What do you seek from travel? Adventure? A sense of purpose? Or simply a change of scene? For centuries, travellers have landed up in the subcontinent looking for all of the above—with a generous sprinkling of spice. They took back indelible impressions that would inspire travelogues, paintings, photography and even some incredible maps. The voyages that brought them here were long, arduous, even deadly. But the destination would transform their lives forever.