Buland Darwaza in Fatehpur Sikri

Also knowns as 'Gate of Magnificence'

Also knowns as 'Gate of Magnificence' | Photo credit: Jayadevp13/Wikimediacommons

Buland Darwaza Overview

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Buland Darwaza, also known as the ‘Gate of Magnificence’, is one of the largest gateways in the world with a height of 54 metres. This 15-storey grand entrance narrates the success saga of the great Mughal emperor Akbar and was built to celebrate his victory over Gujarat. Showcasing a perfect amalgam of Persian and Mughal architectures, this grand doorway serves as the main entry to the imperial complex, Fatehpur Sikri.

Like many other landmarks in Fatehpur Sikri, Buland Darwaza too was constructed using sandstone with marble decorations on it. Inscriptions from the Quran on the front pillars and cenotaph are the highlights of this structure. Among many famous inscriptions, one over the gateway states, ‘The World is but a bridge, pass over but build no houses on it.’

  • Opening Closing Time 6 am – 6 pm (Daily)

  • Photo Opp

    The architecture of this centuries old gateway gives you ample opportunities of clicking pictures. You can sit on the stairs or pose in front of this colossal doorway while taking snapshots.
  • Entrance Fee Rs. 10 for Indians <br /> Rs. 750 for Foreigners <br /> Rs. 10 for Citizens of SAARC Countries

Monument Landmark


Fatehpur Sikri, 283110, Uttar Pradesh