The Jaintia Hills in Meghalaya is a place of pristine beauty. The undulating hills with its many rivers is like a beautiful painting on canvas.
Far from civilisation, parts of these hills still remain unexplored and that is the beauty of Jaintia Hills. It attracts nature lovers and photographers who find this place to be a haven for themselves, with the natural surroundings and scenic views all around them.
It is also a place frequented by trekkers who trek through these densely populated hills in search of adventure.
The Ialong Park, which overlooks the scenic Pynthowah Valley is a hotspot for nature lovers, as a large variety of flowers are found here. It is a perfect spot for a picnic. You can also sit on the slopes of the park and enjoy the view of the sun going down.
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Thadlaskein Lake is a popular picnic spot in the Jaintia Hills. This beautiful lake is surrounded by meadows and is connected to River Myntdu, making it a breathtaking location. You can see several varieties of rare orchids here. Activities like boating are available, and it is ideal for an outing with your family.
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The Umlawan Cave is an ideal place for adventure seekers. This cave is believed to be the longest and deepest cave in the sub-continent and attracts many adventurers who set out to explore its depth. The cave is joined by the Umskor cave and the Kot-Sai, which makes the length of the cave a total of 21 km. The cave is generously embellished with the stalactite and the stalagmite formations.
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Nartiang, the summer capital of the Jaintia kings, is a tourist spot in the Jaintia Hills, which is known for its history and culture. There is a temple here dedicated to Goddess Durga where you can see the age-old idols, altar and swords which adorn the Goddess. There is a rock monolith garden here, which attracts tourists in large numbers. These wonderous monoliths are certainly awe-inspiring.
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One of the places to visit in the Jaintia Hills is the small town of Dawki, which lies in the Indo-Bangladesh border. The Umngot river which flows through here is a major hub for many sports activities of which the most prominent one is the annual boat race that takes place here. Tourists come here to enjoy the peacefulness that surrounds this lake, and it is a great place to head out for a picnic with your family.
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How to Reach Jaintia Hills
By Air: The Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport at Guwahati is the nearest airport to Jaintia Hills and is located at a distance of 240 km. It is connected to the major cities in India.
By Train: Meghalaya does not have any railway station in the state, the Guwahati railway station is the nearest, at a distance of 240 km. This station is well connected to all the major cities in the country.
By Road: NH-44 that connects Shillong to parts of Tripura and Assam passes through the Jaintia Hills. It thus serves as a lifeline to all the attractions of the two districts. Tourists will find easy transport from Shillong to all parts of Jaintia Hills. Local bus services as well as taxis are easily available.
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