Don Bosco Museum:our next stop for the day was the Don Bosco Museum in Meghalaya which is again famous among both tourists as well as locals. Its a must visit for all history Enthusiasts and there is a separate fee to be paid to allow use of Camera which we did not and so no pictures here. It depicts the Indigenous culture and artifacts of our country.
After a ride around the Shillong Golf Course, reach the Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures which provides a glimpse of the rich and multi-cultural lifestyles of the indigenous peoples of North East India. It is about 4 km away from Police Bazaar in Shillong. You need atleast 2-3 hours to get a feel of the life and culture in this region. There are 16 galleries in the museum, each of which deals with a different aspect. A few of these galleries are - Agriculture, Art, Ornament and Costume Jewellery, Basketry, Fishing and Hunting, Food, Culture and Religion, Housing, Our Neighbors, etc.
Baskets of North East India and specially Meghalaya are quite famous and the Basketry section has diverse variety of bamboo baskets. In the tribes of North East India, jewellery and ornaments play a special role and native tribes don these during church services, festivities, official functions etc. You will find ornaments made of feather, beads, metal, semi-precious stones, bamboo, cloth and embroidered patches. The Food Gallery displays photographs and models of different kinds of cooked dishes typical to each state of North East India. The Neighboring Countries section is a very interesting section with photographs and models of neighboring countries of North East India like Bhutan, China, Nepal, Myanmar and Bangladesh. Basic data of each country and its culture is provided in a touch screen that visitors can use freely to expand their knowledge. This is just a glimpse of the richness this Museum offers and has many more surprises in store.Timing: Feb - Nov, 9 AM to 5:30 PM, Dec - Jan, 9 AM to 4:30 PMEntry Fees: Rs. 100 /- per adult, Rs. 50 /- per student