Discover The Offbeat Gems Of West Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya

Whether you're captivated by the stories behind ancient monuments or seeking a serene getaway, the West Jaintia Hills invites visitors to explore, discover, and create lasting memories in its diverse surroundings
West Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya. Credit PradeepGaurs / Shutterstock
West Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya. Credit PradeepGaurs / Shutterstock

While Meghalaya's famous destinations like Shillong and Cherrapunji often take the limelight, the West Jaintia Hills remain a hidden treasure, brimming with beautiful attractions. From sacred groves to ancient monoliths to verdant scapes, there's enough and more to discover across the region that give an insight into the unique culture and its fascinating history. Next time you visit here, make sure to add the following to your itinerary 

Nartiang

The quaint village of Nartiang unveils a hidden treasure of well-preserved remnants. It features a remarkable garden of monoliths, a testament to the rich heritage of the indigenous Khasi community. Within this expansive park, one can marvel at towering menhirs, with the tallest measuring an impressive 28 feet. These stone structures, dating back to the 16th century, serve as poignant memorials, commemorating the legacy of ancient kings and their historical significance. 

Thlu Muwi

Thlu Muwi is situated at 16 kilometres from Jowai along the Jowai-Dawki Road. This stone bridge was skillfully constructed by U Mar Phalyngki and U Luh Lamare, following the orders of the Jaintia King. It aimed to facilitate the King's safe passage from Jaintiapur to Nartiang during the monsoon season when the Muwistream swells. The bridge showcases the craftsmanship of large, intricately carved granite stone slabs firmly supported by sturdy pillars. Adjacent to the stone bridge, the enchanting Muwi Waterfalls further add to the scenic beauty of the surroundings.

Ialong Park

The park, located around 8 kilometres from Jowai, is widely acclaimed for its sacred grove and scenic vistas of the Pynthorwah Valley. In line with the Special DRDA Tourism Project, the District Administration has taken proactive measures to enrich the park's allure. Infrastructure development, including water dams, canals, well-appointed restroom facilities with changing rooms, informative hoardings, and jungle clearance, have significantly contributed to its popularity among tourists from various places. 

Jowai

Although serving as the West Jaintia Hills district's administrative centre, Jowai is often overlooked by tourists. Located on a plateau, Jowai is the abode of the Pnar people. Its scenic charm lies in the undulating hills that stretch endlessly, adorned with intermittent pine groves and clusters of berry bushes. The journey to Jowai, 66 kilometres from Shillong, is refreshing and presents a picturesque drive. 

Getting There

By Road Regular tourist vehicles, including buses, and cars, operate between Shillong and Jowai via the National Highway (NH40). Travellers from Guwahati can take the Shillong bypass of the NH44 highway, which connects to NH40 at Mawryngkneng, providing a direct route to Jowai

By Air The closest airport to Jowai, apart from the Gopinath Bordoloi Airport in Guwahati, is the Umroi Airport in Shillong. Situated near Umiam Lake, the Umroi Airport is a convenient gateway for travellers heading to Jowai

By Train Guwahati is the nearest railway station to Jowai, situated approximately 104 km away from Shillong

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