People planning holidays to India should consider high-end travel to find the best value, according to a travel expert.

Holidays to India still offer good value, especially if you look at the top end of the market, Tom Hall claims.

Mr Hall, travel editor of Lonely Planet, believes the best deals in the country are to be found at the more luxurious locations.

He said: “You can stay in fantastic hotels in former palaces; you can eat at great restaurants at prices that will still feel very cheap compared to what you find at home.”

Traditional backpacker destinations, such as Goa and Pushkar, also allow travellers to stretch their money.

Qatar Airways recently launched a non-stop service from Doha to Goa in order to capitalise on the interest expressed by European travellers at the start of their winter holiday season.

Mr Hall added that the perception of India as a value-for-money destination was helping drive interest in the country among tourists in the UK.

He also pointed out that, while cities such as Delhi and Agra remain popular, travellers are starting to branch out and explore other regions of the country that are not frequented by tourists.

Written by Nicholas Scott

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