Jay Kannaiyan and sanDRina - Jammin thru India

Day 42 - Dharamsala to Chandigarh

From Dharamsala Jay descends to Punjab, the eleventh state of his trip, and is greeted by fellow bikers in Chandigarh

I woke up to the sound of rain and welcomed it for its cooling effect on the land but as soon as I descended a few hundred meters, it was all dry and hot again. I was back in my favorite state, Himachal Pradesh, and enjoyed the twisting roads over hills and along rivers. The routes I was on were not that crowded with traffic and it allowed me to savour these last few moments of the ride.

Entering Punjab and the land of Sikhs and Gurudwaras.
 
I stopped at a dhaba and had a fresh aloo paratha with dahi. It's been interesting to taste all the different ways that aloo parathas can be made. It's the most basic food at a dhaba that's ready as soon as you arrive. Sometimes they're thick, sometimes very crispy, sometimes with lots of aloo, sometimes the aloo is just in the name, but coming in from the road, it's always tasty, especially with some achar and dahi.
 
Being hosted by the Bullet motorcycle club of Chandigarh.

I left the Himalayan foothills proper and got down to the plains of Punjab and headed straight into the unique city of Chandigarh. It's unique for a number of different reasons. First, that it's a Union Territory and the capital of two states, Punjab and Haryana, and secondly, it's India's first planned city after Independence and was designed to an exacting grid with roundabouts at every junction.
A fantastic last night of my trip with the Bullet club of Chandigarh.
 
I was met by the local Bullet club and they hosted me for the last night of my trip. What better way to spend it than with new biker friends!

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The Man. The Machine. The Story

There are love stories and love stories, but none tugs more at the heart than a tale of infinite departure. In March 2010, Jay Kannaiyan and sanDRina, his beloved Suzuki DR650, left on a great journey back home to India. Jay quit his secure corporate job, sold his Chicago townhouse and every household possession, and left with sanDRina on a journey that saw them through 94,933 km, 32 countries, and 1,150 days on the road through the Global South -- from the USA through Latin America and Africa, heading towards India. At the core of this seemingly mindless pursuit was Jay’s desire to raise awareness about sustainability and a unique sentiment best described by an archaic Greek term, eudaimonia – the search for things that are true, good and beautiful. 

Homecoming isn’t complete unless you experience the country you call home in all her varied terrain and temperaments. And so Jay and sanDRina will embark on a journey of discovery through India. 

Yahoo India Travel follows Jay and sanDRina on their exhilarating discovery of India with daily updates from the road in words, pictures and video. If you have questions to ask, or words of encouragement for Jay and sanDRina, follow Jammin India on Twitter (hashtag #jamminindia). Also visit JamminGlobal.com for comprehensive accounts of his journey so far as well as snippets and trivia.