Fa-Hien was a renowned Chinese traveler and pilgrim, known for his extensive travel throughout India. He visited India during the year 399 and returned to his homeland, China, in the year 414.
Fa-Hien came to India with a view to trace the origin of the Buddhist religion. As a part of his tour, he visited various Buddhist shrines and interacted with prominent religious persons. The account Fa-Hien wrote on his travel in India throws a valuable insight into the history of the land in ancient times. It describes his encounters with the people belonging to various dynasties and kingdoms. It contains a description of the famous places in India. It is a valuable resource to the researchers studying the Buddhist religion and ancient history of the land. It also contains the exact date when Buddhism was introduced in China.