Religious in Shillong

Dubbing itself the Khasi cultural centre, the suburb of Smit hosts the five-day Nongkrem Festival in autumn, featuring animal sacrifices and a slow-motion dance performed by artistes in full ethnic costume in front of the thatched bamboo ‘palace’ of the local syiem (traditional ruler). Smit is 11km from Shillong, 4km off the Jowai road. A taxi will cost about ₹200.