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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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Delhi Ring Railway to soon see steam-hauled service to attract tourists

Two options are being considered: A round trip or a hop-on-hop-off ticket.

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Steam locomotives will be chugging along on all hill railways across the country — besides charting out a new course on the Delhi Ring Railway — as the Railways pushes the idea of reviving the glory of its steam heritage.

With the successful operation of a steam-hauled train on the Palanpur-Jogindernagar section of Kangra Valley Railway, all five hill railways now have steam loco services to attract tourists.

Kangra Valley Railway, which is on the tentative list of Unesco’s World Heritage Sites, witnessed the revived steam loco operation recently after more than 20 years. The regular steam loco operation is expected to boost tourism in Himachal Pradesh.

While Darjeeling Himalayan Railway and Nilgiri Mountain Railway have regular steam locos services, the Kalka-Shimla Railway and Matheran Hill Railway are equipped to conduct chartered services on tourist demand.

But the big thrust will be seen in the capital’s long-neglected — and once-popular — Ring Railway, that has fallen by the wayside as the city expanded rapidly.

“It is a big revival of steam locomotives in Indian Railways, and our aim is to have regular steam loco operations in all hill railways — and also in the long-awaited Delhi Ring Railway route,” said a senior Railway Ministry official involved with rail heritage.

With the advent of diesel and electric locomotives, steam engines were phased out in 1995 by the Railways.

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Though there was a move to run a steam locomotive on the Delhi Ring Railway during the Commonwealth Games in 2010, this did not materialise for various reasons.

However, the state-run transporter is now actively working on reviving the service to showcase its heritage, bring back the romance of steam engines and promote tourism. The task has been assigned to Northern Railway.

The existing 34 km-long ring railway, which runs parallel to the Ring Road, passes through several prominent places of Delhi like Chanakyapuri, Safdarjung and Sarojini Nagar and is expected to attract large numbers of tourists and rail enthusiasts interested in steam locos.

As per the plan, the train, comprising four heritage coaches with a steam locomotive, would start from Safdarjung station and travel to Anand Vihar, Old Yamuna Bridge, Old Delhi, New Delhi and Nizamuddin station before returning to Safdarjung.

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Tourists will be able to visit the Red Fort, Chandni Chowk, National Rail Museum, the historic Old Yamuna Bridge, Humayun’s tomb and rail buildings such as Old Delhi station, Kashmere Gate and Baroda House by using the service.

“The landscape along the proposed route will be beautified, besides other necessary arrangements to make it operational. The fare structure and timings are yet to be decided,” the official said.

“Two options are being considered: A round trip or a hop-on-hop-off ticket,” the official added.

At present, there are very few steam locos across the world that are still in working condition.

By : Arun Kumar Das

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

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Medical tourism in India on rise

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India Tourism has been seeing a year on year growth; there has been an increase in domestic travellers as well as foreigners travelling to India. India also attracts patients from several countries for Medical treatments.

Medical tourism or health and wellness tourism refers to the industry where people from across the world travel to other countries to get medical, dental or surgical care and at the same time visit local attractions of that country.

Out of the total Medical tourism across globe approximately 63% is shared between Singapore, Thailand and India with Singapore and Thailand being the leaders in the field.

India has seen a regular growth in Medical tourism traveller’s and from 2013 -2016, the medical visas issued annually has grown from 1.22 lacs to 1.78 lacs.

Following are some of the reasons why people choose India for their treatment:

– World Class facilities and services available in India
– Good qualified doctors
– Cost (Some of the major surgeries in India cost 10-20% of the cost incurred in Western Countries)
– No waiting period for treatments

Some challenges which need to be addressed for patients choosing India as preferred Medical tourism hub

– Improve perception on hygiene and service across the globe
– Ensure quality and service
– Step down facilities for Post Surgical care for recovery. India lacks in centers that can take care of recovery needs post treatments and the patient has to spend more days at a hospital.
– Medical Visa – Procedure to obtain medical visa needs simplification as it can get quite cumbersome as per current regulations

Based on statistics released by the government, Delhi, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu are the top destinations for visitors travelling for Medical tourism. Chennai, Mumbai and Delhi have the large number of quality hospitals and take the maximum share of the pie as of today. These cities have a several hospitals to choose from and offer good connectivity across the globe.

Medical tourism or health and wellness tourism can be divided in to 2 different types:

Curative: This is where the traveller’s come in for specific treatments, a few of the preferred treatments are listed below:

Cardiac Surgeries including bypass surgeries

Knee / Hip Replacement surgeries

Orthopedic surgeries

Cosmetic surgeries

Ophthalmology

Rejuvenation: Traveller’s want to explore the ancient treatments and traditional medicines offered in India and hence they come to India, a few are listed below

Ayurveda
Yoga
Siddha
Yunani
Naturopathy

Considering that we can excel in various parameters catering to medical tourism, our country has tremendous potential to increase our share in the Medical Tourism segment.

Jay Kantawala, Founder of WIYO Travel says, “Medical tourism in India has been seeing a year on year growth in the past decade and is expected to grow 2 ½ times in the coming 8-10 years and become a US$ 1.6 Billion market in coming decade. This industry will get a boost if Visa process is simplified and simple cross border payments. In addition to this we are seeing Health care institutions opting for certifications for NABH (National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers) and JCI (Joint Commission International) accreditations, which help in building trust amongst travelers”.

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Extreme Adventures you should try, in India!

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Thinking of adventures, what comes to your mind first? Bungee jumping off the side of a cliff, Heli-skiing in sub-zero temperatures or a breathtaking hot-air balloon safari or white water rafting down some wild rapids?

Today, routine getaways and run-of-the-mill vacations have been replaced by experiences that are more authentic, as travellers are seeking adventures, thrills and a closer relationship with different cultures. The millennial traveller aims to be a part of unique experiences and adventure tourism has therefore been catering to tourists who prefer venturing out into the unknown rather than joining the crowd. Having said that, many of today’s travellers are also not aware that what they aim to find in other countries can be found within India, at a level that they may not find elsewhere.

So check out the top 5 adrenaline-pumping activities you can enjoy in India, with maximum thrill and minimum planning.

Heli-Skiing at Manali and Gulmarg

If rushing down a mountain, navigating treacherous twists and turns is what you enjoy, then take it a step higher with heli-skiing down one of the numerous mountains of Manali or Gulmarg. With secluded mountaintops and landings at over 10,000 feet, you are guaranteed an adrenaline rush that will get you forever hooked. The option of being flown by helicopter to the top of the mountain will give you a chance to experience spectacular heights and amazing slopes that otherwise wouldn’t be accessible. Definitely one of the most unique experiences you’ll ever have!

Hot Air Ballooning over Udaipur

Get up close to a magnificent sunrise or sunset with the most romantic adventure possible, as you explore the spectacular forts, hidden palaces, breathtaking terrain and unique sights of Udaipur on a hot-air balloon.

White Water Rafting in Rishikesh

When just a normal vacation isn’t enough, it’s time to go off the beaten track with a whitewater rafting adventure in Rishikesh, one of the most sought-after destinations for the sport. While here, you can have your fill of heart-stopping rapids and an exciting boating experience. Rishikesh also has the highest bungee jumping spot in India, and is the only destination with a fixed platform to dive from.

Sky Diving Deesa, Gujarat

For a daredevil spirit, there’s nothing more exciting than diving from a height of 10,000 feet in the sky, and when it comes to skydiving, India has it all from tandem to parachuting! So with plenty of excellent ridge soaring and some fantastic scenic skydiving options, take your pick from Deesa in Gujarat, Dhana, Madhya Pradesh, Pondicherry or Mysore for the experience of a lifetime!

Trekking across the Spiti Valley

A five-day adventure and a 55 km trek, Spiti Valley is definitely not for the faint-hearted. With treacherous mountain paths, sub-zero temperatures and lack of basic necessities, like hot water (or sometimes even water) and adequate lodgings, this adventure will test your spirit like nothing else. On the flip side however, the breathtaking views, gorgeous landscapes and the ability to truly enjoy nature will make this entire journey truly worth it.

Caving in Meghalaya

For an enthusiastic caver, there can be nothing more satisfying than exploring the insides of the most exciting caves in Meghalaya. With the deepest and longest caves in South Asia, Meghalaya is amongst the world’s top 10 destinations and promises an experience par excellence.

“While many may not be aware, India is a fantastic place for adventure sports and activities, so much so that it also attracts travellers and adventure junkies from outside India,” says Viren Batra, co-founder of Nirvana Travel. “Wherever you may go, there’s something for everyone in every state, making India one of the best places to enjoy vacations with a focus on adventure!”

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