.

The state government in association with helicopter service operator Pawan Hans Ltd launched a to and fro heli-taxi service on the Chandigarh-Shimla route, cutting down the earlier four hours travel time.

Each sortie, with 19 passengers on board, will offer a minimum fare of Rs 2,999 per person. It will initially ply twice a week, Monday and Friday.

The helicopter will take off from Shimla’s airport at Jubbarhatti at 8 a.m. and reach the Chandigarh International Airport at 8.20 a.m.

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And from Chandigarh to Shimla, the flight will take off at 9 a.m. and reach Shimla at 9.20 a.m., an official with Pawan Hans told IANS.

He said the frequency of heli-taxi service would be increased depending on response of the passengers.

Otherwise, it takes minimum four hours to travel between Shimla and Chandigarh by road.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur flagged off the first service from Shimla. He said this would greatly help to boost the tourism industry in the state.

The government is also planning to start heli-taxi service between Chandigarh and Manali and sortie service from Manali to the majestic Rohtang Pass, an official said.

Members of the tourism industry are elated as they are hopeful that high-end tourists, especially foreigners and business travellers, will prefer to visit the state capital and its nearby destinations by flights.

“We are hopeful that the heli-taxi service will give boost to the tourism industry,” D.P. Bhatia, liaison officer with Shimla-based Oberoi Group of hotels, told IANS.

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Berlin: The 21st Century Party Paradise!

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Ironic as it may be, Berlin, the city that bears symbols of its violent past and that has, for two decades, been at the center of a cold war, with a great divide in ideologies, faith and power running uninterrupted through its heart in the form of a concrete wall, has risen like a phoenix in celebration of freedom and gracious acceptance of all possible differences of human existence. A city that once stood as headquarters of a leadership that believed in acting upon fanatic beliefs, today is one of the most charming acceptance and a thriving example of the ‘Live and Let Live’ adage – the Berlin of the 21st Century!

It is this history that perhaps lends intensity to the frivolously vibrant, almost hedonistic streak to its clubbing and party scene. Almost worshipped with devout fervour, music seems to be the religion of the city and its churches have taken shape in the Inside of abandoned factories and commercial buildings that had to be taken down, post the breaking of the wall. Thriving today with the Rhapsody of rock, electronic, classical, rap as well as benevolent gypsy symphonies, the Berlin of today is a throbbing, pulsating cultural village, well concealed under the cloak of a bustling metropolis. Sometimes disorientating, mind-blowing and occasionally even brutal and freaky, music and party scene in Berlin is one of the most dynamic and vibrant ecosystems, attracting patrons across age, geography, time and taste of music.

And while the music and the chic venues that are generously infused with local culinary and brewery excellence, consistently allure patrons, night after night, it is in truth, the city’s evolved ideologies that has shaped the clubbing landscape such that it combines politics, sexual openness and acceptance and progressive social values to create safe, participatory and, ultimately, magical nightlife spaces for clubbers, to lose themselves in.

With 24×7 parties throbbing in the underbelly, sometimes well concealed and sometimes brutally in your face, Berlin offers a plethora of options for the modern traveller, one that befits the title as the party paradise of the world! On offer are choicest of establishments that cater to every taste, budget and age group. With venues as myriad as tiny basement clubs, industrial techno temples, chestnut-canopied beer gardens, fancy cocktail caverns, saucy cabarets and abandoned powerhouses, Berlin delivers hot-stepping odysseys, and not just after dark and on weekends but pretty much 24/7.

Notable places of the visit on the circuit include the many well-defined districts, both old school and new. ‘Kreuzberg’, almost a city in its own rights, boasts of several small and large pubs and clubs, making it a destination in itself – one that cannot be explored completely in just one night. District Mitte – the cool and wild party paradise of the 90’s may have today become crowded with more commercialized settlements but the “Oranienburgerstraße”(Oranienburger street), lined with a wide range of pubs and bars, is a good starting

Point for a night out. The ‘Prenzlauer Berg’ – the place where the party scene transitioned to from ‘Mittte’ houses the Kollwitzplatz, Helmholdtplatz and SchönhauserAllee – popular neighbourhoods with loads of hip ‘drinking holes’. ‘Friedrichshain’ with its industrial wastelands converted into huge clubs and smaller cozy pubs with outdoor seating on the sidewalks, offers a relaxed and bohemian feel, making it one of the least gentrified and most alternative districts of Berlin.

Some of the most notable party destinations include:

Berghain& Panorama Bar – the Church of Techno

One of the most well-known pubs in Berlin and around the world, Berghain offers the best sound system and the best of music, bringing the abandoned power plant to life, every night. With the impeccable line-up of best DJ’s playing their best tunes, alternated by house music, it is the perfect place to enjoy the best drink and best of music.

Sisyphos

More of a festival than a club, Sisyphos, located in an abandoned dog food factory, is a labyrinth of free experiences, much like an Alice in Wonderland getaway! Not a regular club, but the Sisyphos regularly hosts parties that take assume the air of leisurely festivals, every two weeks and offers a taste of unadulterated freedom and joy, one that is difficult to forget for life!

ClärchensBallhaus

This 1913 establishment – a former ballroom known for extravagance dance parties, holds an old world charm well masqueraded into a contemporary vibe with a soundtrack of predominantly jazz, swing and soul tunes. And while the venue hasn’t changed much since the 1920’s, its patrons range from a mix of hipsters, tourists and ageing (but agile) music lovers, making it a more contemporary venue, deeply rooted in strong character.

Chalet

Housed in a decadent, abandoned 150-year-old mansion, the Chalet, located in Kreuzberg – the most hip neighbourhood in Berlin, offers a great line up of talented DJs playing in two different floors and a very charming garden: the perfect place to chill, when it’s not freezing cold outside. Open 7 days a week, the Chalet, with its vintage lamps and armchairs, bonfires in the backyard, wallpapers with antique patterns and many small rooms, caters to a rather more mainstream/touristic crowd.

Jay Kantawala, Founder of WIYO travel said, “With a general sense of reckless abandon, the dressing in most parties is casual and highly underdressed. With most bars open up till the wee hours of the morning and breakfast being served across the city until sunset, Berlin truly wears the majestic crown of being the party paradise of the world!”

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