From August 22 – 30, I’ll be in India for the first time starting out in Delhi where I’ll be a panelist at the “Owning the Future: Ideas and their role in the digital age” symposium sponsored by Red Hat India and Indian Institute of Technology, then heading up into Himachal Pradesh to Dharamsala and McLeod Ganj for a few days.

If you have any suggestions for me — what to see, what to do, what not to do, what to take, how to survive the monsoon season in the Himalayas etc, please let me know here or by email.

One Response to “Jones to India (end of August)”
  1. tom says:

    Uhh… why couldn’t they have waited until November when it is at least pleasant in Delhi?

    Drink lots of water. When I was in Lahore and Delhi in July, it hit 47C one day, but mostly it averaged between 39-42C and muggy. A monsoon rain is not to be missed. About 2 minutes before it starts to really come down, people know and start running for cover.

    Make sure to go into old Delhi and take a bicycle rickshaw around, especially at rush-hour when you’ll be stuck in the middle of cars, people, bicycles, rickshaws, animals etc.. not to be missed. I thought the Red Fort and great Mosque were both pretty neat, but it could be onerous in the August heat. Delhi is a great place to just wander and get lost in. If you are feeling up to it, you can go see the Taj on a day trip from Delhi – there were lots of companies booking busses to/from Agra just to see the Taj and Mughal fort in Agra- which is worth doing if this is your first time in India. Dharamsala/McLeod Ganj is really beautiful, but its pretty much a new-age-hippy hangout centered around the Tibetan community in exile. Have some tea on one of the rooftop restaurants and just sit looking at the 6000 meter peaks dominating you to the north and the plunge away to the plateau to the south and west.

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