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Historical India with Thrilling Tiger Safari

PRIVATE TOUR - 14 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM £$ 4243

Private Tour Highlights

  • Marvel at the grandeur of the past that is the Red Fort
  • Gaze into India’s past by visiting the spot where Ghandi was assassinated
  • See the impressive India Gate, honoring the 70,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives
  • Take a tour of the stunning Taj Mahal, India’s most picture perfect work of architecture
  • Experience a sound and light show at the city’s Amber Fort
  • Observe the beautiful wild tigers as they roam Ranthambhore National Park
  • Spot more than just tigers, such as leopards, hyenas, the sloth bear, and antelope
  • Sample local meats and produce at the British style Crawford Market
  • Take a walk through the aromatic fields of Goa’s fragrant spice plantations
  • Spend a day on one of Goa’s fine beaches, and enjoy some watersports or birdwatching
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Tour Overview

India is a stunningly diverse nation, and that diversity is exactly what you will find during your visit to this fascinating country. Begin touring the magnificent palaces and forts of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur before searching for the elusive Bengal tiger in the jungles of Ranthambore. Then, spend a few days in the lively city of Mumbai before ending your tour in Goa for a few days of relaxation on its palm fringed beaches.

Beginning in Delhi, you will see the best of the old and new parts of the city, including the Red Fort, India’s largest mosque, Gandhi’s memorial site, local markets and many prestigious government buildings. A brief stay in Agra will highlight the magnificent Taj Mahal and its sister attraction, the Agra Fort. Then, see the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri en route to Jaipur and its huge Amber Fort.

A few hours drive south of Jaipur, you will find yourself in the lush jungles of Ranthambore National Park. Spend two days on safari here searching for tigers with the possibility of seeing leopards, hyenas and sloth bears. The park also encompasses several ancient ruins that make for a unique setting among the rugged landscape. A transfer to Mumbai will bring you back into the bustling Indian city life, but not without its share of cultural gems, including the Elephanta Caves and the Gateway to India.

Finally, for the last portion of your trip you will find yourself in Goa, a land with sweeping palm-fringed coastlines, jungle covered hills, lush rice paddies, spice plantations, historic churches and a bohemian atmosphere. This old Portuguese colony boasts good food, good wine and world-class beaches that make for a perfect way to unwind from your travels.

Inclusions
Price Includes:
One way domestic flight from Jaipur to Mumbai, Round trip domestic flight from Mumbai to Goa, All accommodations with continental or buffet breakfast, Two days of breakfast, lunch and dinner in Ranthambhore, 3 Park visits at Ranthambhore using non air conditioned open Jeep (on sharing basis), Service of deluxe air-conditioned vehicle, One time entrance fees at all monuments, Services of English speaking local guide for excursions, All currently applicable taxes including service tax

Notes:
* The Red Fort in Delhi remains closed on every Monday

* The Taj Mahal in Agra remains closed on every Friday

* Due to monsoon season, the park is closed from July through September

* The Elephanta Caves and Prince of Wales museum remain closed on Mondays

* Game drives are operated on a shared basis with other guests

* You should exercise caution if you intend to swim in open waters along the Indian coastline, particularly during the monsoon season. Every year, several people in Goa and other areas drown due to strong undertows. It is important to heed warnings posted or advised at beaches and to avoid swimming in the ocean during the monsoon season. Trained lifeguards are very rare along beaches.

* Additional supplements may apply between 1 – 20 November, 20 December – 10 January and 1 – 28 February. Please ask a Yampu Travel Consultant for more details.
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Double £$3512 £$4243 £$5423 £$8299
Single £$5645 £$7115 £$9482 £$14884

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

International flight to New Delhi

Overnight international flight to New Delhi.

Overnight international flight to New Delhi.

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Day
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Arrival in New Delhi

Upon arrival and airport reception, transfer to hotel. Depending on arrival time, spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Upon arrival and airport reception, transfer to hotel. Depending on arrival time, spend the rest of the day at leisure.

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Tour of New Delhi

Here see the Red Fort, recognized as the most opulent Fort and Palace of the Mughal Empire. The fort is Shah Jehan's symbol of power and elegance, built behind red sandstone walls. Its main gate (Lahore Gate) faces Chandni Chowk; the perpetually congested avenue heading west from the Red Fort is filled with twisting lanes, small streets and crowded bazaars.


Also visit Jama Masjid (the largest mosque in India), Chandni Chowk, and the bustling and colorful market of the old city. Chandni Chowk was the commercial center of Delhi in the old time and see it come alive in the morning as the trading day starts, and Raj Ghat. Raj Ghat has a simple memorial to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, marking the spot where he was assassinated by Nathuram Godse in 1948. A commemorative ceremony is held here every Friday. The first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Lal Nehru, was also cremated to the north of the memorial at Shanti Van (Forest of Peace). The area is now a beautiful park laden with trees. The Zinat-ul Masjid (Most Beautiful of Mosques) towers over the Raj Ghat.


After the metro ride continue to visit New Delhi to visit two monuments from Delhi's past - Qutub Minar and Humayun's Tomb. In 1199, Qutub-ud-Din raised the Qutub Minar either as a victory tower or as a minaret to the adjacent mosque. Humayun's tomb, which was built by emperor Humayun's wife, took eight years to complete and is regarded as an example of the early Mughal architecture. The emperor's wife, Begai Begum, was buried in the tomb and the structure is the first of its kind built in the center of a well-planned garden. The combination of white marble and red sandstone was a great influence on later Mughal architecture. It is generally regarded as a prototype of the famed Taj Mahal of Agra.


The drive meanders along the ceremonial avenue, Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate. At the center of New Delhi stands the 42m high India Gate, an Arc-de-Triomphe like Archway in the middle of a crossroad. It commemorates the 70,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the British Army during the First World War and bears the names of more than 13,516 British and Indian soldiers killed in the North-western Frontier in the Afghan war of 1919. The foundation stone was laid by His Royal Highness, the Duke of Connaught in 1921 and was designed by Edwin Lutyens. The Presidential House is a palatial building built on an area of 330 acres with a private garden designed by the illustrious Lutyens, originally as the official residence of the Viceroy of India during British reign, is now the official residence of the First Citizen and the Parliament House.


Note: Yampu recommends an optional tour (price not included) to enjoy a fine dinner at the Veda Restaurant, a lavishly designed nouvelle cuisine curry house that offers a fusion of traditional Indian food with a modern spin. A second option is a visit to Akshardham, a unique, yet stunning monument that boasts 234 elaborately carved pillars, 9 decorative domes, 20 quadrangled shikhars (towers of Hindu architecture), stone elephants sculptures, and 20,000 murtis (Hindu images portraying Divine spirits). Please inquire with a Yampu travel consultant for more information.
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Day
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Delhi - Agra

Begin with a drive to Agra that will take approximately 4 hours. Upon arrival, check into the hotel. Then proceed for a sightseeing tour of the stunning Taj Mahal, India’s most picture perfect work of architecture and one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.


The area around the Taj Mahal is a protected area and the parking is approximately one kilometer away from the monument. Here disembark and board battery buses to the Taj.


That magnificent monument of love - The Taj Mahal, was built by an emperor in memory of his beloved queen. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1631, and is believed to have taken 22 years to complete, with over 20,000 craftsmen working round the clock. The design and construction is said to be that of the legendary architect, Ustad Ahamad Lahori.


In the impressive Agra Fort, be taken through the chambers of this royal residence. Driving through the city, witness the local life and bazaars and the hustle bustle of everyday India. Agra Fort is officially recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The fort is also known as Lal Qila, Fort Rouge and Red Fort of Agra. It is about 2.5 km northwest of its much more famous sister monument, the Taj Mahal. The fort is often described as a walled palatial city and as the most important fort in India. The great Mughals Babur, Humayun, Akbar, Jehangir, Shah Jahan and Aurangzeb lived here, and the country was governed from here. It contained the largest state treasury and mint. It was visited by foreign ambassadors, travelers and the highest dignitaries who made history in India.


Note: Yampu recommends an optional tour (cost not included) to a showing of Mohabbat The Taj, a live show with a touch of Bollywood comes highly recommended. This 80 minute presentation is a charming way to top off the day at the Kalakriti Auditorium. Please inquire with a Yampu travel consultant for more details.
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Day
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Agra - Jaipur

Drive approximately 4-5 hours to Jaipur. En route, stop to enjoy an excursion to the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri, the once imperial city of the Mughal dynasty that was mysteriously deserted years after its inception. This ornate city was built with such grandeur that words do not do justice to the glorious atmosphere created by its buildings. Once arrived, check in and have some time to relax before a sound and light show at the city’s Amber Fort.


The Amber Fort was originally built by the Meenas in the town they consecrated to Amba, the Mother Goddess, whom they knew as Gatta Rani or Queen of the Pass. Built over the remnants of an earlier structure, the palace complex which stands today was commenced under the reign of Raja Man Singh, Commander in Chief of Akbar's army and a member of the Emperor's inner circle of nine courtiers, in 1592. The initial structure of the fort was entirely completed by his descendant, Jai Singh I. Amber was modified by successive rulers over the next 150 years, until the Kachwahas shifted their capital to Jaipur during the time of Sawai Jai Singh II.


The sound and light show at the Fort was scripted by the noted lyricist and filmmaker Gulzar for which superstar Amitabh Bachchan will lend his baritone. The one-hour show, which will be in English, will blend the visual splendor of a light show with the gripping historical narrative surrounding the Amber Fort's history.
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Day
6

Jaipur - Agra

This morning return to the Amber Fort for a half day excursion. Strolling the magnificent rooms and chambers, observe the various intricate ivory, mirror and glass work. In the afternoon, enjoy a city tour that will begin at the City Palace Museum, followed by a visit to Jantar Mantar (an accurate observatory built in 1726), and great photographic opportunity at the Hawa Mahal, or Palace of Winds – a spectacular five storied, honeycomb styled building exemplifying superb Rajput artistry.


Note: Yampu recommends an optional tour (price not included) of an evening elephant safari. After a chance to feed these gentle creatures, ride upon their backs through a private jungle area, passing many villages, fields, and a medieval fortress as the sun sets. Please inquire with a Yampu travel consultant for more information.
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Day
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Ranthambore National Park

Ground transfer to Ranthambhore National Park. This is approximately a 3-4 hour drive. After arriving, enjoy a lunch before proceeding for a jungle safari in Ranthambore National Park.


The Ranthambore National Park was once the hunting ground of Maharaja of Jaipur. In 1955, it was declared a game sanctuary; in 1980, it became a national park. and partnered with Project Tiger in 1972. With the addition of neighboring Keladevi and Mansingh sanctuaries as part of Project Tiger, the total area of the national park stands at 1,334 sq km. But the entire park - the core area is just 392 sq kms - is not open to the public. The Ranthambore Park is set between the Aravalli and Vindhya ranges. Its deciduous forests were once a part of the magnificent jungles of Central India. The terrain is rugged and there are rocky ridges, hills and open valleys with lakes and pools. Ranthambhore park is famous for tigers and due to conservation efforts, the tiger population has stabilized if not increased here. The tigers can be spotted quite often even during the day, at their normal pursuits-- hunting and taking care of their young ones. Ranthambhore is one of the best places to see these majestic predators. Ranthambore is a heritage site because of the picturesque ruins that dot the wildlife park. There are lake palaces, chhatris, old fortifications and a majestic 1,000-year-old fort, overlooking the park. The lovely Jogi Mahal is located at the foot of the fort and gives magnificent view of the Padam Tlao, painted white with water lilies.
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Tiger Safari in Ranthambore

In the early morning, enjoy another park visit to see the tigers once more and possibly any of the other of the resident wildlife. Besides tigers, other wildlife in the park include the endangered caracal, the leopard and jungle cat, hyenas, foxes, jackals, the sloth bear and several varieties of deer and antelope. Drive back to the hotel for lunch before returning for a final afternoon in the park. Return to the hotel to enjoy dinner and spend the evening.

In the early morning, enjoy another park visit to see the tigers once more and possibly any of the other of the resident wildlife. Besides tigers, other wildlife in the park include the endangered caracal, the leopard and jungle cat, hyenas, foxes, jackals, the sloth bear and several varieties of deer and antelope. Drive back to the hotel for lunch before returning for a final afternoon in the park. Return to the hotel to enjoy dinner and spend the evening.

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Ranthambore - Mumbai

Awake early for one final breakfast before transferring to Jaipur for a flight to Mumbai. Upon arrival, met and transferred to the hotel. Spend the remaining time at leisure settling in, getting used to the surroundings, or exploring the city.

Awake early for one final breakfast before transferring to Jaipur for a flight to Mumbai. Upon arrival, met and transferred to the hotel. Spend the remaining time at leisure settling in, getting used to the surroundings, or exploring the city.

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10

Mumbai - Delhi

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Transfer to the jetty at the Gateway of India to board a boat to Elephanta Island to see the shrine cut from the hillside. This ancient stone temple is decorated with intricate sculptures of Hindu Gods. Perhaps the most glorious of them all is the Hindu Trinity, which depicts three aspects of Shiva the Creator, Preserver and the Destroyer.


Upon returning to the city, be free to explore and observe the Gateway of India. With four turrets and intricate latticework, the archway was constructed out of yellow basalt stone for the visit of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911, the first visit of any British Monarchs. Near the arch, find steps down to the water, where small motor launches offering short cruises of the harbor will be offered (price not included).


Moving to the old British part of town, stroll through the Crawford Market and sample some of the local fruit, vegetable, and meat stands. Completed in 1869, this covered market is elegantly designed with an impressive clock tower and steeple that stands above the surrounding skyline.


Also on deck for today is a visit to the Prince of Wales Museum, an odd looking building built with a mixture of Gothic and Moorish styles. With an array of ancient Indus Valley artifacts dating to 2000 BC, one will also find priceless pieces of Tibetan and Nepali art, Buddhist scrolls, and Tibetan bronzes. However, the most notable attraction here is the collection of over 2000 miniature paintings from India’s various art schools.
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Mumbai - Goa

Transfer to the airport for a flight to Goa. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure, perhaps with a stroll on the beach or a few drinks.

Transfer to the airport for a flight to Goa. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure, perhaps with a stroll on the beach or a few drinks.

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Day tour of Goa

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Morning sightseeing tour of the historic part of Goa, which will stop at the Basilica de Bom Jesus and the Grand Se Cathedral. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the basilica is the final resting place of the celebrated St. Francis Xavier, one of Goa’s patron saints. Today, the basilica remains as one of India’s best examples of baroque architecture. Next visit the Se Cathedral, the largest in all of Asia at 76 meters (250 ft) in length and 55 meters (180 ft) in width.


In the afternoon, tour one of Goa’s fragrant spice plantations. The dense forested landscape of Goa and its favorable climate make for a perfect environment to grow spices. Walking through the aromatic fields, smell and see vanilla beans, pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, chilies, nutmeg, turmeric, ginger and a variety of fruits. Afterwards, return to the hotel for the night.
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Day at leisure in Goa

Spend the day at leisure and enjoy the fine beaches of Goa. There are plenty of opportunities to partake in some water sports, take a yoga class, visit a local museum or go bird watching (not included).

Spend the day at leisure and enjoy the fine beaches of Goa. There are plenty of opportunities to partake in some water sports, take a yoga class, visit a local museum or go bird watching (not included).

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Day
14

Flight home from Mumbai

Depending on departure time, spend the morning at leisure before transferring to the airport for a connection to Mumbai and flight home or to continue with an optional Yampu Tours add-on.
Note: Check out of the hotel is at 12 pm. Late check out may be available directly at the hotel subject to availability. Regardless, store luggage at the hotel until departure to the airport.

Depending on departure time, spend the morning at leisure before transferring to the airport for a connection to Mumbai and flight home or to continue with an optional Yampu Tours add-on.
Note: Check out of the hotel is at 12 pm. Late check out may be available directly at the hotel subject to availability. Regardless, store luggage at the hotel until departure to the airport.

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Delhi, India

Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India

Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Ranthambhore National Park, Ranthambhore Fort, Rajasthan, India

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Goa, India

Places You'll See

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    Goa

    Famous for its gorgeous beaches and several ancient temples, Goa is rich with history and culture. Visit the many museums, such as the Christian Art Museum or the Naval Aviation Museum to see vintage aircrafts. Buy handmade trinkets at the Anjuna Flea Market or browse their many libraries. Go diving or kitesurfing on the beautiful waters, or just relax on the sand.

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    Mumbai

    There is much to see in the city of Mumbai, from the modern presence of Bollywood, to the colonial buildings showcasing examples of the Gothic revival. Immerse yourself in the hustle of the crowds at the street markets and vendors, or take a peaceful stroll along Juhu Beach. Enjoy the city’s vibrant theater scene and catch a performance at the Prithvi Theater.

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    Jaipur

    Nicknames the Pink City, Jaipur is home to several enticing attractions. Visit the Amber Fort, once the royal palace for the Kachwahas, and see the impressive evening light show. Explore the massive City Palace inside the old city. Take a peaceful stroll through one of the many gardens, or purchase some unique souvenirs at the city center bazaar.

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    Agra

    Visit the famous Taj Mahal, one of the New 7 Wonders of the world, in Agra. Take a guided tour through the immense, white marble mausoleum, built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his late wife, a true monument of love. While in Agra, also visit the Agra Fort, mainly constructed from sandstone, it’s more of a palace than a defense structure.

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    Delhi

    Home to India’s largest mosque, the Red Fort, Delhi is abundant in historical artifacts and cultural events. Visit the Baha’i Lotus Temple, a beautiful building in the shape of a lotus bud, or the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art. To get a real taste of area, take a food tour to experience the local cuisine. Or take a peaceful morning walk in the Lodhi Garden.

Hotel Options

3 Star Properties

Delhi : Justa Greater Kailash

Agra : Hotel Amar

Jaipur : Alsisar Haveli

Ranthambore National Park : Ranthambore Bagh

Mumbai : Gordon House

Goa : Phoenix Park Inn

4 Star Properties

Delhi : The Royal Plaza

Agra : Agra Trident Oberoi

Jaipur : Jaipur Trident Oberoi

Ranthambore : Dev Vilas Ranthambore

Mumbai : Trident Nariman Point

Goa : Fortune Select Regina

5 Star Properties

Delhi : The Claridges

Agra : ITC Mughal Agra

Jaipur : Jaimahal Palace

Ranthambore National Park : Sawai Madhopur Taj Lodge

Mumbai : The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower

Goa : Taj Exotica Goa

Luxury Properties

Delhi : The Oberoi

Agra : Amarvilas

Jaipur : Oberoi Rajvilas,

Jaipur : Taj Rambagh Palace

Jaipur : Sujan Rajmahal Palace

Ranthambore National Park : Oberoi Vanya Vilas

Ranthambhore National Park : Aman-i-khas

Mumbai : Oberoi Mumbai

Goa : The Leela

Testimonials

Ruben D. (travel agent)

Traveled October, 2012

I would recommend contacting Yampu Tours

I would recommend contacting Yampu Tours. They are great to work with and the documentation for clients is exceptional.

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Lucy and John

Traveled April, 2012

India and Sri Lanka were an amazing combination

India and Sri Lanka were an amazing combination! The hustle of India is exciting, but also overwhelming so including Sri Lanka toward the end of our itinerary was an amazing way to relax and unwind! In India we were blown away by the service at the Deluxe hotels, and even the 4-star hotels. The hospitality in India is incredible with everyone working to make sure you are comfortable and happy. We loved the Oberoi hotels, the rooms were beautiful and the service was immaculate. The sites in India were truly amazing and we loved the elephant safaris and interactions were we were able to bathe and paint these gentle giants! During our long transfers in India our driver was pleasant, providing us with interesting facts but not overwhelming us with too many details or idle chatter.In Sri Lanka we absolutely loved the Temple of the Tooth, the atmosphere is so humbling and spiritual; absolutely a must-see! We loved the ancient site of Polonnaruwa and the lying down Buddha and the elephant orphanage at Pinnawela. We also really enjoyed climbing the Sigiriya rock fortress, although its not the best option for those who are scared of heights!

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Brian T.

Traveled June, 2013

Would highly recommend your services to friends & family

Local Guides – All three guides were superb. Very knowledgeable, respectful, communicative, personable and great with kids & family. Transportation – Both very good, cautious drivers always made us feel comfortable (and safe). Both patient and punctual.Hotels – All Taj hotels were top notch & would highly recommend. Marari was unique & fun but would not recommend for those who prefer luxurious accommodation; we really enjoyed the natural environment however. Houseboat was also great! Restaurants – All Taj hotels had excellent food. To avoid illness would stick to hotel food in the future. How would you rate your whole trip? Excellent for education. Great overall experience. Was very happy with Yampu itinerary and ease of everything. General Comments – Would highly recommend your services to friends & family.

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