William Hawkins

The visit of William Hawkins to the court of the Great Moghul at Agra was a memorable event in the history of British intercourse with India. He was the first Englishman ever received by the Emperor ...

Niccolò de’ Conti

Niccolò de’ Conti was an Italian merchant and explorer, who traveled to India and Southeast Asia, and possibly to Southern China, during the early 15th century. He was one of the human sources,...

Duarte Barbosa

Duarte Barbosa was a Portuguese factor at Cannanore and Cochin and had left behind an interesting account on trade and political events of the southeast including Bengal. By 1503, he had learnt Malay...

Domingo Paes : Portuguese Traveler

Domingo Paes a Portuguese traveler who visited Vijayanagar during the reign of its greatest ruler Krishnadeva Raya in 1520. Paes saw the glory of Vijayanagar and has written what he saw, without rela...

Abd-ur-Razzaq

    Abd-ur-Razzaq was the ambassador of Shah Rukh, the Timurid dynasty ruler of Persia to Calicut, India, from January 1442 to January 1445.He chronicled his mission to Indian in his book e...

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...