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Regional Major City
Budaun is located in Uttar Pradesh
Location in Uttar Pradesh, India
Coordinates: 28°03′N 79°07′E / 28.05°N 79.12°E / 28.05; 79.12Coordinates: 28°03′N 79°07′E / 28.05°N 79.12°E / 28.05; 79.12
Country  India
State Uttar Pradesh
Region Rohilkhand
Division Bareilly
District Budaun
Settled 905 AD (Modern City)
 • Body Budaun Municipal Corporation
 • Chairman Fatma Raza
 • MP Dharmendra Yadav
 • MLA Abid Raza
 • Total 84 km2 (32 sq mi)
Elevation 164 m (538 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 159,221
 • Rank 42
 • Density 5,489/km2 (14,220/sq mi)
 • Official Hindi, Urdu,
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 24360X
Telephone code 0583
ISO 3166 code IN-UP-BD
Vehicle registration UP 24
Coastline 0 kilometres (0 mi)
Sex ratio 907 female/1000 male
Literacy 73.0%
Civic agency Budaun Development Authority
Governing body Government of UP
Government of India
Climate HS-TH (Köppen)
Precipitation 843 millimetres (33.2 in)
Avg. annual temperature 27.5 °C (81.5 °F)
Avg. summer temperature 39.8 °C (103.6 °F)
Avg. winter temperature 11.5 °C (52.7 °F)
Website http://www.badaun.nic.in/
Also known as 'City of Saints' or 'Madinat ul Awliya', famous for its Pedas, 'Mentha City' of India.

Budaun is a city in Budaun district,[1] Uttar Pradesh, India. It is located near the Ganges river.[2] in the center of Western Uttar Pradesh. Budaun is a Yadav and Muslim dominated region. It was the most important post of Northern Frontier during Mughal reign. Budaun is a big market, historically famous and religiously important city. It is the heart of Rohilkhand.[3][4] Budaun is 229 km from New Delhi and it takes 3 hours 55 mins to reach there. [5] Whilst not a main tourist destination, it still attracts thousands of people annually. Every year it is estimated that 1.5 lac to 2 lac people visit the city, most people coming to visit Ziyarats. Budaun is famous among the Barelwi sectors of Muslims due to the presence of hundreds of martyrs (shaheed) and saints buried there. Budaun is one of the oldest existing settlements of India, and has always been a place of interest for Indian rulers, as Iltutmish's period made Budaun the capital of its empire or Medieval India.


Prof. Goti John referred this city was named Bedamooth in an ancient inscription based on stone scripts at the Lucknow Museum. Later this region was called Panchal. According to the lines on stone scripts there was a village Bhadaunlak near the city. The Muslim historian Roz Khan Lodhi said that at Ashoka The Great (?) built a Buddh Vihar and Quila[disambiguation needed]; he named it BuddhMau. According to George Smith, Budaun was named after the Ahir prince Budh.[6][7]


Budaun has an average elevation of 169 metres (554 feet). It has normal rainfall levels. Since Budaun was settled after demolishing a large fort, the city is irregularly elevated, with Sotha and Punjabi Mohalla at the top. The Civil Lines are is much plainer.

Budaun is the tropical region. Its average temperature is approximately 30 °C. There is widespread greenery. The climatic conditions are suitable for agriculture; the crops production from this area is larger.


Dharmendra Yadav is the MP of the Budaun Constituency and is the nephew of Mulayam Singh Yadav. Budaun has large population of Ahirs which according to British historian Matthew Atmore Sherring came from Hansi and Hisar which is in Haryana.[8][9] Budaun city comes under mainly Budaun lok sabha seat and partly in Aonla lok sabha seat. MLA of Budaun City is Mr. Abid Raza, also Serving As a Chairman of Uttar Pradesh Wakf Development Corporation.[10]


As per provisional data of the 2011 census, Budaun City had a population of 159,221 (83,475 male 75,746 female = 1000/907), 19,613 (12.3%) of whom were aged 0–6. The adult literacy rate was 73.0 In education section, total literates in Budaun city are 101,914 of which 56,012 are males while 45,902 are females. Average literacy rate of Budaun city is 73.00 percent of which male and female literacy was 76.67 and 68.97 percentTotal children (0-6) in Budaun city are 19,613 as per figure from Census India report on 2011. There were 10,420 boys while 9,193 are girls. Children account for 12.32% of total population of Budaun City.The sex ratio of Budaun city is 907 per 1000 males. Child sex ratio of girls is 882 per 1000 boys.%.[11]



Catholic Church

The Encyclopædia Britannica Eleventh Edition wrote of Buduan:

A town and district of British India, in the Rohilkhand division of the United Provinces. The town is near the left bank of the river Sot. Pop. (1901) 39,031. There are ruins of an immense fort and a very handsome mosque of imposing size, crowned with a dome, and built in 1223. The American Methodist mission maintains several girls schools, and there is a high school for boys. According to tradition, Budaun was founded about 905 AD, and an inscription, probably of the 12th century, gives a list of twelve Rathor kings reigning at Budaun (called Vodamayuta). The first authentic historical event connected with it, however, was its capture by Qutb-ud-din Aibak in 1196, after which it became a very important post on the northern frontier of the Delhi empire. In the 13th century two of its governors, Shams-ud-din Iltutmish, the builder of the great mosque referred above, and his son Rukn ud din Firuz, attained the imperial throne. In 1571 the town was burnt, and about a hundred years later, under Shah Jahan, the seat of the governorship was transferred to Sahaspur- Bilari. [13]

Relationship of Budaun to Baghdad[edit]

The shrine of Hazrat Gaus-e-Azam Abdul-Qadir Gilani at Baghdad Iraq is well known to Sunni, Barelwi, Muslims. Since 1862 Khanqah-Qadriya, who cares for the shrine, has been from Budaun. The key of the main door of the initial shrine of Gaus-e-Azam Abdul-Qadir Gilani is like a treasure at Khankah-e-Qadriya Budaun. Every year the responsible person of Khanqah visits Baghdad during Urs-e-Gaus-Azam 11th of Rabi-ul-Thani (Month of Islamic Calendar) and opens the initial metal door and stays there until Qool. In 2013 there was a terrorist attack. Another shrine is also situated under the complex of Dargah Gaus-e-Azam Abdul-Qadir Gilani.



Budaun city acts as a junction for many national roads, which make the city one of the most important of the western UP. SH33 (Bharatpur-Mathura-Bareilly) and SH43 (Moradabad-Farrukhabad) pass through Budaun, It is also the terminal point of SH18 (to Meerut) and SH51 (to Delhi). Budaun Depot, with 118 buses is one of the most profitable depots of UPSRTC. Two new highways would be soon connected to Budaun city, first will connect Budaun to Etawah through Qadar Chowk, Etah and Mainpuri and the second one would connect Budaun to Shahjahanpur through Dataganj. After construction of these two roads in coming 2 years, Budaun will be an important road junction of the Western UP.

Buses are available 24x7 from Baduan to Delhi & vice versa.


Ganga in Budaun.

Budaun lies on the Mathura-Lalkuan railway which is converted into broad gauge now and inaugurated by honourable rail minister Suresh Prabhu on 11 aug 2015.First train to run was Ramnagar Agra Fort Express, another rail line is proposed connecting Gajraula to Mainpuri through Budaun, which would make Budaun a junction.Soon trains to south India from uttrakhand will be inaugurated on this route.


Classical rickshaws serve the city for all the day. However, you may find autos on specified points run to a limited distance (10–20 kilometres (6.2–12.4 mi) generally). Main routes for auto rikshas and light vehicle are towards Dataganz, Aonla and Ujhani. Budaun is one of the less polluted cities of UP because of a lot use of AutoGas (LPG). In fact Budaun is one of the rare cities having AutoGas on petrol pumps. Many the vehicles of the city are LPG workable.

Infrastructure and CityScape[edit]

Historical and religious places[edit]

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  • Jama Masjid Shamsi built by Iltutmish in 1223. This mosque is the third oldest mosque of the countryand second Largest
  • An immense Badaun fort (Nawab Ikhlas khan ka Makbaraa) in Jawaharpuri. It is known as Roza
  • Hazrat Khwaja Nizamuddin Auliya's house in Syedwada where he was born.
  • Choti Ziyarat. It is the monument of Hazrat Badrauddin Rahmatullah Alhay.
  • Badi Ziyarat (It is a Dargah 'mazar sariff' of Wali of Allah, Hazrat Sultan Arfiin Rahamtullah)
  • Banno Buwa Ziyarat (It is a Dargah 'mazar sariff' of Maa Banno Bua)
  • The palace of ohia, built by the royal family of sahaspur bilari in 1812.
  • Remains of Sheikhupur Fort, Sheikhupur, Badaun
  • Mumtaz Mahal's sister's mausoleum, Sheikhupur, Badaun
  • Emperor Jahangir's foster son's mausoleum Sheikhupur, Badaun
  • Farshori tola
  • Ruins of many mughal monuments
  • Sarsota in Sahaswan
  • Kothiwal temple
  • Judge Saheb Ka Phatak, Farshori Tola, Budaun
  • Dargah Alia Qadriya, Budaun
  • Kakora Mela

Jama Masjid Shamsi[edit]

Ikhlas Khan's Mausoleum

Jama Masjid Shamsi Mosque is in the old city area built by Iltutmish in 1223 at the time when he was the ruler of India.

This mosque reflects the Persian and Afghani Architecture, it has three Gates, Main gate is on Shakeel Road made up of Red Marble and its as high as 100 feet. Another gate is in Farshori Tola and third one in Sotha. It has a Central Dome surrounded by two more domes, and 5 other domes too, Floor is of "SangeMarMar" or White Marble. It has a "Hauz" and three "WuzuKhana" in its premises. Two sides of mosque are occupied by residential blocks called as "Jama Masjid Quarters".

This mosque is the third oldest existing and second largest mosque of the country after Delhi's Jama Masjid, having a standard capacity of 23500. The built up part of the mosque is larger than any other mosque of the country. Before the expansion of Delhi's Jama Masjid, it was the largest and most famous mosque of the country. The Central dome of the mosque is considered to be the largest for any dome of mosque in the country.

It is also a Monument of National Importance and National Heritage Site.

Educational institutes[edit]

Friday Mosque of the city in evening
  • Arya Kanya Inter College
  • Asim Siddique Memorial Degree College[14]
  • Badaun Institute of Management & Technology, Budaun
  • Blooming dale school
  • Budaun Public School.
  • Christian Higher Secondary School
  • De Paul School
  • Draupadi Devi Swaraswati Vidya Mandir Inter-College
  • Florence Nightingale Higher Secondary School
  • Gindo Devi Mahila Maha Vidyalaya
  • Global Institute Institute of IT. & Management
  • Government Degree College, Avas Vikas Budaun
  • Government Inter College(GIC)
  • Green Wood Public School
  • Government medical college
  • H P International School, Dataganj Road, Budaun
  • Holy Convent Higher Secondary School, Budaun
  • Islamiah Inter College.
  • Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Budaun
  • Kasturba Gandhi vidyalaya
  • Kavyam Teresa English School
  • Kedarnath mahila College for girls
  • Kendriya Vidyalaya Budaun
  • Kunwar Rukum Singh Vedic Inter College
  • LCRS Navyuvak Inter College Budaun
  • Global Institute Institute of IT. & Management(ushait branch)
  • Madarsa Faiz-ul-Uloom Moh. Uperpara Budaun
  • Madarsa Qadriya, c/o Khankah-e-Qadriya Mohalla Sotha Back of Jama Masjid Budaun
  • Maharisi Vidya Mandir
  • Mission English School
  • Mother Athena School
  • Mother Teresa English School, Madhuvan Colony Budaun
  • N.M.S.N.Das P.G.College
  • Naqvia Girls School (Self Finance)
  • Rajaram Mahila Inter College
  • S.K. Inter College
  • S.S.S.M.Public School Near Nagla Mandir
  • Shashi Mishra Memorial Educational Institute, 32 civil lines
  • Vidhyavati vedic Kanya Uchatar Madhyamik Vidyalaya
  • Vivekanand College


Major agricultural products are wheat, paddy, sugarcane, guava and menthol. Budaun is the largest producer of wheat in UP, II largest of sugarcane and potatoes. It is the leading producer of menthol in the country. The soil is very fertile due to tarai, because Budaun is on the bank of the Ganges; the Ganges flows 110 km in the district. In the account of agriculture, guava and menthol are the major exporting products. Budaun gives 40% of total mentol export of India.


Budaun City has many small scale industries and a few

  • Sugar mill at Shekupur
  • Rice Mills
  • Many Brick Kilns
  • Beedi factories at Naushera
  • Menthol Producing Plants On outer SH4
  • Many automobiles parts are manufactured in Budaun.

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]