Ward's Lake, Shillong

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Visit an artificial lake dating to the colonial period of the area and feel the ambient of lush green gardens and scenic hills reflecting in the surface of the water at Ward's Lake. The story goes that an inmate at a local prison requested some creative release, bored with the labor camp routine, and, when granted the permission, created this lake some 100 years ago. Participate in local activities of swimming and boating. Enjoy a picnic with family and friends among fountains, gardens, and trails. Feed the fish while standing on the bridge on the lake or from rentable boats. Before you head to Shillong, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Shillong road trip planning site , to make sure you see all that Shillong has to offer, including Ward's Lake.
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  • A nice place to spend an hour after lunch to take a stroll in the garden or take a peddle boat with your partner and do regular touristy things. If you are person of action visit, Hydari Park, instead...  more »
  • A park with a lake , well maintained, well manicured with lots of flowers. Boating in the lake is very relaxing,. A nice place to spend an evening with family, specially if you have young kids.  more »
  • Even though there were hundreds of people there at the time of my visit, the park did not feel crowded. The park was spotlessly clean and had a restaurant. What really impressed me was that the park w...  more »
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  • A small but very well maintained beautiful place.. Boating is also available.. liked it a lot. Lake remains closed on Wednesday.
  • Awesome to hangout. Awesome to hangout. One of the most popular attractions of Shillong, Ward's lake is a must-visit place when in this pristine north-eastern city. Also known as Pollock's Lake, this artificial water body is encircled by an extensive lush garden and lies in the middle of the city. Ward's Lake Shillong. Locally called Pollock's Lake or Nan-Polok, Ward's Lake boasts of being one of the most popular tourist attractions of Shillong. This artificial lake set amidst well-maintained lush botanical garden offering mesmerizing views of the orchids and other colorful flowers lies in the heart of the city.
  • One of the most popular attractions of Shillong, Ward’s lake is a must-visit place when in this pristine north-eastern city. Also known as Pollock’s Lake, this artificial water body is encircled by an extensive lush garden and lies in the middle of the city. Take a walk around this horse-shoe shaped lake on the cobble-stone path or simply admire the colorful floral beds in the garden. It is equally popular amidst locals, family vacationers and honeymooning couples, as a picnic spot. The lake is named after the then Chief Commissioner of Assam, Sir William Ward, who started the plan for the establishment of this lake. It was later on constructed in the year 1894 by Colonel Hopkins. One of the associated stories is that a Khasi prisoner develop the area around the Lake to change the monotony is his daily routine. Close to the Ward’s Lake is a botanical garden that boasts of several orchids along with a number of other floral species. In the middle of the lake is a wooden bride from where you can enjoy a lovely views of the Lake and you can partake in feeding the fishes too. Visitors can also enjoy boating here on the placid waters of the Lake. There is a cafeteria too in the lake’s complex where you can gorge on a wide variety of refreshments and beverages. Lying below Raj Bhavan (the Governor’s Residence), the lake can be easily accessed via local transport. Best time to visit - Ward’s Lake can be visited during any time of the year. Between the months of June and July, tourism is at its peak.
  • Ward’s Lake is a refreshing pool surrounded by beautiful gardens in the heart of the city. The serene lake and the cool shades of trees around it, makes it a nice spot for sightseeing and boating. A stylish white wooden bridge suspended in the middle of the lake is the most recognizable feature of Ward’s Lake. The lake was named after a British officer, Sir William Ward, who was then the Chief Commissioner of Assam (Meghalaya was under the same administration)
  • The small yet picturesque lake in the heart of Shilling is a worth visiting place in Shillong. Paved pathway around the lake is interesting for walkers. Boating is real fun. There is a small trataurant beside the lake which serves both veg and non-veg north Indian, south Indian as well as Chinese and Tibetan food. We spent two hours in Ward's lake with much fun and frolic.

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