Tour of Jaintia and Khasi Hills
Jaintia Hills located in the state of Meghalaya is bordered by Khasi Hills district on the East, on the South by Bangladesh and on the East and North by the state of Assam.It is a beautiful place full of breathtaking locations. Thousands of tourists visit this place every year to enjoy its scenic beauty. Jaintia hill is popular for activities such as Agriculture and Mining. There are also different durbars in the district like Elaka Durbar, Syiem Durbar and village durbar. These durbars are also an important part of their local culture. This place offers numerous interesting attractions to its visitors.
Tourist Attractions in Jaintia Hills
Lawmusiang is the largest market and also the commercial centre of Jaintia Hills. Lawmusiang market day is held once in eight day circle.
Nartiang monoliths is one of the most visited tourist places in Jaintia hills. It is one of the biggest collection of monoliths in one single area in Meghalaya
Ruparsor bathing ghat
Just 8kms from Dawki on the Jowai Muktapurthere is the Rupasor Bathing ghat. This pool is believed to have been constructed by U Luh Lyngskor Lamare and U Mar Phalyngki under the direction of the Jaintia King.It is said that the pool was used by the royal family.
Umlawan Cave is located in the Lumshnong village in the West Jaintia Hill. Recently the cave is declared as the longest and also the deepest cave in the sub-continent. The Umlawan cave is interconnected with another two other caves namely Umskor caves and Kot-Sati. The cave is 21kms long and kms and about 100 m in depth. A few of these caves have been explored and surveyed till date.
Some other tourist places in Jaintia Hills
Apart from the above mentioned names there are also few other tourist spots in Jaintia hills which includes:
- Durga Temple at Nartiang
- Khim Moo Sniang
- Umhang Lake
- Stone Bridge at Thlumuwi
- U Lum Sunaraja
- Lady of good Health Shrine
- Jarain Pitcher Plant Lake
- Krang Suri Falls
- Iooksi (Kupli) Park
Where to stay in Jaintia Hills
There are few hotels in Jowai, which offers the visitors a comfortable and a good stay. The hotels are well equipped with all the modern facilities. Hotel Orchid (9856003662 , 9863600078 ,9863101231) in Jowai is one of the best hotels in Jaintia hills.
Tour of Khasi Hills
Khasi hills are referred to as the land of abundant wonders. The entire region of Khasi hills forms the central part of the state of Meghalaya. This region is endowed with natural beauty. Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya is also located in the Hhasi hills itself. Apart from Shillong, some other very famous tourist destination like Cherapunjee, Mawsynran and Mawlynnong village is located in Khasi hills. Everywhere in Khasi hills, you will never cease to be mystified by the beautiful and spectacular charm the region offers. The best time to visit Khasi hills is from the month of September to Februaray.
Tourist Attractions in Khasi Hills
Shillong is the capital city of the of Meghalaya. The beautiful city is situated at an altitude of 1,491m above sea level. The distance from Shillong to Guwahati is just 103kms. Shillong is also known as the "Scotland of the East". There are also many beautiful places of interest in Shillong which includes Lady Hydari Park, Ward's Lake, Cathedral Catholic Church, Captain Williamson Sangma State Museum
, Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures
, Golf Course, Spread Eagle Falls, Sweet Falls, Elephant Falls, Shillong Peak, Umiam Lake and Mawphlang Sacred Forest.
Cherapunjee is just 56 kms from Shillong. Cherapunjee is dotted with beautiful waterfalls cascading over deep gorges. Cherapunjee has many beautiful tourist pots which includes Mawkdok Dympep Valley View, Sa-I-Mika Park, Dain-Thlen Falls, Noh-Kalikai Falls, Ka Kper Syiem Sohra, Nongsawlia, Mawmluh Cave, Eco Park, Mawsmai Cave, Noh-Sngithiang Falls, Thangkharang Park, Ka Khoh Ramhah and Kynrem Falls.
Located 15kms from Cherrapunjee Laitkynsew is very popular for the living root bridge. A holiday resort is also located here and it provides tourist treks around the picturesque hills, the thrills of caving, spring bath and many more.
Mawsynram is also located at a distance of about 56 kms from Shillong. Mawsynram is a small village and it is crowned as the wettest place on earth. The Mawjymbuin Cave in Mawsynram, is one of the popular caves in Meghalaya.
Mawlynnong Village located about 90 kms from Shillong The village has earned the distinction of being the cleanest village in India. Apart from the mesmerizing view, it also offers many beautiful sights like living root bridge and the boulder balancing on another rock. From the tree houses built in the village you can have a panoramic view of the Bangladesh Border.
The island is situated in the west khasi hills district of Meghalaya. Nongkhnum Island is the biggest river island in Meghalaya and the second largest river island in Asia, after Majuli
, in Assam. The Island is a popular tourist destination in Meghalaya.Some other tourist place in Meghalaya
- Umiam Lake
- Lum Sohpetbneng
- Diengiei Peak
Where to stay in Khasi Hills
There is no dearth of hotels in Khasi hills. The hotels in Khasi hills are well equipped with all modern amenities. However a list of some of the best hotels in Khasi hills is mentioned below:Hotel Pinewood
Address: European Ward, Rita Road,
Shillong – 793 001, Meghalaya
Phone no: (0364) 2223116, 2223146, 2223263
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgHotel Orchid
Address: Oakland Road, Polo Grounds,
Phone no: 0364-2222664, 2224935,
Royal Heritage-Tripura Castle
Address: Cleave Colony, Shillong
Phone no: 0364-2501149, 2501111
Hotel Polo Towers
Address: Polo Ground, Shillong
Phone no: 0364 2222342, 2222341
Website: https://www.hotelpolotowers.com/Hotel Centre Point
Address: Police Bazaar,
Phone no: 0364-2225210, 2220480, 2229839Cherrapunjee Holiday Resort
Address: Village Laitkynsew, Cherrapunjee
Phone no: 03637-244218, 244220,244219
Website: http://www.cherrapunjee.com/Rl Kynjai Resort
Address: Umniuh Khwan, U.C.C Road,
Ri Bhoi, Meghalaya
Phone no: 91 98624 20300, 20301
Website: http://www.rikynjai.com/Also read Hotels in Shillong
How to reachBy air:
Guwahati is the nearest air link to Shillong. There are also regular bus and taxi service from Guwahati to Shillong. Helicopter services are also available in Shillong.
Again Guwahati is the closest rail link head to the khasi hills. From Guwahati railway station
you can take a taxi or a bus to shillong and then to all the beautiful places in Khasi hills.By road:
The best way to travel to khasi hills is by road. Both taxis and buses are available from all the important cities of the country to the Khasi hills.