The Mughal Empire, which conquered and ruled virtually all of today's India, Pakistan and Bangladesh over several centuries, created one of the richest and most colourful of all historical periods. Peoples of different cultures - including Muslims, Christians, Hindus and others, originating from Iran, Central Asia, Europe and South Asia itself worked, traded and travelled throughout the Empire, contributing to its dynamism and power. A few of the Europeans who began crisscrossing the roads of Mughal India wrote, in the forms of diaries, letters and travelogues, about the people and lands they encountered.This illuminating and carefully chosen anthology contains a collection of among the best writings by European travellers from England, Italy, Russia, France, Spain and Portugal as they journeyed the length and breadth of the Empire over a 200-year period (1471-1671). Their experiences and observations form fascinating and informative visions of travel and life in India during this period and provide invaluable contributions to our understanding of life there at the time.
Michael H. Fisher is Danforth Professor of History at Oberlin College, USA. He is a specialist on the Mughal and British Raj periods. William Dalrymple a highly acclaimed and award-winning writer and historian and the author of the bestselling books In Xanadu, City of Djinns, From the Holy Mountain, Th Age of Kali, White Mughals and The Last Mughal. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Royal Asiatic Society and was awarded the Mungo Park Medal by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society for his outstanding contribution to travel literature. He divides his time between Delhi and London.