Shillong is home to a lot of exquisite houses and manors built in the early days. Protected under the Indian Heritage tag, some of these houses can be visited. As Shillong expanded beyond its British habitation, there was a spurt in building homes by the Indian Royalty, Europeans and the rich families of that era. Houses built by the erstwhile Royal families of Manipur, Nepal, Charkhari and Tripura are fine examples of these Indian Heritage Manors. The Mayurbhanj House is now a part of the North Eastern Hill University and the Tripura Castle has been converted into a heritage hotel. A visit to these houses gives you an insight to the architecture and lifestyles of that era. The Raj Bhavan, though not open for public viewing from the inside, is still an imposing structure when viewed from the outside.