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World Economic Forum 2018 Crystal Award Winners

The WEF 2018 Crystal Award Winners are: Cate Blanchett, Elton John and actor Shah Rukh Khan. ©  Gerd Müller/GMC 

Geneva, Switzerland, 10 January 2018 – Actor Cate Blanchett, musician Elton John and actor Shah Rukh Khan are the recipients of the 24th Annual Crystal Award, the World Economic Forum announced today. The winners will be honoured at the opening session of the Forum’s Annual Meeting 2018 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, on the evening of Monday, 22 January. The award celebrates the achievements of leading artists who are bridge-builders and role models for all leaders of society.

“We heartily congratulate the 24th Annual Crystal awardees. Their commitment to dignity and to the upholding of essential human values serves as an inspiration to us all, particularly in these trying times when compassion is needed more than ever,” said Hilde Schwab, Chairwoman and Co-Founder of the World Economic Forum’s World Arts Forum, which gives out the awards.


Cate Blanchett, for her leadership in raising awareness of the refugee crisis
Cate Blanchett is an internationally acclaimed award-winning actor and director of both stage and screen. Appointed a UNHCR Global Goodwill Ambassador in 2016, in recognition of her commitment to refugees, she has lent her voice and influence to raising awareness, advocating and fundraising for the UNHCR. Having met refugees in countries including Lebanon, Jordan and her home country, Australia, she advocates for increased solidarity and responsibility sharing for the 65 million-plus displaced people across the world. She has brought her creative skills to bear in sharpening focus on the individual human stories that lie behind the vast numbers.  Blanchett said: “As a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, my job is simple: to help connect people to the human stories of those forced to flee, and to state the case for all of us to stand with refugees.”

Sir Elton John, for his leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS
Sir Elton John is one of the world’s most successful musical solo artists of all time, whose career has spanned more than five decades. With thirty-five Gold and twenty-five Platinum albums, he has sold more than 250 million records worldwide. In 1992, he established the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), which today is one of the leading non-profit HIV/AIDS organizations. EJAF has raised more than $400 million to date to support hundreds of HIV/AIDS prevention, service and advocacy programmes around the globe. In 1998, HM Queen Elizabeth knighted him Sir Elton John, Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his services to music and charitable causes. Sir Elton John recently received the Harvard Foundation’s Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award. John said: “AIDS is the leading cause of death for women of childbearing age, yet the medicine and know-how exists to prevent this. If we want to give the next generation a better future, we could solve this problem. What it takes is our collective passion and compassion.”

Shah Rukh Khan, for his leadership in championing children’s and women’s rights in India
Shah Rukh Khan is one of Bollywood’s most prominent actors who has been at the forefront of the Indian film and television industry for over 30 years. He is the founder of the non‐profit Meer Foundation, which provides support to female victims of acid attacks and major burn injuries through medical treatment, legal aid, vocational training, rehabilitation and livelihood support. He has also been responsible for the creation of specialized children’s hospital wards and has supported childcare centres with free boarding for children undergoing cancer treatment. Khan said: “With victims of acid attacks I have had the privilege to witness the unparalleled courage and compassion that women are capable of. I have seen the transformative strength of goodness and the healing power of gentleness.”

Source: „WEF“

Gujarat wants to be a hot spot on the the tourist map

Indien: Step Well of Rani ki Vav, Patan, Gujarat, Temple, Indien | Step Well of Rani ki Vav, Patan, Gujarat, Temple, India

Grandioses Sandstein-Monument:  Step Well of Rani ki Vav, Patan, Gujarat. Photo: GMC

Gujarat is a State in northwestern India, on the border with Pakistan and Rajasthan in the north east, Madhya Pradesh in the east, and Maharashtra and the Union territories in the south while the Arabian Sea borders the state both to the west and the south west. Gujarat is famous for it’s beautifull textiles. The women here are the most colourfull dressed in whole India. You can explore the desert and swamps of the Rann of Kutch or visit the stunning temples and mosques around Ahmedabad. However, Ghandi-Land, its friendly people and more than 1600 Kilometer of coast and unspoiled beautifull beaches are waiting for you.

Gujarat is Ghandi-Land and a holy alcohol free place

Gujarat is Ghandi-Land: Photo: GMC

The first settlers in the State of Gujarat were Gujjars who happened to be an ethnic group of India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Although their originis remain uncertain, the clan appeared in northern India and in Saurashtra about the time of the Huna invasion. The name of the tribe was ‘sanskritized’ to ‘Gurjara’ who followed the main religions of Hinduism, Islam, Sikkism and Christianity. In 1600’s, the Dutch, French, English and Portuguese – all established bases along the coast of the region acquiring several enclaves along the Gujarati coast, including Daman and Diu as well as Dadra and Nagar Haveli.

The British East India Company established a factory in Surat in 1614, which formed their first base in India, but it was eclipsed by Bombay after the British acquired it from Portugal in 1668. The Company wrested control of much of Gujarat from the Marathas during the Second Anglo-Maratha War. Many local rulers, notably the Maratha Gaekwads of Baroda (Vadodara), made a separate peace treaty with the British, and acknowledged British sovereignty in return for retaining local self-rule.

Gujarat's village people facing a lot of problems to survive.

Gujarat’s village people facing hard times. Photo: GMC

Friendly people, colourfull dresses, blessed with rich cultural heritage

Gujarat’s culture forms an integral part of Indian culture. Well known for its rich Culture and Heritage, its cultural diversity has preserves of ancient art and craft techniques. Gujarat’s people exhibit warm and friendly nature, god fearing and possess untouched simplicity with ‘simple living, high thinking’ attitude. Concerned and affectionate, the communities are varied. The diverse ethnic groups constituting the Gujarati population has resulted in the cultural diversity of Gujarat.

Colourfull tristess in Gujarat. Photo: GMC/Gerd Müller

Colourfull tristess in Gujarat’s Ambaji. Photo: GMC

The folklore and folk arts of Gujarat form a major part of the Culture of Gujarat. It preserves the rich tradition of song, dance and of course drama as well.

Gujarat is also well known as the land of rich handicrafts like Patola weaving, khadi, bandhani, block printing, embroidery, namda, rogan painting, matani pachhedi or woodcrafts, metal crafts, bamboo crafts, pithora, pottery and many more handicrafts. You can now image a little bit how much is to see in Gujarat. But let’s swift to the marvelous monuments and the stunning construction of some of Gujarats religious heritages.

Hill-top shrines like Ambaji, Palitana, Girnar and Pavagadh are similarly prominent in legend and historical. Palitana is a hilltop place of pilgrimage for Jains. 863 temples of all sizes crowd the hill which has to be paced on foot. Stone and marble spires with their rich detail of carving make for Palitana’s architectural splendor. One of the most outstanding monument is the Sun Temple

The stunning Modhera Sun Temple

Breathtaking sandstone monuments like  the Sun Temple along the roads of Gujarat

Breathtaking sandstone monuments

Constructed in 1026-27 A.D. during the reign of King Bhimdev I of Patan, the temple is dedicated to Surya or the Sun God. Although it bears a dilapidated look, it is still a magnificent specimen of superb artistry of Gujarat’s architects of the bygone days. Modhera’s sun temple is positioned in such a manner that at the equinoxes the rising sun strikes the images in the sanctuary. It also incorporates an amusement park, a museum, a cafeteria, picture gallery and library. The canvas on the walls and pillars depict the incidents from the Ramayan and the Mahabharat, and forms of gods and goddesses and the way of life of the people of that time. An interesting iconograph is one with three heads, three arms and three legs. To the religious sightseeing places in Gujarat belong:  Akshardham-, Girnar-, Ambaji-, Palitana-, Somnath-, Dakor and as mentioned the famous Modhera Sun Temple .

Impressiv Historical and Archaeological Monuments everywhere


Fascinating: Step Well Raniki Vav

The cultural mix enhanced with over 4500 years of history has endowed Gujarat with some of the greatest historical and archaeological monuments. While Lothal offers an unparalleled insight into the Harappan civilization, Ahmedabad has specimens of Indo-Sarcenic architecture, Palitana has a profusion of temples in the Jain style, Junagadh displays Buddhist caves and Rajput architecture appears all over different parts of Gujarat. A major Tourist destination of immense potential, it’s historical monuments represent the great religions of Asia – Hindu, Buddhism, Jain, Islam, Parsi and Sikh.

Some Artifacts to visit:

Calico Textile Museum:  Gujarat’s most popular city, Ahmedabad has Calico Textile Museum which is the reflection of city’s most prosperous textiles – cotton, silk and gold and is world famous, which is displayed in famous carved wooden Havelis with rare textiles dating back to 17th century.

Sardar Patel Museum:  Sardar Patel Museum is memorial Museum of the freedom fighter Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The musuem is housed in the old Raj Bhavan, which was also a palace. The museum situated in Shahibaug exhibits Sardar’s life and works.

Politische Kundgebung, Kommunisten, Ahmedabad, Gujarat | political celebration, communist party, masses of peoples. © GMC Photopress,

Politische Kundgebung in Ahmedabad. GMC

Kite Museum:  The Kite Museum is the attraction of all tourists and all age groups. The museum houses a wonderful variety of kites that depict their colourful history and regional flavours.

Vadodara Museum:  The Vadodara Museum has an impressive collection on Art and Archaeology, Natural History, Geology and Ethnology. The adjoining art gallery has a great collection of old European Masters, a collection of Mughal miniatures and valuable palm-leaf manuscripts of Buddhist and Jain origin.

The Ethnology Museum: The Ethnology Museum known as Bharatiya Sanskruti Darshan, in Bhuj epitomizes the rustic life styles of the Kachchhi villager containing around 4500 exhibits. Also, there are more than 1500 rare books on art and culture. This museum has five major sections. In the Ethnological section, Sahitya Chitra, in the central hall can be found rare works of literature. In other sections are interesting artifacts such as leather embroidery, woodwork, woodcarvings, terra cotta, wall paintings, beadwork, stone carvings, musical instruments, knives and swords and silver work. Inside one of the huts, is the intricately designed „Kothala“ (the treasury). In olden times, ornaments money, and other valuables of the royalty were kept in the „Kothala.“

Indien: Step Well of Rani ki Vav, Patan, Gujarat, Temple, Indien | Step Well of Rani ki Vav, Patan, Gujarat, Temple, India

Indien: Step Well of Rani ki Vav, Patan, Gujarat, Temple,

Kutchh Museum: The oldest museum in Gujarat, ‘Kutchh Museum’ was established in 1877 originally known as the Fergusson Museum, after its founder, Sir James Fergusson, a governor of Mumbai under the British Raj. The exhibits on display are gold and silver ornaments, Kshatrapa inscriptions, textiles, weapons, archaeological finds, stuffed animals and musical instruments. Besides these, it is equipped with a picture gallery and sections for anthropology and shipping.

Last but certainly not least you can stay at beautifull heritage hotels and fomer palaces. Two places we have picked out on our short trip. Have a look at the Balaram Heritage Hotel and at the Darbargadh Palace in Poshina:

Heritage Hotels

IND_HeritageHotel1786Let’s talk about another nice aspect of the trip. The two Heritage Hotels are marvellous. The Balaram Heritage Hotel is situated on a calm hill overlooking 360 degrees of landscape with lush green forest and hills. In front of the Hotel the terraced garden. It’s  absolutely calm here besides the sound and pieps of the birds. Each room is different. Some are big, some queit small. The service is not really as nice as you may expect it in such a splendid environment.

Constructed in the late 1920s, Balaram Palace was the weekend retreat and hunting resort of the Lohanis who ruled from Jalore in southwestern Rajasthan. The palace is a gracious work of neo-classical architecture, with 13 acres of private wood-lands and formally landscaped gardens with Mexican lawns, exotic flowerbeds, modern fountains and a well-concealed music

Balaram Palace Facilities

• 4 Gold rooms, 12 Platinum rooms and 1 Nawabi suite all with TV, refrigerator, attached baths, fireplace and handcrafted furniture.

• Reception, Facsimile, travel assistance, credit card acceptance and money exchange counter.

• Fully facilitated conference hall with slide projector, overhead projector, screen.

• Multi-cuisine air-conditioned restaurant.

• Fitness center, swimming pool, riding, slopping arcade

13 acres of private woodlands for walks and gentle treks.

Distances: Balaram Palace Resort is located 167 kms. from Ahmedabad, 14 kms. from Palanpur station. It is 3 kms. off the Ahmedabad-Mount Abu National Highway-14. It is a very convenient stopover between Ahmedabad and Destination of Rajasthan.

Balaram Palace Package:  3 Days/ 2 Nights Rs. 6999. Contact details:  Phone: +91 2742 2742 2846004 / 2742 284378,  Fax: +91 2742 284336

Dhargaba Palace in Poshina

Dhargaba Palace in Poshina

Darbargadh Poshina

The rulers of Poshina were descendants of the Chalukyas, who ruled much of Gujarat and Central India in the 12th century. The Darbargadh was once the pride of the Chalukya dynasty. This palace has huge gateways, a massive dome, numerous pillars and arches. It offers pleasant courtyards, gardens, lawns, shady trees and terraces with views of the Arravalli mountains. Ancient fort walls and the old prison are reminders of the property‘s history.

Darbargadh Facilities:

• 24 air-conditioned double bedrooms with attached baths, period furniture, and telephones.

• Fax-telex, travel assistance. Money changing counter.

• Indian food(traditional) available as well as 24-hour room service.

Distances: Poshina is located 51 kms. from Abu road station, 140 kms. from Udaipur, 180 kms. from Ahmedabad, Poshina is a possible stopover between Ahmedabad and the destinations of Rajasthan such as Mount Abu, Rankapur, Udaipur etc

Contact details: Darbargadh Poshina,  Phone: +91 79 26928818, Fax:  +91 9427609927,  Email:

Facts about Gujarat

Indien: Jain Hindu Tempel Ahmedabad

Indien: Religion; Architektur; Baukunst; Jain Hindu

Location: Western tip of India Area: 196077 sq. km. Population: 60383628 (AS PER 2011) Capital: Gandhinagar Language: Gujarati Religion: Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Sikhism, Christianity Time: GMT +5:30 Currency: Indian Rupee Climate: Wet in the southern districts and desert-type in the north-west region Winter : November to February (12 – 29 Celsius) Summer: March to May (29 – 41 Celsius) Monsoon: June to October (27 – 35 Celsius) Name of the Districts: Ahmedabad, Amreli, Anand, Banaskantha, Bharuch, Bhavnagar, Dahod, Dang, Gandhinagar, Jamnagar, Junagadh, Kutch, Kheda, Mahesana, Narmada, Navsari, Panchmahal, Patan, Porbandar, Rajkot, Sabarkantha, Surat, Surendranagar, Tapi, Vadodara, Valsad Major Cities: Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot, Bhuj, Junagadh, Jamnagar

Emergency Numbers Emergency 108, Police 100, Fire 101, Ambulance 102, General Inquiry –197 Toll Free 1800 233 7951 | 1800 233 9008

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Somatheeram: Visiting India’s finest Ayurvedic resort in Kerala

Headerbild Gesundheitstourismus: Tai-Chi im Somaatheram Ayurveda Resort in Kerala Indien. Health tourism: A man practising Tai-CHi in the ayurvedic health resort Somaatheram in Kerala, India.

Gesundheitstourismus in Kerala: Europäer beim Tai-Chi im Somaatheram Ayurveda Resort.  Bild: GMC Photopress/Gerd Müller

Somatheeram has been awarded and classified many times as „Best Ayurveda Heritage Resort“ and  is simply a perfect hideaway with captivating and comfortable surroundings located 21 km south of Trivandrum International airport near famous Kovalam beach in Kerala.

Located in the southern tip of India, Kerala is indeed the handiwork of a Goddess with a green  thumb. Therefore Kerala is known as „God’s own country“. It’s green all over with never ending stretches of coconut palms, paddy fields, gum tree plantations, beautifull lakes and rivers streching down as far as 300 kilometers.

The ayurveda doctors of the Somatheeram welcome you

The ayurveda doctors of the Somatheeram welcome you

Here at Somatheeram, one of the first Ayurveda resorts, established in 1985, the day breaks calm by the lovely sound of many birds and serene, spreading a bliss of sunshine – ambled along the paved walkways amid the terraced gardens, surrounded by lush green trees and colourfull flowers.

Etheral calm pervades the place at sunset and soft music flows like a fragrance far out in the sea. A thousand lights gleam from the fishing rafts matching the heavens lit by countless stars.

Idle away in a swinging hammock beneath the shady coconut palmtrees or practice Yoga overlocking the endless horizon of the beach 50 meters below the resort packed with fishermen boats. The noontide is cool, the breaze robs the heat away. Bathe in the brilliant morning sun on the beach or board a raft or a catamoran to explore the coast from the sea.

Above the endless beach you will enjoy the view to the ocean

Endless beach and ocean view from Somatheeram

The Somatheeram cottages offered are the most cosy and comfort retreat. The finest features of traditional Kerala architecture make each building a unique piece of art.  Carved buttresses, pillars and doors adorn every structure. The winding pathways across the courtyards leading to the houses are fringed with granite sculptures, all merging with the beauty of the land.

Awarded Ayurveda hotspot for many years

Somatheeram has won many national and international awards for excellence in tourism. Ever since its founding in 1985, Somatheeram Ayurveda Resorts prime concern has been to give high quality Ayurvedic therapheutic facilities and treatments to the guests coming from across the seven seas.

Ayurveda-Behandlung im "weltbesten SPA 2002" im Oberoi Hotel Mauritius. World best spa 2002: Ayurvedic treatment (shirodara) in the Oberoi Hotel, Turtle Bay, Mauritius. © GMC Photopress, Gerd Müller,

Ayurveda-Behandlung . © GMC Photopress, Gerd Müller,

They provide an exposure to the hitherto hidden secrets of the unique Indian health system of medicine and are committed to this vedic science in both theory and practise. The Government of Kerala recognised and classified the Ayurvedic center as a „Green leaf“, one of the highest awards you can get in India.

Ayurveda is gaining popularity

Ayurveda is not just a system of medicine; it is indeed a science and a way of living a healthy and serene life(-style). Orginated in India around 3000 BC, and pioneered by renowned sages Sushutra, Charaka and Vagabatha, this ethnic and unique system of medicine is still en vogue and it is gaining popularity and acceptance all over the world.

Legend has it that Ayurvedic system of medicine was instructed to the ancient sages by the God’s themselves. Ayurvedic theraphy is integral to the very spirit and essence of the place. Ayurvedia experts its emphasis more on the preventative rather than the curative aspect of theraphy and orientates itself towards a healthy end enlightened lifestyle. Ayurveda encompasses a world view that is ecological and eco-centric in spirit. And in Somatheeram an in house production unit operates to ensure the quality of the medicines prepared. A garden of rare flora species and precious medical herbs is nurtured under ideal conditions.

250 diverent dished created by Ayurvedic doctors

Somatheeram offers a variety of therapheutic packages for all seasons including the monsoon, which according to the ayurvedic system is the most appropriate season for thorough medical care. The programmes include rejuvenation theraphy, various clinical treatments and a healthy beauty care. The Somatheeram research team of doctors has developed an Ayurvedic menu of around 250 dishes according to your dosha type and the personalised treatments.

The art of Yoga and the benefit from doing it

Sri Lanka: Köstliche Ayurveda-Buffet im Surya Lanka auf Sri Lanka. opulent ayurvedic nutrition at Sury Lanka

Die Ernährung ist wichtig: Köstliches Ayurveda-Buffet

The resort conducts seminars and workshops on Ayurveda to propagate this ancient Indian system of medicine at home. Books and CD’s on Ayurveda will help you to do so, when you are back home. Of course Yoga is an essential discipline and philosophy coming along with your ayurvedic treatment and lifestyle. Yoga is one of the six elements of Indian philosophical thoughts.

The varoious elements of yoga, such as yama, niyama, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, sadhana, dhyana and samadhi are steps designed to bring about an equanimity of mind and equilibrium of the body. The practice of yoga relieves one of mental stress and enables him/her to address life with ease and calm.

For further informations please contact:

Somatheeram Ayurveda Resort, Chowara, P.O., South Kovalam, Trivandrum, Kerala, Indien,

Tel. +91 471 226 81 01, Fax + 91 471 226 76 00,,

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