(Last Updated on : 22/01/2009)
Jaintia Hills is situated in Meghalaya
, India. The hills occupy an area of 3819 km sq. m. The Jaintia Hills district is part of the Meghalaya subtropical forests region. They have Indo-Mongloid features.
The people living in Jaintia Hills District of Meghalaya are ethno linguistic group of people and are believed to be of Indo-Mongoloid race although speaking a distinct Austric language belonging to the Mon-Khmer group. With regard to the social origin of the Jaintia people there is an indigenous theory according to which they belonged to a common race which occupied a large area of Northern India, Burma, Indo-China and parts of South China in the Neolithic period.
The state of Meghalaya has an immense reserve of wildlife. The Jaintia hills have some population of elephants. Certain species of bee-eaters and bulbuls can be traced in the southern slopes of the Jaintia hills.
Among the places to visit there are various caves in the Jaintia Hills. In and around the town of Jowai there are many such interesting caves. Krev Kotsati is a cave with 8 main entrances. Krem Umshangktat has an entrance passage, which is 350 metres, others like Krem Lasinng, Krem Sweep also has distinctive features.
One popular festival in the Jaintia hills is Behdienkhlam, celebrated in the month of July. This is a harvest festival, another is the Sowing Ritual Ceremony which is equally celebrated. The Laho dance festival is celebrated in July in these hills which is equally colorful and entices the audience.
The Jaintia hills are endowed with greenery, rivers, waterfalls, caves and caverns lending splendor to the place.