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We just returned from Jaipur where we spent a long weekend.

The first tour - and possibly the highlight - was Elefantastic, a sanctuary that takes good care of the elephants.

Kirsi and Daddy got to spend time with Shakku, a 27 year old female. Mommy and Aidan hung out with Sampa, a 46 year old female.

The first step in our journey was to let them smell us so they could know us. We then petted them and fed them. It was a good chance to bond.

After lots of food, we got to pain them using natural, safe dyes. Then it was off to wash and scrub the elephants. The kids actually put the garden hoses IN their trunks and filled them up. Once we were done, we got to climb on top to join in the shower (that's a Go Pro video camera on my head, in case you were wondering).

Then we all take a leisurely walk around the grounds.

We all felt a connection to Sampa and Shakku. You can sense the intelligence by looking in their eye and while they would swing their trunk back and forth, they never swun…

Solang Valley - Video

Solang Valley

March 27 - we headed up to the Solang Valley where we did some horseback riding, zip lining, and zorbing.

As usual, Daddy had a gassy horse, Kirsi had a frisky horse, and Aidan had a stubborn horse.

The kids loved the zorbing and did it twice. Aidan said that zip lining felt like flying.

Manali Nature Park

Day 2 found us visiting the Manali Wildlife Sanctuary, a serene park with Deodar, Horse Chestnut, Maple, and Walnut trees between the Beas River and the Manaslu River. Other than some crows and a monkey, we found none of the wildlife that was advertised but that was OK as it became our happy place while we were in Manali.


We took an overnight Volvo bus (14 hours) from Delhi to Manali, which is really the only way there unless you want to fly and then still bus 8 hours. Overall, though, the trip wasn't bad as we left at 6:30 in the evening and arrived the next morning.

They started out by handing out barf bags for the winding road up into the Kullu Valley, also known as Valley of the Gods. The valley is in the Pir Panjal Range, a part of the inner Himalaya region.

Our hotel was great and had great views of the mountains and the valley. We spent a relaxing day in Old Manali wondering around and hanging out at Johnson's Cafe, which was to be our restaurant of choice for the week.

The highlight was Hidimba Devi Temple.

Hidimbi Devi Temple, also known variously as the Hadimba Temple, is located in Manāli, a hill station in the State of Himāchal Pradesh in north India. It is an ancient cave temple dedicated to Hidimbi Devi, wife of Bhima, a figure in the Indian epic Mahābhārata. The temple is surroun…