The popularity of holidays to India could increase as a new TV series with a focus on the country’s best attractions begins.

The popularity of holidays to India could increase as a new TV series with a focus on the country’s best attractions begins.

Paul Merton is to follow up last year’s tour of China with a new series on Five in which he travels around India to look at the nation’s people and customs.

Although he introduces the south Asian country as one full of river-carved vistas and religious icons, he states that the series is to focus mainly on things tourists are not likely to have seen before.

This includes an annual festival in Junagadh which celebrates the moment Shiva consummated his marriage and a Bangalore prison where the food is supposedly so delicious that inmates in other jails go on hunger strike so they can be transferred there.

Commenting on his travels for the Telegraph, he said: “I really took to the Indian people. They’re warm, charming, very quick to laugh and have this terrific sense of fun.”

Anyone going on holidays to India for the first time may wish to consider the popular tourist resort of Goa.

Conde Nast recommends that anyone considering booking holidays to Goa does so in time for the November to March season, since these months are cooler than the high season, which can be humid.

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