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Wards Lake

Facts about Wards Lake in Shillong, Meghalaya

Wards Lake, a serene oasis in the heart of Shillong, Meghalaya, India, is a picturesque man-made lake surrounded by lush gardens and a botanical wonderland. The lake is named after Sir William Ward, the then Chief Commissioner of Assam. It is also known as Pollock’s Lake or Nan Polok. The lake was built in the late 19th century.


“Wards Lake: A scenic oasis in the heart of Shillong

“Wards Lake: Where Nature Paints Serenity in the Heart of Shillong”

wards lake, Shillong

Facts about Wards Lake

  • The lake is surrounded by a botanical garden with a variety of flowers and plants.
  • A wooden bridge gracefully arches over the lake, adding to the charm and providing a perfect spot for photography.
  • The lake is a popular spot for boating, swimming, and picnicking.
  • It is also a popular spot for bird watching, as many migratory birds come to the lake during the winter.
  • The lake is adorned with colourful blooming flowers, ornamental trees, and well-maintained walking paths.
  • Boating in the lake’s crystal-clear waters is a cherished activity, providing a unique perspective of the surrounding landscape.

Nearby places to visit 

  • Shillong Peak
  • Elephant Falls
  • Mawphlang Sacred Forest
  • Don Bosco Museum
  • Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians (Neo-Gothic architecture)

Best Time to Visit the Place

The best time to visit Guwahati is during the spring (March-May) or fall (October-November). The weather is mild during these times and there are fewer crowds.

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