Day 4: Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Agra to Jaipur

The “Perfect City”

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We left Agra in the morning and traveled 37 km to visit Fatehpur Sirki “The perfect city” a city mostly built in sandstone from 1571- 1585. Built by the Mughal Emperor Jalal-ud-din Mohammad Akbar, in honour of the great Sufi saint Salim Chisti which whom he visited in hopes of the birth of a son which whole his 3 wives (one Hindu, one Catholic, and one Muslim). Akbar had a son and thanked the saint by building the city.

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We visited the white marble tomb of Sufi Saint Salim Chisti and purchased a cloth (Muslim), red strings (Hindu) and flowers (Catholic) to place in the tomb. The cloth was tapped our our heads by the man we purchased it from. As we entered and exited, our heads were covered by a small plastic basket for respect and our heads were gently tapped with leaves as we entered and exited.  We placed the cloth over the tomb and threw the flowers over it. We tied 3 knots in the string representing 3 wishes. You can also tie and additional string with wishes for a loved one. It is said that all wishes that are made here come true and even the former President Obama, Tom Cruise, and other well know public figures have come here to make wishes. Those that are married and tell of the wishes they made but those that are unmarried should keep the wishes close to their heart and not reveal them until they are completed.

 

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Tomb of Sufi Saint Salim Chisti

Tomb of Sufi Saint Salim Chisti

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Mughal Akbar was first put into position when he was 13 and is best remembered for his tolerance of all religions and peace for all.


There is also an area that worked much like a court where people accused of crimes would face the Mughal in a courtward and be given a verdict and sentence. Those accused of murder or rape would face an elephant in the courtyard who would smell the dead body and them try to match up the murderer from matching the smell with the murderer’s in a line up of people that were suspected. The person accused would be stomped to death by the elephant’s foot.

Coutyard where justice would be read by Akbar.

Coutyard where justice would be read by Akbar.

 

Snacked on a Samosa and chai tea which hit the spot.

Saw some more cows, goats, wild pigs, and camels in the streets and some people that had celebrated Holi, the festival of colors.

 

One of the many camels on the side of the road.

 

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Men returning from the Holi festival

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One of the many camels on the side of the road.


Visited Ahbernari, location of interesting stepwells.

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Arrived at a wholesale gemstone store and purchased star of india earrings, and rare blue topaz found only in Rajasthan.

 

Ate dinner at Green Pigeon that had a dinner show and had Rajasthanian cuisine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Claudia Wong