In March 2010, Jay Kannaiyan and sanDRina, his beloved Suzuki DR650, left on a great journey. Jay quit his secure corporate job, sold his Chicago townhouse and every household possession, and left with sanDRina on a big bike ride that saw them through 100,000 km, 32 countries, and nearly 1,200 days on the road. At the core of the three-year motorcycle journey through the Global South -- from the USA through Latin America and Africa, and finally India -- 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.
These photographs by JAY KANNAIYAN offer a breezy summary of some moments from that trip. For a comprehensive account, visit JamminGlobal.com
Jammin thru India, Jay and sanDRina's journey from Kanyakumari to Kashmir, was covered exclusively on Yahoo! India Travel. The journey began on April 30 in Chennai. En route to Delhi, his final stop, Jay rode sanDRina through Kodaikanal, Madurai, Kanyakumari, Kerala, coastal Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra. From Mumbai, he headed towards central India and made his journey north through Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh to Kashmir and then returned via Chandigarh to New Delhi. That's 12 Indian states covered in 42 days.
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Celebrating with champagne
Celebrating with biker friends over champagne at Khan Market.
End of the trip!
Woohoo! That's India Gate and this is the end of the trip!
Last 50 km to go!
sanDRina, my faithful steed on this journey on the Chandigarh-Delhi Highway. Last 50 km to go...
Last night of the trip at Chandigarh
A fantastic last night of my trip with the Bullet club of Chandigarh.
Hosts at Chandigarh
Being hosted by the Bullet motorcycle club of Chandigarh.
Entering Punjab and the land of Sikhs and Gurudwaras.
Warm, spicy thukpa
Enjoying a warm and spicy bowl of thukpa, a staple food of the mountain people.
McLeod Ganj from Dharamsala
Looking at McLeod Ganj up on the hillside from Dharamsala, the home of the Tibetan Government in Exile.
Ranjit Sagar Dam reservoir
The reservoir of the Ranjit Sagar Dam near the Jammu & Kashmir and Punjab border.
Madras Regiment in Udhampur
Spending the evening with the 4th Battalion of the Madras Regiment in Udhampur.
Inside the Jawahar Tunnel
Inside the Jawahar Tunnel, which was the first tunnel to be drilled from both sides simultaneously.
Soldiers inspect sanDRina
Stopping for a break, south of Srinagar, and soldiers on patrol came out of the fields to inspect sanDRina.
Houseboats on Dal Lake at Srinagar.
The beautiful Kashmir Valley at Sonamarg.
A landslide just happened on the way down from Zoji La and it took about two hours to clear.
En route to Zoji La
Traffic jam on the way to Zoji La, the last pass of this journey.
Kargil War Memorial at Drass
The Indian Flag flying at the Kargil War Memorial at Drass.
Tandoori rotis in Kargil
Fresh tandoori rotis being baked in the morning in Kargil.
The magnetic hills north of Leh
Just north of Leh at Magnetic Hill where supposedly your vehicle will move uphill in neutral, but doesn't work on a bike.
A vegetable vendor in Kargil
A vegetable vendor in Kargil, looking peaceful in this town whose name is associated with a major war.
The monastery at Lamayuru
The monastery at Lamayuru, dating back a millennium.
Riding National Highway 1
Riding National Highway 1 all the way from Leh to Delhi.
Prayer flags in the wind
Lots of prayer flags flapping in the wind and I tied my own up there, wishing for a good end to the journey.
Khardung La, the highest motorable road in the world
At Khardung La, the highest motorable road in the world, but the altitude was only 5,380 m (17,646 ft) according to my GPS.
Road construction at 5,000 m
Road construction at 5,000 m (16,400 ft). Border Roads Organization doing a tough job in the Himalayas.
Check point at South Pullu
The check-point at South Pullu on the way to Khardung La up on the right.
Panoramic view of Leh
A panoramic view of Leh from the palace with snow peaks ever in view.
House in Old Leh
A house in Old Leh, made with stones and sticks, looking wobbly by design to better withstand earthquakes.
Jama Masjid and Tibetan Palace in Leh
The Jama Masjid of Leh with the old Tibetan palace up on the hill in the background.
Antique shop in Leh
A shop in Leh, showcasing antiques and clothes from the Ladakh Region.
A prize Pashmina shawl
A cashmere wool salesman showing me his most prized shawl made from the chin hairs of the pashima goat, retailing for Rs 65,000!
Morey Plains, 4750 m
A crisp morning ride on the Morey Plains, a flat valley at 4750 m.
Tangla Pass, 5350 m
Epic is the right description for the view from the top of Taglang Pass at 5,350 m.
Temple at Tangla Pass
A Shree Krishna temple at the top of Taglang Pass.
Staple food of the highway
Staple food of the Manali-Leh Highway - hot bowl of Maggi and chai.
Gata Loops in the Himalayas
At the top of the Gata Loops, a series of 21 hairpin bends.
The amazing Manali-Leh Highway
The amazing Manali-Leh Highway cut into the side of a mountain.
A break by a stream
Taking a break by a stream with other bike travelers.
Winter beauty in summer
A frozen lake north of Baralach La. Winter beauty in summer.
Landscape gets drier
Riding through a long valley where the landscape got drier.