Jowai at a glance:
Coordinates: 25.4509° N, 92.2089° E
Jowai is the headquarters of West Jaintia Hills district of the state of Meghalaya and is home to the Pnar tribe.
How to reach Jowai:
By Air :
The nearest airport to Jowai is located in Guwahati. Cabs are available from there.
By Rail :
The nearest railway station is in Guwahati. This station is well connected to other cities. From Guwahati, you have to take a car to reach Jowai.
By Road :
Cabs/buses are available to reach Jowai.
Places to visit in Jowai:
Jarain Pitcher Plant Lake:
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Surrounded by the fascinating carnivorous pitcher plants, boat rides in this lake are a great experience. The plants spread over 50,000 sq. m proves to be a unique sight for all.
Krang Suri Falls:
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Krang Suri is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the District. It is located in the Amlarem Civil Sub Division. Chiselled and gravelled footpaths and viewpoints enable visitors to better appreciate the beauty of the waterfall.
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Famous for its sacred groves and beautiful Pynthorwah Valley, the Lalong park has gained popularity in terms of tourist destinations. A water eco-park is also taking shape intending to change Ialong into a major Tourism Hub of the District.
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Monoliths exist throughout the length and breadth of the Khasi and Jaintia Hills. The largest collection of monoliths lies here. Here lie the remnants of the ‘Summer Palace’. The archway of the site has been made using red bricks – and is quite a sight.
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This is an old historic stone bridge used by the Jaintia Rajas to cross while travelling from their Summer Capital in Nartiang to their Winter Capital in Jaintiapur (now in Bangladesh). This strong structure was broken once when an elephant tried crossing it.
Meaning ‘flower of gold’, the Syntu Ksair is located on the banks of Myntdu river. This is the centre of the freedom struggle led by Kiang Nanbagh. A memorial has also been set up here in his honour.
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Located at Mukhla, near the highway about 20 kilometres from the district town of Jowai, this is a beautiful lake with anthropological importance as well.
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These falls are compared with the Elephant falls of Shillong. A bridge connects the waterfall’s surroundings with an expanse of green paddy fields. A breathtaking panoramic view of the Pynthor Nein is visible from the bridge. A trek to the bottom of the falls is amazing too.
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Meghalaya takes pride in housing the subcontinent’s deepest and largest caves – the Umlawan Caves. These caves are interconnected with the Kot Sati and Umskor Caves. Innumerable stalagmites and stalactites add to the look of these caves. The caves are 100 m deep and 21 km long.
What to Eat in Jowai:
Jowai will offer a rich and exotic side of Meghalaya’s non-vegetarian delicacies. Numerous preparations of meat, fish and pork are popular and widespread. Chicken, fresh fish and beef to provide an array of delicious food choices. Non-vegetarian preparations dominate the platter here and vegetarians may not be flattered with the same kind of choices and richness in the cuisine. However, simple and basic vegetarian dishes are available in the area.