Lake / Backwaters
At a distance of 9 km from Jowai Bus Stand, Thadlaskein Lake is a placid lake located at Mukhla near Jowai in Meghalaya. Situated on the Shillong-Jowai highway, it is one of the beautiful lakes in Meghalaya and among the major places to experience the Jowai Tourism.
Thadlaskein Lake is a manmade lake and is popular weekend hangout for the locals. Fed by a perennial spring, the lake was dug by the followers of Jaintia Chieftain, U Sajar Nangli by using the bottom of their bows. The Chieftain had an irreconcilable difference of opinion with the king of Jaintiapur, the Erstwhile Jaintia Kingdom, which now constitutes the Jaintia district of Bangladesh. U Sajar Nangli knew that his differences with the king would inevitably lead to intensive combat causing a bloodbath of their own people and he was unwilling to be responsible for such a tragedy. He decided to flee from the kingdom with his followers, but before they parted from their beloved motherland, they dug a beautiful lake at Thadlaskein as an eternal memorial. The lake is revered by the people of 'Raid Mukhla' who continue to offer sacrifice near the lake.
Apart from its historical significance, Thadlaskein Lake is also a very beautiful lake and extremely popular for outing, picnic and boating. The lake is surrounded by beautiful meadows and river Myntdu. Several types of rare orchids can also be seen here. The flora and fauna of the surrounding areas are absolutely breathtaking and a paradise for nature lovers. A small hotel managed by Meghalaya Tourism is just across the road which offers clean and good service.
Timings: 6 AM - 6 PM