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Top Choice Museum in Shillong

Don Bosco Museum of Indigenous Cultures

This well-maintained museum is a fabulous repository of innumerable tribal artefacts interspersed with galleries on Christian missionary work. Compulsory tours depart on the half-hour and last over an hour. Sights i…
Top Choice Adivasi in Shillong

Trattoria

No visit to Shillong is complete without a midday meal at this busy eatery patronised by locals. Some of the best Khasi dishes, including ja doh and curried pig innards, are (literally) hot favourites here. For a sa…
Multicuisine in Shillong

La Galerie

This suave glass-panelled restaurant compartmentalised into booths and adorned with photographs of local scenes serves excellent Indian, continental and Chinese food. Cloud 9 is the top-floor bar-restaurant in the s…
Cafe in Shillong

Café Shillong

This cool hang-out in bustling Laitumkhrah (lai-muk-rah) has the best coffee in town, yummy steaks (mains ₹140 to ₹200), and rock, jazz and blues on tap. Its fashionable decor features a Les Paul guitar signed by pe…
Religious in Shillong

Nongkrem

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 …
Gifts & Souvenirs in Shillong

Iew Duh

This vast public market (also known as bara bazaar: 'big market') is one of the most animated shopping areas in the Northeast. Thousands of Khasi tribespeople flock in from their villages, selling everything from ba…
Park in Shillong

Shillong Golf Course

Walk 15 minutes northeast of Ward’s Lake to visit the rolling meadows of Shillong Golf Course, bordered by pine trees and fronted by a pretty clubhouse. You're free to roam the far extent of the greens (a public roa…
Multicuisine in Shillong

City Hut Dhaba

Guarded by signage gnomes, City Hut serves a variety of Indian, Chinese and barbecue dishes in four rooms, including a family-only room and an attractive, flower-decked straw pavilion. The quality of food is fairly …
Lake in Shillong

Ward’s Lake

The central landscaping element of colonial-era Shillong, this attractive lake has a pretty ornamental bridge, flower beds, manicured lawns, courting couples, boating facilities and gaggles of geese.
Museum in Shillong

Wankhar Entomology Museum

This remarkable one-room display of pinned butterflies, rhinoceros beetles and stick insects is located in the home of the original collector. It's said to be the only museum in India exclusively devoted to moths, b…