Inscriptions on Buland Darwaza
Buland Darwaza has been intricately decorated with inlays and carvings. A Persian inscription on the gate is about Akbar’s victory over Gujarat and UP. The central face of the gateway has an inscription which reads his inclination towards all religion and his religious tolerance. A Persian text on the main gateway translates to
“Isa (Jesus) son of Mary said: The world is a Bridge, pass over it, but build no houses upon it. He who hopes for a day may hope for eternity, but the world endures but an hour. Spend it in prayer for the rest is unseen.”
Quran verses have also been carved on the gate in Naskh, by the disciple of Sheikh Samil Chishti, Khawaja Hussain Chishti.
This 17th-century imperial gate represents the glorious past. The best time to visit Buland Darwaza is from October to March, avoid in hot seasons. There is no special entry ticket.