A collection or a garden of monoliths can be found in Nartiang village, which is located in a distance of about 22kms from Jowai, the district headquarters of Jaintia Hills and 60kms from Shillong. These monoliths stand as an affirmation of the Jaintia ruler’s strength. It was implanted to mark the reign of the former Jaintia King. The collection of monoliths certainly attracts tourists.
The Ancient Monument and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act of 1958, has recognised this site as a place of national importance. The monoliths include Menhirs (upright stones) and dolmens (flat stones in horizontal position). The tallest and the biggest Menhir was erected by U Mar Phalyngki, who was an honourable lieutenant of the Jaintia King, in order to commemorate his win in battle. Other monoliths were erected by the followers of former Jaintia kings and various other clans of Nartiang village in the early 17th century.
Nearest airport is the Guwahati Airport. Helicopters are available from Guwahati to Tura. Nearest railway station is Guwahati railway station, which is 176kms from Shillong. By road, Guwahati to Shillong is 99.5kms via NH 40. Shillong to Nartiang is 62.8kms via NH 44.
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