Who among the following travellers was from Italy and visited Vijayanagar Kingdom in the fifteenth century?

(A) Nikitin
(B) Fa-Hien
(C) Bernier
(D) Nicolo Conti

Correct Answer : Nicolo Conti
Question Asked : UPSC NDA/NA EXAM 2018
Explanation : Nicolo Conti (AD1420-1421) an Italian traveller, visited Vijayanagar empire during the reign of Devaraya-I (the Tuluva dynasty ruler). He gave a comprehensive account of the Hindu kingdom of Vijayanagar. Nikitin (AD 1470-1474) was a Russian merchant, who describes the condition of the Bahmani kingdom under Muhammad III (1463-82). Fa-hien was a Chinese pilgrim who visited India during the reign of Chandra Gupta II. His primary aim was to visit the Buddhist religious places and to take with him the copies of the Buddhist religious texts. Francois Bernier (September 25, 1620 – September 22, 1688) was a French physician and traveller. He was briefly personal physician to Mughal prince Dara Shikoh (son of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan), and was attached to the court of the emperor Aurangzeb He also wrote Travels in the Mughal Empire, which is mainly about the reigns of Dara Shikoh and Aurangzeb.
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