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Rather, the most sought after tourist destination is Pangong Tso in Ladakh region. It is the highest among the high altitude lakes in India which is filled with saline water but provides some awe-struck moments to the visitors with the unbelievable phenomenon of changing colours quite a number of times a day.
The reflections of the towering Himalayan peaks in the water add more charm to the lake. Currently, Pangong Tso is the favorite location for tourists as the banks of the lake give soothing bed to relax and the nearby places are enhanced by the beauty of this particular lake. The quiet lake is 134 km in length and 5 km in width is situated at an altitude of 14270 meters. But the major share of the lake lies in the area of China. Now, its recognition is spread everywhere in the world because it is termed as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention.
The highly saline water does not accommodate any water species not even micro-organisms. But the banks of the lake give space for several birds and animals very rarely seen in the other parts of India. It is an important breeding ground for many migratory birds as well.
Height: The lake is located at an altitude of 4250 meters above the sea level.
Location: Pangong Tso is easily accessible as it can be reached after a five hour drive from Leh and the travel would be on a rough and dramatic mountain road. You will cross the villages of Shey and Gya during the tour and go through Chang La as well.
Best time to visit: The months from May to September are the ideal time to visit the lake as the other seasons may cause challenges due to the heavy snowfall.
Something divine makes Nubra Valley close to heart and it is not an exaggeration but a fact that experienced and shared by the countless tourists visited the paradisiacal location in Jammu and Kashmir. Without touching the spectacular roads of Nubra Valley, a Ladakh tour will not be complete. The tri armed valley has Diskit Village as its capital. Ldumra, a magnificent name is the original name of the valley as the local scholars insist. Ldumra means Valley of Flowers. The large valley is formed after the merging of Shyok River with Nubra or Siachen River causing the separation of the Ladakh and the Karakoram Ranges. The valley is located 10000 feet that is 3048 meters above mean sea level and those who cross the Khardung La Pass can easily come to Nubra Valley from Leh.
Except the river beds, every other place in the valley shows scant vegetation and low precipitation levels. Most of the villages in the valley are occupied by Nubra skat speakers and in the villages, one can find lush greenery and farming which happen through the regular irrigation. Diskit is the place where native people are seen in abundance and Diskit Monastery is the entre of attraction as well. The Shyok River flowing on one side of Diskit has a captivating effect on the visitors. Nubra Valley unwinds a lot of surprising sights when you visit it and an unbelievable fact is that the valley was open to the public till Hunder until 2010. Beyond Hunder, it was the greener region in the lower altitude where the Turtuk village exists. Till 2010, the Government did not allow tourists to mesmerize themselves in the magnificent beauty of Turtuk where numerous apricot trees and other vegetation along with the tribal community were preserved as a virgin.
Height: 3048 meters above the sea level
Location: The paradisiacal Nubra Valley is located at a distance of 140 km from Leh and the main road access to the valley is through Khardung La pass where you have to show the photocopies of your travel permit to the soldiers camping.
Best time to visit: The months from June to September is the perfect period to visit Nubra Valley
Controversies regarding the proclamation that Khardung La is the highest motorable pass in the world is not yet diminished but Ladakh travelers still believe that it is the highest and most adventurous pass in the world. Despite the controversies, Khardung La keeps on attracting hundreds of adventure seekers every year, be it bikers, trekkers or visitors. Nestled amidst the most reverberating surrounding, the ‘Pass of Lower Castle’ is located at an altitude of 17582 feet. Near to the pass, the collection of awesome valleys will lure you and along with the natural extravaganzas, the Tibetan prayer flags are an additional charm.
The pass was constructed in the year of 1976 and later in 1988, it was opened to public and from then on, the pass was inviting uncountable bikers, trekkers and tourists. It is maintained by the Border roads Organization as the pass is highly significant and important to India because it was once used to carry supplies to the Siachen Glacier. Recently, Khardung La became the hot potato of the town with a happy news that a ten member team of visually impaired people is going to conquer the pass through cycling in 2017.
Height: Khardung La is located at an altitude of 5359 meters. But there is an incorrect proclamation on the signboards appear here saying that the height of the pass is 18379 feet.
Location: The highest motorable pass in Ladakh is lying about 39 kms away from Leh. By road, one can reach the pass. The first 24 kms of the road are paved and from there to the North Pullu check post, the 15 kms of the road are filled with loose rock, dirt and occasional rivulets formed after the melting of snow.
Best time to visit: The season between May to October is the best time to visit Khardung La.
It won’t be exceeding at all how much you describe the beauty of Tso Moriri in Ladakh, a highly protected lake in Changthang Region and a significant portion of Tso Moriri Wetland Conservation Reserve. It is the largest of all high altitude lakes in India especially in Ladakh and is located at an altitude of 4522 meters above the sea level. The length comes to 26 km north to south and 3 to 5 km is the width and the water is wholly brackish.
The water to feed the lake comes from the springs and melted snow from the nearby mountains. There are two major stream systems to lead the water to the lake. One in the north part of the lake and the other comes in the southwest part. Huge, extensive marshes are seen at both the entrances of the lake. Rupshu Valley, a breathtaking area is the guardian of Tso Moriri along with an array of the lofty Himalayan Mountains in the surrounding.
The number of people come to witness the beauty of this splendid lake is lesser when compared to that of Pangong Lake. It is because of the secluded location of the lake. Hence, it is a favorite home town for many migratory birds. They come to breed here especially birds like great- crested grebe, the brown-headed gull and the Brahmin duck. The rare Himalayan hares are also abundantly seen near the lake. Thus, the declaration of the lake as a reserved area is a right option to protect these species from extinction. Less human interference would keep their lives strong.
Height: The lake is situated at an altitude of 4522 meters.
Location: You can reach Tso Moriri via road from Leh. It is 150 kms away from Leh Airport. Kalka Railway station is the nearest one to the lake. You will get buses and taxis from the station as well.
Best time to visit: May, June, July and August are the peak season when tourists come to Tso Moriri in large numbers and other months will be filled with snow and have extreme cold conditions.
The white dome of Shanti Stupa is clearly visible from a far distance when you are on a tour of Leh. Peace Pagoda got its name like that because of many reasons mainly the silence persists in and around the pagoda always. This Buddhist prayer center is the most beloved attraction in Jammu and Kashmir. At a height of 4267 meters, the two storied stupa stands holding its head high and overlooks the bustling Leh town. The uneven mountain terrains in the surrounding gives the pagoda a remarkable shining. It is at a location which is 5 km away from Leh town and one who visits the stupa has to climb five hundred steps. The exotic view of the Himalayan peaks turns the beauty of the stupa also, a peace lover would dedicate his life to have such overjoying moments.
The stupa was constructed by both Japanese and Ladakh Buddhists. The construction was started in 1983, many Buddhists and Indian Government officials have supervised the procedures throughout.
Structure of the stupa
Among the two structures of the pagoda, the first level depicts the central relief of Dharmachakra which has deer on each side and the turning wheel of Dharma also has a golden image of Buddha at the center. The second level displays images which show the birth of Budhha and the death as well. In addition, both the level have smaller images of Buddha meditating. The stupa came into existence in order to spread the word of peace and harmony among people and it came into establishment as a commemoration of the valuable 2500 years of Buddhism.
Location: Any one can reach the stupa via road from Leh, only 5 kms from the town, a walk of fifteen minutes would require.
Timings: 05:00 am to 09:00 pm
Highlights: The sunset and sunrise views from the stupa are inevitably beautiful
Magnetic Hill is still a mystery yet a famed attraction that pulls the adventure lovers on a large scale toward it. A mystifying phenomenon which stunts the science and fiction together and exists as a magic to the normal people visiting here. Magnetic Hill is a trump card of every Ladakh tour because of the awe-struck moments it would promise the travelers. There is a sign board placed which says that the hill defies gravity completely and inviting everyone to experience the magical phenomenon.
If you keep your vehicle in neutral at a position marked on the road and wait, you will be surprised to see the vehicle starts moving uphill at 10-20 km per hour. And this is the unexplainable feature of Magnetic Hill that confuses the world of science. It is located on Leh-Kargil-Baltic Highway and on the east, the beautiful Sindhu River is flowing calmly. Near the hill there is a Sikh Gurudwara maintained by the Indian Army. Due to the natural attraction as well as the human architectural brilliance, the hill has gained popularity in a short term.
Not just the vehicles hitting the road but the aircrafts and helicopters crossing the radius which Magnetic Hill comes in would feel the same magnetic effect. If the aircrafts are going on a slow pace, then it starts jerking while they are in the circumference of the hill. So the only solution to escape from the clutches of this phenomenon is that the crafts should move at a greater speed.
Height: Magnetic Hill is located at an elevation of 14000 feet above the sea level.
Location: To reach the hill, you can hit the Leh-Kargil-Baltic National Highway and it is situated at a distance of just 30 kms from Leh town.
Best time to visit: The best time to visit the Magnetic Hill is from June to October.
Being one of the topnotch attractions in Andaman is the sublime Havelock Island brimming with silky beaches and exuberant greenery. A lot of tourist locations, resorts, hotels, attractions and much more are creating the perfect background to Havelock Island to host as many tourists as possible. This is the largest of all the islands in Andaman and comprises of a lot of small islands. The administration in Havelock promotes eco-tourism on a large scale.
The lighthouse established in 2005 at the northern part of the island gives additional recognition for the island. The accommodation options on Havelock will let you be surprised. Ranging from high-end, luxurious resorts to camps with basic amenities, the stay arrangements done by the administrative people here are unbelievable.
Highlights: The long stretches of different types of beaches are the main highlight to be pointed out. Declared the best beaches in the world, almost all of them are blissfully located on Havelock Island, connected to closely to the main boat jetty on the island.
Elephant Beach, Radhanagar Beach, Vijaynagar Beach, Kalapathar Beach which are known in numbers also are proclaimed to have the highest number of tourists every year. The green fringed shorelines, the clear sea water, the colourful marine animals, the long coral reefs, the wild fauna and flora bring forth the astounding picture of Havelock incomparably beautiful.
Activities: Snorkeling and diving are the favourite activities done on the islands though other major water based activities like boating and kayaking are frequently done.
Distance from Port Blair: Havelock Island is lying 42 kms northeast of the capital city, Port Blair. There are regular boat services by the Directorate of Shipping Services which connect Phoenix Bay jetty in Port Blair to Havelock daily.
As the name suggests, Chidiya Tapu is the perfect haven for unseen migratory birds and common native birds found in Andaman Islands. Recognized as the most enchanting beach in Andaman and tourists arrive here on a large scale as the beach extends the best ever sights for them including the eye catching sunrise and sunset views. This is a silent yet crowded beach encircled by evergreen forests on one side and the short hills on the other side.
As it is considered to be the presenter of the most finishing touch of sunset and sunrise views, it is the main hub in Andaman Islands. The beach is filled with 46 varieties of endangered species of birds, and white spotted deer. There are a lot of seasonal orchids and other varieties of plants.
Highlights: The major attractions of Chidiya Tapu are the Chidiya Tapu Biological Park, the Sylvan Sands, the Munda Pahar Beaches etc. You will be able to stay at a forest guesthouse located nearby atop a hillock and from there, the panoramic view of Chidiya Tapu in detail.
Activities: Apart from sunset and sunrise views, plenty of people come for an Andaman and Nicobar trip to see this beach, to identify the rare species appear in multiple colours and size. Even though many of the birds are commonly found on the beach, you would find it as a unique and unnatural scene to find the colourful gathering of them. Boating is an attractive activity done here as well as snorkeling and swimming are also a part of the adventure activities usually experienced by those who visit here.
Distance from Port Blair: It is located about 25 kms from Port Blair.
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With great topography, India has a lot to offer. Types of adventure sports vary according to climate, season and landscape. India gives the opportunity to explore your options, and best tourist places in India, almost all of them have some or the other adventure sport activity available. Here are a few, for your reference:
If you have the heart and want the adrenaline rush, well, Deesa in Gujarat is the place for you. Skydiving is a very new addition to the adventure sport family in India.
Scuba diving is giving yourself an opportunity to explore the underwater world, Andaman Islands and Goa are the most frequented places for this. These are one of the best tourist places in India.
So explore the depths in the darkness of a cave, only to reach another place, not known to you. Caving can be done in Meghalaya and is an experience worth the effort.
Trekking is one of the most populous adventure sports of all times. Places like frozen Zanskar River in Ladakh, is a spine-chilling site to go trekking in.
Rafting is the beginner’s level of adventure sports, almost everyone starts at this. The ideal location to go rafting in India is Rishikesh, which is popular for its view and locality.
It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, getting dropped from a helicopter at a high altitude, needs guts. Kullu-Manali is the most populous destination for Heli Skiing in India.
Waterfall rappelling involves descending down a waterfall with the help of a rope. Thane in Maharashtra is one of the best places to try this out.
Enjoy swimming on the surface with all the equipment’s. Try elephant ride in water. Andaman stands to be one of the best destinations.
Spread your arms wide open and try paragliding. There are end number of green valleys and snow-capped hills to choose from.
So you want to have fun without actually doing anything, well, hot air ballooning is the thing for you. Try the deserts of Rajasthan for this.
Try jumping off a cliff, sure to give enough adrenaline rush for a lifetime. Rishikesh is one of the most popular places to go Cliff Jumping.
Well, this is tricky. India has a lot to offer, and to narrow it down to just a few bullet points is a tough job.
India is a home to so many water sports be it surfing, rafting or rowing. You can go rafting in Rishikesh or Rowing in Kovalam. Here’s a small list of places you can try if you want a fun packed water sport experience.
There this thing about India, it has a rich wildlife reserve. India is home to a variety of flora and fauna. Here’s a list of all the places you can be in for a great wildlife safari. These places are some of the best tourist places in India.
Deserts aren’t the most loved places to be in but they have a beauty of their own. People who enjoy Desert Safari and are looking forward to see sand dunes and mirage, should definitely visit one of these places.
Trekking in India is beyond one's wildest dreams. You can take a trip to tropical rain forests or icy deserts. There are so many options that you’ll never be out of them. There’s a small list of places you can go for trekking.
Want an escape from the hustle and bustle of cities? Take a vacation and go on a cruise. The best tourist places in India comprise of a lot of riverside villages and make a beautiful destination for a romantic trip. Here are a few places you can try for a cruising experience.
Camping is a refuge from day to day life. There are so many places you can go for camping in India. The best things to do in India include a lot of sites for camping. Camping is a yearlong activity. Here are few places you should check out before going for your little adventure.
Trust me when I say this, you’re going to love Scuba diving. One of the most loved adventure sports around the globe, Scuba Diving is altogether a new experience. Taking a dive and looking at life underwater, prettier than a dream. There are so many places in India you can go diving, here’s a list of a few.
Swimming beside with fishes, discovering what’s under corals and paddling through waters, sounds like fun, right. Well, India is home to a variety of marine animals. There are great places to go snorkelling in India. The best tourist places in India constitute of great water bodies, mostly visited for Scuba diving or snorkelling.
So many places to explore in India, there is a long list of places you can be at for hiking. Love the adrenaline rush and looking to push your limits this vacation, here’s a list of places you can try hiking in India.
One of the most exhilarating ways to spend time on vacations is trying luxury trains. You will not regret it. Travelling through the palaces on wheel. There are so many places you can explore. Here’s a small list of luxury trains in India.
With quite a few great rock climbing sites, India has attracted lot many people into trying this. Here’s a list of places you can try rock climbing in.
India itself is a land of Art and Cultural, wherever you will go, you will find the rich culture of the Country. The whole purpose of travelling to another country can’t just be a break from your regular life. We travel to explore culture, know more about places and their history. There are places one should visit to have a thorough idea of the Indian Culture.
Getting a bird’s view of a certain place and its beauty is an amazing experience altogether. Parasailing provides you an opportunity to explore things from a height. There are so many places in India for parasailing, here’s a small list.
• MANALI – HIMACHAL PRADESH
• BIR BILLING – HIMACHAL PRADESH
• NAINITAL – UTTARAKHAND
• MUSSOORIE – UTTARAKHAND
• NANDI HILLS – KARNATAKA
• PANCHGANI – MAHARASHTRA
• SHILLONG – MEGHALAYA
• GANGTOK – SIKKIM
• PAVAGADH HILL – GUJARAT
• SANASAR – JAMMU
There are quite a few places you can try paragliding at, almost all the hill stations have this facility, check through the list for places you can go paragliding at.
India is where Yoga originated. It’s the wet dream for yogis. There are numerous yoga institutions throughout the country, here’s a list for your reference.
Being home to richest trails and ranges, India provides some fantastic motorbike tours to ride lovers So, want to enjoy the lush greenery and peace from the city lights, pick up your bikes and get started. Here’s a small list of areas you can go biking in.India has a good number of places one can go biking
More than half of Indian population resides in villages. Village is a great place to be in, if you’re planning on taking some time off your busy schedules. Travelling to villages not only gives you a change of environment but allows you a sneak peak in their lifestyles. Try these villages, you will not regret.
• Sundarbans, West Bengal
• Bishnoi village, Jodhpur
• Gunehgar village, Kangra Valley
• The Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh
• Pali, Rajasthan
When we talk about adventure, India would probably ace the list of best adventure sport places. One of the best ways to enjoy the nature trail is jeep safari tours. Indian terrains are ideal locations to on a jeep safari, here’s a little something for you.
• Delhi – Manali – Leh
• Lahaul – Spiti – Ladakh
• Garhwal Himalayas
• Punjab and Himachal Pradesh
• East India - Bolpur, Siliguri, Kalimpong, Darjeeling and Gangtok
• South India – coorg
River rafting is one of the most popular sports amongst adrenaline junkies round the globe. One just can’t deny the fun of being in water. So, if you are fascinated by water like me and can’t wait to row throw unbridled water, here are places you should put in your bucket list.
• Indus River
• Yamuna River
• Tons River, Uttarakhand
• Lohit River
• Kameng River
• River Ganga, Rishikesh
• Zanskar River
• Spiti River
• Alaknanda River
Jump off from the fear of being at a height. Bungee jumping is loved by the adrenaline junkies and is very popular. Precisely why it has been included in almost all the adventure sport packages. Here are a few places you can go bungee jumping.
Wine tasting is adapted from western culture but has gained popularity in India. There aren’t many places you can go wine tasting buy there are some great vineyards. Quality is always better than quantity, isn’t it?
• Fratelli Vineyards
• Sula Vineyards
• York winery and tasting room
• Charosa Vineyards
• Grover Zampa
World popular site for pilgrimage, India gives you numerous populous pilgrimages. A land where there is so much cultural and religious diversity, you are sure to find great places to visit. There are a few you shouldn’t miss out on.
• Vaishno Devi, Jammu
• Velankanni church, Tamil Nadu
• Dargha Sharif, Ajmer
• Gomateshwara temple, Shravanabelagola
• Harmandir Sahib, Amritsar
• Mahabodhi temple, Bodh Gaya
• Sai Baba Temple, Shirdi
These are just a few very popular ones, there is a list longer than a lifetime to be explored, when you talk about pilgrimages in India.
It’s been a hell of a ride, planning a wedding and getting through with it. The next thin g you know is, packing your bags and being on your way to your honeymoon destination. Well, India isn’t lagging behind here either, there a lot of places you can visit on your honeymoon.
• Munnar, Kerala
• Havelock Islands
• Udaipur, Rajasthan
• Gulmarg, Kashmir
• Shimla, Dalhousie
Does romance for you has different definitions as that of the world? The word love signifies a lot more for you than the already depicted notions. Then, the most romantic things to do on a honeymoon seem endless to be stated but the couples can list a few of them if on a honeymoon in India.
• Coffee, books and the significant other in the hills of Ladakh near to the beautiful Pangong Lake, exploring the beauty of the place is something what the definition of romance means.
• Camel safaris in the western region of Kacchh and the Indian desert.
• The adventurous Goa sky diving and trails up in the sky with the other half.
Home to a large number of migratory and state birds, India is truly a birdwatcher's delight. From the monk-like snowy Siberian Cranes in winter to the little Pahari Myna of Chhattisgarh, you truly are for a wonderful experience of a lifetime! One can catch up with these at the following locations, taking into account the seasons, of course.
• Keoladeo National Park, Rajasthan
• Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Karnataka
• Mangalajodi Ecotourism, Odisha
• Rann of Kutch, Gujarat
The ancient medical system, the art of healing in synchronization with nature, Ayurveda attracts thousands of people for its soothing effects. India happens to be one of the most attractive destinations worldwide for Ayurvedic therapies. Kerala is the leader in Ayurveda, closely followed by others. If you're interested in knowing more about the ancient practice, or want to visit one of the centres, give these places a look.
• Ananda, Uttarakhand
• Kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram
• Garhwal, Uttarakhand
• Devaaya: The Ayurveda and Nature Cure Centre, Goa
The mighty Himalayas, the place to be when you want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of life. Winters in Himalayas are the most happening times around when you can go trekking, or just sit back and gaze at the marvel that they are. Should you choose the former, you will be heading straight to the holy land of Uttrakhand. Ready? Let's go!
• Kedarkantha Trek
• Dodital Trek. Dodital Trek
• Chopta Chandrashila Trek
• Har ki Dun Trek.
Nothing can beat the comfort of taking a ride in a houseboat, living with the rich flora and still water. Look at the sun going down or the breeze pick up, bask in the sunshine or play with the fauna, houseboat stays are one experience for a lifetime! Though Kerala leads the way, check out the destinations mostly preferred by the nature-lovers, from the north eastern part to all the way down to the waters of Southern India.
• Tarkarli in Maharashtra
Are you an adrenaline junkie? Does the sight of 'flying' over a raging river makes you feel like jumping in? If yes, India is the place to be. It boasts some of the best locations available for zip-lining, also known as the "flying fox" or "death slide". The costs involved normally range from ?1500-2000 per adult. So what are you waiting for? Grab the rope, put on the gear and zip it! Here are some of the places to go:
• Neemrana Fort, Rajasthan
• Cloud end, Uttrakhand
• Kerwa Dam Road, Kerwa Dam, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
• Mohanchatti, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
Camel safaris are carried out in the desert areas of India, i.e in Rajasthan and also in some places of Ladakh. It is the major form transportation in the desert areas. The following places can be explored while riding the ship of the desert:
• Nubra valley in Ladakh
• Jaisalmer in Rajasthan
• Bikaner in Rajasthan
Elephant safaris are one of the best ways by which you can explore the biodiversity in the thick jungles of India. These rides will allow you to observe the animals in their natural habitats (certainly better than the zoos). The safaris can be pre- booked, but some parks work on the first come first serve basis. The prices range from 200- 300 per (Indian) person in Jim Corbett national park to 3500 per elephant (4 people) in kaziranga national park. These are common in the jungles of Madhya Pradesh, Kerala and the remote Northeastern jungles, here are the best places, to go to enjoy the ride:
• Jim Corbett national park
• Elephant safari in Bandhavgarh national park
• Kanha national park
• Kaziranga national park
Traveller Tales From India
23 October 2015
This was a really nice trip. Firstly, this place is close by Bangalore and very much in driving distance. Secondly, the adventure activities are well-organized. They are safe too. This way it is very e...
27 November 2017
"Lovely resort overlooking the lake\nWe (two girls) went from Bangalore to Doddaballapur (Bus no. 285M) and from doddaballapur to ujjani from ujjani it took us 10 \nmins to reach the resort the tour or...
11 November 2015
An amazing experience. For the first time, I got the chance of river rafting and I loved it alot. Thanks you my lovely friends for insisting me to go on this trip.
26 September 2014
It was my first trekking and had loads of fun :) Planning another trip with thrillophilia grp very soon.
10 April 2014
Wao it was absolutely brilliant to see those majestic Tiger and charismatic Leopard, this was the first time i saw these animals for the first time. The panoramic views catches our attention , its one
23 November 2017
"It was a wonderful experience.The food was also very tasty.Try to meet cute little rott from sula vineyards.."
10 January 2018
"Awesome Experience... Such a great wine tasting & learning session we had. We were allowed to taste some 5 varieties, with the instructor specifying its history then manufacturing, bottling & ageing p...
07 March 2017
Such an amazing bike ride, challenging but with thrill till the end. Make sure that you are prepared to prevent the cold, the rough wind, the altitude sickness etc because even the symptoms of sickness...
02 August 2015
We started our tour by sightseeing of Manali. After the sight seeing, we rode our bikes on various high-altitude roads, including the Khardungla pass, the world’s highest motorable road which is more t...
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