Sir William Ward, the erstwhile Chief Commissioner of Assam, planned the construction of a lake in the heart of Shillong. The construction of the lake itself was taken up and completed in 1894 under the aegis of Col. Hopkins. The result is a lake shaped like a horse shoe and named after its planner as the Ward’s Lake. A very popular spot for the locals and tourists alike, Ward’s lake is an enchanting place surrounded by a green landscaped garden.
It is claimed that a Khasi prisioner, bored by his monotonous prison routine, requested that he be allowed to landscape and develop the area around the lake. His wish was granted and people remember his contribution to the place even today. A bridge over the lake makes it a perfect place to take a stroll and get a panaromic view of the lake, orchids and other plants that enhance the beauty of this place.
Mornings and evenings are the best time to visit the lake, although one will find people here at all times of the day, either walking, relaxing, feeding the fish or just sitting and contemplating. Close to the lake is a Botanical Garden which houses a large collection of orchids and other plants from all over. A visit to Shillong is incomplete without a visit to the Ward’s Lake.
|Timings||All days of the week November to February: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM All days of the week March to October: 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM|
|Entry Fee||Rs 5/-|
|Visit Duration||1 to 2 hours|