A 17-Day inspirational journey of India: Sep 22-Oct 8, 2016
This tour is escorted by Paul Saltzman
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Paul Saltzman is a two-time Emmy Award-winning film and television producer-director. The two documentary feature films, Prom Night in Mississippi, and The Last White Knight, each featuring Morgan Freeman, are his most recent movies.

Early in 1968 he learned meditation at the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashram in Rishikesh, India. While there, he spent time with and photographed the Beatles. His photos have been judged "some of the best intimate shots" ever taken of John, Paul, George and Ringo, and have been seen in galleries worldwide.

In 2000, Paul released a book of his photographs, The Beatles in Rishikesh, with Penguin-Putnam; and in 2006 he self-published the deluxe Limited Edition box set, The Beatles in India.

Engage your senses on a unique, life-changing, and worry-free tour of India's most breathtaking sites. Join world famous photographer and EmmyAward-winning director/producer Paul Saltzman on his 55th trip through the world's most fascinating and vibrant country.

SPECIAL OFFER: All participants will receive, free of charge, one copy of Paul’s Special Limited Edition box set book: ‘The Beatles in India’ (value $325 US) and on our first evening in India one person will win a draw for the Deluxe Limited Edition (value $875 US).

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An Intimate Overview of India
India is a cornucopia of remarkable people and places, of music and soul. It is many, many cultures -- an amazing fusion of modern and ancient, of adventures and discoveries.
On this upcoming journey, we will be a small, intimate group, experiencing the great fusion of east and west that is India. The destinations you'll visit are as varied as the country -- the lush jungles of Kerala, modern Mumbai, the regal forts of the Rajasthani desert, the awe inspiring peaks of the high Himalayas. And, of course, the extraordinary Taj Mahal. Your tour promises to be an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Get a Unique Perspective Most Tourists Never See
Working with Bestway, world-renowned filmmaker Paul Saltzman has designed a tour that promises you a unique perspective on this deeply soulful place. Along with sightseeing, we've arranged small, private music recitals, wandering and shopping, and conversations about life as we sip our cool drinks and watch some of the most gorgeous sunsets in the world.
Some of our highlights will include:

  • Traditional House Boats on the Kerala Backwaters
  • Bansuri Flute Performance by renowned musician Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia
  • Experience the Taj Mahal at sunrise
  • Visit the house and memorial of Mahatma Gandhi
  • Storytelling at the Beatles Ashram in Rishikesh
  • Trekking into the Himalayas
  • A Sumptuous Dinner on the Maharaja's Boat at the Lake Palace Hotel

A Note From Paul Saltzman

On my first trip to India, in 1968, a chance meeting with The Beatles inspired my life's work as a producer-director. Since then, I've visited more than 50 times, and each return is a new, exciting exploration.

This will be only the third time we've offered this tour, and you can read about the experiences of our previous travellers in our Testimonials.

What joys and personal growth will India hold for you? I invite you to join me on this exquisite journey and discover this for yourself.
Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at:

Best Wishes,
Paul Saltzman
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Tour Information
Tour Duration : 17 days
Min. Tour Size : 16 persons
Max. Tour Size : 24 persons
Includes international air
Tour Price (from) : US$
Day 01: Sept 22, 2016: Arrive Trivandrum
Day 02: Sept 23, 2016: Kovalam
Day 03: Sept 24, 2016: Trivandrum/Alleppey (Drive)
(B, L, D)
Day 04: Sept 25, 2016: Alleppey/Cochin (Drive) Cochin/Mumbai (Flight)
(B, D)
Day 05: Sept 26, 2016: Mumbai
(B, D)
Day 06: Sept 27, 2016: Mumbai/Udaipur (Flight)
(B, D)
Day 07: Sept 28, 2016: Udaipur
Day 08: Sept 29, 2016: Udaipur/Jaipur (Drive)
Day 09: Sept 30, 2016: Jaipur
(B, D)
Day 10: Oct 1, 2016: Jaipur/Fatehpur Sikri/Agra (Drive)
(B, D)
Day 11: Oct 2, 2016: Agra/New Delhi (Drive)
Day 12: Oct 3, 2016: Delhi
Day 13: Oct 4, 2016: Delhi/Haridwar (Train) Haridwar/Rishikesh (Drive)
Day 14: Oct 5, 2016: Rishikesh
Day 15: Oct 6, 2016: Rishikesh
(B, D)
Day 16: Oct 7, 2016: Rishikesh/Delhi (Train)
(B, D)
Day 17: Oct 8, 2016: Delhi/Home
Optional Trek In The Himalayas (October 7 - 12, 2016)
Day 16: Oct 7, 2016: Rishikesh/Chopta/Pothibasa (Drive)(2000M/6560 Feet)
(L, D)
Day 17: Oct 8, 2016: P’basa/Chopta/Deoriatal/Chopta/P’basa (trek: 5-6hrs.)
(B, L, D)
Day 18: Oct 9, 2016: P’basa/Chopta/Tungnath/Chopta/P’basa (trek: 6-7hrs.)
(B, L, D)
Day 19: Oct 10, 2016: Pothibasa/Rishikesh (Drive)
(B, L)
Day 20: Oct 11, 2016: Rishikesh/Haridwar/New Delhi (Train)
(B, D)
Day 21: Oct 12, 2016: New Delhi/Home
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Day 01: September 22, 2016, Thursday: Arrive Trivandrum

Namaste! We are welcomed the traditional Indian way with palms held together. After immigration and custom formalities, we are met and driven to Kovalam. After checking into our hotel, and before dinner, Paul Saltzman will welcome you on this unique journey at the Neera Bar outdoor patio. As an added treat, one lucky person will win a draw for Paul’s Deluxe Limited Edition box set (value $875).
Overnight: Vivanta By Taj Kovalam (2 Nights) (D)
1. Welcome drink with Paul.

Day 02: September 23, 2016, Friday: Kovalam

Morning Yoga session, if you wish to join us. The day is free to relax on the beach, explore the local shops and surroundings, or visit nearby Trivandrum, Kerala’s capital. Those who want to go for Ayurveda can book this at the Taj Spa, which is one of the best Spa’s in the south. Evening we join Paul for his slide show and talk: ‘Fusion of Music & Soul: Why the Beatles Came to India’ followed by conversation. (B)
1. Morning Yoga session (optional)
2. ‘Fusion of Music & Soul: Why the Beatles Came to India.’ Slide show and talk

Day 03: September 24, 2016, Saturday: Trivandrum/Alleppey  (Drive)

Scenic coastal drive to Alleppey where we board traditional rice boats—Ketuvallam—converted to house boats, and begin our magical journey through Kerala’s picturesque inland waterways, relaxing in the tranquility of the backwaters and lakes, experiencing the way of life and activity of the locals. A special treat is the authentic and exquisite Kerala cuisine cooked on-board. Boats have one or two bedrooms.
Overnight: House Boat (1 night) (B, L, D)
1. Night Houseboat on Full Board Basis.

Day 04: September 25, 2016, Sunday: Alleppey/Cochin (Drive) Cochin/Mumbai  (Flight)

After breakfast, we disembark from our houseboats and drive to Cochin Airport for our flight to the magical city of Mumbai, where we are transferred to our hotel Taj Lands End. Evening we enjoy a scrumptious dinner in a private dining room at our hotel, prepared exclusively for us by the Executive Chef.
Overnight: Taj Lands End (2 Nights) (B, D)
Activities/Sites Visited:
1. Visit Historical Sites of Mumbai
2. Evening Dinner at Taj Lands End. (Pre Set Menu Dinner).

Day 05: September 26, 2016, Monday: Mumbai

Arrangements are in the works for a meeting with Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, considered to be the foremost bansuri flute player of his generation. He may give us an informal recital. Pandit Chaurasia toured and recorded with George Harrison on ‘The Inner Light’ and George’s ‘Dark Horse Tour’. This will be followed by a guided city tour of Mumbai including the famous Chor Bazaar (Thieves Market) and the Victoria Terminus, recently declared a World Heritage Site. Evening, we meet Suresh Bhojwani over dinner at the iconic Taj Mahal Palace & Tower. Suresh played with George Harrisson in 1994 in Goa. (B, D)
Activities/Sites Visited:
1. Meeting with Pandit Hariprasad (subject to availability).
2. Guided City Tour including visits to Chor Bazaar & Victoria Terminus (World Heritage Site)
3. Meeting with Suresh Bhojwani followed by Dinner at Iconic Taj Mahal Palace & Towers.

Day 06: September 27, 2016, Tuesday: Mumbai/Udaipur (Flight)

A short flight takes us into Rajasthan, to the city of Udaipur, named as the world’s 7th best city in 2007. We travel by bus and boat to the Lake Palace Hotel—Paul Saltzman’s “favourite hotel in the world.” Later in the evening we enjoy dinner on the Royal Barge. ‘Gangaur’ is an antique royal barge of the House of Mewar. Its regal décor and vibrant splendor were featured in the James Bond film Octopussy and guests continue to enjoy its magnificence. Six rowers in traditional attire steer us around the mystical Lake Pichola while we unwind with cocktails and enjoy barbequed snacks and hors d’oeuvres served by our own personal butlers. The highlight of the evening is a floating buffet that attaches to our barge. Our chefs have created for you the finest Indian feast. Gentle, live music is on board.
Overnight: Hotel Taj Lake Palace (2 Nights) (B, D)
Activities/Sites Visited:
1. Dinner on the Royal Barge.

Day 07: September 28, 2016, Wednesday: Udaipur

Today we tour Udaipur, visiting the City Palace followed by a visit to the world famous Crystal Gallery in the Fateh Prakash Palace. It has been hailed as the single largest private collection of crystal anywhere in the world. It was in 1877 that the Maharaja Sajjan Singh custom ordered this collection from the F&C Osler Co. in Birmingham. It includes a bewildering number of objects d'art, dinner sets, perfume bottles, decanters, glasses, washing bowls and even furniture, including the only crystal bed in the world. In the afternoon we visit Sajjangarh Fort, the ‘Monsoon Palace’, high above Udaipur, affording a marvelous, panoramic view of the area.  En route to our hotel we can visit an excellent gallery/fine crafts emporium. (B)
Activities/Sites Visited:
1. City Tour of Udaipur visiting City palace, Crystal Gallery, Saheliyon Ki Bari.
2. Visit Sajjangarh (Monsoon Palace) in afternoon

Day 08: September 29, 2016, Thursday: Udaipur/Jaipur (Drive)

Breakfast at the hotel. We drive to Jaipur, experiencing a taste of rural India. During the drive we’ll see a 23-minute video on a Jaipur family of Master Meenakari craftspeople who create exquisite gold and silver enamel jewelry, chess sets and more. The film, made by Paul Saltzman in 1975, follows Gopal Deen Dayal, age 11, as the craft is passed to him and his brothers by their father. We’ll visit them the next day in their home/workshop. Upon arrival at Jaipur we check in at the hotel.
Overnight: Jai Mahal Palace (2 Nights) (B)

Day 09: September 30, 2016, Friday: Jaipur

This morning we are treated like the royalty of yesteryear with an elephant ride to Amber Fort, situated on top of a hill rendering a majestic panoramic view of the city. Amber was the capital of Rajasthan before Jaipur. The Palace is laid out on different levels on the hillside and surrounded by a fortress. A shopper’s paradise, Jaipur is noted for its gems, puppets and artisans, skilled in brass inlay, enamel and lacquer work and pottery. Most of the buildings in the old city are made of pink sandstone and one of the most beautiful is the Hawa Mahal, the Palace of Winds, from where the ladies of the royal harem would watch the city from behind the intricately carved facade. In the afternoon, we’ll visit Gopal’s home and workshop in the old bazaar area of Jaipur. Evening is dinner at the Spice Court, where we are entertained with a Rajasthani puppet show. Shopping at the bazaar is an option. (B, D)
Activities/Sites Visited:
1. Guided tour of Amber Fort.
2. City Palace.
3. Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds).
4. Gopal and family home/workshop
5. Dinner at Spice Court Restaurant.

Day 10: October 1, 2016, Saturday: Jaipur/Fatehpur Sikri/Agra (Drive)

After an early breakfast we head out for a lovely countryside drive to Agra. En-route we visit Fatehpur Sikri, the beautiful capital built in 1640 by the Mughal King, Akbar the Great. A superb example of Mughal architecture, it stands perfectly preserved in the desert. We tour the Palace-Fort and also visit the artistically designed mausoleum of Salim Chisty before continuing to Agra. On arrival in Agra, we check in to our hotel. Later we visit the Agra Fort, where Shah Jehan, in the later years of his life, was imprisoned by his son. We end our tour with a visit to several local shops and witness the complex art of inlaying precious and semiprecious stones in the world famous marbles from the mines of Makrana. Later in the evening we have a gala dinner at the Peshwari Restaurant.
Overnight: Taj Gateway Hotel (1 Night) (B, D)
Activities/Sites Visited:
1. Guided tour of Fatehpur Sikri – World Heritage Site.
2. Guided tour of Agra Fort - World Heritage Site.
3. Gala Dinner at Peshwari Restaurant at the ITC Mughal Hotel

Day 11: October 2, 2016, Sunday: Agra/New Delhi (Drive)

We begin our day with a sunrise visit to the most well known of the ‘Seven Modern Wonders of the World’, the Taj Mahal. It is a unique and exquisite experience to stand in front of the huge wooden Mughal doors as they are swung open and be the first to view the Taj Mahal in the soft morning light, with the grounds empty. Built by Shah Jehan as a mausoleum for his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, visiting the Taj is beyond any photographs or film one can view. While there, Paul will share a few of his favourite stories of the Taj and of ancient India. After breakfast, we drive to New Delhi. On arrival, we visit the famous Akshardham Temple complex, an amazing world of Indian Hindu culture, ornate with 20,000 statues, floral motifs, arches and exquisitely carved pillars. Built on the banks of the River Yamuna, over a sprawling 100 acres of lush manicured lawns adorned with water fountains and carved pavilions, it cost 2 billion dollars and took 5 years to construct.
Overnight: The Taj Mahal Hotel (2 Nights) (B)
Activities/Sites Visited:
1. Sunrise visit to Taj Mahal - World Heritage Site.
2. Drive to Delhi.
3. Tour of Akshardham Complex.

Day 12: October 3, 2016, Monday: Delhi

Today, we explore wonderful sights and experiences of New Delhi and Old Delhi. The British Raj built New Delhi as their capital, while Old Delhi is a reflection of both its Mughal past and the 7 city kingdoms of earlier times. We could easily spend a month exploring exotic corners of both cities and some of the highlights for today include:
Jama Masjid, in Old Delhi, is the second largest mosque in Asia and the most important in India. A center of Muslim importance, it was built in 1656 by Shah Jehan, builder of the Taj Mahal. The best over-views of Old Delhi are to be seen by climbing the narrow steps to the top observation level of one of its two towering minarets.
We take bicycle rickshaws through the gullies, or narrow pathways, of Old Delhi which hold the most wonderful specialty markets: spices, gold and silver, wedding saris, antiques and much more. After lunch we visit Birla House, the former residence of Mahatma Gandhi, where he spent his later months and where he was assassinated on January 30, 1948. It’s a museum and memorial to the man Nelson Mandela credits as his inspiration to non-violence.
Next we’ll go with Paul to his favourite place to buy arts, crafts and antiques that he calls “Sharma’s Antique Farm.” Just south of New Delhi, it’s on a farm with acres of indoor and outdoor items of beauty, and is a well-frequented wholesale supplier to upscale western shops. (B)
Activities/Sites Visited:
1. Birla House—Residence of Mahatma Gandhi.
2. Old Delhi bazaars.
3. Jama Masjid Mosque.
4. Sharma’s Antique Farm.

Day 13: October 4, 2016, Tuesday:  Delhi/Haridwar (Train) Haridwar/Rishikesh (Drive)

India has the world’s largest train network and it is said that on any given day there are some 25 million people on the trains of India. Any train journey adds a lot to the flavour of our Indian adventure. We take the deluxe, early-morning Shatabdi Express ride to the foothills of the Himalayas, to Haridwar, on the banks of River Ganges. Haridwar is a jumping off point for the short drive up to Rishikesh, one of the four holiest sites of Hinduism and a center for meditation, yoga and spiritual studies. It was the site, in 1968, of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram where the Beatles spent a number of weeks and Paul Saltzman spent a week with John, Paul, George and Ringo.We’ll cross the Ganges by boat and stop at a small tea and fruit salad shop overlooking the Ganges. ‘The Office’ is said to have the best chai in all of India. Evening, we’ll join a candlelight Aarti ceremony on the Ghats of the Ganges at Parmath Ashram.
Overnight: Vasundhara Palace Hotel (3 Nights) (B)
Activities/Sites Visited:
1. Train from Delhi to Haridwar.
2. Aarti Ceremony at Parmarth Ashram.

Day 14: October 5, 2016, Wednesday: Rishikesh

After our morning yoga (optional) we cross the Ganges to visit the site of what used to be Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram at Raja Ji National Park. Here, we’ll sit by the edge of the cliff overlooking the Ganges, far below, where the Beatles sat for many hours. Their time at the ashram was their single most creative capsule of time—they wrote 48 songs in just a few short weeks. Overlooking the Ganges, Paul will lead a short meditation and share stories of his time with the Beatles at the Ashram. The rest of the day is free to indulge in the rejuvenation Spa facilities offered at Rishikesh (Treatments optional, by direct payment). (B)
Activities/Sites Visited:
1. Morning Yoga Session (optional).
2. Visit to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram (Subject to permission).
3. Optional Spa treatments.

Day 15: October 6, 2016, Thursday: Rishikesh

Morning yoga session (optional). Balance of the day is free to enjoy activities such as white water rafting on the Ganges, or simply exploring the area. In the evening we’ll join Paul for a slide show and talk appropriate for our imminent return to the hustle and bustle of our daily lives: ‘Overcoming Life’s Anxieties’ affords a magical way to overcome anxiety. At our culminating ‘goodbye’ dinner celebration, Tour Certificates will be presented to all participants. (B, D)
Activities/Sites Visited:
1. Morning Yoga Session (optional).
2. White water rafting (Not included in cost).
3. ‘Overcoming Life’s Anxieties.’ Slide show and talk.
4. Tour Certificate Dinner.

Day 16: October 7, 2016, Friday: Rishikesh/Delhi (Train)

Day free to enjoy Rishikesh. Evening deluxe train to Delhi. Dinner is served on Board.
Overnight: Taj Mahal, New Delhi (1 Night) (B, D)

Day 17: October 8, 2016, Saturday: Delhi/Home

Today we are transferred to Delhi airport for our flight to onward destinations. (B)

(Note: all daily events are optional for you to participate. At any time you are welcome to just put your feet up or wander the markets and shops. All meetings/recitals are subject to availability).

Optional Trek In The Himalayas (October 7 - 12, 2016)

This is a moderate trek, which does not require any trekking equipment.  Running shoes are sufficient. Weather in the mountains can be brilliantly sunny and warm in the day but chilly and cold at night. It can rain. Himalayan weather conditions can also change at any time. All overnights during the trek are in a lodge which does not have central heating. Hot water bottles and blankets will be provided. Drives up to the lodge and back reveal gorgeous rice paddies, high river gorges and the Himalayan peaks.  it's bumpy and can be a little scary, but very exciting. All meals during the trek are vegetarian.

Day 16: October 7, 2016: Rishikesh/Chopta/Pothibasa (Drive) (2000M/6560 Feet)

Overnight: Leopard Leap Lodge (3 Nights) (L, D)

Day 17: October 8, 2016: P’basa/Chopta/Deoriatal/Chopta/P’basa (Trek: 5-6 hours)

Trek is optional, if you’d prefer to stay at the lodge or stroll the area. (B, L, D)

Day 18: October 9, 2016: P’basa/Chopta/Tungnath/Chopta/P’basa (Trek: 6-7 hours)

Trek is optional, if you’d prefer to stay at the lodge or stroll the area. (B, L, D)

Day 19: October 10, 2016: Pothibasa/Rishikesh (Drive)

After breakfast we drive to Rishikesh. Lunch en-route.
Overnight: Vasundhara Palace, Rishikesh (1 Night) (B, L)

Day 20: October 11, 2016: Rishikesh/Haridwar/New Delhi (Train)

Day free to enjoy Rishikesh. Evening deluxe train to Delhi. Dinner is served on Board.
Overnight:The Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi (B, Dinner on board train)

Day 21: October 12, 2016: New Delhi/Home

Today we are transferred to the Delhi Airport for onward destinations. (B)

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Departure Dates
English Speaking Departures (Please contact us for information on French, German, Italian and Spanish speaking departures).


September 22

Tour Price

We accept payment in US $ (US Dollars), CA $ (Canadian Dollars) or equivalent EURO (for clients outside North America). Bestway Tours & Safaris offers conversion rate protection. Once full payment has been received, and no modification has been made to the tour itinerary, we will honour that rate. For complete payment procedures, please click here

Departure(s) Per Person on Twin Sharing Single Room Supplement
Sept 22, 2016 US$ 6990 (based on minimum 16 persons) US$ 1995


All daily events are optional for you to participate. At any time you are welcome to just put your feet up or wander the markets and shops. All meetings/recitals are subject to availability.


Tour Price Includes
  • Air and train within India on coach class
  • 16 nights Hotel accommodation as mentioned or similar, including hotel taxes
  • 26 Meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, S=Snack, D=Dinner)
  • All sightseeing and transfers as per the itinerary
  • Boat Ride at Lake Pichola – Udaipur
  • Exclusive Cocktails & Sumptuous Dinner on 150 year Old Boat “The Gangaur” at Udaipur
  • Honorariums for Yoga, lectures, and folk dances
  • Services of local English speaking guides/drivers
  • Entrance fees to museums and sites included in the itinerary
Not Included
  • International airfares (for assistance on air please give us a call)
  • Airport/Departure taxes
  • Insurance/Indian visa fees
  • Tips/gratuities

Optional Trek In The Himalayas (October 7 - 12, 2016)
Departures Per Person on Twin Sharing Single Room Supplement
Oct 7-12, 2016 US$ 995 (based on minimum 06 persons) US$ 195

Includes (Optional Trek in the Himalayas)
1. Sharing accommodation at guest house during the entire trek as specified above
2. All (vegetarian) meals from lunch on Day 01 to lunch on Day 04
3. Services of cook & helpers during the trek
4. Services of local trekking guide
5. Forest Permits for Deoria Tal
6. Transportation

Estimated International Airfare (International airfare is NOT included in this tour)

CANADA(West Coast)
US$ 1600

USA(West Coast)
US$ 1400

CANADA(East Coast)
US$ 1200

USA(East Coast)
US$ 1000


This tour operates on a minimum of 16 and a maximum of 24 participants

Customised Itinerary

If you would like to have a tour on dates other than the above ones or with a customised itinerary, please contact us and we will be happy to work out an exclusive program for you.

Contact Info
You may e-mail us at or call 1-604-264-7378. Residents of U.S.A./Canada may call us toll free at 1-800-663-0844.

"We’ve done many tours and this is the best tour we've ever been on, and Paul was the best tour guide ever. The most wonderful thing about this "experience", is the memories that pop up at the least expected time.  I have never had this happen to me before and find it quite exquisite!"
-- Cheryl & Joe of BC, Canada

"Your tour of India was so incredible!!  I cannot thank you enough, Paul. From the very special fellow tour members to the unique experiences of music and culture, you created a set of experiences which have changed me and will be forever memorable."
-- Cathy of TX, USA

"The trip was everything we expected and more.  We enjoyed each and every day from the south to the north and all the days in between.  We have been on a number of organized tours and the India tour will stand out as one of the highlights of our travel experiences."
-- Linda & Ken of ON, Canada

"It was a mind and heart-expanding experience, Paul. I experienced India in a more personal and meaningful way because of your meditation experience and love for the culture."
-- Anne of ON, Canada

"So many fine folks to share this fine adventure with. This magical excursion to India was transformative in so many ways.  Like the gift that keeps giving."
-- Charles of TX, USA

"I feel extremely lucky to have made this amazing journey. I personally had the most glorious time on this trip and am so thankful to Paul and to Bestway for creating it."
-- Laura of IN, USA

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