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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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3 Gorgeous Places That Make Tunisia the Ideal Honeymoon Destination

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When it comes to honeymoons, most couples think of popular destinations. Such destinations give honeymooners a lot to do. But they don’t allow couples enough privacy to get to know each other better.

That’s why less frequented destinations are better options.

Spend your honeymoon in Tunisia: combining the magnificent atmosphere of North Africa to the sophistication of the Mediterranean Sea which will mesmerize you. Enjoy the pleasure offered by this country in an enchanting setting.

Tunisia, located in North Africa, is one such option. A 3.5 hour-long flight from Paris, this country is a marvellous combination of sandy beaches, sprawling deserts, nightlife, sports, and therapy for wellness.

Some places to visit in Tunisia are:

1. Sidi Bou Said

Perched atop a cliff offering a jaw-dropping view of the Mediterranean Sea, Sidi Bou Said is just 20 kilometres away from Tunis, the capital. This picturesque town is paved with cobbled streets and offers breathtaking views at every turn. You must visit Palace Dar Nejma Ezzahra, which now serves as a museum of historical artefacts.

If you want to enjoy Arabic and Mediterranean music, the Centre de Musiques Arabes e.t Mediterraneennes is a must visit. So is the D’Art Lella Salha & Des Metiers – the popular marketplace where you can buy authentic paintings or souvenirs for home.

2. Hammamet Beaches

Hammamet is a Tunisian town filled with beautiful beaches. This makes it a popular spot for swimming and watersports, and the destination most frequented by tourists. The beaches are peppered with resorts and hotels, each of which is surrounded by planted gardens and many trees.

The town is also packed with restaurants and shops that bring forth the true culture of this delightful Mediterranean destination. Evenings are like carnivals with the lighting, the music, and people who add more life to the place.

3. Sahara Desert

Tunisia boasts of over 40,000 square kilometres of sandy desert, part of the Grand Erg Oriental. It offers stunning panoramic views of dunes which owe their ever-changing shapes to the wind.

Though this territory of the Sahara is sparsely populated, it still is home to a few dozens of species of mammals and animals like antelopes, cheetahs, hyenas, jackals, donkey, mongooses, ravens, and even vipers and cobras. You can also find the one-humped camel, which became synonymous with this sprawling desert.

Tours of the desert generally start early in the morning or the afternoon and last for one to two days. Most locals propose you dress up in national clothes to protect yourself from the scathing sun, which also means you get to experience the flavour of the East during such trips. Jeep safaris are also immense fun.

While you’re in the Tunisian Sahara, do visit the town of Matmata to meet the local Berber fold – the first settlers in the Saharan region – and have a look at their homes, which are essentially artificial underground caves.

Just so you know, a part of the historic motion picture Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope was filmed in this town way back in 1976.

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GTC Egypt Business Convention to address needs of 3 distinct verticals

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The Global Tourism Council (GTC) is now focussing on tourism Conclave ,Investment Summit and Film Industry Connect – at the inaugural Egypt-India Business Convention. Set to be organised by GTC in association with Egypt Tourism.

The Convention will be held from September 16-19, 2018, at the Marriott Cairo & Omar Khayyam Casino.

Around 300 delegates from different business segments of India are expected to participate in the 4 day-long event, where they will interact with their Egyptian counterparts over B2B meetings.

As part of the Tourism Conclave, the Convention will offer an opportunity for delegates to explore the possibility of developing and promoting the Biblical Tourism Circuit – Jordan, Israel and Egypt. For corporate houses, the Investment Summit will facilitate opportunities for investment in sectors like agriculture, pharma, hospitality, infrastructure, energy, etc. Film-makers and production houses attending the Convention will be able to meet with their counterparts in Egypt and undertake recee of locations for shooting and explore discussions on co-productions.

“GTC is the first council in the tourism sector of India and we have the best of brains from segments like tourism, pharma, investment, hospitality, etc. The objective of the Convention is to strengthen the bilateral relations between the two countries,” said M Iqbal Mulla, Chief Council, GTC. According to Mulla, “The response from the industry for this is quite encouraging. Even NTOs of six countries have already approached us,” he said.

Talking on this, Ismail Amer, Egyptian Tourism Counselor, said the theme of the convention ‘Innovate & Invest’ is brilliant and will offer immense benefits in myriad sectors of both the countries. “The three sectors i.e. tourism, investment and film are very much connected with each other and Egypt’s USP in all the segments is very strong. Hence, this convention will immensely benefit Egypt,” said Amer.

According to Amer, “Experts from different segments are associated with GTC, secondly there is a difference between council and association and people associated with council are always serious in business. Apart from this, the convention will highlight the strength of Egypt in the three segments.”

Citing an example, he said that new administrative capital which is coming up has thrown up huge opportunity for investment. “Our new administrative capital (will have a name later) is as big as Singapore and 7 times bigger than Washington D.C. Currently, lot of construction work is going on for shipping, logistics industries, etc. The length of new development corridor by the Suez Canal is 40 km,” pointed out Amer.

The Council will also strongly suggest for developing a Holy Land Circuit among Jordan, Israel and Egypt which will increase in pilgrimage tourism manifolds from what it is now. “We have already discussed it in our committee and will put it in conclave for implementation,” said Mulla.

The film industry is another priority sector for the Council and the Convention will discuss the issue thoroughly so that the film sectors of both the countries are benefitted. Throwing light on possible outcome, Manoj Gursahani, Member Governing Council, GTC, said, “The film industry will benefit
in very unusual way. The Egyptian film industry can look at cross collaboration opportunities with the Indian film industry. Similarly, Indian film industry and can look at opportunities of exploring and doing television serials, movies and web series which are sold on Netflix and other platforms can be captured on Egypt and look at Egypt talent and combine do a hybrid model. I strongly believe that these are largely the areas where the film and media entertainment sectors want to grow with each other and collaborate with each other.” He also said that the response so far is phenomenal. “All the big brands have already shown their interest but I can’t tell the name at this juncture,” said Gursahani.

“It helps empower local community groups, strengthening their voice.” – Neha Dhupia

Global Tourism Council aims to be the world’s biggest non-government organisation recognised by the Government of India Charitable Trust. It is the brain child of the reputed professionals from India and across the world who are committed to the advancement of the global trade and tourism industry.

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Ways to pack nutritious food while travelling

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New Delhi, Aug 16: Do you travel often for work or personal reasons, and end up munching on junk? Make sure you get the best of both worlds and eat local, but with a twist — carry your power jars with you so that you don’t come home with a lot of guilt.

Akshit Rungta and Naina Trehan, Co-Founders at Hungry Jars and Sargam Dhawan, Director, Planet Herbs Lifesciences Pvt Ltd, list the solutions to maintain a wholesome and nutritious diet.

* Almond butter is a healthy alternative. Not only is it sweet and luscious, it is also high in nutritional value. Apart from being highly nutritious, it is also high in antioxidants and has properties which help in controlling blood sugar and weight. So, carry almond butter as it serves as a nice dip for your fruits and sweet crackers.

* Besides being a great snack, cashew butter can also blend well in smoothies and provide a rich creamy consistency. Cashew butter is a good alternative to other nut butters. The monounsaturated fats found in cashews promote good cardiovascular health with magnesium and antioxidants. If you need an instant sweet fix, dark chocolate with 75 per cent cocoa value will be a quick grab-and-go snacks.

* Sandwich is one delight that is loved by many. Make them healthy with garlic butter as garlic is a good source of nutrition and combats sickness including common cold, roasted chicken and veggies which can taste heavenly and is an instant snack which is easy to carry.

* Roll up your wheat tortillas or chapatis with nice and tangy pickles to savour the ultimate taste of health.

* Make healthy and nutritious snacks like chilli garlic brown fried rice sautéed vegetables and grilled chicken with the fiery and tangy chilli garlic sauce which can help to lower the cholesterol level because of the antioxidant properties in garlic.

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