Clouded Hills of Mawsynrum
Eco-Park near Seven Sister Falls
Cloud and the hills
Jowai, the heaven some place guarded by the Myntdu river is the head quarters of the Jaintia Hills district of the North-eastern state of Meghalaya. It is on a plateau at an altitude of 1380 m above sea level, the Myntdu. And that is the reason that the place experiences warm weather during the summers and chilled in winters.
Jowai is 60 kms from Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya. NH 44 connects Shillong with Jowai. It takes about 2 hours to reach here from Shillong. The nearest airport is the Umroi Airport, Shillong, but flights are limited here. The major rail station and airport of the region is in Guwahati, Assam, which is 160kms from Jowai.
A vast stretch along the bank of River Myntdu, frequented mostly for picnic and local trips, the Syntu Ksiar is a beautiful place to be visited to feel the serenity of nature. ‘Syntu Ksiar’ literally means ‘Golden Flower’. A monument in honour of the Jaintia patriot- U Kiang Nongbah has been erected here.
A beautiful lake which is believed to be dug by the Sajiar Nangli, a follower of the Jaintia King, to commemorate the mass departure of kins and gens of the place. The lake leaves the visitors with awe. The lake has got boating facility for amusement of the visitor, and is itself a great place for outing or picnic. It is just 56 kms from Shillong.
Jowai Presbyterian Church
This is the oldest church that was built in the Jaintia hills by the Welsh Presbyterian Mission, almost 150 years back. The uniqueness of the church is in its European architecture which is still retained.
Though the place is among the less visited destinations, the Lalong ecological Park has got much for the nature lovers, presenting a picturesque view of the Pynthor Wah Valley of the Myntdu river.
It is the biggest Stonehenge of North-eastern India, with a collection of monoliths and megalithic stones in one place. It is just 65kms from Shillong.