Located in the state of Meghalaya, Jaintia Hills is a heavenly place full of breathtaking sceneries and serene spots. Tourists flock Â the region in pursuit of peace and tranquillity. It is spread in an area of 3819 sq. Km and the district headquarters is located in Jowai. Jaintia HillsÂ offers numerous interesting attractions to its visitors. The city is resplendent with picturesque views and innate serene beauty.The tourists flock the place to enjoy and absorb the beauty of some of its scenic attractions such as Thadlaskein Lake, Syndai-Caves and LialeFalls etc. The district is also popular for its activities like Mining, Agriculture etc.There are different durbars in the city like village durbar, Elaka DurbarÂ and Syiem Durbar. These durbars are an important part of the local culture. The durbar offers prospects to people to participate in their own affairs andÂ to discuss about local problems and find their solutions by community participation.
HOW TO REACH
Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, located in Guwahati is the nearest International Airport from Jaintia Hills, roughly 3 hour drive from Jaintia Hills. It is connected with the major cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Agartala, Aizawl, Bagdogra, Bangalore, Chennai, Lilabari, Silchar and Mumbai.
Jaintia Hills is 22 Kms from Sohkymphor, 32 Kms from Jowai, 38 Kms from Laskein, 92 Kms from Shillong, 107 Kms from Langkyrdem, 109 Kms from Mawkynrew, 142 Kms from Nongpoh, 147 Kms from Nongkhlaw and 161 Kms from Mawkyrwat through Meghalaya State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) and some private travel services. It is connected with the towns such as Khanduli, Garampani and Dawki.
Guwahati Railway Station is the nearest Railway Station, 190 Kms from Jaintia Hills.
WHAT TO SEE
Jowai, the headquarters of the Jaintia Hills district is situated 64 Kms away from the national highway.
A picturesque town circled by the majestic Myntdu River.
from Shillong. According to legend this lake was dug with the ends of bows by
members of 290 clans of USajiar Niangli, a rebel general of Jaintia Raja, to commemorate the great exodus of the clans.
Megalithic Remnants- Nartiang:-
65 Kms from Shillong, was the summer capital of the Jaintia Kings, of Sutnga State. Huge monoliths, form the striking landmark of the village. The Nartiang menhir measures 27 feet 6 inches in thickness.
Syntu Ksiar, which means ‘golden flower’ is a vast pool of calm water, where the river Myntdu which
almost encircles Jowai, appears to come to a sudden halt providing a remarkably beautiful scene.
Bamboo cylinders over an open fire, thereby infusing the food with the flavour of the leaves and green bamboo. Also popular among the Khasi, Jaintia and Garos is fish and meat preserved either by drying in the sun or smoking over fire. A variety of chutneys prepared from different types of herbs, fermented soya bean and fermented fish always accompany the meals.
The most popular of these areÂ Sales Emporium in Khonoma VillageÂ andNaga Heritage Complex Kisama in Kohima Village.