Walking around a Delhi market on a hectic afternoon dressed in beige linen and a panama, Paul Merton looks the picture of British colonialism.
But as he discovers in his new series, the country has moved on massively since it was the jewel in the Empire's crown.
"There are aspects that show evidence of Imperialism - architecture, the love of cricket - but it's been 60 years since India got independence," explains Paul, who travelled around the country between April and June while filming the series.
"It all seems a long time ago, very much part of the last century as far as Indians are concerned.
"We're very welcome back as tourists, though, as I found out."
His jaunt to India follows on from his first travel series, during which the long-serving Have I Got News For You captain explored the delights of China.
Shunning the oft-seen attractions of the Taj Mahal, the Ganges and the Goa bazaars so loved by Western tourists, the series delves into sides of India many of us won't have seen before.
"Part of the ethos of this show was avoiding those things," he explains. "We all know what the Taj Mahal looks like, you can't really say anything more, you know, 'Here it is, it's not changed since the last time' isn't interesting for a TV show - although you should see it if you go yourself - but to include in a television programme, you have to have a really good reason for going."
After arriving in the country, the London-born comedian headed straight for an etiquette class, where he learned to eat curry and rice with his hands, and that belching after a meal won't get you dirty looks as it might in British restaurants. In India, it's a polite sign to your host you enjoyed your food, and the louder the better.
Food, as it turns out, wasn't kind to Paul, who admits to being susceptible to stomach upsets during his two months in the country.
"I was quite adventurous with food in China, so I felt we'd done the whole thing of me looking puzzled while trying strange local foods before," he says. "Plus, I'm just not very good like that.
"When you go to India, it's impossible to avoid getting ill I think, because even if you obey the simple rules - don't eat salad in case it's been washed in tap water and only drink bottled water, etc - there are a whole series of bugs out there us Brits just aren't immune to.
"Even in a five-star hotel you can get ill having a watermelon juice if it's been left out in the sun for a while before you drink it. You just have to get through it somehow," he continues.
"It's no good having a documentary that goes 'Fifth day in, and still no sign of Paul'. I think we lost two complete days of filming because I was too ill to leave my room, and there are a couple of sequences where, watching back, I can see just how ill I am!"
Don't think Paul didn't enjoy his time in India, however. He talks enthusiastically and in typically humorous fashion about time spent in Delhi where he met his new guru and their disciples who can do eye-watering things with their genitalia.
There was also the time he became centre of attention during a street ceremony, watched by hundreds of thousands of people.
"It wasn't filmed for the series, unfortunately, but we were in this big procession. Everyone was out lining the streets waiting," he begins.
"On the way back to the hotel, I walked down the middle of the road, and the crowd, who'd been sat there for hours without anything going past, started cheering.
"I waved back, and there was a bigger cheer, then people on the other side of the road were upset I hadn't waved at them, so by the end of it, I was running down the middle of the road waving my panama to universal cheers from both sides of the street.
"I must also point out that a dog ran down the street 10 minutes after me, and he got an even bigger cheer," Paul adds.
"I liked to think I warmed up the crowd though."
Illness aside, filming in India was much easier than it had been in China for his previous series.
For that, Paul and the crew were flanked by government representatives, eager to keep a keen eye on their journalistic visitors, while those Paul spoke to about the country were nervous of saying too much for fear of getting into trouble with the strict authorities.
There were no such problems in India.
"You can't stop people talking over there, they love the country and are so proud of the global power it's becoming," says Paul, who later this year directs a one-off special about the early films of his favourite director, Alfred Hitchcock.
"We met a lot of real individuals. The thing is, how do you make yourself an individual in a country where there are more than a billion people?
"As a result, lots of Indians are putting twists on things (look no further than the civil servants of episode one for proof. They ride bicycles to herd nuisance monkeys away from city houses).
"World records are a common thing too. We heard of someone who has a world record for eating jars of honey, for example.
"Lots of people there are striving for space and individuality, and everyone I met is convinced India is on the march," continues Paul, 51.
"Lots of Indians speak English, which in the world of business is a big plus. There's a great humour that runs through the population too, they're quick to laugh and people smile at each other in the street.
"Generally speaking, people seem to be happier in India, especially than those I met in China, but then they would be, they're living in the world's biggest democracy."
One thing Paul wasn't so taken with was the temple he visited where rats - believed by locals to be the reincarnations of dear family members - run free.
"Yes, that was a strange place," he says, bursting into a hearty laugh. "Our guide was convinced it was his family scurrying around our feet.
"That was strange enough to me, but he also drank some milk out of a bowl the rats were drinking from.
"That's one of the things he asked if I wanted to try, but I declined politely. I'd rather a black coffee.
"If that's your thing and you want to tune in to see a man drinking rats' milk, then there you are, you won't be disappointed, but I wasn't doing it.
"I don't share that man's beliefs. But more important than that, I certainly don't have his immune system!"
India officially became part of the British Empire after the rebellion of 1857-58. The country gained independence in August 1947, thanks largely to a peaceful movement started by Mahatma Ghandi.
India is the seventh largest country in the world and the second most populated with more than 1.1 billion people.
The Indian film industry, known as Bollywood and based in the country's largest city Mumbai, is the biggest in the world, making many more films per year than its western counterpart in Hollywood.
The number system was invented by India, with Aryabhatta, is widely believed to be the scientist who first used the digit zero.
The Indian national railway employs more than a million people.