OVERVIEW

Solos Only

Discover North India on this small group tour that explores New Delhi, Agra, Ranthambhore, Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur

Get ready to visit palaces, hill forts, aromatic spice markets, seek out tigers, and walk around local bazaars. You will move from bustling cities like New Delhi to the harsh yet beautiful landscapes of the Thar Desert that surround Jodhpur, and will get a first-hand view of the local history, culture, and architecture of this stunning region of India.

The tour will travel by road and plane. Whilst much of the tour will take place on dry land, you will also take to the water to cruise over the glassy Lake Pichola and enjoy boat rides on the iconic waterway, The Ganges.

The package includes an internal flight to reduce road travel on the return from Udaipur to Delhi, air conditioned vehicles, and boat travel.  Get ready to discover all the key sights in diverse and vibrant Northern India.

A major highlight is the option to extend your visit either with a Kerala Backwaters tour, and a trip to Varanasi, the spiritual capital of India. And of course, if time permits choose both.

This is a boutique small solo traveller group tour.

MARCH DEPARTURE – HOLI CELEBRATION – ITINERARY DEVIATION
The annual festival of colours is Holi. Witness the Holi Festival in Nandgaon, a vibrant and colourful

experience, and one of India’s major festivals.

KERALA BACKWATERS 5 DAY PRE TOUR OPTION
There is a remarkable contrast between the south and north of India, and the backwaters of Kerala is a unique destination that offers a fabulous introduction to the south.

VARANASI 3 DAY EXTENSION POST TOUR OPTION
Don’t miss Varanasi when you visit North India with this highly recommended extension tour after your 13 day Discover North India tour. Our past travellers have all claimed it as one of their favourite visits to India, and we agree.

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PACKAGE DETAILS
  • Ages:
    45+
  • Duration:
    13 Days
  • Status:
    Early bird offer
  • Region:
    Asia
  • Destinations:
    India
  • Travel Style:
    Discovery
  • Accommodation:
    Quality hotels
  • Prices from:
    AUD$4195 tour with own room
  • Transport:
    Air
  • Pace:
    3
  • Max Group Size:
    16
REVIEWS

'The India trip was fantastic. We saw the best of Northern India in good company and with a very knowledgeable guide and a driver that made us all laugh. India can be confronting for some but we always felt safe and well looked after. One of the best trips I have ever taken!'

Marilyn, 62 years, Melbourne

'A good value for money holiday led by an efficient tour guide.'

David, 68 years, Sydney, NSW
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VARANASI 'SPIRITUAL CAPITAL OF THE WORLD'

Uncover the highlights of the spiritual capital of the world, Varanasi as a post tour extension to our Discover North India tour for solo travellers. There is a maximum of 16 solo travellers this extension option.

INCLUSIONS

INCLUSIONS: DISCOVER NORTH INDIA 

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

  • 12 nights deluxe hotel stays
  • 12 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 11 dinners including 2 highlight dinners 

SIGHTSEEING & GUIDES

  • English speaking national group tour leader escorting the group
  • Unforgettable experience with a local family hosting dinner, and a cooking demonstration
  • Special jeep safari to Bishnoi village, a community known for their rich cultural Rajasthani life
  • Dinner setting overlooking the lakes and palaces of Udaipur
  • Entry fees to all monument visits as detailed by the itinerary
  • Additional local guides as indicated by the itinerary
  • Other tours and excursions as per itinerary 

TRAVEL

  • 1 internal flight Udaipur to Delhi to avoid long distance road travel
  • Private transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Rickshaw ride at Delhi
  • 2 jungle safaris, Ranthambhore
  • Jeep ride at Fort Amber in Jaipur
  • Jeep ride to Bishnoi Village, Jodphur
  • Boat ride at Lake Pichola in Udaipur
  • Airport transfers*

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

  • All applicable taxes in India
  • Best of small group touring, maximum group size 16  

Travel insurance is a mandatory requirement for joining this tour and is in addition to the package price.
# Arrival and departure airport transfer provided for nominated tour flight, booked with us as part of your package.

OPTIONAL EXTENSION: VARANASI 3 DAYS/2 NIGHTS

ACCOMMODATION, MEALS & GUIDE

  • 2 nights deluxe hotel stays (4-5 star)
  • Daily breakfast
  • 2 dinners
  • English speaking group tour leader 

TRANSPORT

  • Private transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Rickshaw ride Varanasi
  • Boat rides on The Ganges river, Varanasi
  • Airport transfers # 

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

  • All monument entrance fees
  • Tours and excursions as per itinerary
  • All applicable taxes in India
  • Best of small group touring, maximum group size 16  

# Arrival and departure airport transfer provided for nominated tour flight, booked with us as part of your package.

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AUD $4195

Optional PRE TOUR Extension 5 DAYS Kerala Backwaters

AUD$1845

Optional POST TOR Extension 3 DAYS Varanasi

AUD$890


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3 - 15 MAR 2020
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AUD$4195 tour with your own room
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Early Bird: Tour only

AUD$4195

Standard: Tour Only

AUD$4395

Optional PRE TOUR Extension 5 DAYS Kerala Backwaters

AUD$TBA

Optional POST TOUR Extension 3 DAYS Varanasi

AUD$890


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If you are happy to share with a roommate of the same gender, save $850 on package prices above that include your own room (not sharing) on Discover North India 13 days tour.

 


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TERMS & CONDITIONS

Itinerary

HIGHLIGHTS - DISCOVER NORTH INDIA
  • A mix of activities in both Old and New Delhi
  • A rickshaw tour of Old Delhi including Chandani Chowk market
  • A guided tour of the mighty Taj Mahal in Agra
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site, Agra Fort
  • Two jeep safaris of Ranthambhore National Park, seeking out tigers in their natural habitat
  • Exploring the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur
  • Visit The Birla Temple of Jaipur
  • Tour the magnificent Amber Fort & City Palace, Jaipur
  • Enjoy a hosted dinner by a local family and a cooking demonstration
  • Visit old bazaars and local markets
  • The ‘Blue City’ of Jodhpur
  • Take a jeep safari to Bishnoi village, a community rich in the culture of Rajasthani life
  • Visit Ranakpur, and incredible Jain temple
  • Tour Mehrangarh Fort that dates to the 15th century
  • Travel to the ‘Venice of the East’, Udaipur
  • Relax on a boat tour on Lake Pichola, Udaipur
  • Dinner overlooking the famous lakes and palaces of Udaipur
  • Enjoy a small group experience only for solo travellers

    HOLI
  • March departure - experience a traditional Holi Festival – Festival of Colour in Vrindavan

PRE TOUR OPTIONAL EXTENSION: KERALA WITH BACKWATERS 
5 DAYS/4 NIGHTS

This is the perfect complement to your Northern India experience.  Travel to Kerala, South India and discover the amazing backwaters of Kerala and the old Dutch port town of Fort Kochi.  Then fly to Delhi to connect with the start of Discover North India tour.

For full details see below at end of the Discover North India Itinerary

POST TOUR OPTIONAL EXTENSION:  VARANASI
3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS

Highly recommend as an extension tour after your 13 day Discover North India tour. Varanasi, the Spiritual capital of India.  We say it’s a ‘Don’t Miss’ highlight of any visit to North India and our past travellers agree!  

For full details see below at end of the Discover North India Itinerary.

ITINERARY - DISCOVER NORTH INDIA

DAY 1
Arrive to New Delhi

Welcome to India! Arrive at Delhi Indira Gandhi (IGI) International Airport. The group will be met by our tour leader and transferred to your hotel in New Delhi, the bustling capital city of India*.

Meals:  N/A

* applies to passengers travelling on the group nominated flight as part of their total package. For travellers making their own flight arrangements, or not on the group nominated flight, please liaise with us about airport transfer options. 

DAY 2
Explore New Delhi 

Start the day by enjoying breakfast at your leisure at our hotel. This will be followed by a  morning group briefing. This will give you the opportunity to discuss the tour details with your tour leader, and ask any general questions.

Today you will be taken back in time to the ancient walled city of Old Delhi, also known as ‘Shahjahanaabad’, which dates from the 17th century. You will explore the spectacular Jama Masjid or ‘Friday Mosque’, built by Shah Jahan, the Mughal emperor also famous for his construction of the mighty Taj Mahal at Agra.

From Jama Mosque, you will move onto a rickshaw tour of Old Delhi, the highlight of which will be a trip to the sprawling Chandani Chowk market. In the days of old, the markets were flanked with canals to reflect the moonlight. Chandni Chowk is full to the brim of exquisite Indian fabrics, gold and silver ware, and aromatic spices. Enjoy this riot of colours and mouth-watering smells from the comfort of your own traditional cycle rickshaw, designed to give you a front row seat to see life in Old Delhi.

Having worked up an appetite perusing the local flavours at Chandni Chowk, there’s a lunch break before we continue with afternoon sightseeing.

We will visit Raj Ghat, the final resting place of Mahatma Ghandi, set on the banks of the Yamuna River. This revered spot and pilgrimage site is marked with a black marble tomb and an eternal flame that burns next to picturesque lawns. You will then end the afternoon with a city orientation tour that includes the famous Delhi Gate that links Old Delhi with New Delhi. This evening dinner is at our hotel. This evening dinner is at our hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Morning group tour briefing
  • Explore the spectacular Jama Masjid.
  • Rickshaw tour of Old Delhi
  • Visit Raj Ghat, the resting place of Mahatma Ghandi,
  • A city orientation tour
  • Dinner is at our hotel

DAY 3
Delhi - Agra

After breakfast, the group travels to Agra, known as the city of the Taj.

In the evening, you will enjoy a walk along the serene banks of the Yamuna River to witness the splendour of the unparalleled Taj Mahal from the riverside before you get to explore it up close tomorrow. Enjoy a relaxed dinner this evening at our hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Travel to Agra
  • An evening stroll to see the Taj Mahal
  • Dinner at our hotel

MARCH DEPARTURE –HOLI CELEBRATION - ITINERARY DEVIATION
Delhi – Vrindavan (Nandgaon)
After breakfast drive to Nandgaon, Uttar Pradesh for the annual Holi festival.  Celebrating a unique age-old tradition, men from neighbouring towns and villages flock to Nandgaon. The women, draped in vibrant saris, then go on the offensive and use long staves called 'laathis' to beat the men, who protect themselves with shields. The revellers in traditional costumes spray and sprinkle colours at one another during the colourful processions taking place out on the streets.  Overnight stay at the nearby town of Vrindavan.

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Travel to Vrindavan
  • Witness Holi celebrations
  • Dinner at our hotel

SPECIAL NOTES
Pack white clothing and take part in this festival of colour. Revel in the burst of colour.  It should be clothing you are happy to discard or otherwise protect your clothing. Also bring plastic cover for your camera equipment.


DAY 4
Agra

Get ready for entry to the Taj Mahal when the gates first open to beat the crowds and explore this 17th century wonder on a guided tour. The structure is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and you will get to spend time marveling at the ornate inner decorations as well as meandering in the abundant flower gardens studded with water features that are said to be modelled on the rivers of Paradise. You will then return to your hotel for breakfast.

After breakfast, you will have the chance to visit Agra Fort, an UNESCO World Heritage Site and the sister monument to the Taj Mahal, formerly a walled city built out of red sandstone.

Today, lunch is at your leisure.

Kick off the afternoon portion of the tour with a visit to Sadar Bazaar and textile showrooms experience the best of local Indian arts, crafts, and food. The bazaar features aromatic sweet shops, leather handicrafts, and beautiful marble work, said to be the best in all of India. Travellers can choose to opt out of this trip with transport back to the hotel if desired.

Dinner will be served for the group at our hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Dawn visit and guided tour of the Taj Mahal
  • Tour Agra Fort
  • Visit to a textile showroom (optional)
  • Dinner at our hotel

MARCH DEPARTURE –HOLI CELEBRATION - ITINERARY DEVIATION
Vrindavan – Agra
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Agra, the city of the Taj. We visit Agra Fort, an UNESCO World Heritage Site and the sister monument to the Taj Mahal. There will be time for lunch at your leisre. After lunch, visit Sadar Bazaar and textile showrooms to discover the best of local Indian arts, crafts, and food. The bazaar features aromatic sweet shops, leather handicrafts, and beautiful marble work, said to be the best in all of India. [travellers can choose to opt out of this trip with transport back to the hotel if desired.]

In the evening, you will enjoy a walk along the serene banks of the Yamuna River to witness the splendour of the unparalleled Taj Mahal from the riverside from Mehtab Bagh before you get to explore it up close tomorrow.

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Travel to Agra,home of Taj Mahal
  • Tour Agra Fort
  • Visit to a textile showroom (optional)
  • Dinner at our hotel

 

DAY 5
Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Ranthambhore 

After breakfast you will depart for Ranthambhore.  En route visiting Fatehpur Sikri the imperial city of the Mughal dynasty built by Akbar.

Ranthambhore - famous for the wildlife sanctuary which is said to have the India’s friendliest Tigers. It is also considered to be the best place in the world to photograph the tiger in its natural habitat, and a wonderful place for bird watching. Dinner tonight is at our hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Travel to Ranthambhore
  • Visit Fatehpur Sikri the imperial city of the Mughal dynasty built by Akbar.
  • Dinner at our hotel

FREE TIME EXTRAS:
YOGA: Take the option to join Yoga & Meditation class before breakfast. Rise at dawn to enjoy the Taj Mahal in the peaceful morning light at Taj Khema. (a minimum participation will be required for the yoga session to proceed)

MARCH DEPARTURE –HOLI CELEBRATION - ITINERARY DEVIATION
Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Ranthambhore
Get ready for entry to the Taj Mahal when the gates first open in order to beat the crowds and explore this 17th century wonder on a guided tour. The structure is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and you will get to spend time marvelling at the ornate inner decorations as well as meandering in the abundant flower gardens studded with water features that are said to be modelled on the rivers of Paradise. You will then return to your hotel for breakfast.

After breakfast you will depart for Ranthambhore.  Enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri the imperial city of the Mughal dynasty built by Akbar.

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Dawn visit and guided tour of the Taj Mahal
  • Visit Fatehpur Sikri the imperial city of the Mughal dynasty built by Akbar.
  • Dinner at our hotel


DAY 6
Ranthambhore


Today we make the most of our visit to Ranthambhore National Park with an early morning and late evening jungle safari for the best chance to see the rare Indian tigers in full glory.  In more recent years the park as stated an increase in the tiger population making tiger sightings more likely than before.   Dinner this evening is at our hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Morning and evening jungle safari
  • Lunch and dinner at our hotel 

DAY 7
Ranthambhore – Jaipur (The Pink City)

Today you will depart for Jaipur, also known as the ‘Pink City’, and the capital of the state of Rajasthan in the north of India.

On arrival to Jaipur we will check into our hotel.  In evening visit The Birla Temple to attend, originally known as Lakshmi Narayan Temple. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi, this temple is a proud architectural landmark of Jaipur. Built in pure white marble, the Birla Temple is unlike the traditional ancient Hindu temples, and is built with a modern approach.

After our Birla Temple visit, we return to our hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Travel to Jaipur
  • Evening visit The Birla Temple
  • Dinner at our hotel


DAY 8
Jaipur

Get ready for an early start as you set out on a trip to Amber Fort that sits atop a hill in the town of Amer, just outside of Jaipur. A place of great historical significance in India, the fort looks out over Maota Lake, and is famous for its Hindu design aesthetic. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is part of a group known as the Hill Forts of Rajasthan.

Later, there is a guided tour of City Palace, a majestic complex that is known for its stunning palaces, courtyards, gardens, and other administrative buildings that date from the 18th century. 

In the early evening, get a chance to visit the old city bazaars, which are found within the ancient walled part of the city. The bazaars showcase the best of the region’s handicrafts including jewellery, metalwork, textiles, utensils, traditional footwear and pottery, where bargaining is considered an essential skill when making a purchase.

SPECIAL HIGHLIGHT:
DINNER AT AN INDIAN FAMILY’S HOME & COOKING DEMONSTRATION
For a truly unforgettable experience in the evening, you will join a cooking demonstration of Indian cuisine that will take you through the importance and uses of local ingredients, and teach you how to whip up some staple Indian dishes. The cooking demonstration will be followed by dinner.

Meal: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • A trip to Amber Fort
  • Guided tour of City Palace
  • Visit the old city bazaars
  • Highlight evening, dinner with at the home of a local family with cooking demonstration

 

DAY 9
Jaipur – Jodhpur (The Blue City)

Today we will travel to the city of Jodhpur that sits in the imposing Thar Desert. Jodhpur is often referred to by locals as ‘Sun City’ so get ready for some sunshine and blue skies. The city is studded with decorated palaces, crumbling forts, and elaborate temples. Jodhpur is also known as the ‘Blue City’. The traditional blue buildings are dotted around Mehrangarh Fort.

In the afternoon there will be a market visit for you to experience the local culture first-hand and peruse the high quality textiles, handicrafts, and exquisite footwear that comes in a range of flamboyant colours and styles.

SPECIAL HIGHLIGHT:
JEEP SAFARI TO BISHNOI VILLAGE
In the evening we take a Jeep Safari to Bishnoi village. The Bishnoi’s are a community of Rajasthan who are famous for their rich cultural Rajasthani Life and their love of nature and animals. Our memorable jeep outing will take us through various traditional villages, witnessing local handicrafts such as shoemakers, pottery, hand weaving; men in their traditional attire and women clad with ancestral silver jewellery.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Travel to Jodphur
  • Afternoon market visit
  • Jeep safari to Bishnoi Village
  • Dinner at our hotel
     

DAY 10
Jodhpur 

Start the day with a visit to Mehrangarh Fort that dates from the 15th century and is located atop a hill that offers amazing views of the city. The fort is encircled by fortified walls, and the interior includes palaces, rambling gardens, and courtyards. The visit includes a guided tour so that you can learn all about the historical significance of the fort.

In the afternoon, we visit Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum, Asia’s most opulent royal abode. The palace is still the private residence of the Jodhpur royal family, and you can visit the large on site museum as part of the tour.

There’s also the chance to take in the local atmosphere of Jodhpur and wander the old city cobblestone streets lined with markets and bazaars.  Dinner tonight is at our hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Visit Mehrangarh Fort
  • Visit Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum,
  • Wander through the the old city streets, markets and bazaars
  • Dinner at our hotel 


DAY 11
Jodhpur – Ranakpur – Udaipur (Venice of the East)

We will leave Jodhpur early to travel to Udaipur. This will be one of the longer travel days while on tour. Enroute visiting Ranakpur “famous for Jain Temples with intricate carvings”. Guides are not allowed inside the temples but audio guides are available at the entrance (a small fee for the audio guide is payable directly to the temple).

We will arrive at our hotel in the afternoon and have time to relax before our dinner at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Travel to Udaipur
  • Visit Ranakpur, famous for the Jain temples
  • Dinner at our hotel


DAY 12
Udaipur

We will start the day with a morning guided tour of the City Palace complex and adjoining museums. The former residence of a long lineage of Rajasthan kings, the palace is notable due to its ornate style and intricate attention to detail. As you wander the palace grounds, look out for beautiful views of Lake Pichola below.

After our City Palace visit we take a boat tour on Lake Pichola to take in the scenery, followed by a drive up to Monsoon Palace. The palace gets its name due to the fact that it was built mainly as an observation point for monsoon clouds, and James Bond fans may recognise it from the film Octopussy.

Later today we make some market and bazaar visits.

SPECIAL HIGHLIGHT:
SUNSET TERRACE DINNER OVERLOOKING THE PALACES & LAKES OF UDAIPUR

In the evening you will dine whilst overlooking the palaces and lakes of Udaipur. This is a truly unique experience and will make an unforgettable end to your trip to Udaipur.

Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Tour the City Palace complex and adjoining museums.
  • Boat tour on Lake Pichola
  • Drive up to Monsoon Palace
  • Highlight farewell dinner

 

DAY 13
Udaipur

Breakfast at the hotel and the morning is free for leisure activities. In the afternoon we transfer to the airport to board the flight to Delhi. Upon arrival remain in transit to board the flight for onward destination, or onward arrangements to Varanasi if you have opted to extend your stay (highly recommended).

Meals: Breakfast

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Transfer to Udaipur airport
  • Flight from Udaipur to Delhi

FREE TIME EXTRA: YOGA WITH AN INDIAN YOGI
Before breakfast, there will be an optional experience of taking a one hour yoga class with local Indian yogi. Classes begin at 8am and guests of all levels of ability including beginners are welcome. After yoga, return to the hotel for breakfast.

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PRE TOUR OPTIONAL EXTENSION: KERALA with backwaters
5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS

This is the perfect complement to your Northern India experience.  Travel to Kerala, South India and discover the amazing backwaters of Kerala and the old Dutch port town of Fort Kochi.  Then fly to Delhi to connect with the start of Discover North India tour.

For full details see below at end of the Discover North India Itinerary

OVERVIEW
Take a fascinating journey through India’s tropical south. Experience the diversity in scenery, culture and enjoy the warm hospitality of people.  Kerala is a tropical bliss with an idyllic coastline and lush tropical hills. 

Start with a stay at a beautiful boutique hotel located in the middle of Forte Kochi where discoveries by foot are at the doorstep.  Your Kerala visit starts with an afternoon tour of Fort Kochi, one of the oldest cosmopolitan port cities in the world.  Next, embark on an overnight journey discovering the beautiful backwaters of Kerala by houseboat.  See the communities and how they have adapted to life by the water. End with a two night stay by the backwaters at Kumarakom.

Dubbed as ‘Gods Own Country’, Kerala boasts of its rich flora, fauna and the harmonious mixture of communities.  Come and visit the ‘Venice of the East’ on this unique itinerary for solo travellers.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Stay at beautiful boutique hotel centrally located at Fort Kochi.
  • Enjoy Fort Kochi, an intriguing blend of history including Dutch, Portuguese, Chinese and English influences.
  • Superb central hotel location in an old colonial home, Fort Kochi
  • Travel on a premium houseboat on the backwaters
  • Take a walking tour of a backwaters village
  • Experience superior hotels
  • Enjoy an evening sunset cruise on the backwaters
  • See local Toddy Tappers
  • Enjoy a small group experience only for solo travellers

PRE TOUR
Due to flight schedule availability it may be necessary to book the pre tour stay in order that you commence the touring program that commences in the afternoon, day 1. In any case, we recommend considering arriving a day before the tour starting date, or enjoy a stopover.  You can relax and refresh after your flight.  The cost of the additional night/s of stay applies.

Ask our travel team about this option, and the additional costs.

AIRPORT TRANSFERS
For travellers making their own international flight arrangements please ask our travel team about airport transfer options.

DAY 1
Cochin – Fort Kochi (region of city of Cochin)

On arrival at Cochin Airport you will be met by an Encounter Travel Representative once you exit the arrival hall and whisked away to your waiting transport. You will be transferred to Fort Kochi, a region of the city of Cochin, spread across islands and promontories in a stunning location between the Arabian Sea and the Backwaters. The city was founded in 1341 when a flood created a natural safe port, which became the principal harbour for Malabar Coast’s spice trade. Cochin was on the main trade route between Europe and China. The rulers invited people of various religions to settle here, attracting the Jews and the Christians who built places of worship and their own communities.

This afternoon, we head out with your local guide to visit key sights around Cochin. Visits include the include the Dutch Palace at Mattancherry, that’s renowned  for its wall murals depicting scenes from the Ramayana, the Jewish Synagogue at the heart of what is locally called the Jew Town, the St  Francis  Church,  the oldest European Church in India, the Santa Cruz Basilica, originally built in 1557  by the Portuguese and the famous Chinese fishing nets believed to brought to Kochi by the Chinese Traders.. 

This evening, your guide will host our welcome dinner at a local restaurant

Meals: Welcome Dinner 

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Airport to hotel transfer on arrival*
  • Afternoon sightseeing, Cochin
  • Group welcome dinner at a local restaurant 

SPECIAL NOTES:
We opt to stay at Fort Kochi, the charming Dutch and Portuguese influenced area of yesteryears.  It’s the best option if visiting for leisure if you want to experience the charm of this local area by the water.  We avoid the big modern chain hotels that are located away from this area as they don’t offer the local experience that a Fort Kochi hotel provides.


DAY 2

Cochin -  Houseboat, Alleppey 

After breakfast we make our way to Alleppey. Alleppey is the hub of Kerala’s backwaters, home to a vast network of waterways and more than a thousand houseboats.  From a graceful and greenery-fringe Alleppey appears into a watery world of villages, punted canoes, toddy shops and of course houseboats. 

This afternoon board your houseboat for a cruise in the backwaters of Kerala and explore the life around this region.  Float along and gaze over fields and enjoy seeing village life along the banks.

Lunch will be served onboard the cruise. 

Large wooden Cargo boats are converted into Houseboats with overnight staying Facilities became an attraction in the backwaters. The houseboats are equipped with fully furnished bedrooms with ensuites. Mouth-watering Kerala dishes are served onboard the boat. Relax while floating along, taking in your beautiful surrounds. Tonight, enjoy the delight of a royal dinner under the stars. 

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Travel Cochin to Alleppey
  • Afternoon boarding of the Houseboat
  • Lunch, Dinner & overnight onboard the deluxe houseboat

FREE TIME EXTRAS
There is an optional activity this evening, to roam around the villages by bicycle (additional expense).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

DAY 3
Houseboat – Kumarakom 

After breakfast disembark at your backwater resort. Kumarakom is an unbelievably beautiful paradise of mangrove forests, emerald green paddy fields and coconut groves interspersed with enchanting waterways and canals adorned with white lilies. Situated on the Vembanad Lake, in this small water world you'll come across plenty of traditional country crafts, boats and canoes which will take you into the heart of the scenic lake.  Check in at our hotel and you are at leisure for the rest of the day. 

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Breakfast on board the houseboat
  • Dinner and overnight stay at the Backwaters resort


FREE TIME EXTRAS:
There is time in the afternoon to enjoy the resort facilities

DAY 4
Kumarakom 

After breakfast spend the morning exploring a typical Kerala backwater village and witness first-hand the unhurried pace of life. Take a small country boat cruise, with a local guide. During the trip, experience how local people, who have their home on the banks of these canals, use this canal for their daily life.

This afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the backwaters. This evening, enjoy a sunset cruise for in-house guests from the hotel.  Tonight, there will be a farewell dinner to enjoy. 

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner  

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Breakfast at the resort
  • Village visit
  • Your 2nd night of stay at the Backwaters resort
  • Farewell dinner with your guide


FREE TIME EXTRAS:
An afternoon at leisure to enjoy the backwaters   

DAY 5
Departure

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before making your way to Cochin airport for your onward flight.

Meals: Breakfast 

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Breakfast at the resort
  • Departure transfer to Cochin Airport 

 

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POST TOUR OPTIONAL EXTENSION:  VARANASI
3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS

Highly recommend as an extension tour after your 13 day Discover North India tour. Varanasi, the Spiritual capital of India.  We say it’s a ‘Don’t Miss’ highlight of any visit to North India and our past travellers agree!

This is a boutique deluxe small group solo travel tour.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Home to the Ganges, witness life along the Ganges
  • Sunrise boat trip along the Ganges witnessing the morning bathing rituals and famous cremations
  • Explore Varanasi on a walking tour, meandering lanes and winding through markets
  • Take a rickshaw ride through the old city
  • Visit Sarnath, where Buddha preached his first sermon after getting enlightenment.
  • Enjoy a a sunset boat trip to witness the Aarti Fire Ceremony
  • Enjoy the taste delights of a local Thali dinner 


DAY 1  (day 13 of Discover North India)
New Delhi - Varanasi

Arriving from Udaipur to Delhi Indira Gandhi (IGI) International Airport (the end of your travels through Rajasthan, on Discover North India), connect to a short domestic flight to the city of Varanasi. 

Varanasi is known as the holiest city in India. Varanasi is home to the magnificent Ganges River, and is an important place of worship in Hinduism and Jainism. It is also said to be the city where Buddha founded Buddhism.

The group will be met at Varanasi airport and transferred to the hotel. There will be free time to relax and rest before joining together for dinner at the hotel.

Meals: Dinner


DAY 2 (day 14 of Discover North India)
Varanasi

Get ready for an early start to witness the sunrise with a boat trip on the Ganges to watch the morning bathing rituals and famous cremations. It’s a spectacle to behold and a tour highlight. We return to the hotel for breakfast after the boat ride.

Later this morning, explore Varanasi on a walking tour of the old city and its famous lanes that wind through traditional markets, the labyrinth of laneways and local spots of interest. The tour will end with a cycle rickshaw tour to explore more of the old city.

Varanasi is known for its fine quality silks, Benaras Hindu University, being one of the largest residential universities in Asia and ‘paan’, which is a preparation combining betel leaf with areca nut, and sometimes tobacco. Paan is chewed for its stimulant and psychoactive effects.  In the afternoon, we tour a silk and textile weaving showroom to experience first-hand how these exquisite fabrics are produced.  (If you don’t feel like going shopping, then there is the option to opt out. And we will transfer to you the Hotel).

There is an afternoon excursion to Sarnath, nearby to Varanasi. This is where the Buddha preached his first sermon after getting enlightenment.  You will end the day with a sunset boat trip to witness the Aarti Fire Ceremony, a religious ritual in Hinduism in which torches or candles containing ghee or camphor are set alight and presented as offerings to the deities.

HIGHLIGHT DINNER
After witnessing this ceremonial spectacle, we head out for a traditional North Indian meal named Thali. Diners will get to sample a variety of small local dishes as part of the traditional Thali set, including curries, yoghurts, and chutneys.

Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner


DAY 3 (day 16 of Discover North India)
Varanasi – New Dehli

Your visit to Varanasi comes to an end after breakfast.  The group is transferred to Varanasi airport for the flight to Dehli, and then connecting to your flight home or other onward journey.

FREE TIME EXTRAS
Start the day in Varanasi with the (optional activity) of an early morning Surya Namaskar yoga class. The class will be held near the iconic Varanasi Ghats, the stone steps leading down to the Ganges that are used by those wishing to bathe or worship in the sacred waters. (Sign up and payment for the class can be made directly to your tour leader).


Solos Only

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ACCOMMODATION

HOTELS - DISCOVER NORTH INDIA

Destination

Hotel Name

Nights of Stay

Delhi

Leela Ambience Shadara

2

Agra

Mansingh Palace

2

Ranthambhore

Tiger Den Resort

2

Jaipur

Mansingh Hotel

2

Jodhpur

Park Plaza

2

Udaipur

Fateh Niwas

2

HOTEL – HOLI – MARCH DEPARTURE ITINERARY DEVIATION

Destination

Hotel Name

Nights of Stay

Vrindavan

The Royal Bharti

1

 HOTELS - KERALA BACKWATERS– OPTIONAL EXTENSION – 5 DAYS

Destination

Hotel Name

Nights of Stay

Kochi

Forte Kochi

1

Alleppey

Luxury Houseboat

1

Kumarakom

Backwater Ripples

2

 

HOTELS - VARANASI EXTENSION - OPTION POST TOUR EXTENSION - 3 DAYS

Destination

Hotel Name

Nights of Stay

Varanasi

Hotel Madin

2

 

Premier Room, Leela Palace, New Dehli

Premier room, The Leela Palace New Delhi

Lobby, Park Plaza Hotel, Jodphur

Lobby, Park Plaza Hotel, Jodphur

Th

Lobby, The Leela Palace New Dehli

Deluxe Room, Hotel Madin, Varanasi

Deluxe Room, Hotel Madin, Varanasi

Park Plaza, Jodphur

Park Plaza, Jodphur

HOTEL DESCRIPTIONS

DISCOVER NORTH INDIA

THE LEELA AMBIENCE CONVENTION HOTEL, DELHI
The Leela Ambience Convention hotel in Delhi, is a 5 star hotel that offers spacious, well-appointed rooms with a contemporary design.  Situated in close proximity to the business districts of Connaught Place.

MANSINGH PALACE, AGRA
Mansingh Palace, Agra, provides an enthralling view of the magnanimous "Taj Mahal". The hotel offers a multi-cuisine restaurant, all day dining options, bar, health club, swimming pool, conference & banquet halls and an open area beside the pool for parties and get-together. All rooms of the hotel are centrally air-conditioned and equipped with modern amenities like,LED TV, electronic safe deposit, mini bar, hair dryer and electric kettle.

THE TIGER DEN RESORT, RANTHAMBHORE
Tiger Den Resort, nestled in the lap of nature provides a sublime setting. Inspired by nature and its charismatic beauty ensures your comfort by providing ethnic interiors for you to enjoy the tranquil surroundings. Rooms are provided with large windows to let guests enjoy the panoramic overview of its surroundings. The cottages are scattered in its vast premiseS and is wonderfully surrounded with flora and fauna. Rooms include air conditioning, ensuite bathroom, hot & cot water, complimentary toiletries, separate setting area, housekeeping, telephone writing table, tea/coffee, fridge, hair dryer.

HOTEL MANSINGH, JAIPUR
Hotel Mansingh, Jaipur, is a quality 4 star hotel with elegantly decorated interiors and modern facilities. The hotel has emerged as one the best city hotels in Jaipur. The hotel offers spacious rooms including tea and coffee maker, minibar, safe, high speed internet work desk and modern amenities. Rooms are designed to provide comfort and space in an inviting ambience.

Wi-Fi: complimentary for 1 device.


PARK PLAZA
, JODHPUR
A full service 4 star hotel including an onsite restaurant, pub and onsite fitness centre and a swimming pool.

Wi-Fi: free


FATEH NIWAS, UDAIPUR
Fateh Niwas Udaipur is boutique heritage hotel near Pichola Lake and offers a splendid view of Aravali Ranges. The hotel offers a grand stay at Deluxe Rooms, designed for creating a royal splendour with its decor and comfort. With premium Deluxe Rooms, the hotel offers a perfect blend of the royal class of living and urban comfort at one of the best hotels in Udaipur. With an incredible swimming pool facility on the rooftop with a view of Pichola lake and many more leisure facilities which escalate the experience of guests.

MARCH DEPARTURE – HOLI CELEBRATION

THE ROYAL BHARTI, VRINDAVAN
Hotel The Royal Bharti situated in Vrindavan, a comfortable 3.5 star hotel with an inhouse vegetarian restaurant that doesn’t use garlic or onion. All rooms are fully AC with ensuite bathrooms, study table, modern amenities, electric tea maker, LED TV, Dish TV channels, digital safe locker, room Service, laundry, 24 hour housekeeping service. Bathroom amenities including dental kit, shaving kit, comb, hair oil, moisturizer, bathroom sleepers are available in the room.

Wi Fi: free

VARANASI - OPTIONAL POST TOUR EXTENSION

HOTEL MADIN, VARANASI
The rooms are furnished with automated touch panels, free Wi-Fi , HD Channels iron and iron board and all modern amenities to make your stay most comforting. When it comes to Food and Beverage, the all-day coffee shop, pool side barbeque and grill and rooftop restaurant serves a brand of culinary experience that is expansively global yet charmingly local. Finally, guests can rejuvenate themselves at the spa, sauna, massage and gym.

Wi Fi: free

KERALA INDULGENCE - OPTIONAL PRE TOUR EXTENSION

FORTE KOCHI, KOCHI
Forte Kochi shines like a pearl among the hotels in Fort Kochi - one of the oldest cosmopolitan port cities in the world.

The hotel Fort Kochi has welcomed weary travelers for centuries from Arab and Chinese traders to Jews seeking shelter and new lives. The town has witnessed many a conquest and has been colonised by the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British in succession.

Its tree hemmed streets, sun-kissed shores and tall ancient edifices still bear remnants of past eras. And in one such imposing yet unassuming structure is Forte Kochi. Originally built by the Portuguese, the mansion presents a medley of Portuguese, Dutch and British influences and was converted to a magnificent home in the late 1800s. This ancient structure was once part of the palatial home of an eminent Jew family. Now restored to its past glory, this boutique hotel enchants its visitors with glimpses of life once known and lived, centuries ago.
Step into one of the best Heritage Hotels in India and step into an age so far away.

LUXURY HOUSEBOAT, ALLEPPEY
The Houseboats are equipped with fully furnished bedrooms with attached bathrooms. Mouthwatering Kerala dishes are served on board the boat. We use various houseboats of the same standard but interiors may vary from boat to boat.

  • A large bedroom with two sides full glass walls, giving a panoramic view of the lush green nature outside. These toughened glasses are also reflective. This ensures privacy to guests inside, while making them one with nature. Glass ceiling over the master bed.
  • A large, air-conditioned bathroom fitted with a top- of- line whirlpool-Jacuzzi with colour therapy, bubble bath, high oxygen and water massage features.
  • Study- room with plasma TV connected with satellite dish antenna, choice of music and movie CDs and DVDs, games, sing-along-Karaoke system, internet connectivity, and a choice of books.
  • Inter-connected children’s room, providing parents a sense of security. The study room mentioned above gets converted into this children’s room.
  • Mosquito-insect free front deck, protected by fibre-glass insect screen which can be drawn in the evening.
  • On-board water filtration plant providing drinking quality water for bathing and all other purpose.


BACKWATER RIPPLES, KUMARAKOM
Backwater Ripples, a Kerala themed resort is across 10 acres of lush green land with inland waterways at Kumarakom. It is directly overlooking the Vembanad Lake, shimmering sapphire expanse, sprawling far and wide. Backwater Ripples, a dreamy & tranquil holiday destination, where you can have spellbinding encounters with nature.

ACCOMMODATION NOTES 

  • Some twin share rooms may have single beds.
  • Hotel descriptions are taken from the hotel website and edited to suit our page. 
  • Hotels are subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. Should this occur, a hotel of a similar standard will be provided.


More About Accommodation

GETTING THERE


Arrive to:    New Delhi, India       
Depart from:  New Delhi, India 

PRE TOUR OPTIONAL EXTENSION: Kerala Backwaters 

Arrive to: Cochin, India               
Depart from:  Cochin, India                

POST TOUR OPTIONAL EXTENSION:  Varanasi

Arrive to: Varanasi, India
Depart from: Varanasi, India

VISAS – YES, REQUIRED
You must hold a valid passport with a minimum of six 6 months validity from your return date to your home country and have at least two blank passport pages for stamping. See 'VISA' information in our MORE INFORMATION section below.  An e-Tourist Visa (eTV) is available for Australia passports travelling to India.   It also applies to passport holders of Canada, New Zealand, USA.  Many other countries apply. 

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HOTEL CHECK IN /CHECK OUT TIMES
Consider the hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure.  Early check in or late check out can be requested but without payment cannot be guaranteed.

TRANSFERS
All travellers with included group transfers are met and greeted at the airport, outside the arrivals halls.  Take note, when you arrive to New Delhi there are 2 sections where drivers meet arriving passengers. There is a section inside and outside the arrivals hall. Our group is met inside the arrivals hall.

With Group Flight
If you arrive and/or depart on the group flight, booked with us as part of your travel package the airport to hotel transfers are included as part of your package price. It’s a private group transfer for our group members.

With Group Flight, 1 Day Pre Tour
We encourage traveLlers to elect 1 night pre tour in New Dehli. It provides the opportunity to have a day at your leisure before the tour commences.

If you take this option and arrive on the nominated group flight, booked with us as part of your travel package the airport to hotel transfers are also included.  It’s a private group transfer for our group members.

Non-Group Flights or Own Arrangements
For guests arriving on flights other than the nominated group flights as above, a private taxi transfer can be arranged between New Delhi and the group hotel. A service fee applies.
The driver will meet and greet passenger outside the airport.

All Other Non-Group Flights or Own Arrangements
For guests arriving on flights other than the nominated group flights as above, a private taxi transfer can be arranged between New Delhi and the group hotel. A service fee applies (based on a small car for 1 passenger, inclusive of taxes)

DETAILS

Read on for other key trip information that you should know before you decide on joining the group.

TRIP AVAILABILITY
If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to book early and secure your place with a deposit.  Tour space is limited. Also, many services on this tour must be booked well in advance. To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience. 

FELLOW TRAVELLERS 
You will enjoy this small group experience with a maximum group size of 16 travellers. This tour is exclusively for single-solo travellers.

THE PACE  [3 out of 5]
This is a medium paced tour with some full days and other half days of sightseeing. You will require reasonable fitness, enough for the tolerance of daily walking, hot weather and some days with long hours of travel by road. There’s also some early starts for some the sightseeing inclusions.  India is a vast country and not dissimilar to Australia to travel between major destinations there is some decent travel time by road – please be prepared for the road travel.

You need to let go of your western ways and let things happen as they do in India. These types of things are part of parcel of any travel in a 3rd world country.  Please advise us in advance if you have any health issues or are taking any form of medication as this is a strict condition of travel that this information is provided to us at the time of booking. All is confidential. 

ABOUT THE MEALS    
It’s regular that our trips include a number of group dining experiences.  There’s nothing better than to share a meal with new friends and discuss the day’s adventures. Daily breakfast is included and other meals as specified by the itinerary.

Meals are Indian cuisine. If you do not like Indian food you will have limited choices in most destinations except most breakfasts have some western choices. There are meal options that are tasty but not overly hot in taste but spices are used in the majority of Indian meals. To a western palette it may seem repetitious if you are not accustomed to eating a lot of Indian food. This is all part of the experience – to eat like a local.

Drinks, tea/coffee are not included with meals.

About the Food in India
The traditional cuisine of North India is Hindu vegetarian. Whilst meat is available at many higher end hotels, we encourage travellers to eat the wide range of delicious vegetarian dishes available. In many parts of Indian, Hindu vegetarian meals are the standard and they this means no fish, chicken, pork, beef or mutton (goat). 

We advise travellers against street food, particularly with meat, and that you only dine at places that are recommended by your guide or escort/leader.  By following best advice it’s far less likely that you will become unwell with any stomach complaints.

Food of Kerala
If including the pre tour visit to Kerala, expect the food of Kerala to be more spicy that the north. Some dishes may be more spicy than the western palette is accustomed too – take care when you choose your dishes – you may find some curries packed full of spice that take you by surprise.
 
About the Water in India
Due to poor quality of drinking water in India, you must only drink bottled water and only bottled water from reliable sources. Also, use bottled water for brushing teeth. Most hotels have bottled water included in the room for the purpose of brushing teeth.

About Special Diets
Please be sure to advise us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements. We always do our best to accommodate special diet needs and in most cases, special dietary needs can be met. However, in some destinations the variety of choice for certain special diets may be limited. If you are concerned please check with us before you book.

GROUP GUIDE
This is a private group tour with a local English speaking group escort and a driver. The driver may have limited or less than fluent levels of English.


TRANSPORT
Transport is by private air conditioned vehicles.   As a guide, sightseeing and excursions are by an 18-seater air conditioned mini-coach for up to 15 passengers. Where the group reaches 16 passengers, a 27-seater air-conditioned coach is utilised.

Throughout the tour there will be some leisurely boat trips and two jeep safaris.

About The Road Transport
While on the road, commuting from one destination to another, driving is generally at around 75-80 kilometres per hour on the main highways. The speed is slower on lesser roads and through towns, and it’s not uncommon to be travelling at only 40-50 kilometres per hour. It’s a slower pace than what we are accustomed to in countries like Australia, New Zealand and other western countries.  Furthermore, the driving style is different. There is a lot of overtaking of slower vehicles, more ‘honking of horns’ and at times what may feel like a precarious situation to westerners. Tour drivers are very experienced and well adept to managing this driving style. For anyone anxious about this, you should talk to us before you confirm your booking.

TOUR LUGGAGE INFORMATION AND RESTRICTIONS
Luggage is limited to one medium size suitcase per person up to 20kg, the sum of its length/width and depth not to exceed 140cm (56") plus an overnight bag (airline bag size) which may be carried on board the vehicle. If your luggage exceeds this limit, we ask that you make alternative arrangements for the excess to be forwarded to the termination point of your tour. We suggest you have wheels on your suitcase, as there are certain places where assistance is not available.

Internal flights in India
The standard inclusion for checked luggage is 15kg. As many travellers in our groups exceed this we pay extra to include up to 20kg of checked luggage on internal flights where available.

Internal Airline Luggage Limits
For airline luggage information and restrictions refer to your airline for details.  If you are flying business class to reach India, although your luggage limits exceed 20kg, the tour limit needs to be adhered to, and not exceed 20kg.

ABOUT MOBILE PHONE USE / INTERNET
You may like to purchase a prepaid sim card to take with you while travelling. Otherwise, ask your phone provider about International Roaming packages/offers for your mobile phone. 

SIM cards or international roaming packages can be good options to keep in touch with friends and family back home.  Be sure the sim card you purchase will cover all the countries you are travelling to.  

Many hotels these days offer WiFi—some for free, others for a modest fee.

WhatsApp
If you don’t already use this service, we recommend downloading this application also. It’s a mobile phone App that offers fast, simple, secure messaging and calling for free (data charges may apply – ask your phone provider).

As a general indication, for many of our tours, our guides use WhatsApp to communicate with the group.

TRAVEL GUIDE QUICK FACTS
Visit our Travel Guide page on our website for destination information.

TRAVELLER REVIEWS

'The India trip was fantastic. We saw the best of Northern India in good company and with a very knowledgeable guide and a driver that made us all laugh. India can be confronting for some but we always felt safe and well looked after. One of the best trips I have ever taken!'

Marilyn, 62 years, Melbourne

'A good value for money holiday led by an efficient tour guide.'

David, 68 years, Sydney, NSW

'This is definitely for those who seek an Indian holiday that will take you out of your comfort zone and visit all those places that you have learned and wondered so much about. For those of us who seek that ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!!'

Gayle, QLD
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