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Buland Darwaza

Fatehpur Sikri, India
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Ancient Ruins, Religious Sites
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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49 reviews 49 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

The gigantic gateway Buland Darwaza or Lofty Gate looms over the courtyard of the mosque.Also known as the Gate of Magnificence.Built by Akbar following his victory over Gujrat on 1573 .The walled city of Fatehpur Sikri is dominated by this stupendous structure. Buland Darwaza erected in 1602 AD as Akbar won over Deccan . The Darwaza rises to a height... More

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

A magnificent building in front of the Chisti Mosque I agree with some of the comments by others about rowdy and pushy guides, but we were lucky as had one recommended by the chauffeur. To try and keep less traffic there was a public transport which was pretty shoddy - charging excessively with no receipt or authenticity. My pet hate... More

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Fatehpur Sikri bears exceptional testimony to the Mughal civilization at the end of the 16th century. It offers a unique example of architectural ensembles of very high quality constructed between 1571 and 1585. Its form and layout strongly influenced the evolution of Indian town planning, notably at Shahjahanabad (Old Delhi). Nice place to visit. recommended.

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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Its difficult to capture this gate in pictures this is how big it is. Considering that it was built some 400 yrs ago makes it even more appalling. Made out of red stone its an amazing feat accomplished under supervision of King Akbar who stayed at nearby sikri fort for 16yrs. Worth a visit.

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New Delhi, India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

A good place but not preserved well. The surrounding is very dirty and not properly maintained. However the monument is a must watch. Around 600 years old and still magnificent.

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Bangalore
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Buland Darwaza is a mammoth monument that was built during the times of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. It is a massive gate and is also known to be the highest gate in the world. It is one of the finest examples of Mughal architecture that combines the magnificence of red and also buff sandstone. According to the historic records, in... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

Such an impressive introduction to Fatehpur Sikri. Reputedly the tallest gateway in Asia. Also known as the Victory Gate, it commemorates Emperor Akbar's victory over Gujerat in the 1570's. A very steep flight of steps leads up to the entrance, and wild goats wander freely on the grassy banks on either side. You will get pestered by children trying to... More

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Kochi (Cochin), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

The name itself means 'Grand Door'. This gateway was made in a majestic way during the days of Emperor Akbar. It's a beautiful piece of Mughal Architecture. But frankly, I feel sad to see the condition of it's backyard , with garbage and pigs loitering around. I hope the authorities domtake some action.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

The monument has been preserved really well and takes you back in its wonderful history. I highly recommend taking a guide along as knowing the history behind all the stuff adds to the experience. We did a local guide for Rs. 100 only. But beware of the touts and beggars. The people who sell artifacts inside quote highly inflated prices.... More

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

The other reviews do a great job of explaining the history and significance. I am writing this to warn you of all the scammers and beggars here. If they see you are from abroad, you will be surrounded by people trying to sell you stuff. Don't buy the cloth and strings to offer at Salim's tomb at an astronomical prices.... More

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