Buland Darwaza

February 20, 2009 at 8:53 pm 19 comments


The Buland Darwaza is a grand gateway located in Fatehpur Sikri near Agra. This triumphal arch was built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar, when he defeated the king of Khandesh or Gujarat.

The name Buland Darwaza means ‘High Door’ and this victory arch rises to a height of 40 meters or 175 feet. It is the most striking monument in Fatehpur Sikri and can be seen from quite a distance.

The Buland Darwaza is a magnificent structure built in red sandstone with decorations in white marble. With calligraphic inscriptions from the Quran on its front and pillars and chattris on its height, the Buland Darwaza is an impressive sight. The Buland Darwaza is also evidence of the religious tolerance of Akbar the Great. The inscription on the Buland Darwaza is attributed to the prophet, Jesus . It reads, “The World is but a bridge, pass over but build no houses on it.”

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  • 1. SJ  |  February 20, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    amazing architecture!

    ~ Thanks for the comment πŸ™‚

  • 2. floreta  |  February 20, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    wow, gorgeous architechture against a great sky.. more reason why i want to visit india..

    ~ India has lot more must visit incredible places. Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

  • 3. Louise Cannon  |  February 20, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    It is a beautiful structure, and so interesting to hear some of the history.

    Please be kind when you link from the SkyWatch Friday website to reference that site and link back in your own post.

    Thank you so much.

    ~ Thanks for the wonderful comments, I completely forgot to put the link, thanks for reminiding me πŸ™‚

  • 4. nadia  |  February 20, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    You can actually imagine how huge that gate is by looking closely at the people sitting near the entrance.

    That was one memorable trip we had in India.

    PS: This picture also reminds me of that annoying guide that we were forced to hire. He was like, “Yeh hai Buland Darwaza. buland maaney ouncha, darwana maaney gate.”

    ~Hehe, next time if we happen to visit again that place, I will take my money back :p

  • 5. Bill B.  |  February 21, 2009 at 7:37 am

    Beautiful. Must have taken a long time to construct.

    ~Yep, it’s incredible πŸ™‚

  • 6. Donna  |  February 22, 2009 at 4:14 am

    This is So Gorgeous! Thank you for your kind comment!
    Well Done! Happy night!

    ~ Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting too πŸ™‚

  • 7. Roohi  |  February 22, 2009 at 4:40 am

    My family and I went to Agra as well when we went to India a couple of years ago. Mash’Allah Fatehpur Sikri and the Taj Mahal are so beautiful! So much better than I had imagined.

    ~ Great πŸ™‚

  • 8. sylvia  |  February 24, 2009 at 1:25 am

    How magnificent! and etched against such a lovely sky. Fantastic shot! Thanks for sharing!

    ~ Thanks for the kind comments πŸ™‚

  • 9. ewok1993  |  February 24, 2009 at 1:36 am

    It’s simply gorgeous. Agra is on my list of places to visit.

    ~ Do visit Agra, it has many historical places including Tajmahal.

  • 10. babooshka  |  February 24, 2009 at 2:21 am

    That really is fascimating and so beautiful

    ~ Thanks for the comment πŸ™‚

  • 11. Guy D  |  February 24, 2009 at 2:46 am

    What an incredible structure that is, great shot.

    Have a great week!
    Regina In Pictures

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  • 12. Arija  |  February 24, 2009 at 3:57 am

    I am glad you have some people in the picture for scale. It truly is a magnificent structure.

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  • 13. Haleem  |  February 24, 2009 at 5:00 am

    I am reminded of Khuda Ke Liya … it had a few scenes shot around this type of buildings.

    That was one good movie.

    Are you from India, Masood?

    ~ Yeah it’s a good movie except the comments from Nasiruddin Shah at the end are not authentic. Yes, Haleem am from India, specifically from Hyderabad Deccan:)

  • 14. Grammy  |  February 24, 2009 at 5:24 am

    That is a beautiful place. Thanks for doing the meter to foot conversion. That is very large.

    ~ Yeah it’s very huge, Thanks for the comment πŸ™‚

  • 15. bettyl  |  February 24, 2009 at 5:53 am

    That’s a great photo. I love the subject matter and thanks for the description!

    ~ Thanks for the kind comment πŸ™‚

  • 16. Lilli  |  February 24, 2009 at 9:31 am

    Wonderful architect. thanks for shaing

    ~ Thanks for the comment πŸ™‚

  • 17. Brit' Gal Sarah  |  February 24, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    You’re right, that is truly a magnificent building!

    ~Thanks πŸ™‚

  • 18. Glennis  |  February 25, 2009 at 7:07 am

    It is indeed a magnificent structure, very impressive.

    ~ Yeah, it’s incredible.

  • 19. Tammie  |  February 26, 2009 at 10:29 am

    magnificent indeed and a wonderful photo as well!

    Thank You:)


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