Weekend Getaways

Get to know about the top family weekend getaways places to visit with kids in India. 

Weekend getaways

Traveling for a vacation with kids is a lot different from traveling alone or as a couple. There are several things you have to take into account like: your kid’s age, interests, and energy levels while planning each day meticulously. 

Advanced planning and research is must to ensure a memorable vacation. Things you must be prepared with:

  • Kid-friendly place to see/visit in your destination city
  • Kid-friendly activities
  • Kid-friendly eateries 
  • Travel options within the city
  • The closest airport/ railway station

In this Chimes Radio podcast, ‘Tiny Travels’, we address some of the most pressing questions from parents for popular tourist locations all across India. You can use these suggestions to plan your weekend getaways with the entire family. So select the city you want to go to next from our episodes list and let us offer a helping hand to plan your time with kids and build a lifetime of memories.

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Below is the list of family friendly places to visit with kids. Scroll down to find out!

Table of Contents

1. Srinagar

State: Jammu and Kashmir

Location: Northern India

Climate: a year round temperate climate with seasonal temperature variations but is also influenced by tropical monsoons.

City Name Origin: Srinagar is derived from the combination of two Sanskrit words, “Sri” meaning “Lakshmi” and “Nagar” meaning “city.” Some prominent historians believe that Srinagar arose as a city during the reign of Ashoka, a Pandava ruler.

How to reach: By Air: Sheikh ul Alam Airport

By Rail: Banihal railway station

Types of attraction: Lake, Temples, Garden

Places to Visit on this Weekend Getaway →

  • Dal Lake
  • Char Chinar
  • Mughal gardens
  • The Wular lake

2. Shimla

State: Himachal Pradesh

Location: Northern India

Climate: a year experience of good weather with pleasant average temperatures 

City Name Origin: Shimla got its name from the word ‘Shyamalaya,’ which means blue house, and was said to be the name of a house built of blue slate by a faqir on Jakhu.

How to reach: By Air: Shimla Airport or Jubbarhatti Airport

Types of attraction: Falls, Hills, Gardens

Places to Visit on this Weekend Getaway →

  • The Christ Church
  • The Chadwick Falls
  • The Ridge
  • Statue of Lord Hanuman
  • Shimla Toy Train

3. Dehradun

State: Uttarakhand

Location: Northern India

Climate: a year experience of good weather with pleasant average temperatures 

City Name Origin: The name Dehradun comes from the fact that in 1676, Baba Ram Rai, the eldest son of the Seventh Sikh Guru Har Rai, established his “Dera” (camp) in the “dun” (valley). This ‘Dera Dun’ became Dehradun later.

How to reach: By Air: Shimla Airport or Jubbarhatti Airport

Types of attraction: Cave, Hills, Park

Places to Visit on this Weekend Getaway →

  • Malsi Deer Park
  • Sahastrdhara
  • Maldevta
  • Robbers Cave 
  • Indian Military Academy

4. Lucknow

“City of Nawabs”, Lucknow lies on the banks of Gomti River. A place with happy people and places, Lucknow has an old charm about it. Many places where kids can enjoy are the Lucknow Zoo, Planetarium. Other places are The Bada Imam bada, Marine drive and other places. Listen in to know about the places to have authentic taste of the city.

5. Jaipur

“The Pink City”, Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan. A city full of forts, Jaipur is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Many places to visit there are the Jantar Mantar, Amber Fort, Jal Mahal, Haa Mahal and more. Listen in to know.

6. Bhopal

City of Lakes, Bhopal was named after King Bhoj. This city has a lot of places to see including the imaginary line of the Tropic of cancer, The Sanchi Stupa, The Bhoj tal and many other places. Listen in to know more about it.

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7. Gandhinagar

India’s first planned city Gandhinagar is located on the banks of Sabarmati river. There are many places to visit here including Indroda National Park, Akshardham Temple, and many other places. Listen in to know more about the city.

8. Mumbai

Mumbai is the Financial, Commercial and Entertainment capital of India. For a short getaway there are many places where as a family you can travel. Taraporewala Aquarium, Elephanta Caves, Marine Drive, The Gateway of India, the RBI monetary museum etc. Listen in to know more about this “City of Dreams”.

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9. Bangalore

Named after the comfort food a king was offered by an old woman, Bengaluru is the capital of Karnataka. This city is technological and industrial hub. Some places that people can explore in this place are Visvesvaraya Industrial and technological museum, Ulsoor lake, Bal Bhavan, Bangalore Palace and Nandi hills. Listen in to know more

10. Thiruvananthapuram

Capital city of the state of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram was previously known as Trivandrum. Named after Lord Anantha who resides in the temple right in the center of this town, this city has a variety of adventures to offer to the visitors. listen in to know more.

11. Chennai

The capital of Tamil Nadu, Chennai was previously named Madras, but later was named after the fish town of Chennaipattinam. The place has famous Marina beach and many other places which attract tourists from all over the world. Listen in to know more.

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12. Vishakhapatnam

Capital of: Andhra Pradesh

Location: South India

Climate: a year-round tropical dry wet climate

City Name Origin: Visakhapatnam is called after Visakha, the Hindu god of bravery and combat. Later during the British reign, Britishers found it difficult to pronounce the word Visakhapatnam and transformed it to Vizag

How to reach: By Air: Visakhapatnam Airport, By Rail:  Simhachalam , Vishakapatnam Junction

Types of attraction: Nature, Forts, Beach, Monuments, Museum, Park, Valley

Places to Visit on this Weekend Getaway →

  • Araku Valley
  • Borra Caves
  • INS Submarine Museum
  • Rishikonda Beach
  • Ramakrishna Beach
  • Dolphin Nose
  • Simhachalam Temple

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13. Hyderabad

Capital of: Telangana

Location: South India

Climate: a year-round hot semi arid climate

City Name Origin: Hyderabad means “Haydar’s city” or “lion city”. Haydar means ‘lion’ and ābād in Persian means ‘city’. The city is named after Caliph Ali Ibn Abi Talib, who was known as Haydar because of his lion-like bravery

How to reach: By Air: Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, By Rail: Hyderabad Railway Station, Secunderabad Railway Station and Kachiguda Railway Station

Types of attraction: Nature, Forts, Parks, Aquarium, Museum, Fun, Games

Places to Visit on this Weekend Getaway →

  • Ramoji Film City
  • Golconda Fort
  • Salar Jung Museum
  • Chowmahalla Palace
  • Wonderela
  • Charminar
  • Falaknuma Palace
  • Hussain Sagar

14. Bhubhaneshwar

Capital of: Odhisha

Location: East India

Climate: a year-round tropical savanna climate. Hot and humid and winter lasts for only about ten weeks

City Name Origin: The city got its name after a name of Shiva. This city is also called “The temple City” of India

How to reach: By Air: Bhubaneswar Airport or Biju Patnaik International Airport, By Rail: Bhubaneswar Railway Station

Types of attraction: Dam, Parks, Temple, Museum

Places to Visit on this Weekend Getaway →

  • Lingaraj temple
  • ISKCON Temple
  • Hirakud temple
  • Rajarani Temple
  • Mukteswara temple
  • Nandakanan Zoological park

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15. Raipur

Capital of: Chhattisgarh

Location: Central India

Climate: a year-round dry and wet tropical climate

City Name Origin: The city got its name after the name after Brahmdeo Rai. The city is also known as “The Rice Bowl of India”

How to reach: By Air: Swami Vivekananda Airport, By Rail: Raipur Railway Station

Types of attraction: Nature, Parks, Aquarium, Museum, Zoo

Places to Visit on this Weekend Getaway →

  • Mahant Ghasidas Memorial Museum
  • Urja Park
  • Nandan Van Zoo
  • Ghantarani Waterfalls
  • Vivekananda Sarovar

16. Ranchi

Capital of: Jharkhand

Location: East India

Climate: a year-round humid subtropical climate

City Name Origin: The name of this city comes from previous name of the Oraon village at the same site, Archi meaning bamboo grove or stave. Ranchi is also called “City of Waterfalls”

How to reach: By Air: Birsa Munda Airport, By Rail: Ranchi Road , Ranchi , Hatia , Namkon

Types of attraction: Nature, Waterfall, Garden, Parks, Lakes

Places to Visit on this Weekend Getaway →

  • Dasham Falls
  • Jonha Falls
  • Patratru Valley
  • Jagannath Temple
  • Rock garden
  • Tagore Hill
  • Ranchi Lake

17. Patna

Capital of: Bihar

Location: East India

Climate: a year-round humid subtropical climate

City Name Origin: The name of this city comes from the word Pattan, meaning ‘port’ in Sanskrit.

How to reach: By Air: Loknayak Jayaprakash Airport, By Rail: Patna Railway Station

Types of attraction: Nature, Zoo, Parks, Waterfalls, Monuments, Museum

Places to Visit on this Weekend Getaway →

  • Nalanda University Ruins (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Golghar 
  • Sanjay Gandhi Biological Park
  • Srikrishna Science Centre
  • Kumrahar
  • Patna Museum

18. Kolkata

Capital of: West Bengal 

Location: Eastern bank of the Hooghly River

Climate: a year-round  tropical wet-and-dry climate

City Name Origin: Calcutta, the city’s previous name, is an Anglicized version of the Bengali word Kalikata. Kalikata is thought to be derived from the Bengali phrase Kalikshetra, which means “Ground of (the goddess) Kali.”

How to reach: Car rental available at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport or Kolkata Airport at Dumdum

Types of attraction: Museum, Landmarks, Parks, Gardens,

Places to Visit on this Weekend Getaway →

  • Victoria Memorial
  • Science City
  • Botanical Garden
  • Birla Planetarium
  • Alipore Zoo

19. Gangtok

Capital of: Sikkim

Location: North-East India

Climate: a year-round mild temperate climate

City Name Origin: The name of this city comes from Tibetan Language meaning “Top of the Hill”

How to reach: Car rental available at Bagdogra Airport as well as  in New Jalpaiguri station for Gangtok

Types of attraction: Nature, Zoo, Parks, Aquarium, Hills

Places to Visit on this Weekend Getaway →

  • Tsomgo Lake 
  • M.G. Marg
  • Nathu La Pass (Kids who are under 5 years old are not allowed to visit Nathu La Pass because of its elevation of 14400 ft and kids may face breathing problems at such heights)
  • Rumtek Monastery
  • Ganesh Tok 

20. Guwahati

City in : Assam

Location: North-East India

Climate: humid subtropical climate

City Name Origin: The name of this city comes from Assamese words “Guwa” meaning areca nut and “Haat” meaning market

How to reach: By rail: Guwahati Railway Station, By Air: Gopinath Bordoloi Airport

Types of attraction: Nature, Zoo, Museums, Aquarium, Boat Tours, Amusement parks

Places to Visit on this Weekend Getaway →

  • Kamakhya Temple
  • Kaziranga National Park
  • Assam State Botanical Garden
  • Dipor Bill
  • Guwahati Planetarium

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21. Itanagar

Capital of: Arunachal Pradesh

Location: North-East India

Climate: a year-round sub tropical climate

City Name Origin: The name of this city comes from Assamese word, “Ita” meaning “brick”. The city name means “Fort of Bricks”

How to reach: By Air: Lilabari Airport, North Lakhimpur, By Rail: Harrmoty railway station, By  Road: Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Lakhimpur and Guwahati can be reached from Itanagar by road. Car services are available

Types of attraction: Nature, Zoo, Parks, Aquarium

Places to Visit on this Weekend Getaway →

  • Ita Fort
  • Gompa Monastery
  • Ganga Market
  • Ganga Lake
  • State Zoo

22. Kohima

Capital of: Nagaland

Location: North-East India

Climate: a year-round subtropical highland climate

City Name Origin: The name of this city comes from “Kewhira”, the village where Kohima town is located

How to reach: By Air: Dimapur Airport, By Rail: Dimapur Railway

Types of attraction: Nature, Zoo, Parks, Aquarium, Hills

Places to Visit on this Weekend Getaway →

  • Nagaland State Museum
  • Japfu Peak & Dzukou Valley
  • Intanki Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Touphema Village
  • Sakhrie Park
  • Shilloi Lake

23. Imphal

Capital of: Manipur

Location: North-East India

Climate: a year-round humid subtropical climate

City Name Origin: The name of this city comes from “Yum” and “Phal” where yum means house and phal means plenty or beautiful

How to reach: By Air: Imphal Airport, By Rail:  Lower Haflong , Haflong Hill

Types of attraction: Nature, Zoo, Parks, Aquarium, Museum, Fun, Games

Places to Visit on this Weekend Getaway →

  • Loktak Lake
  • Kangla Fort
  • ISKCON Temple
  • Imphal Valley
  • Snigda Dam

24. Aizawl

Capital of: Mizoram

Location: North-East India

Climate: a year-round mild, sub-tropical climate

City Name Origin: The name of this city translates to “wild cardamom field,” a term that dates back to the days of the great Mizo chiefs

How to reach: By Air: Lengpui Airport, By Rail: Silchar is the nearest railway station

Types of attraction: Nature, Zoo, Parks, Aquarium, Museum, Fun, Games

Places to Visit on this Weekend Getaway →

  • Durtlang Hills
  • Reiek
  • Vantwang Falls
  • Mizoram State Museum
  • Solomon’s Temple

25. Agartala

Capital of: Tripura

Location: North-East India

Climate: a monsoon influenced humid sub-tropical climate

City Name Origin: The name of this city is derived from  ‘agar’, a valuable perfume and incense tree of genus Aquilaria, and the ‘tala’, means underneath. It is named after the huge numbers of agarwood trees there

How to reach: By Air: Agartala Airport, By Rail: Agartala railway station

Types of attraction: Nature, Landmark, Parks, Museum

Places to Visit on this Weekend Getaway →

  • Ujjayanta Palace 
  • Heritage Park 
  • Neermahal Palace
  • Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Jampui Hill
  • Rose Valley Amusement Park

26. Shillong

Capital of: Meghalaya

Location: North-East India

Climate: a year round sub-tropical highland climate- summers are cool and very rainy, while its winters are cool and dry

City Name Origin: The name of this city is named after the god of the Khasis,” U Blei Shillong”

How to reach: By Air: Sillong Airport, By Rail: Guwahati railway station

Types of attraction: Nature, Hills & Valleys, Waterfall, Lake

Places to Visit on this Weekend Getaway →

  • Umiam Lake
  • Elephant Lake
  • Mawphlang Sacred Forest
  • Laitlum Canyons
  • Shillong Peak

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27. Chandigarh

Capital of: Punjab & Haryana

Location: North India

Climate: a year round humid sub-tropical climate

City Name Origin: The name of this city is named is devrived from two words- Chandi and Garh. Chandi refers to the Hindu goddess Chandi and Garh means fortress.

How to reach: By Air: Chandigarh Airport, By Rail: Chandigarh Railway Station

Types of attraction: Nature, Park, Lake, Museum

Places to Visit on this Weekend Getaway →

  • Rock Garden
  • Sukhna Lake
  • Rose Garden
  • Thunder Zone
  • International Dolls Museum

28. Daman and Diu

Union Territory: Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli

Location: Northwestern India

Climate: a year round sub-tropical climate

City Name Origin: Daman gets its name from the Daman Ganga River, whereas Diu gets its name from the Sanskrit word dvipa, which means “island.”

How to reach: By Air: Nani Daman. or nearest international airport is at Mumbai. By Rail: Vapi Railway Station

Types of attraction: Nature, Park, Lake, Museum

Places to Visit on this Weekend Getaway →

  • Mirasol Lake Garden
  • Jampore Beach
  • Basilica Of Bom Jesus Church
  • Nani Daman
  • Nani Daman Fort

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29. Dadra and Nagar Haveli

Union Territory: Dadra lies within Gujarat, Nagar Haveli lies between Gujarat and Maharashtra.

Location: West-central India

Climate: a year round tropical climate

How to reach: By Air: Nearest airport is at Mumbai. By Rail: Vapi Railway Station

Types of attraction: Nature, Park, Lake, Museum

Places to Visit on this Weekend Getaway →

  • Dudhni Lake
  • Swaminarayan Temple
  • Nakshatra Garden
  • Vanganga Lake Garden
  • Deer Park

30. Pondicherry

Union Territory: Pondicherry, Karikal, Mahé and Yanaon

Location: Southern-most India

Climate: a year round tropical wet and dry climate

City Name Origin: The original name of the territory was Putucceri, derived from the Tamil words putu (“new”) and ceri (“village”). The French changed this to Pondichéry (English: Pondicherry), by officially changing it to Puducherry in 2006.

How to reach: By Air:  Puducherry Airport,  By Rail: Villupuram Railway Station

Types of attraction: Beach, Temple, Monuments

Places to Visit on this Weekend Getaway →

  • Paradise Beach
  • Auroville
  • Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
  • Rock Beach
  • Ousteri Lake

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31. Andaman and Nicobar

Union Territory: Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Location: Southeastern edge of the Bay of Bengal

Climate: a year round  tropical climate but is moderated by sea breezes

City Name Origin: Andaman is thought to be derived from Hanuman, also known as Handuman by the Malays. According to the great Tanjore inscription of AD 1050, the name Nicobar is a South Indian term ‘Nakkavaram’.

How to reach: By Air:  Port Blair Airport,  By Ship: The main ships connecting the three ports to Port Blair are MV Nancowry, MV Nicobar, MV Harshavardhana, M.V. Swaraj Dweep and M.V. Akbar

Types of attraction: Beach, Island, Museum

Places to Visit on this Weekend Getaway →

  • Radhanagar Beach
  • Cellular Jail
  • Ross Island
  • Elephant Beach
  • Neil Island

32. Lakshadweep

Union Territory: Kavaratti, capital of the Union Territory of Lakshadweep

Location: The island is located in off coast of the Kerala state

Climate: a year round  tropical climate but is moderated by sea breezes

City Name Origin: In Malayalam and Sanskrit, the name Lakshadweep means “a hundred thousand islands.” Lakshadweep, India’s smallest Union Territory, is a 36-island archipelago.

How to reach: By Air:  Agatti Aerodrome,  By Train: There is no rail connectivity to Lakshadweep

Types of attraction: Beach, Island, Museum, Sanctuary

Places to Visit on this Weekend Getaway →

  • Minicoy Island
  • Kavaratti Island
  • Marine Museum
  • Pitti Bird Sanctuary

33. Goa

Capital: Panaji

Location: Western India

Climate: a year round hot, humid, windy, and overcast.

City Name Origin: The Portuguese introduced the word “Goa” to European languages. The area now known as Goa is referred to in the Indian epic Mahabharata as ‘Goparashtra’ or ‘Govarashtra,’ which means “a nation of cowherds.”

How to reach: By Air:  The Goa International Airport at Dabolim,  By Train: South Western Railway and Konkan Railway connectivity

Types of attraction: Beach, Hills, Waterfalls, Fort

Places to Visit on this Weekend Getaway →

  • Fort Aguada
  • Baga Beach
  • Buterfly Beach
  • Panaji
  • Calangute Beach

34. Jammu

Union Territory: Jammu and Kashmir

Location: Northern India

Climate: a year round warm and temperate weather.

City Name Origin: Jammu is named after Jambu Lochan, a prominent local chieftain who ruled in the ninth century and was the brother of Bahu.

How to reach: By Air:  Srinagar Airport or Delhi Airport,  By Train: Jammu Tawi Railway Station

Types of attraction: Fort, Palace, Temples, Caves

Places to Visit on this Weekend Getaway →

  • Vaishno Devi Temple
  • Raghunath Temple
  • Bahu Fort
  • Peer Kho Cave

35. Dharamshala

State: Himachal Pradesh

Location: Northern-most India

Climate: a year round warm and temperate but winters are cold and cloudy.

City Name Origin: Dharamshala began as an army subsidiary cantonment for troops stationed at Kangra, and was named after an ancient Hindu shelter known as ‘Dharamshala.’

How to reach: By Air:  The nearest airport is at Gaggal,  By Train:  Pathankot Railway Station

Types of attraction: Lake, Waterfall, Monastery, Forts

Places to Visit on this Weekend Getaway →

  • Namgyal Monastery
  • Kareri Dal Lake
  • Bhagsunag Waterfalls
  • Kangra Fort
  • Gyuto Monastery

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36. Amritsar

State: Punjab

Location: North-western India

Climate: a year round warm and temperate weather

City Name Origin: The fourth Guru of the Sikhs founded Amritsar on land granted by the Mughal emperor Akbar. Ram Das ordered the digging of the Amrita Saras (“Pool of Nectar”), a sacred tank or pool from which the city gets its name.

How to reach: By Air:  Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport,  By Train: Amritsar Railway Station

Types of attraction: Temple, Border, Sites, Museum

Places to Visit on this Weekend Getaway →

  • Golden Temple
  • Wagah Border
  • Jallianwala Bagh
  • Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum

37. Agra

State: Uttar Pradesh

Location: Northern India

Climate: a year round hot weather with little rainfall

City Name Origin: The ancient Sanskrit epic Mahabharata made a reference to a “Agravana,” and Ptolemy called the site “Agra.” The city was founded in the early 16th century as the capital of the Delhi Sultanate by Sultan Sikandar of the Lod dynasty.

How to reach: By Air:  Agra’s Kheria airport,  By Train: Agra Cantt and Agra Fort Railway Station

Types of attraction: Forts, Monuments, Tomb, Sites

Places to Visit on this Weekend Getaway →

  • Agra Red Fort
  • Fatehpur Sikri
  • Jama Masjid
  • Moti Masjid
  • Taj Mahal
  • Akbar’s Tomb

38. Nainital

State: Uttarakhand

Location: Northern India

Climate: a year round temperate climate with seasonal temperature variations but is also influenced by tropical monsoons.

City Name Origin: On November 9, 2000, Uttaranchal, India’s 27th state, was carved out of Uttar Pradesh, and in January 2007, the new state was renamed Uttarakhand, which means “northern region”.

How to reach: By Air: Jolly Grant Airport near the state capital Dehradun and Pantnagar Airport near the city of lakes, Nainital.

Types of attraction: Pilgrimage, Temples, Wildlife tours, Bird Watching, Rafting

Places to Visit on this Weekend Getaway →

  • Rishikesh
  • Auli
  • Dehradun
  • Jim Corbett Park
  • Nainital
  • Haridwar
  • Kedarnath

39. Udaipur

State: Rajasthan

Location: Northern India

Climate: Udaipur’s climate and weather are typically hot due to its location in Rajasthan’s desert lands.

City Name Origin: Udaipur takes its name from Rana Udai Singh, who founded the city in 1559 A.D.

How to reach: By Air: Maharana Pratap international Airport or Udaipur Airport or Dabok Airport

Types of attraction: Palace, Lakes, Temples

Places to Visit on this Weekend Getaway →

  • City Palace
  • Lake Pichola
  • Fateh Sagar lake
  • Jag Mandir
  • Sajjangarh Palace
  • Bagore Ki Haveli

40. Indore

State: Madhya Pradesh

Location: West-central India

Climate: The climate here is tropical. The summers are much rainier than the winters 

City Name Origin: The city was originally known as Indreshwar, after the city’s Indreshwar Temple.

How to reach: By Air: Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport

Types of attraction: Palace, Museum, Temples

Places to Visit on this Weekend Getaway →

  • Rajwada Palace
  • Lal Baag Palace
  • Chhatri Baag
  • Sarafa Baza

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