Recognizing the Sultan of India, Muhammad Tughluq’s temperamental and dictatorial behavior, Ibn Battuta feared for his life as a judge. The Sultan, however, had a mission in mind, one that the traveler found appealing. The ruler planned to appoint him as an ambassador to the Mongol court of China. Ibn Battuta would go together with fifteen Chinese messengers in returning to their homeland and bring back truckloads of gifts for the emperor. That way, he could flee from Muhammad Tughluq and travel to more lands in a grand style.
Ibn Battuta left Delhi in 1341 with the group to travel to China. The Sultan’s gifts for the Mongol Emperor are two hundred Hindu slaves, dancers and singers, fifteen boy servants, a hundred horses and loads of clothes, dishes, and swords. Under his command are a thousand soldiers to guard the treasure and goods ‘til they could embark on ships to China.
The group, however, was attacked by four thousand Hindu rebels just a few days they left Delhi. Ibn Battuta declared they won despite being greatly outnumbered. Soon after, there has been another attack and he was isolated from his group. About 10 horsemen hunted him but were able to overtake 3 then hid from the rest. Having escaped, he was once again threatened by 40 Hindus who stole everything he has. These thieves normally keep their captive in a cave, Ibn Battuta, however, was able to convince them to let him go trading his clothes.
Weakened, on barefoot and dressed only with his trousers on, Ibn Battuta was rescued 8 days later by a Muslim who moved him to a village. Soon, he was able to reconnect with his group and proceeded on his initial mission to China.
Ibn Battuta and his group traveled to Daulatabad without trouble and arrived at the city’s fort where they were protected. A few days of rest, they proceeded to the seaside city of Cambay full of foreign traders living in good houses.
Within days his group arrived at Gandhar where they got aboard on 4 ships. 3 of them were huge dhows intended to transport gifts which included a hundred horses, more than two hundred slaves, and servants. The fourth was a battleship that transported soldiers who were skilled archers and spear throwers to protect them in case of pirate attacks.
International Travel Event
Get to know more about Ibn Battuta’s exciting adventures at the second International Festival of Ibn Battuta happening on November 9-12, 2017 to be held at the city of Tangier in Morocco. This event is presented by the Moroccan Association of Ibn Battuta who believes in promoting cultural exchange through travel to deepen the understanding of the world’s cultural diversity.
In this regard, the team behind the event is inviting people from the travel community to join in the celebration and commemoration of the legacy of the Great Ibn Battuta. Exciting social activities will be carried out and it will be a wonderful opportunity to meet new people and discover the many wonders of traveling.
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