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“Beautiful tomb of glided marble; famous local customs practised here”

Tomb of Sheikh Salim Chisti
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My 2 cents - the touts around Fatehpur Sikri and the local guides shouldn't be reviewed as part of this particular tomb which is just a small structure within the complex and has a local legend attached to it.

Traditional customs are still practiced here and the tomb is still being maintained and staffed; it's a good experience to learn about the local customs, the mystique of the place and also, if you wish, to participate in the rituals attached to the place.

While it is understood unaccompanied tourists may be approached by unauthorized guides, this is to be expected in any major monument or tourist trap in India.

Making arrangements beforehand with a reputable tour company to provide an appointed guide is a most recommended thing to do, and can be relatively inexpensive source of security and entertainment to boot.

If you walk in these old forts/palaces alone you don't get any idea of who built this place, why it was built, and why it's being kept in the state it is today.

At the same time, the "donations" and the "tying of strings" have a much, much deeper meaning than the physical act.

With all that said, my visit to the place represented much more than just taking pictures and being harassed by touts. These annoyances are inconsequential - when I found myself back in my home country seeing how friends and colleagues absolutely loved the trinkets and souvenirs I brought from India and listened intently at all the socio-economic-political-historical stories I related from my time visiting these forts and palaces and participating in local customs, donating to the locals and handling merchants/touts in a way that is constructive and beneficial to all parties.

Sure, the government of India can impose full control of the place with tight security and outright ban unauthorized merchants and disallow haggling. They can do that anytime they want to any site and they have in some places.

Then what would become of these "annoying" touts and their families? What would they do to keep their families fed?

Please, complaints about touts don't belong in a review for someone's tomb. Certainly, it should be respected along with its customs and we are there as a guest of said inhabitant.

And as for me - I was perfectly happy here and the attention from everyone only served to benefit me plus provided a measure of additional security and fun to boot.

Some things sold around the site might be overpriced, but look at it from the foreign tourist's perspective. I got home, saw these random trinkets and how friends were absolutely marveling at them, and realized how little they cost... And how that little sum benefited someone's wife, children...

I may have come to India as a tourist, but I came back a different person. Knowing the demographics, the socio-economics, the deep history, and in my own special way, invited to play a little part of that history out in person.

My deepest thanks to GeTS Holidays and Samiya the guide for giving me his part of what appeared to be a royal education :)

Thank KannanKoh
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The moment we got down from a car we were approached by a person who called himself a guide and unfortunately we believed him. He suggested us to take an auto instead of government bus as bus frequency is not very good. ( which was a lie)
He took us to show tomb n buland darwaja.. He also tried to convince us to buy a cloth for rs 2100/3100/5100 to put on the tomb.
Place is full of sellers and not at all maintained as compared to other part which has Jodha palace, diwan e khaas, Panchal mahal etc. This person did not tell us about this part as he was not an authorised guide to enter that area.
So my suggestion would be to visit other part first then come to this part of tomb n buland darwaja.

Thank Kavita24
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Within the complex of the Fatehpur Sikri, the tomb of Sufi Saint Salim Chisti located in a white marble mosque, with beautiful white marble carvings. It is customary to tie a string to the wall, surrounding the tomb, after you make a wish. Some individuals may pressure you to give a donation, but ignore them. Salim Chisti is believed to be blessed with miraculous powers and blessed Emperor Akbar with son. In return Emperor Akbar built this city and the tomb. Beware of many scams being offered to you throughout the complex. Recommend hiring a "reputable" guide. Hope this helps with your first visit.

Thank FLworldwanderer
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Worth doing but can be done in 1-1.5hrs including adjacent palace between Jaipur and Agra.
This tomb is revered by muslims as it is the grave of a sufi who predicted a child for the Maharaja who lived in the adjacent palace. For a non Muslim, its the chance to tie some string to the wall and make a wish. Quirky, yes! However, there is one thing you must be aware of. There are many people there who will tell you to tie the string, you need to make a donation to the poor or pay to do so. You do not and it is 100% free.
We used a guide booked by our tour company and, at the tomb, we handed over Rp2,000 as a donation to the poor. When we got back to the town, he had already called our tour company who told him that is completely unacceptable and he actually gave us the money back. Total scam which ended up making him look decidedly foolish.
Bottom line, its Rp20 each way in bus and Rp500 to get in at official box office at the top. Everything else is free.
Also, there are lots of folk, many young children, trying to sell souvenirs.

Thank RedLichtie65
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Tomb of Salim Chisti is a beautiful building situated at the center of the complex, there are no entry charges to visit it. Though it makes it full of touts and scammers. If you are visiting here then my advice is to ignore all of them.

Fatehpur and Sikri are two places here. Fatehpur is where the fort is present and Sikri is the village next to it, also the place where the famous saint Chisti lived. Though both are very near and you can easily walk from one place to other. There is ticket to enter the Fatehpur fort, but the entry to Sikri (Jama masjid, Buland Darwaza, Chisti Dargah are here) is free. Vehicles are not allowed to enter Fatehpur, so one has to park their vehicles, which is bit far from the here. Its better to park your vehicles at the government designated parking. From there you can take the CNG buses (10 rupees each side), which runs every few minutes to Fort (Diwaan-E-Aam) complex or Sikri village. So do ask which bus you are going to sit. I preferred going to Fort (Diwan-E-Aam) first then Sikri village. There will be many local touts who will say that they can get you entered free of cost and save your money. Do not fall for them as they will cheat you by taking to Sikri complex where entry is free and then leave you after that. Better to use the government facilities in place. Once you are inside the fort then there are no touts there. But as soon as you come outside and go towards Sikri complex(where mosque, dargah etc are there) then you’ll find many touts, don’t fall in their trap, Just ignore them.

Thank Arun S
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