Jay Kannaiyan and sanDRina - Jammin thru India

Day 40 - Srinagar to Udhampur

From Srinagar, Jay rides 240 km to Udhampur in Jammu and is pleasantly surprised that he can speak Tamil and Telugu again with the gentlemanly officers of the Madras Regiment

Stopping for a break, south of Srinagar, and soldiers on patrol came out of the fields to inspect sanDRina.

From Srinagar, the riding was very hectic as from there to Jammu is the busiest route in all of Jammu & Kashmir. It's packed not just full of tourist vehicles but army vehicles, too. The scenery was enjoyable at times but with so much overtaking going on, it was hard to enjoy it. 

I passed through lots of fields being prepared with fresh paddy and realized that now the focus had shifted from wheat in the high mountains to rice in the lowlands. I stopped by some fields to take a break and an army soldier on foot patrol popped out of the woods. I asked if it was okay to be here and he said, sure, so I took his photo. Turned out he was from Kerala. 
Inside the Jawahar Tunnel, which was the first tunnel to be drilled from both sides simultaneously.
 
After the flat farmland near Srinagar, the road climbed up and over two small mountains and passed through the 2.5 km long Jawahar Tunnel, which was built in the 1950s and was the first tunnel in the world that was drilled simultaneously from both sides and they met perfectly in the middle. 

Spending the evening with the 4th Battalion of the Madras Regiment in Udhampur.

I reached Udhampur and with a contact from a rider from the Madras Bulls Motorcycling Club, I was welcomed as a VIP at the 4th Battalion of the Madras Regiment of the Indian Army. They hosted me a guest of honour and I soaked in the proud history of the regiment, the oldest in the Indian Army, dating from the 1750s! All the lieutenants and majors were most impressed to hear that an Indian had traveled the world on a motorcycle and they were very proud. Thank you for the fine evening, gentlemen! 

Watch the video postcard from Udhampur:  

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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.