A Trip to Ward’s Lake, Shillong

The gateway to Meghalaya, Shillong not only boasts natural beauty but also some of the tallest waterfalls and picturesque valleys. However, the land of paradise is also dotted with numerous lakes. Right in the heart of the city lies one of the most famous tourist spots - Ward’s Lake Shillong.

Also called the Scotland of the East, Shillong is one of the picturesque places in India. From cascading waterfalls to thrilling caves, the hill station never disappoints. One of the many tourist spots that you should your itinerary should not miss is Ward’s Lake, an artificial gem located in the heart of Shillong. Also known as Pollock's Lake, it is surrounded by an expansive garden overlooking a range of mountains. Named after the Chief Commissioner of Assam, Sir William Ward, the lake was initially constructed in the year 1894. While the best time to visit the lake is between June and July, the pristine ambience and greenery are always a lovely place to visit any time of the year.

a lone boat on a river surrounded by misty mountains
a stone structure by a water body

Ward's Lake, Shillong, is shaped like a horseshoe, which is outlined by lush green flower beds and cobbled footpaths. If you are tired after a long day of exploring Shillong, head over to this spot and soak into the immaculate beauty of the lake. The lake is surrounded by botanical gardens that also have exotic vibrant orchids on display. A mesmerizing fountain near the lake will definitely make you stop for a while and listen to the streams cascading down. From the wooden bridge that spans across the centre of the lake, you can enjoy a wonderful view of the lake and nature. You can also feed the fish from here. If you are feeling adventurous, you can opt for boating on the lake and saunter by the green lush valleys surrounding the lake. A small cafeteria near the lake offers a variety of delectable food and beverage options.

The vibrant cherry blossoms that are popular in Japan, also call Shillong their home. During November, the trees erupt in colour and paint the hill station a sober pink colour. One of the best places to visit to experience this magical bloom is Ward’s Lake, Shillong. Cherry blossom plants surround the lake and make it alluring. The beautiful blossoms against the silhouette of the mountain ranges peeking through the flushed trees are a treat to the eyes. During the peak season, several tourists flock to Ward’s Lake to witness the shades of pink in contrast to the lush green.

cherry blossoms

Upon your visit, you can opt for a relaxing stay at one of the many Polo Towers properties in Cherrapunji and Shillong, and experience the blooming of the cherry blossoms and a visit to Ward’s Lake.

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