There are direct UK flights that link Manchester with the lush coastal Indian state of Goa. Monarch Charter fly out of Manchester once or twice a week, usually on Fridays, and these non-stop services can have you settling down on a golden sandy beach within 10 hours.
Alternatively, if Goa isn't your final destination, there are plenty of indirect services that you can catch to other parts of India. Air France, British Airways and Emirates all fly to both Bangalore and Mumbai via mainland Europe.
If the capital, New Delhi, is your final stop, then you could take any number of one-change routes, with airlines including KLM, British Airways and Swiss, which will normally take between 10 and 15 hours, if booked smartly. To find the flight that's best for you, be sure to check out our flight search tool.
If none of the Manchester services fit your schedule, there are plenty of alternatives. You can fly direct from Heathrow to both Mumbai and New Delhi with Air India, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, or to Goa with Monarch or flythomascook from Gatwick. All of these direct flights should take between 10 and 14 hours.
While holidays in India can be very pricey, you can use the low cost of rail travel in India to your advantage. Research the cheapest possible flights to India, even if they are not to your desired location, and see if you can get a low-cost rail fare to your final destination after you touch down. It may well be cheaper, but just bear in mind it will definitely take a while.
Booking your flight to India well ahead of your desired departure date can also lead to savings as the longer you leave it the more likely airfares will go up.