Lake / Backwaters
#9 of 29 Places to Visit in Shillong
Distance (From Shillong): 1 Kms
Trip Duration (Including Travel): 1 Hour
Transportation Options: Cab / Walk/Trek
Travel Tips: None
At a distance of 1 km from Shillong Bus Stand, Ward's Lake is an artificial lake located in the heart of Shillong in Meghalaya. Also called as Pollock's Lake, it is one of the beautiful lakes in Shillong and among the popular Shillong Tourist Places.
The lake is named after Sir William Ward, the then Chief Commissioner of Assam, who initiated the plan for the construction of this lake. Later, the lake was built in the year 1894 by Colonel Hopkins. The lake was designed by Fitzwilliam Thomas Pollock, a famous engineer in the pre-independence era. The history of the lake says that a Khasi prisoner made special efforts to beautify the lake surroundings and his role is remembered even today by the locals.
The horse shoe shaped artificial water body is surrounded by lush green gardens. There is a cobblestone pathway along the periphery of the lake making it an idle place for walking. In the middle of the lake is a wooden bridge from where one can enjoy a lovely view of the lake and also feed the colourful fishes that reside in the lake. Visitors can also enjoy boating here on the placid waters of the lake. Close to the Ward's Lake is a botanical garden that boasts of several orchids along with a number of other floral species. There is also a cafeteria in the lake's complex for refreshment.
Timings: 8.30 AM - 5. 30 PM
Entry Fee: Rs.10 for Person