List of Foreign Travellers Envoys in History of India – PDF

Numbers of travelers came to India in the past. Some of them came here to spread religion. Some of them just experienced the culture of India and recorded in the book. Also, these books help us to understand/discover the history of India.

List of Foreign Travellers Envoys Came to India: Greetings, Today, I’m sharing a PDF of a list of foreign visitors who have visited India, in which the complete information of all foreign tourists who have visited India is presented in detail. This historical chapter frequently raises questions. For instance, when did Megasthenes visit India? When did the Chinese traveler Fa-Hien visit India, and what did they do so? Etc.

TravellersCountryTime/PeriodContribution
DeimachusGreek300-263 BC» Came during the reign of Bindusara
MegasthenesGreek302-296 BC» He was the ambassador of Seleucus-1 in Syria
» Megasthenes came to the royal court of Maurya
» Megasthenes wrote the book “Indica
» This book contains details about the social and administrative conditions during the rule of the Mauryas
Fa HienChina405-411 AD» He was a Buddhist monk
» He was the first Chinese tourist to come to India to collect relics of Buddhist scriptures
» He came to India during the reign of Chandragupta II (Vikramaditya)
» He also traveled to Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha
» He described the travel story in his travelogue “Records of Buddhist Kingdoms”
Hiuen TsangChina627-645 AD» He came to India during the reign of Harshavardhana
» He came through the Tashkent and SWAT valleys
»  His two books are See You Key and Records of the Western World.
I-SiangChina671-695 AD» He came to India to spread Buddhism
SuleimanArab9th century» Came to his royal court during the reign of the First Feast
Al-MasudiArab953 AD» Muruj-ul-Jehab mentions India in detail in his book
» From his writings, the conflict between Pratihara and Rashtrakutad is known
Al BiruniPersia1017 AD» He was coming with Mahmud of Ghazni
» He first studied in India as a Muslim scholar
» He is known as the founder of Indology
» He traveled all over India and wrote a book called “Tahfiq-e-Hind”
Marco PoloItaly1292-1294 AD» As a Venetian tourist, he has visited the Kakatiya province of Rudramadevi in ​​South India
» In his book “The Book of Sir Marco Polo” he gives an account of the economic history of India
» As a famous European tourist, he has traveled to many countries in the East
Ibn BattutaMorocco1334-1348 AD» Muhammad bin Tughlaq appointed Ibn Battuta as a judge
Shihabuddin Al-UmariArab1348 AD» He came to India from Damascus
» In the book “Masalik Albasar Fi-Mamalik Al-Amsar” he gives details about India
Nicolo ContiItaly1420-1421» Was at Vijayanagara Empire
» First came to India during the reign of Debray
» Gave details of the Hindu Empire at Vijayanagar
Abdur RazzakPersia1441-1444 AD» Abdur Razzak was the ambassador of the Taimur dynasty
» He came to India during the reign of King Devaraya II of the Sangam dynasty of the Vijayanagara Empire
» He lived in the Zamorin Palace in Calicut
Afanasy NikitinRussia1469-1472 AD» As a Russian merchant.
» He described his travels in India in The Journey Beyond Three Seas.
» He came to the Bahmani Sultani royal court
Duarte BarbosaPortuguese1503-1517 AD» Wrote a valuable narrative about the inhabitants and government of the Vijayanagara Empire
Domingo PaesPortuguese1520-1522 AD» He came to the court of King Krishnadev Roy of the Tuluv dynasty of the Vijayanagara Empire
Fernao NunizPortuguese1536-1537 AD» He was a storyteller and horse trader
» He came to India during the reign of King Achyut Raya of the Tuluv dynasty of the Vijayanagara Empire
» He has written history prior to the late reign of Achyut Debray
Jan Huyghen van LinschotenDutch1596 AD»  He traveled extensively along with the East Indies and was secretary to the Portuguese viceroy of Goa between 1583 and 158.
Antonio CabralPortuguese1500» During the reign of Emperor Akbar, he came to his court as an envoy
Leon GaumontFrench1563 AD» During the reign of Emperor Akbar, he came to his court as an envoy
Jerome XavierSpain1595 AD» He came to the court of Emperor Akbar
William HawkinsBritain1608-1611 AD» King James was an English ambassador at the time He came to the court of Jahangir
Sir Thomas RoweBritain1615-1819 AD» King James was an English ambassador at the time He came to the court of Jahangir
Edward TerryBritain1616 AD» He described the vegetarian diet of India as the first English writer in the pre-modern era
Pietro DellaItaly1623-1624 AD» He came during the time of Vekatappa Naik, the king of Keladi in India
Peter MundyItaly1628 AD»  He came to the court of Shah Jahan
Gemelli CareriItaly1895 AD» He came to the court of Emperor Shah Jahan
» He describes the military and administration of the Mughal Empire
François BernierFrench1656 – 1668 AD» He was a French traveler
» He came to India during the reign of Shah Jahan
Sir William NorrisEngland1701» He was the ambassador of the company during the Mughal emperor
» He came to this country during the reign of Aurangzeb
John FrereEngland1862–1867 AD» He was an English tourist
» He gave details about Surat and Bombay
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