Asian confluence in Shillong

Asian confluence in Shillong

Guesthouse of the India East Asia Centre with just 12 rooms and Asian art proves to be a charming stay in Shillong

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The guesthouse of the India East Asia Centre proves a surprisingly charming and lamentably well-kept secret in Shillong. A modern façade and mod cons play backdrop to bright, pretty textiles and colonial-style furniture in this modest non-hotel. Bell-metal thalis and Asian art complement timeless wood-plank floors and basketry, and contemporary light fixtures. There is free wi-if, live performances at the centre, and a cosy drawing room with a small library. Just 12 rooms, with simple but bright, tasteful furnishings — blue fabrics stamped with the Bodhi tree, rattan side tables, a blue bucket in the bathroom, local rugs on the floor. No actual restaurant, but home-style meals (advance order only) can be had on the small dining table in the drawing room! Location is a quiet lane in Laitumkhrah. Tariff From Rs 3,400 doubles, plus taxes Contact +91-8575024861,

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