A quieter day today as we tried to relax after the last two action packed days! We started early from our hotel and headed for Jaipur before stopping at Fatehpur Sikri, a now abandoned former capital of India. This city was once home to the King and his 3 wives before the water in the area dried up and they were forced to move to Agra (leading to the building of the Taj).
After picking up yet another guide (this one 10 times greasier and more slick than the last 2 put together) we made our way to the gate in a tuk-tuk. We just made it despite a few near misses with local children, goats and even a cow! As it was raining and early on a Monday morning the monument was very quiet which only added to the eerie feeling inside the walls. The scale of this monument was amazing once again and probably only matched the number of beggars standing outside the gate selling all sorts of tat!
Once we had looked around the residence of the Royal family, we then went to the Jama Masjid, a HUGE mosque on the same site. Once we had removed our shoes and paid a local man to look after them we went into the centre of the mosque to see a tomb of a local holy-man. This required the donning of really stupid hats as you will see in the photos, but also gave us a chance to make our wishes by tying string around the walls of the tomb and let Louise offer a silk scarf to the tomb which had just been bought by a conveniently placed seller outside the door!
Once complete at this site we moved on to Jaipur where we checked into our hotel after a ceremony fit for a local celebrity! Off to relax before dinner and ready ourselves for our last day in India where we will see the sights of the city and hopefully get a ride on an elephant.