Jay Kannaiyan and sanDRina - Jammin thru India

Day 41 - Udhampur to Dharamsala

From Udhampur, Jay changes plan. Instead of riding to hot Amritsar, he heads 255 km for Dharamsala over small curvy roads

From Udhampur, I had originally planned to visit Amritsar but the temperatures didn't look very inviting for riding into a big city, just yet. One of the majors at the base gave me a nice route to avoid riding through Jammu and getting into Himachal Pradesh and heading to Dharamsala. I headed east through lots of small towns and found curvy roads through pine and eucalyptus forests. Now, that's more my kind of riding, instead of overtaking on busy roads.

The reservoir of the Ranjit Sagar Dam near the Jammu & Kashmir and Punjab border.
I gained some elevation but anything below 5,000 ft was just feeling hot like the plains and I told myself to get used to it as I would be exiting the Himalayas soon. I passed by the Ranjit Sagar Dam near Dhar and then headed east for Dharamsala.   

 

Looking at McLeod Ganj up on the hillside from Dharamsala, the home of the Tibetan Government in Exile.

Once there, I thought it would be a good idea to climb up to McLeod Ganj and enjoy one last night at a hill station before descending to the plains. But this was peak tourist season and it was too crowded for me, so I just found a small hotel down in Dharamsala and enjoyed a quiet meal of thukpa. I hoped that being near His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, would be a good blessing for the end of my journey. 
Enjoying a warm and spicy bowl of thukpa, a staple food of the mountain people.

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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.