Jay Kannaiyan and sanDRina - Jammin thru India

Day 24 - Nainital to Rudraprayag

For Jay, the small roads and mountain villages in the Uttarakhand Himalayas are reminescent of northern Bolivia

Riding small roads through pine forests into the mountains of Uttarakhand.
A beautiful day of riding in the mountains. It feels good to be climbing up and down small, narrow roads surrounded by pine trees. From Nainital, the road descended to Ranikhet, a hill station with a strong military presence, reminding me that I was getting near the border with China. I took breaks in the hills and enjoyed the peace of the mountain forests. What a change from all the hustle and bustle of the plains where everything seems to be moving so fast.
Terraces cut across the face of the steep mountains to make life possible here.
I felt I was back in South America at times, particularly northern Peru and Bolivia with all the small roads and mountain villages, but of course, the towns are more frequent in India and a whole lot busier. I'm sure the feeling will grow as I start seeing snow.
The confluence of the Alaknanda and Mandakini Rivers at Rudraprayag, which form the Ganga further downstream.
I made it to Rudraprayag just before sunset and found a small hotel with parking for sanDRina at the back of the restaurant. This town sits at the confluence of the Alaknanda and Mandakini Rivers as they flow from their glacier sources further upstream down to where they merge into the Bhagirathi River at Devaprayag. From there, the river is known as the Ganga, the most holiest of rivers in India.
Enjoy Jay's video postcard from Rudraprayag:

Distance covered today: 225 km
Total distance covered: 5,097 km

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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. 

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