Umiam Lake is an exotic artificial reservoir, circled by the striking emerald-green peaks of Shillong. Popularly known as Barapani Lake, this mesmerizing lake falls on the Guwahati-Shillong route. It is the largest lake in Meghalaya, spanning over an area of 220 sq. km. The development of the dam led to the creation of this lake. The dam was one of the first hydel power projects in Northeast India. Often compared to the beautiful Scottish lakes, Umiam Lake is one of the main attractions among tourists.

Things to do at Umiam Lake


Set out on a magical sailing experience on the serene waters of Umiam Lake! It is one of the most preferred activities among visitors. They offer a wide variety of packages ranging from solo, couple, group and family boat rides at a very reasonable range. Boating is available from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Have a blissful time amidst the lush green mountain under the enchanting Shillong sky.

a boat standing by the river encircled by dense forest
a man kayaking on the glistening water of the lake

Water Sports

When at Umiam Lake, you cannot miss water sports. It is a haven for adventure enthusiasts. Arrayed with exciting and thrilling activities like boating, kayaking, skiing, and angling, Umiam Lake guarantees a fun time. Unwind and relax with your close ones away from the tedious city life on the yacht or unleash your stress by riding the speed boat.


Home to a large variety of fishes, Umiam Lake is a paradise for fishing fanatics. Fishing is an amazing recreational activity and one of the best remedies for anxiety. Spend a pleasant time with your friends and family and have a delightful bonding session with them while fishing.

a person holding a fishing rod
people enjoying bonfire at night

Trekking and Camping

The rugged cliffs stretching across the magnificent Umiam Lake presents the perfect terrain for trekking. The exuberant forests are perfectly complemented by the soul-soothing panoramic view of the pristine landscape, which will ensure a recuperating experience. If you are tired from the vigorous trek, camp around the lake. Lumpongden Island, the cloistered island located in the middle of the reservoir is an ideal place for camping. Camping under the clear and starry night of Shillong is certainly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Stay at the Beautiful Boathouse

Umiam Lake, Shillong is known for its charming boathouse that stands above the glistening reservoir, neatly placed by Lumpongden Island. Stay in the middle of the picturesque mountainous beauty and rejuvenate your soul. The boathouse can accommodate a maximum of six people. If you appreciate spending time in solace and solitude, this is the best place for you. Once you book the house, the caretakers will look after all your needs.

a boathouse floating on top of the lake

Hotel Polo Towers, Shillong is located near this idyllic paradise. Stay in the opulent rooms and relish delectable dishes amidst the charming views of the alps.

Polo Orchid Resort Cherrapunji is another phenomenal place to lodge. Furnished with lavish rooms and unparalleled services, it has the best panoramic view of the mountains. Stay in comfort at our hotel in Cherrapunji and have a delightful time.

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