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).