In­dian adventure

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FOR those who like to get off the beaten track with­out giv­ing up crea­ture com­forts, au­thor John Zubrzy­cki is lead­ing a 14-day small group tour to north­east In­dia from Novem­ber 19. Called Hid­den Lands, Forgotten Fron­tiers, the tour takes in the best the re­gion has to of­fer, start­ing with the for­mer Im­pe­rial cap­i­tal of the Raj, Kolkata, be­fore head­ing to Guwahati on the Brahma­pu­tra River. The adventure con­tin­ues in the in­te­rior of the moun­tain­ous Arunachal Pradesh state tak­ing in the stunning Apa Tani plateau with its rice ter­races and vil­lages of bamboo and tim­ber. Other high­lights are the Hindu monas­ter­ies of Ma­juli, the largest river­ine is­land in the world, and the spec­tac­u­lar Raas fes­ti­val as well as a trek through In­dia’s largest and most bio­di­verse na­tional park, Nam­dapha. Zubrzy­cki says it’s no co­in­ci­dence the first ex­plor­ers to pen­e­trate the val­leys and moun­tains of north­east In­dia be­lieved they had found a “lost par­adise, a land so fer­tile that if brought un­der cul­ti­va­tion it would form one con­tin­ual gar­den”. Ac­com­mo­da­tion ranges from five-star luxury in Kolkata and Guwahati, to sim­ple for­est bun­ga­lows in more re­mote ar­eas. The $7853 a per­son cost (twin share) is ex­clu­sive of in­ter­na­tional air­fares that cost about $1450 re­turn (trav­elonQ.com.au).

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