Hot Tourist Destinations of Northeast

Wards Lake

Shillong, East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya

Situated in the heart of the city, Sillong, Wards lake is a stunning man-made lake which was named after Sir William Ward, the then Chief Commissioner of Assam. This place is a must-visit if you are in Shillong. Surrounded by lush green gardens, this artificial horse-shoe shaped lake is a well-known tourist spot. One can enjoy several recreational activities such as boat rides, picnics and lazy walks in cobble-stoned paths amidst the greenery and appreciate the colourful flowers implanted and fountains dancing.

There is a story behind the construction of the lake. A Khasi prisoner, tired of the labour camp routine, wanted to bring some changes to his dreary daily life and hence requested the warden for some creative endeavour. On being granted permission to create the artificial Wards Lake, he is remembered even today for his role in beautifying the place.

There is also a Botanical Garden near the lake which is adorned with extensive range of exotic plants and flowers like orchids. Tourists can spot a variety of colourful fishes in the lake. A beautiful wooden bridge in the heart of the lake presents a best place to enjoy the view of the whole lake and feed the fishes. A cafeteria which offers a wide range of eatables and beverages can also be seen within the lake premises. Located below the Raj Bhawan (Governor’s Residence), the lake is easily accessible through local transport.

Visiting Hours: 8.30am to 5.30pm (November – February), 8.30am to 7pm (March – October)

Destination at a Glance
How to reach

Nearest airport is the Guwahati Airport. Helicopters are available from Guwahati to Shillong. Nearest railway station is Guwahati railway station, which is 176kms from Shillong. By road, NH-17/Nh-37 and NH-51 has to be taken. Shillong Police Bazar is 2kms from Ward Lake

820 km2
Best time to visit
The Lake can be visited year round,November till February the Lake is open from 8:30 am till 5:30 pm.March and October 8:30 am till 7:00 pm,
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