Fathepur Sikri - Akbar The Great's New City
Trip Start Nov 29, 2013
100Trip End Jun 11, 2014
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The fascinating working mosque contains the sacred tomb of Sheikh Salim Chishti and serves as a Muslim pilgrimage site where pilgrims lay cloth on the Sheikh’s tomb and tie red string to the marble filigree and make three wishes which are supposed to come true
India has particularly bad reputation for “in your face” hustlers, trinket sellers, and rickshaw drives. I may be used to it and have a relative tolerance for that kind of thing after all my travels and the year I spent in Egypt, but up to this point it didn’t seem to be that bad. Most people who learn in poorer countries who learn to make a living off of tourists but can be very persistent and make a nuisance of themselves. Those around Fathepur Sikri, though, are of that incredibly persistent type.. But I’m sure they did it because it works for them; many of my truckmates bought cheesy trinkets from them despite my yelling 'No, don’t do it. It just encourages them!”
Just past Fatehpur Sikri we entered Rajasthan state where the good toll road was the closest thing I’ve seen to an expressway in India went all the way to the edge of Jaipur.