I agree with many of the criticisms of the show. However, I still enjoyed watching it.
I'd read it ended up on a cliff-hanger, but until the last few minutes, I didn't see how they would wrap it up. Then we see the moustache twirling Samuel Parker, and the threat becomes more real. But I'm fine, imagining that future maharaja August is rescued in the nick of time, and Parker eventually gets what he deserves. And all live happily ever after.
The sets and locations were gorgeous. From what I've seen of India in such shows as The Amazing Race, I don't think I'd like it or appreciate it as it should be. Noisy, dirty, crowded. I'm afraid I would be too much like Henrietta Beecham, critical and put off because it's so different. Yet even she came to appreciate some of the culture that was so foreign to her.