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Jowai is a place surrounded by natural beauty. The majestic hills and the river valleys enhance the beauty making it a nature lover’s favorable retreat.
This was the summer capital of the Jaintia kings who belonged to the Sutnga state. The place is significant due to the discovery of the large standing stone. This stone has a height of 27 feet, thickness of 2 feet 6 inches and spread to a width of 6 feet. There is also a famous temple of Goddess Durga in Nartlang. This temple of Hindu Goddess Durga was constructed by Jaintia Kings on their conversion to Hinduism. The sanctum sanctorum of this temple is connected by a steep tunnel which linked to the river Myntang which flowed below the hill where the temple stands.
Caves in Lumshnong and Syndai
The caves in Syndai and
Lumshnong are one of the biggest cave networks in Asia. The
Amsohmahatang cave which is the largest of this group of caves was
discovered recently. There is also a stream which flows through this
cave. The Rupasor cave is the second largest cave of this group having
magnificent stalactites and stalagmites. Apart from that, other caves of
this group are Kriah cave, Amkoi cave, Amthymme cave and Amkari cave among others. These caves are historical sites and were used as hiding places during the war between Jaintia kings and foreign trespassers.
Thadlaskein Lake is a man made lake located 8 km from Jowai and 50 kms from Shillong on NH 44. The lake is one of the major attractions of the Jaintia hills. According to legend, Chieftain Sajar Nangli had some differences with the king of Jaintiapur. He, however, did not want to involve in any battle and decoded to flee from the kingdom with his followers. Before his departure U Sagar Nangli dug the lake with his followers. This lake is being fed by perennial underground springs.
The lake is revered by the people of Raid Mukhla. They offer sacrifices near the lake. The immensely beautiful lake is an ideal picnic spot. The green surroundings of the lake at once attract the tourists who are spell bound by the splendid beauty of the place. The lake also offers boating facility to the tourists.
The Syntu Ksiar is a vast pool of calm water located on the banks of the Myntdu River. The whole area
is abundant in scenic beauty. The flow of the water of river Myntdu encircles
Jowai. This flow of the river when comes to a sudden halt it is known as Syntu
Ksiar. Syntu Ksiar means golden flower. The place is of immaculate beauty.
Tourists are spellbound by the extreme beauty and natural vegetation of the
surroundings. Tourists can have a glimpse of the beautiful river Myntdu resting
in the calm pool and then running its course again. The river provides water to
the vast fertile paddy lands located in the lush green valley of the pool.
Syntu Ksiar is an ideal outing and picnic spot for its green and serene
atmosphere. It is an important spot for angling. It is significant as the freedom struggle headed by Kiang Nongbah was started at the Madan Madiah. A monument of Kiang Nangbah can be seen in this area.
Tyrshi Falls is located on the Shillong-Jowai road (NH 44). The fall is located 5 kms from Jowai. There is an arch bridge connecting across an expanse of green paddy fields. It opens up to the gushing Tyrshi falls thundering down to the Pynthor below. The footpath offers the onlookers a splendid view of the Pynthor Nein.
Thlumuwi falls is situated on the Jowai Amlarem road. Footpath along with signage has been made for the convenience of the tourists. The natural vegetation surrounding the fall adds to its beauty. Tourists visiting the place can enjoy the serenity of the place.
Rupasor Bathing Ghat
This bathing ghat is located on the Jowai-Muktapur road. It consists of a beautiful bathing pool carved out of rock which forms the bed of the Rupasor stream. According to legend, this pool was created by U Luh lyngskor under the direction of Jaintia kings. The pool is nineteen and half feet in length and fifteen feet in breadth. A replica of an elephant is carved out on the right side of the pool to serve as a platform for princesses to sit upon while bathing. The pool is fed by crystal clear water running from Rupasor stream. There are two rocks beside the pool with carving of Sun and Moon on them.