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Jowai – Home To The Pnar Tribe


Jowai is one of the growing industrial towns of Meghalaya. It is the district headquarters of the Jaintia Hills district and is largely populated by the Pnar tribe. Jowai is a picturesque town with the Myntdu river surrounding it on three sides and Bangladesh bordering it on the southern fringes.

Placed on a plateau, Jowai is situated 1380 m above sea level. Its high altitude makes the climate pleasant and cool. The Jaintia Hills is mineral rich and there are several coal mines around Jowai. Thus the economy of the place thrives of coal mining.

Tourist Places In And Around Jowai

Jowai tourism consists of a visit to the Behdeimkhlam festival that is held in the second week of July. The Behdeimkhlam festival is a ritualistic expression of the Pnars tribal community. There are several other attractions that make Jowai tourism interesting such as the man-made Thadlaskein Lake, Ialong Park and the Jowai Presbyterian Church.

How To Reach Jowai

Jowai is 65 km from Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya. To reach Jowai, tourists can either book a tourist vehicle or board an inter-state bus that runs from the capital at frequent intervals. For travellers seeking air connectivity, there are direct flights from Kolkata to Umroi. However, the better option is to take a flight to the Guwahati airport.

Best Time To Visit Jowai

The winter months and the summer months are the ideal time to visit Jowai.

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How to Reach Jowai

  • By Road
    National Highway 44 passes through Jowai and serves as the lifeline to the town. There are several buses plying on this route that go to Silchar and other parts of Tripura. Tourists can also book private tourist vehicle from Shillong to Jowai. Picturesque landscape and small villages adorn both sides of the highway.
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  • By Train
    Meghalaya does not have any railhead and thus the Guwahati railway station is the nearest railway station to Jowai. Guwahati is about 160 kilometres from Jowai and it takes a little more than 4 hours to reach Guwahati. Tourists will first have to come to Shillong and then take a road transport to Jowai.
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  • By Air
    Umroi is the nearest airport to Jowai. However, there are direct flights only to Kolkata. The better option is thus to book tickets to Guwahati and then travel the remaining distance on road. The Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport is well connected to all parts of the country.
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