The Travels of Ibn Battuta

Ib Battuta in Egypt
Ibn Battuta in Egypt

Muhammad Ibn Battuta, the most famous traveler in the history, is known for his exploits.

Traveled more than 44 countries and 77,000 miles, he had the most experience as an adventurer which are documented in his travelogue, “Rihla.

Ibn died at the age of 65 in his hometown, leaving behind his tales, legacies and legends.

History of Travel

A popular figure in today’s media and travel history, he is known to have traveled almost all the Muslim land of his milieu and few other non-Muslim lands.

Ibn Battuta started on his travels when he was 20 years old in 1325. His main reason to travel was to go on a Hajj, or a Pilgrimage to Mecca, as all good Muslims want to do. But his traveling went on for about 29 years and he covered about 75,000 miles visiting the equivalent of 44 modern countries which were then mostly under the governments of Muslim leaders of the World of Islam, or “Dar al-Islam”.

What makes his stories special isn’t only his travels but his exploits. A true adventurer; he fought the bandits, survived a sinking ship, was almost beheaded by a tyrant ruler and had many marriages and relationships on his journey.

In his South Asia itinerary, he landed in India during the Delhi Sultanate. Muhammad Bin Tughlaq, an erratic emperor of Delhi, almost killed Ibn for his alleged offenses. He managed to escape Delhi while joining an emissary to China.

 Itinerary Map


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