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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 gardens offering mesmerizing views of the orchids and other colorful flowers lies in the heart of the Shillong city. You can indulge in the activities of your interest during the Shillong tour. Take a stroll across the bridge over the lake, partake in boating on the lake's serene waters of the lake or feed the fishes. The surrounding garden with cobble-stoned paths also has fountains.

Ward’s Lake is horse-shoe-shaped, a must-visit attraction during your tour to Shillong. This lake is equally popular amongst tourists, local picnickers, and honeymooners. The lake has been named after the person who brought up the idea of making the place, the then Chief Commissioner of Assam, Sir William Ward. It was later constructed in 1894 by Colonel Hopkins. Contact us to book a Shillong tour package with which you can enjoy the scenic beauty of Ward's Lake.

Here is everything that you must know before visiting the Ward’s Lake

Timings of Ward’s Lake

November – February: 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
March – October: 8:30 AM to 7:00 PM

Time required: 1 to 2 hour

Entry Fee: 10 INR for adults
5 INR For children and seniors citizens

Ward’s Lake History

The history of the lake states that a Khasi prisoner made special efforts to beautify the surrounding area and his role is remembered even today by the locals. Ward's lake complex also has a cafeteria that serves a vast variety of refreshments and beverages. The lake is located quite close to the Governor’s Residence or Raj Bhavan in Shillong.

Best time to visit Ward’s Lake

Ward’s Lake is one of the best places to visit, and it is a year-round destination. Consequently, you can visit Ward’s Lake at any time of the year. However, the best time to visit is between June and July. Notably, the weather is pleasurable, and natural beauty will grace your Shillong trip during these months.

Things to do at Ward’s Lake

Paddle Boating in Ward’s Lake

The botanical gardens surrounded by this lake create natural magic that you can sense through your eyes. And enjoying paddle boating in Ward’s Lake is the best way to enjoy the scenic view around this lake. It is no surprise that it is one of the best things to do in Ward’s Lake. The vibrant flowers, lush greenery, and cool breeze increase the re-visitability factor of this lake.

Walk Over the Bridge

A beautiful bridge that looks like a picture-perfect element that glorifies the view of this lake. You can enjoy the walk over there, click pictures, feed fish, and spend some time just gazing at the surrounding beauty. Overall, the bridge offers more than just traveling from one side to another. Because of that, it is one of the best attractions of Ward’s Lake, and walking on this bridge peacefully and witnessing the ducks is one best activity to enjoy in Ward’s Lake.

Catch the Scenic View from Pathway

The pathway is generally overlooked in the park in terms of attractions. Witnessing the surrounding beauty by walking on the pathway of Ward’s Lake is captivating. You can admire the closeness of nature around this artificial lake that makes your visit a true delight. On top of that, there are some benches where you can unwind yourself and enjoy quality time with your close ones.

Shopping at Recreational Complex:

Shopping is one of the top things to do at Ward’s Lake that allows you to create memories that stay in your heart forever. You can take 15 minutes to walk to reach the Police Bazaar. It is one of the famous spots for locals and tourists for shopping.

How to reach Ward’s Lake

Ward's Lake is one of the most beautiful attractions of Shillong that is located in the heart of Shillong. You can reach there from anywhere in the city by taking a cab, taxi, or bus. After reaching the Police Bazaar of Shillong, you need to walk for a few minutes to reach Ward's Lake.

  • Places to visit near Ward’s Lake
  • Police Bazaar
  • Wankhar Entomology Museum
  • Lum Kshaid View Point
  • Spread Eagle Falls
  • Shillong View Point
  • Phe Phe Fall

Places to eat Near Ward’s Lake

  • Pegasus Crown
  • City Hut Dhaba
  • Hotel Assembly

Tips for visiting Ward’s Lake

  • You need to pay an extra fee for the camera and video recording in the park.
  • It is advised to wear comfortable clothes if you want to indulge in Paddle boating.
  • Shopping, eating at cafes, and photography are must-do things in this park.
  • Ward's Lake remains closed every Tuesday. So, plan your visit accordingly.




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