Monday, December 31, 2018

Coolest Things to Do in Delhi

India’s capital land i.e. Delhi has some coolest things to explore when in the town. It’s a cool city, with lots of people, a long history and lots of reasons to celebrate it.

Here is our list of the coolest things to try when in Delhi

    1.    Swap your books via the ‘little free library’ otherwise known as a small blue box, in the area of Sarita Vihar
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    2.    Indulge in some sweet and milky daulat ki chaat from one of the Sitaram Bazaar vendors
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    3.    Visit at the Hazrat Nizamuddin and enjoy the sound of the trance like qawwalis
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    4.     Upgrade your jewellery collection with a visit to the silver shops in Dariba Kalan 
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     5.    Do the old Delhi Bazaar walk and Haveli visit to tick off food, shopping and history in one go
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     6.    Add some old world charm to your  Instagram with snaps of Naughara area’s nine painted houses
                                 
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          6. Force yourself out of bed for the 4 am Ghazipur Village Flower Market and realise it was totally worth it

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   8.    Develop a new love for crafting at the National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum in New Delhi
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   9.    Volunteer at the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib Kitchen
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    10. Go boating in the river by the Purana Quila Old Fort
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   11. Go to see Sulabh Museum of Toilets and learn about the evolution of the toilets and history of sanitation
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   12. If you like collecting souvenirs head to Tihar Jail where you can buy some crafts and eat lunch all made by prisoners being rehabilitated
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   13. Load up on leather goods from Ballimaran Bazaar
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   14. If you want some dose of Indian entertainment, visit Kingdom of Dreams (KOD) for live Indian Entertainment
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   15. Talk all things travel and meet like-minded wanderlusts at the Kunzum Travel Café
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Thursday, December 27, 2018

3 Surprising Facts of India before You Visit


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1.    Did you know that the world’s biggest spice market is situated in India’s capital i.e. Delhi. When you will get close to Khari Baoli by the intensifying smell of spices and the overflowing sacks wheeled past on cycle and bullock – pulled carts

2.    There are more than 140 types of traditional Indian dessert. Every region of India has its own specialty of sweet, spiced dessert: petha, a boiled pumpkin dessert from Agra; daulat ki chaat made from the foam of churned milk and only available in Delhi in the winter; rosogollas, Bengali milk – based balls soaked in syrup; gajar ki halwa, made from shredded carrots and popular in the north; kheer rice pudding; pistachio or saffron flavoured kulfi, India’s answer to gelato; laddus, made from chickpea flour, and a common offering left for Hindu Gods; jalebis, deep-fried dough squiggles soaked in syrup

3.    India is home to the largest sundial in the world. The 18th century Jantar Mantar complexes in Jaipur and Delhi take astronomy to a whole new level, and were once used to prepare astronomical tables and predict the movements of the sun, moon, and planets with the naked eye


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Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Maha Kumbh Mela 2019

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Kumbh Mela is the world’s biggest religious gathering. It’s a mass Hindu pilgrimage of faith in which Hindus gather to bathe in a sacred or holy river. In this fair, nearly 100 million people following Hinduism or other religious practices attend Kumbh Mela. Its intensity itself is a testimony of its rich significance for Hindus.The festival is held at one of the four venues (Nasik, Allahabad, Ujjain and Haridwar), every third year. Thus every venue gets to host the festival in a gap of twelve years

How Kumbh Mela is celebrated?
The main ritual of Kumbh Mela is bathing in the holy river. Hindus take a dip in the holy water and it is believed that this should be performed on the day of the new moon, his and his ancestors’ sin get release and they attain freedom from the cycle of birth and death. Right from 3 am pilgrims start to gather for taking the dip. As soon as the sun sets, different groups of Sadhus start the rituals in the river. After the “shahi snan”, people wear fresh clothes and worship beside the river bank.

Dates of Allahabad Ardh Kumbh Mela – 2019
The Ardh Kumbh Mela in 2019 will commence from the auspicious Makar Sankranti that will fall on 14th January and continue till the Maha Shivaratri that will occur on the 4th March

The Auspicious Bathing Dates are as follows:
ü Makar Sankranti (1st Shahi Snan) – 14/15 January 2019
ü Paush Purnima – 21st January 2019
ü Paush Ekadashi Snan – 31st January 2019
ü Mauni Amavasya (Main Royal Bath 2nd Shahi Snan) – 04 February 2019
ü Basant Panchami (3rd Shahi Snan) – 10th February 2019
ü Maghi Ekadashi – 16th February 2019
ü Maghi Poornima – 19th February 2019
ü Maha Shivratri – 04 March 2019

How to Reach Allahabad to Attend Ardh Kumbh Mela 2019?
1.    By Air – The closest air connection to get to Allahabad is Bamrauli airport in Allahabad. Located at a distance of 12 km from the city, it operates only the domestic flights

2.    By Rail – Allahabad Junction has connectivity by train by almost all parts of India. It also serves as the headquarters of the North Central Railway Zone


3.    By Road - You can reach Allahabad from any part of the country. It is easily accessible

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Monday, December 24, 2018

Jaipur Literature Festival 2019


                                        “Greatest Literary Show on Earth”
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Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) is a five day long festival where eminent writers and authors come together under one roof. Every year end of January, this fest takes place at Diggi Palace. This festival serves as a platform where people come together to share their experiences, work, and other topics of interest.

People from all over the festival gather at the Jaipur Literature Festival to attend talks by eminent writers and speakers, which include politicians, historians, and business tycoons, sports persons and entertainers etc. So here are all the reasons why you should definitely attend this festival.

This fest is described as the ‘greatest literary show on earth’ presented by Zee, Jaipur Literature Festival is a grand feast of ideas.

Over the years it has transformed into a global literary phenomenon having hosted nearly 2000 speakers and welcoming over a million book lovers from across India and the globe.

The festival’s core values remain unchanged; to serve as a democratic, non-aligned platform offering free and fair access.

Every year, the festival brings together a diverse mix of the world’s greatest writers, thinkers, humanitarians, politicians, business leaders, and people from sports industry and entertainers on one stage to champion the freedom to express and engage in thoughtful debate and dialogue.

Registration for the Show
It’s a free event. You can register yourself online. However if you wish to get a delegate pass, you will have to pay charges for that.
If you book your Delegate pass now for Jaipur Literature Festival 2019, you will get 20% off ON Group Delegate packages. Delegate packages for Groups start at 10,200.

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Friday, December 21, 2018

Top 5 Jaipur Souvenirs to Pick


Anywhere we go, it’s always to get something from that place as a token of remembrance. Jaipur has some amazing shopping places. Markets of Jaipur are full of colors that would entice you to take them home. Here you will find garments, home linen, jewelry and ubiquitous puppets. Being a planned city, it’s a pleasure to walk through the Pink Corridors while shopping for Jaipur Souvenirs.

Here is a list of favorite Jaipur Souvenirs:

1.   Lehariya Sari
Lehariya also known as waves, is a fabric or pattern of waves on it usually in two colors; one is base color and the other which makes the random diagonal lines on it giving an impression of waves. You will see Lehariya sarees in all possible color combinations and all possible fabrics.   
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2.   Bandhni Work Jaipur Souvenirs
Bandhni is a signature design of Rajasthan. It’s a tiresome process where threads are tied around a part of the fabric before it is dyed. When you untie and remove those threads you realize the effort that goes into creating these simple yet elegant designs. Bandhni is also known as Pulakband.
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3.   Meenakari Work Jaipur Souvenirs
The Meenakari or the enamel work on metal creates magic when it is done on Jhumkis and pendants. Traditionally, it was done in red and green color, now it can be seen in other colors as well like Pink and Blue.
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4.   Kundan Work
Kundan or also known as uncut stone jewelry has its origins in royal courts of Rajasthan. These uncut diamonds set in metal with a gold leaf around them look stunning. White and gold look good on most skin tones and can make anyone feel royal. Stones are usually large in size.
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5.    Puppets
     No matter where you’re in Rajasthan, you would see a puppet show. Most high-end hotels have a puppet house for the performance. Wherever you walk in the Jaipur city someone will walk up to you to sell puppets.
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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Interesting Facts about India

India has witnessed a phenomenal growth in terms of tourism in past few years. Located in South Asia, this country is also known as the seventh largest country in the world. It stands apart from the rest of Asia, marked off as it is by mountains and the sea, which give the country a distinct geographical entity. Bounded by the Great Himalayas in the north, it stretches southwards and the Topic of Cancer tapers off into the Indian Ocean between the Bay of Bengal on the east and the Arabian Sea on the West.
Travel to India is very popular among tourists because it features a diverse array of cultural, historical and architectural attractions. The Taj Mahal is among the most famous.

Here are few interesting facts about India:

1.    There are a massive 32 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the country
2.    India never invaded a country in the last 100000 years in history
3.    The name ‘India’ is derived from the River Indus, the valleys around which were the home of the early settlers. The Aryan worshipers referred to the river Indus as the Sindhu
4.    Chess was invented in India
5.    Algebra, Trigonometry and Calculus are studies which originated in India
6.    The World’s First Granite Temple is the Brihadeswara Temple at Tanjavur, Tamil Nadu. The Shikhara of the temple is made from a single 80-tonne piece of granite. This magnificent temple was built in just five years, (between 1004 AD and 1009 AD) during the reign of Rajaraja Chola
7.    The world’s highest cricket ground is in Chail, Himachal Pradesh. Built in 1893 after leveling a hilltop, this cricket pitch is 2444 meters above sea level
8.    India has the largest number of Post Offices in the world
9.    The largest employer in India is the Indian Railways, employing over a million people
10.The value of “Pi” was first calculated by the Indian Mathematician Budhayana, and he explained the concept of what is known as the Pythagorean Theorem. He discovered this in the 6th Century, long before the European mathematicians

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Friday, December 14, 2018

10 Most Beautiful Places in India



1.   Pangong Lake in Ladakh
Pangong Lake is situated at an altitude of 4,350 meters in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir. The drive to the lake will give you a scenic view. It is a saline water lake however; it gets frozen in winter months and due to which there isn’t any aquatic life in the lake. The water of Pangong Lake changes color during the day due to sun’s changing position.
How to reach? The nearest airport of Leh is 160 km it’s a 5-6 hour drive through mountains
Best Time to Visit? Between June to September
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2.   Nubra Valley in Ladakh
It’s 130 km from Leh however, due to tough mountain terrain; it takes approximately 6 hours to reach Nubra Valley which is situated at an altitude of 3,048 meters. The road passes through world’s highest motorable road on Khardung La Pass at an altitude of 5,359 meters. The dive through the mountain is extremely scenic. Nubra valley is most fertile in Ladakh but at the same time, there are Hundar sand dunes.
How to reach? Leh is the closest airport and from Leh, I its 6 hours drive through world’s highest motorable road
Best Time to Visit? Between June to September
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3.   Hills Near the Himalayas
If you wish to witness the beauty of lower Himalayan range, the small foothills towns of Uttarakhand Lansdowne, Pangot, Almora, Bhimtal and in Himachal Palampur, Mashorba, Nahan and Shoja are considered to be relaxed nontouristy.
How to reach? All these places are between 5 to 8 hours drive from Delhi. There isn’t any direct train connectivity and the closest airport is Dehradun and Shimla
Best Time to Visit? Between March to October though these places are beautiful throughout the year
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4.   Rishikesh – River Ganga
There’s a misconception about this place that it’s just for the spiritual seekers. This is one of those cities which are also popular for adventure sports and yoga lovers as well. The river Ganga is clean near Rishikesh and flow at its best.
How to reach? Nearest airport of Dehradun is 45 km away. Nearest railhead of Haridwar is 25 km and connected with all major cities. It is very well connected via the bus service
Best Time to Visit? Throughout the year though in the monsoon months it can restrict the movement
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5.   Sand Dunes of Jaisalmer
Situated in the heart of Thar Desert, it is also known as Sam have situated 45 km from the town are beautiful of its yellow sandstone architect and monuments. Camel and jeep safaris are very popular on sand dunes. During sunrise and sunset, these dunes look most beautiful. In winter months the area gets a bit crowded due to the tourist crowd around sunset.
How to Reach? Nearest airport of Jodhpur is 275 km. There is a train station in Jaisalmer and it is well-connected with all major cities. RSRTC with Rajasthan Tourism Dept runs bus service, which is very convenient
Best Time to Visit? November to February (but it is okay to visit in October and March because at that time less tourists)
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6.   Little Rann of Kutch in Gujarat
This little Rann is also a part of the Great Rann of Kutch whicvh is near Bhuj. It is only wildlife sanctuary with Asian Wild Ass and during winter months there are many migratory birds like Flamingos, Pelicans, and some other species migrate here near bodies. The barron ground has a high concentration of salt and due to water scarcity, there are cracks in it soil.
How to Reach? Nearest airport of Ahmadabad is 90 km away. The nearest train station of Viramgam is 30 km. Please note that bus connectivity in this area is bad
Best Time to Visit? November to March
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7.   Lonar Crater in Maharashtra
This spot is also known as National Geo-Heritage monument. The Lonar Crater was created by a meteor impact near ice age (2,588,000 to 11,700 years ago). That impact created a lake is 1.8 km in diameter and depth is 137 meters. This lake has diverse ecosystem due to the minerals in its water. There are some small and big temples around the lake mostly on the upper edge of the rim. For an overnight stay, there is one MTDC guest house nearby.
How to Reach? The nearest airport and train station of Aurangabad s 140 km away. Bus connectivity is limited but manageable with some effort
Best Time to Visit? September to April
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8.   The Western Ghats
The Western Ghats is a mountain range, which runs parallel to the western coasts of India. In 2012 this place was declared one of the eighth hottest hotspots of biological diversity n the world. There are total of 39 national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, and reserve forests in the Western Ghat area. It starts from the border of Gujarat/ Maharashtra and ends at Kanyakumari (Approx 1600 km). Also there are thousands of flowering and non-flowering plants, 139 mammal species, 508 bird species, 179 amphibian  species, 6,000 insects species and 290 freshwater fish species as per the recorded data available
How to Reach? It is running parallel to the western coast of India and can be accessed easily winters i.e. September and October
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9.   Backwaters of Kerala
Kerala God’s own country has been a popular destination for gateways as well as group tours for over 600 years. As you travel to this silver state in India’s south, get ready to be swayed away by the rich scenic heritage which enchants, enthralls and exhilarates. However, no trip to Kerala is complete without visiting the shiny and sparkly backwaters, with turquoise water of the Arabian Sea flowing alongside the plush green palms and the diverse lineage of exotic coconut plantations.
How to Reach? Alleppey is the main port for backwaters houseboat tours. The nearest airport of Kochi is 60 km. There is a train station 10 km in Alleppy. It is also well-connected by buses
Best Time to Visit? Anytime of the year but it’s most beautiful from October to March
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10. Limestone Caves in Meghalaya
Mawsmai Caves of Meghalaya are amongst the longest limestone caves in the world. These caves are now explored with the help of Meghalaya Association in Shilllong, which organizes explorations. This project of caving is known as “Caving in the Abode of the Clouds Project”.
How to Reach? Nearest airport and railway station of Guwahati is 150 kms. Shillong is 55 km and can be used as a base for staying
Best Time to Visit? Anytime of the year except for monsoon months
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Thursday, December 6, 2018

3 Things Nobody Told You about Travelling in India


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The concept of travelling to India has a lot of misconceptions among the travelers. Although, India is not the only country with safety issues, hence we listed out some of the most important things to keep in mind while travelling to India:

1.   Be Confident, Not Polite
How you carry yourself matters a lot. Try to portrait yourself as a confident traveler who travels often in the country no matter how much you’re scared. How you carry yourself plays a large part in your experience.

2.   Public Transportation
When traveling on long – distance buses or trains at night, ensure your valuables are kept on your person or in a locked compartment of your bag. Be aware that sleeping on your own in train carriages with multiple booths may invite peeping toms or the occasional grope. Curtained booths can make you less tempting. Or simply find a travelling buddy and remain vigilant.

3.   Alcohol consumption   
Women drinking on their own in public will attract more attention. Even if you choose to go out in a group, take a taxi home. Drink only with people you trust if you plan to have more than a couple, or consume alcohol back at your guesthouses; where you won’t have far to walk.


Monday, December 3, 2018

Offbeat Places in Goa Beyond Beaches

Goa is a popular tourists spot. It is famous for its beaches; however it offers a lot more than that. Beaches here are so hyped that it overpowers other must visits during a trip to Goa. In order to understand a city completely, it is important to visit the less touristy places.

Here are top 10 must visit places and offbeat places in Goa:

1.   Pay a visit to Divar Island
Just imagine stepping out off the ferry from old Goa onto beautiful little riverine Divar Island; sounds magical right. This island is surrounded by marshy waters and crisscrossed with sleepy single-lane roads, the island makes for lovely, languid exploration, and though there’s not much particularly to see, however, it’s a serene and seldom-visited place to take in the atmosphere of old-time rural Goa.
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2.   Traverse through the Goan Markets       
Goa’s flea markets and night bazaars has a different charm. If you’re in Goa, you should definitely experience these markets to get a feel of true Goan spirit. Some of the popular flea markets are Anjuna flea market at Anjuna beach, Mapusa market, and Calanguta and Baga market.
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3.   Visit Portuguese Houses in Goa
Goa is full of Old Portuguese houses and some of these have existed there for the last four centuries. Portuguese started building houses there as soon they conquest the Goa in the 16th century and built till they left in 1960. Most of these houses have ceilings nearly as high as 30 feet with a fireplace in every room and a big backyard. Portuguese houses have an interesting fusion of Indian and European architecture. The window designs and interiors of these are beautifully designed and that’s what makes them unique and charming at the same time.
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4.   Forts of Goa
Most of the forts of Goa are located at seashores. And these forts are mostly built on high cliffs and scenic beauty that surrounds these forts is one of the main attractions for the visitors. Goan forts were built by Mughal and Portuguese rulers in last few centuries. These forts are spread from north to south of Goa on the coastline. Few of the most important forts are Chapora fort, Cabo de Rama fort, Reis Magos fort, Tiracol fort etc.
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5.   Explore Rural Goa        
Goa is a laidback town and its villages and country sides have a lot of greenery and there are a number of ancestral houses with large fields stretched on both sides of roads. In order to experience the rural Goa, travel away from the beaches and drive to the interiors of Goa for the taste of its culture. The rural houses of Goa has few coconut and cashew trees and have some or the other pet animals or roasters. The roads in villages may be narrow but the conditions of the roads are good.
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6.   Go for Fishing
In Goa, fishing is considered to be a sport. However, it is different from professional fishing and it is more like a recreational activity. One can enjoy it alone in peaceful and relaxing surroundings without doing a party or by going somewhere. There are some areas in Goa, which are best for sports fishing because of they have condone of these places which are dedicated for fishing.
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7.   Take a Cooking Class
When in Goa, join a cookery class to learn the art of Indian cooking in Goa. In Goa, there are many cooking schools and classes. Here they organize Cookery Workshops and Culinary tours apart from regular classes for the traveler visiting Goa. These classes introduce you to the different spices used in Indian food, also take you to local farmers and fish markets, teach the art of making Indian masala and curries, and making of Indian bread. These cooking classes are available for the different duration depending upon the interest.
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8.    Visit Bigfoot – Ancestral Goa Museum
Big Foot which is also known as The Ancestral Goa museum is a museum which is situated in the small village of Loutolium. This private museum depicts the day – to – day life of native Goans in earlier days with the help of statues and models. There is an entry ticket to it and a guide will take you around to the different places in the museum.
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9.   Take a Backwater Tour
 Backwaters is associated with Kerala backwaters, however not to forget Goa also have backwaters though comparatively much smaller. There are few backwater tours available in Goa; one of the tours is run by Goa tourism and there are other tours by private operators.
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10.                   Paddle Boat on Mayem Lake           
Mayem Lake is a beautiful lake which has freshwater and situated near Bicholim in North Goa. It is one of the places where you can enjoy the paddle boat in Goa. The Mayem Lake is surrounded by thick plantation and there are plenty of trees around it. The lake is a popular spot for bird watching as many birds have nested on the shores of the lake. There is a tourism board’s resort and some food shops around lake otherwise, it is still a sleepy village around the lake.
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