No shoes in Fatehpur Sikri?

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I read that you need to remove your shoes before entering this city,does anyone know if this includes socks as well? I’d like to avoid direct contact with the bird droppings as well as the ants if possible.

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I was there 4 weeks ago and kept my shoes on. It's the adjacent mosque that has a no shoes, no shorts policy. Socks are OK.

If you're going to be touring India, get used to removing your shoes. It's also required in temples, ghats and Hindu holy places.
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Thanks hal,already bought a pair that comes off/on easily.
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Socks were OK when I went last January - lots of folks had socks on. You'd be surprised how hot some surfaces can get even in the winter. If you're a neat freak (like me) bring some spare socks - the bottoms will be coated with dirt (and pigeon poo).

Enjoy FS!!


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Socks are fine in most places...
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I didn't remove my shoes and I didn't see anyone else without shoes either. I think you only remove your shoes at the tomb of Salim Chisti. - ?
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Thanks folks,,,
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no need to remove shoes at FS, however, you have to take them off when entering the dargah of Salim Chisti, the small marble mosque in midst of FS.
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Socks are OK.Actually "Fatehpur Sikri" is quoted together, but they are different entities. Though they are built in adjacent plots, Fatehpur is the religious complex comprising Buland Darwazaa, Mosques, Tomb of Salim Chisti, graves of Sufi saints
and Sikri is the Mughal Administrative Complex comprising of living palaces, Diwan-e-Aam, Diwan-e-Khas, Panch Mahal, Jodhabai's Palace etc. You need to remove your shoes at Fatehpur, the religious complex as a mark of respect to a Sufi
Saint and Mausoleum of Royals. No need to remove shoes at Sikri.
I was also unaware of this fact when I visited FS in last Feb.The Guide is also different for two complexes. Many local boys will be chasing you to be guides. Make sure that they will guide you to both the monuments. I had to take two separate guides as I was unaware of the fact.Its a strict rule (removing shoes,sometimes even socks) you have to obey in any Hindu/Muslim temple/mosque/Mausoleum in any corner of the planet.Even at Taj you will have to remove your shoes n socks or wear a paper covering.


Tomb of Salim Chisti is considered holy even today. Both Hindu & Muslim devotees give precious offerings and tie 'Dhagaa'(A prayer thread) and believe strongly in magical powers of prayers
at this place. So local hawkers will chase you for buying costly offerings citing many reasons like the money will go to charity etc. If you are not very religious ,just pretend to be respectful towards local religious beliefs,& dont entertain them or buy some flowers/sweets around Rs 50 to avoid their cursings on denial that will only dampen your mood.
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interesting post windrider,,thank you,,
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You will not find any problem with socks
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and the burning hot stone floor!

also, wearing shoes is frowned upon inside most indian homes.
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wearing shoes is frowned upon inside most indian homes.
yes....but the same shoes you wear outside are generally not worn inside the home to maintain cleanliness.U can certainly wear
chappals/slippers kept separately for domestic use.
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i dont think it would be most..


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also, wearing shoes is frowned upon inside most indian homes.
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I adopted the rule. If I saw shoes outside a home or shop or whatever, I just took mine off as well.
Sometimes the shopkeeper says It's okay to keep them on, but it just felt better to follow suite
It's a good way of exercising mutual respect as well.

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