Ibn Battutah

Ibn Baṭṭūṭah,  the greatest medieval traveler and the author of one of the most famous travel books, The Rihlah (Travels). Ibn Battuta travelled to  India via Afghanistan, where he had to cross the H...

Marco Polo

Marco Polo was the most famous traveller of his time. His voyages began in 1271 with a visit to China, after which he served the Kubilai Khan on numerous diplomatic missions. Marco Polo arrived  on t...

Al-Beruni (Parsia) (1024-1030 AD)

Accompanying  Ghazni at the time of his Indian raids, muslim scholar Al-Beruni visited India and travelled across. Known popularly as founder of Indology, his famous book was ‘Tahqiq-i-Hind’ which ex...

Al-Masudi (957 AD)

Arab traveller Al-Masudi was the first one to combine history and scientific geography in his book “Muruj-ul-Zehab”. Scripted by Dr. Sanjay Garg, Surya G Yadav and Suraj Andrews present the traveller...

I-Tsing (671-695 AD)

Chinese traveller visited India in connection with Buddhism and described the Buddhist practices in India. He received much acclaim on his return, but like his predecessor Hiuen-tsang, I-tsing devote...

Hiuen-Tsang (China) (630-645 AD)

At the time of Harshavardhana’s reign in India, foreign envoy Hiuen-Tsang reached India through Tashkent and Swat Valley. While in India, he wanted to visit all the sacred places connected with the l...

Fa-Hien (China) (405-411 AD)

Being the first Chinese pilgrim to visit India during Chandragupta II’s reign, Fa-Hien collected Buddhist texts and relics. He compiled his experiences in a travelogue ‘Record of Buddhist Kingdoms’. ...

Megasthenes (Greek) (302-298 BC)

The oldest historical accounts of India which have come down to the country are of the Greeks. Megasthenes was the first foreign envoy and ambassador of Seleucus Nikator, a general of Alexander the G...