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Bordered with Assam, Jaintia Hills is situated in Meghalaya and is truly a wonderful tourist destination to explore. The majesty of these hills is something everyone must experience in their lives. 

Due to the presence of lush greenery, beautiful lakes and chilled out natural vibes, a lot of tourists want to travel here. Talking about the geography of this region, the hills have been divided into two districts namely East and West Jaintia Hills. The best months to travel to Jaintia Hills is between March and June.

History of Jaintia Hills

It is believed that in ancient times, people of T'sin-taing tribe migrated from the regions of southern China to regions of India which are now called Khasi and Jainita Hills. 

Since then, the tribe was divided into modern-day Khasi aka the religious class and the modern-day Pnar aka the ruling class. 

Also Read: Buxa National Park, Gorumara National Park and Murti River are the major tourist attractions of this city

It is believed that the very first ruler was Ka Urmi Rani and had a daughter named Ka Urvara who got married to a man named Krishak. 

Krishak claimed that he belonged to the lunar dynasty and was one of the descendants of Parikshit. 

It is believed that after marriage, Krishak soon changed the inheritance law from the youngest daughter getting all the inheritance, to the eldest son. As its effect, King of Kamarpura was greatly angered and summoned him to his kingdom, only to never let him return to Jaintia Hills again.

Major Attractions in and Around Jaintia Hills

1. Borghat Temple. Located in the Borghat village, this temple is a one-of-a-kind tourist attraction to visit around Jaintia Hills. It was in quite a great shape until 1880. After that, due to an earthquake, it now stands in a crushed state, but still, you can see a lot of visitors trodding this place for religious purposes.

2. Dawki. Dawki is a small yet attractive town which is situated in Jaintia Hills. This town is particularly used for the transportation of coal from India to Bangladesh. Undoubtedly, this is quite a magical destination for travellers and tourists to visit. Don’t forget to take your best camera here, to cherish this beauty all your life.

3. Lalong Park. This park is located at a distance of 8km from Jowai. Full of nature’s raw beauty, this place is no less than a wonderful tourist attraction to visit in Jaintia Hills. Most of the time, you get to witness flocks of tourists exploring and relishing this place with their senses.

4. Balpakram National Park. What is really amazing to know about this place is the fact that it is also known to be an abode of souls. And not just that this place is also full of many mythological associations and that is again one of the major reasons to visit Balpakram National Park.

How to Reach Jaintia Hills

Jaintia Hills is truly no less than a terrific natural destination with so much to explore. It is located at a distance of about 2,072, 2,917, 1,173, 3,119 km from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively. Here is how you can travel to Jaintia Hills by the following means of transportation. 

By Air. The nearest airport is the Shillong Airport aka Umroi Airport (SHL) situated 60 km away. The airport was constructed in the 1960s and by 1970s was made fully operational. And in 2015, it came under Airport Authority of India (AAI) for further expansion. It is well-connected with nearby regions and from the airport, one can easily take a cab or some other type of local transport to reach your destination.

By Train. Guwahati Railway Station (GHY) is the nearest railhead situated about 170 km away. Interestingly, it is the first fully solar-operated train station of our country and has been rated as an A1 railhead due to its premium services. Just at the back of this station, you will find the Assam State Transport Corporation Bus Station. So, as you deboard at the Guwahati station, it won’t be difficult for you to take some means of public transportation. 

By Road. You can also plan on travelling to Jaintia Hills by road. From the nearby regions, interstate buses and taxis are readily available. If you want, you can also travel by your own vehicle here. 

  • From Nongkrem - 30 km via Jongksha-Mawkynrew Rd
  • From Jowai - 85 km via NH6
  • From Shillong - 50-60 km via NH206

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