As more travellers explore the eastern sections of Meghalaya, they are discovering the rich culture and previously undocumented landscapes of the Jaintia Hills. Jowai town is a cultural and commercial pivot of this region and its history goes back to the times when the Pnar kings were the dominant force in the region. Jowai provides a starting point for those who want to spend time understanding the local culture and visiting the myriad attractions.
Nearby Syntu Ksiar which is located at the basin of the winding Myntdu River is an important historical spot. It has a monument dedicated to the most famous Jaintia freedom fighter – Kiang Nong Bah. The Jowai Presbyterian Church was built in the nineteenth century and is the main architectural highlight of this town. Nearby attractions include Thadlaskein Lake, Ialong Park and Sacred Grove, and the famous Nartiang monoliths.
Jowai has many lodges and guesthouses – the most prominent hotels are found in the town’s entry road near Thadlaskein Lake.