Jay Kannaiyan and sanDRina - Jammin thru India

Day 43 - Chandigarh to Delhi - The Grand Finale

The last day of Jammin Thru the Global South, Jay's awe-inspiring trip through 32 countries, comes to a fruitful finale at New Delhi after a 274-km ride. Thank you for following Jammin Thru India and don't miss the live chat on Monday, June 17 at 2:30 PM IST. Happy trails!

sanDRina, my faithful steed on this journey on the Chandigarh-Delhi Highway. Last 50 km to go...
I had a good night's sleep and woke up early for the last day of my journey. About 15 riders from Chandigarh joined me for a short breakfast ride and they bid me adieu on the last leg of my trip.
Someone up there is looking after me as today was a very cool day compared to the last few days in the area. It was cloudy and gray and the temperature was in the low 30s. There was some part of me wishing for a bright, blue sky for the last ride of my journey, but I enjoyed enough of brilliant, blue skies in Ladakh and gladly welcomed the cool ride into Delhi.

The highway from Chandigarh to Delhi was a breeze to ride and I enjoyed getting sanDRina into 5th gear and leaning back with my feet up on the highway pegs. While paying attention to the traffic ahead, I was reminiscing about all the good rides I had over the past three-plus years. So many countries visited, so many beautiful places seen, friendly people met and tasty food savoured. I was thrilled that I had the chance to do something like this and that it actually happened. My tunes were turned up and I was jammin on the bike. 

Woohoo! That's India Gate and this is the end of the trip!
Watch the sign-off video postcard, 50 km away from Delhi:

I reached the Outer Ring Road of Delhi and got a taste of heavy Delhi traffic. I soon met up with some Bullet riders who had come to welcome me into the city and celebrate the ending of my journey. We rode to India Gate and managed to get the police to allow us in for the final photo. From there, we headed to Khan Market and celebrated over champagne and beers and I felt like I was with old friends already. I got dropped off at my friend's place that I'm staying at and when I turned the engine off on sanDRina, that was it, the end of the journey.
Celebrating with biker friends over champagne at Khan Market.

Thank you all for following along and giving me your encouragement to keep going. More photos and stories from the last part of the trip will slowly be coming out on my Facebook page, so check that out. 


That's the celebration tweet!  

Watch the celebration video postcard from Khan Market, New Delhi:

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Trip stats: Total distance covered in India: 8,264 km. States visited: 12
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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.