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Highlights of Rajasthan

Duration
14 Days
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Experience India through Delhi’s chaos, Agra’s Taj Mahal, Ranthambore’s tigers and other animals, Jaipur’s fortress and palace, Osian’s desert, Jodhpur’s bazaars and Udaipur’s lakeside beauty.


In this small group adventure have the comfort of knowing everything is looked after and all you have to do is enjoy this fasinating country. With a group leader and a group size of no more then 16 get off the tourist path and not have to worry about anything. In this tiny slice of India, an unbelievable wealth of history, culture and color surrounds you. Immerse yourself in the grandeur of iconic monuments in Delhi and Agra, or inhale the beauty of Rajasthan’s majestic hilltop forts. Spend an unforgettable night in a deluxe tent in the vast Thar Desert and meander through the vibrant hues of a lively Jodhpur street bazaar. Spot wildlife from a jeep in rugged Ranthambore National Park and delight in the region’s sumptuous cuisine. Your visit to Rajasthan will astound.

On arrival in Delhi meet up with your tour guide and have a welcome drink and a briefing. Delhi, the capital, is made up of Old and New Delhi.  Visit colourful Old Delhi teeming with masses of people has a very strong atmosphere with its narrow winding back streets and the important and beautiful Jama Masjid Mosque. Then head for New Delhi to see the impressive India Gate on the Rajpath, the Presidential Palace and Humayan’s Tomb where a number of former emperors are buried. Enjoy also a street food walk and a visit to a Sikh temple.

The following day travel by road to Agra.  Naturally what comes to mind first when thinking of Agra is the famous Taj Mahal. One thing is certain. No visitor will be disappointed by the magnificence of this edifice and surrounding gardens. It is an outstanding stark white marble monument which was built by the Emperor Shah Jahan in 1630 as a memorial to his beloved wife who died during childbirth. Also visit Agra Fort, an imposing red brick structure built by Akbar the Great.

After an early morning revisit to the Taj Mahal, from Agra, travel by road to Bharatpur, then take a train to Ranthambore National Park, one of the largest and most renowned animal parks in the country. Originally the hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur, it is now a major wildlife sanctuary. The sanctuary is especially famous for its tigers, generally spotted during the daytime either ambling or basking in the sun. Here have a morning and a late afternoon safari in an open cantor (a large open top bus perfect for animal viewing). The park is home to other animals besides tigers such as leopards, hyenas, sloth bears and exotic birds.

Continue the next day by road to Jaipur. On arrival, visit the interesting Jantar Mantar old time observatory.

The following morning, travel to the imposing Amber Fort perched high on a hill overlooking the surrounding countryside and reached on the back of an elephant. Returning to town, spend time at City Palace as well as viewing the Palace of Winds.

The next morning brings a drive to Nimaj, a traditional Rajasthan country town known for its handicrafts and where you will stay in a centuries-old palace. Enjoy a jeep ride and a cooking demonstration here.

Next is Osian, an ancient town on the Thar Desert. Here enjoy a camel ride in the evening on the dunes and experience the amazing sunset.

Before departing for Jodhpur, the next day, take a jeep ride to the Bishnoi villages to experience the desert and to see the local wildlife.

In Jodhpur, an old walled city which has the huge and imposing Mehrangarh Fort perched high on a hill as a backdrop, enjoy a stroll through the local bazaars and spice markets to experience some local flavour.

Continue on by road to Udaipur, possibly India’s most beautiful city with its attractive location on three lakes. Sightseeing here includes the magnificent City Palace, a cruise on serene and Lake Pichola while viewing the palaces on the shores of the lake.

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Duration
14 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,333

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Day 1

Arrive Delhi

Upon arrival in Delhi you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Tonight meet your tour leader (or local guide) and the rest of the group in the reception area of your hotel for welcome drinks and a tour briefing. Please note it is common for international flights to arrive in Delhi late at night, so your tour briefing may take place over breakfast tomorrow.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Maiden Hotel

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    Maiden Hotel


    Maidens Hotel is one of Delhi's oldest hotels, built in the early 1900s, and has retained its colonial charm and architecture. Its spacious rooms with high ceilings are unique. Set amidst eight acres of lush gardens, shady trees, it escapes the noise of the main ...

    Maidens Hotel is one of Delhi's oldest hotels, built in the early 1900s, and has retained its colonial charm and architecture. Its spacious rooms with high ceilings are unique. Set amidst eight acres of lush gardens, shady trees, it escapes the noise of the main city, but remains within easy access to some of the most magnificent Mughal monuments, and famous shopping center Chandni Chowk with its quaint bazaars and meandering lanes.

    Situated in the North Delhi residential area with big "Turn of the Century" bungalows and the bank of the river Yamuna on the east; close to the University of Delhi Campus. The hotel lies within walking distance (200 meters) of Civil Lines Metro Station. Late 19th century architectural elegance is reflected in the classical rooms and the elegant restaurants.

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    • Meeting Rooms Available
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Day 2

Delhi

We begin our exploration of this vibrant and historic city of over fifteen million people with a visit to the 16th-century tomb of the Mughal emperor Humayun, with its graceful architecture and recently restored ornamental gardens. Continue to Rajpath, home to India's government buildings and the President's residence, and India Gate, a memorial to Indian soldiers who gave their lives during World War One. Visit Chandni Chowk, chaotic Old Delhi's great historical trading street, and walk through food stalls of freshly-baked naan, samosas, chai and kebabs. Ride a rickshaw through the chaotic backstreets to the great mosque of Delhi, Jama Masjid. Finish with a visit to the lively Sikh temple Gurudwara Bangla Sahib and see the devotees at prayer. In the late afternoon you may wish to explore central Connaught Place with its colonnaded walkways and restaurants, or wander around Khan Market with its upscale boutiques, galleries and cafes.

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Day 3

Delhi to Agra

After breakfast, depart by road to Agra, a journey of approximately four hours. This afternoon, tour Agra's imposing fort, built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1565. Enjoy your first tantalizing glimpses of the domes of the Taj Mahal from the Fort's ramparts, on the banks of the holy Yamuna River. Also, visit a marble-inlay workshop to admire the intricate work involved.

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Duration1 Night
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Double Tree by Hilton Agra

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    Double Tree by Hilton Agra


    DoubleTree by Hilton hotel is one of the few hotels in Agra, offering views of the Taj Mahal located only two kilometers from the hotel. This elegant Agra hotel provides the ideal setting for business events, social gatherings and memorable weddings. A 3,840 sq. ft. ...

    DoubleTree by Hilton hotel is one of the few hotels in Agra, offering views of the Taj Mahal located only two kilometers from the hotel.

    This elegant Agra hotel provides the ideal setting for business events, social gatherings and memorable weddings. A 3,840 sq. ft. Grand Ballroom connects to an open-air pre-function area. Additional facilities include the 1,820 sq. ft. Coronation Room; the Concourse, multi-function hall; two boardrooms; a 24-hour business center; contemporary A/V facilities and creative catering.

    Feel welcome the moment you arrive at DoubleTree by Hilton hotel Agra with a signature warm chocolate chip cookie.

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    • Bar
    • Beauty Salon
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Room
    • Fitness Centre
    • Lounge
    • Meeting Rooms
    • Pool

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Day 4

Agra to Ranthambore National Park

Rise early to see the Taj Mahal at dawn. Commenced by Emperor Shah Jahan in 1631 and completed in 1653, it was dedicated to his beloved second wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who tragically died in childbirth. Enter through the West gate with its arch framing, revealing the beauty of the Taj within. Take time to marvel at the Taj's unique and stunning symmetry and the exquisite pearly marble bathed in the pink light of dawn. Explore the many perspectives from the platforms, pavilions and gardens around the main tomb, and its marble walls decorated with a myriad of semi-precious stones. Return to your hotel for a late breakfast, and afterwards check out and depart for Ranthambore National Park. The drive to Ranthambore will take you into Rajasthan and its distinctive rural environments. Don't be surprised to share some roads with camel carts, goat herds or tractors hidden under metres of hay! Arrive in Sawaii Madhopur in the late afternoon and check in to your hotel.

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Duration2 Nights
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Nahargarh Fort Hotel

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    Nahargarh Fort Hotel


    Nahargarh, the most luxurious hotel lies nestled at the foot hills of 'Aravali ranges' neighbouring the Ranthambore National Park. Surrounded by a 16th century style fortress, Nahargarh is built like a traditional Rajput hunting palace complete with a vast "Char Bagh" or formal Mughal garden. ...

    Nahargarh, the most luxurious hotel lies nestled at the foot hills of 'Aravali ranges' neighbouring the Ranthambore National Park. Surrounded by a 16th century style fortress, Nahargarh is built like a traditional Rajput hunting palace complete with a vast "Char Bagh" or formal Mughal garden. This is the perfect base to explore Ranthambore from the lap of luxury filled nature. Nahargarh is a complete habitat in itself as one can see several animals and birds, performing their playful acts in the surrounding grasslands. The proximity of Nahargarh to the National Park makes it a travellers' hub. There are 68 ultra-luxurious rooms.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Currency Exchange
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Medical Services
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)

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Day 5

Ranthambore National Park

One of India's most famous national parks and an early Project Tiger reserve, Ranthambore covers an area of more than 1300 square kilometres and is home to a host of wildlife, including the sambar, chital, barking deer, jackal, hyena, sloth bear, leopard, and its much-celebrated tigers. The park's picturesque lakes are home to huge Marsh Mugger crocodiles and a host of colourful waterbirds, especially in the winter months when ducks, storks, waders and eagles migrate from as far as Siberia and Mongolia. Rise early for a dawn game drive as this is one of the best times to see wildlife. In addition to wildlife, the park's terrain is ruggedly beautiful, with its fortress on the plateau above recently receiving World Heritage status and its lakes fringed with ruined Rajput pavilions. The game drive will take around four hours, after which you will return to your hotel for a late breakfast. There will also be an opportunity to stop at a unique local women's cooperative where you can see beautiful local handicrafts and have a cup of chai with the women. Depart again at around 3:00pm for a late afternoon game drive of about three hours.

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Day 6

Ranthambore to Jaipur

Depart by road for Jaipur, a journey of about four-and-a-half hours. Jaipur is Rajasthan's capital and one of its most iconic and colourful cities, known as the Pink City. After lunch, enjoy a walking tour of the royal Observatory built in 1782 by Emperor Jai Singh, one of the great scholarly kings of Rajasthan. Finish the day with some free time to explore -- a chance to shop for Rajasthani handicrafts in Jaipur's popular bazaar streets, where jewellery, fabrics, lamps, bangles, bags and shoes sit alongside spices, oils and everyday items. This evening you might like to join your tour leader for the experience of seeing a Bollywood movie in one of India's finest art deco cinema halls.

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Duration2 Nights
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Shahpura House

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    Shahpura House



    Shahpura House was created 200 years ago by Rao Hanuwant Singh. The Traditional Rajput architect, a mixture of Mughal and Indian, a facade with domes and frescoes. The House is a very fine example of Shekhawati frescos and architecture. The family portraits, which add to ...

    Shahpura House was created 200 years ago by Rao Hanuwant Singh. The Traditional Rajput architect, a mixture of Mughal and Indian, a facade with domes and frescoes. The House is a very fine example of Shekhawati frescos and architecture. The family portraits, which add to the charm of this family hotel where tradition still runs strong. Like many historic houses, Shahpura House is a curious mixture of the old and the new. This has remained a family home, where the members of the erstwhile ruling family welcome you personally as their honoured guest. The Shahpura House is about 4 kilometres from the city centre (Court Square).

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    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Currency Exchange
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Mail and Postal Facilities
    • Medical Services
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 7

Jaipur

Begin today by admiring the striking facade of Hawa Mahal, the Palace of the Winds, designed for the royal ladies to watch the processions and daily life of the city without being seen themselves. Visit a local milk market come to life, with turbaned farmers cycling their fresh milk in and haggling over prices and the day's produce. Stop at a famous local tea shop and learn more about India's culture of chai, and sample some of the best in Jaipur if you wish. Continue to the impressive Amber Fort, about twenty minutes north of Jaipur, situated atop a hill in the midst of stark and dramatic landscape. Ascend to the fort by jeep and take about two hours to explore the various buildings and gardens. Marvel at the beautifully painted traditional Mughal doorways and the remarkable Sheesh Mahal with its thousands of mirrored tiles. Descend from the fort and return to downtown Jaipur, where you can visit a carpet-weaving and batik-printing workshop. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to continue your exploration of Jaipur. This evening, enjoy dinner with a local family in their historic haveli home.

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Day 8

Jaipur to Nimaj

After breakfast, start your journey to Nimaj, deep in the Rajasthan countryside. Arriving early afternoon, you can settle into your remarkable accommodation for the night -- the rambling white-washed residence of Nimaj. Explore the rooftop palace terraces, take tea in the courtyard, or wander out into the narrow sandy lanes to the traditional market streets beyond the palace walls. Take an afternoon jeep safari into the surrounding countryside, visiting a small ancient temple and a mud-walled village. Tonight, take part in a special cooking demonstration on the palace grounds and enjoy a delicious dinner with local musicians and dancers providing entertainment.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Nimaj Palace

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    Nimaj Palace


    Nimaj Palace is one of the oldest heritage properties in the country running as a hotel, which makes you relive the medieval era in its 22 all-suites accommodation. Over the centuries the Thakurs of Nimaj refurbished the palace as per their likes which even today ...

    Nimaj Palace is one of the oldest heritage properties in the country running as a hotel, which makes you relive the medieval era in its 22 all-suites accommodation. Over the centuries the Thakurs of Nimaj refurbished the palace as per their likes which even today evokes a feeling of awe and reverence and the imposing gates remind you of the chivalrous days. The palace facade carved in red sand stone makes it a distinctive landmark in the architectural history of India. Many typical Indian Motifs and designs used here have to be seen to be believed which gives the palace a unique flavour.

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Day 9

Nimaj to Manvar Desert Camp

Depart Nimaj by road and head towards Rajasthan's famous Thar Desert, which stretches all the way to the border with Pakistan. The desert is inhabited by several unique communities with rich traditions alive to this day, and the camel continues to play an important working part in desert lives. Ride a camel into the sand dunes for an unforgettable sunset experience, then return for a sumptuous desert dinner. Musicians bring the desert night to life.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 10

Manvar Desert Camp to Jodhpur

This morning, explore the traditional desert villages around your camp by open air jeep safari. Learn about the desert people who live here and their rich traditions. Small herds of chinkara (Indian gazelle), nilgai (blue bull) and flocks of colourful peafowl and partridges commonly share the fields and villages. Visit a village house and see local artisans such as potters and blacksmiths at work. After the morning's exploration, depart for Jodhpur (the Blue City), stopping en-route at an open air desert museum. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

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Duration2 Nights
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Ranbanka Palace Heritage

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    Ranbanka Palace Heritage was built as the turn of the last century for Maharajadhiraj Sir Ajit Singh ji, this magnificent sandstone building captures the prevalent colonial influences of its time and immerses them in the echoes of another bygone era. Ranbanka Palace is a heritage ...

    Ranbanka Palace Heritage was built as the turn of the last century for Maharajadhiraj Sir Ajit Singh ji, this magnificent sandstone building captures the prevalent colonial influences of its time and immerses them in the echoes of another bygone era. Ranbanka Palace is a heritage hotel in Jodhpur and is the only property in the blue city to be acknowledged as a 'Classic Heritage Hotel' by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India. It aced every stringent requirement for this prestigious category. The palace has 80 rooms that include Royal Suites, Luxury Suites, Club Rooms, and Deluxe rooms. Each room compliments the character of the Palace.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Currency Exchange
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Mail and Postal Facilities
    • Massage Treatments
    • Medical Services
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Secretarial Service
    • Spa

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Day 11

Jodhpur

Begin today's touring with a visit to the imposing Mehrangarh Fort, one of India's most impressive forts and a dominating feature of the city. The fort's fine museum houses royal palanquins, elephant howdahs and regal costumes, and the ramparts offer stunning views of the blue city below. Walk from the fort down to the city's colourful bazaar, famed for its colourful bangles and jutis. The bazaar is alive with Rajasthani colour and is a popular shopping stop for desert women from outlying communities. You may also want to try the special Jodhpur lassi from a famous shack of a café near the clock tower. The late afternoon is free for you to relax or continue exploring the town on your own.

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Day 12

Jodhpur to Udaipur

Depart Jodhpur this morning and drive through scenic southern Rajasthan to Udaipur. Around midday you will reach the celebrated temples of Ranakpur. These intricately-carved temples are one of the major pilgrimage sites for devotees of the Jain faith, one of India's ancient religions. The main temple is around 600 years old and features nearly 1500 marble supporting pillars, all elaborately decorated. Continue to the famous lake city of Udaipur, with its lakes framed by rugged hills and palaces. Your charismatic hotel is located in the heart of Udaipur's lovely old town -- the narrow alleys mean that the bus is not able to reach the hotel and we will walk the final 5-10 minutes (porters will bring your luggage).

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Duration2 Nights
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Udai Kothi

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    Udai Kothi


    Though within a short, pleasant stroll from the heart of old city, Udai Kothi is remarkable for its tranquillity and magnificence. This is superbly modern hotel, which pampers you with all the facilities, amenities and luxuries a 21st century traveller expects. While Udai Kothi is ...

    Though within a short, pleasant stroll from the heart of old city, Udai Kothi is remarkable for its tranquillity and magnificence. This is superbly modern hotel, which pampers you with all the facilities, amenities and luxuries a 21st century traveller expects. While Udai Kothi is modern at heart, the owners have made every effort to incorporate all those architectural and decorative features that make living in the city of Udaipur a pleasure. Udai Kothi offers guests the best of both worlds; the latest standards, blending happily with old-world charm.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Medical Services
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa
    • Spa/Jacuzzi

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Day 13

Udaipur

This morning begin your city tour of Udaipur with a heritage walk through some of the lively laneways of this white-washed town. Continue on to the City Palace, with its extensive residential and military sectors and sweeping views of Lake Pichola. In the afternoon, you are free to explore or to browse for handicrafts. In the late afternoon (water levels permitting), take a cruise on Lake Pichola past the fairytale-like Lake Palace. This evening, join your fellow group members for a delicious farewell dinner of north Indian delicacies.

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Day 14

Depart Udaipur

This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

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DEPARTURES:

Moderate
2017: Jan 1, 15; Feb 5, 19; Mar 19, 26; Oct 1, 15; Nov 5, 12, 19; Dec 17

2018: Jan 14; Feb 4, 18; Mar 11, 25; Oct 14, 28; Nov 4, 18; Dec 12

Deluxe
2017: Jan 8; Feb 26; Mar 12; Oct 8; Nov 5; Dec 24

2018: Jan 7; Feb 11; Mar 11; Oct 21; Nov 11; Dec 16

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 12 nights' hotel accommodation and 1 night luxury tented camp as indicated or similar
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Guided touring as per itinerary including entrance fees
  • Jeep safaris in Ranthambore
  • Western tour leader based on minimum of 7 travellers
  • Meals as specified

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities unless otherwise stated
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Camera fees
  • Optional excursions
  • Beverages unless otherwise stated
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Park fees unless stated
  • All international and domestic airfares and airfare taxes unless specified

DOCUMENTATION:

For visits to Ranthambore National Park, scanned colour copies of passports are required and must be submitted one month prior to departure.

Please note that proof of comprehensive travel insurance coverage is required for this tour (not included).

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire. 

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