The arrival of foreign visitors to the Indian subcontinent has been going on for centuries. Their purpose in coming to this country was different, but they wrote their experiences from their own socio-political-cultural perspective. Ralph Fitch, the first English traveler to India, arrived in the very last period of the sixteenth century. Crossing the Mediterranean Sea, the Syrian coast, Baghdad, the Tigris River brought him to the Persian Gulf port of Basra. From there he sailed to the port of Hormuz. He came to Goa from Hormuz captured by the Portuguese. For travel between Hormuz and Goa, Ralph Fitch had direct contact with the Gujarat and Konkan coasts. The story of how Fitch escaped from the Portuguese to Goa and reached Bengal from Agra via Prayag, Benares, Patna and finally across the Ganges is thrilling. His travelogue on the Ganges is very pleasant. His experience at the Mughal court is also an essential element for understanding the subcontinent in the sixteenth century. He was the first English-Indian traveler and the first European traveler to be remembered in the history of Alipurduar. The historical value of Ralph Fitch’s account of his travels in India is still immense today.
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