Wards Lake, Shillong

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Address: Police Bazar, Shillong, India

Phone: +91-3642222731

Ticket Price: 5 INR

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Time Required: 01:30 Hrs

Timings: 08:30 am - 07:00 pm Details

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About Wards Lake, Shillong

If you are in Shillong you cannot and should not miss out on the Ward's Lake. Located in the heart of the city, this horse-shoe shaped lake is a popular spot to take a lazy walk or admire the green lawn dotted with multi-colored flowers. Shillong travel guide mentions Ward’s lake as the most visited destination and we know why!

Named after Sir William Ward, the then Chief Commissioner of Assam, who initiated the plan for the construction of this lake, which was later constructed by Colonel Hopkins in the year 1894, this lake is nature at its very best. It is also said that the area around this place was made by a Khasi prisoner, who requested to let him work to bring a change to his monotonous daily routine. Thus, his role in beautifying the place is something which is remembered even today.

There is also a Botanical Garden near the lake which has various orchids, apart from the several other varieties of flora that adorn it. The bridge in the midst of the lake is the perfect place to enjoy a view of the whole lake, and maybe even feed the fish!

Wards Lake Information

  • You must try the paddle boating.

Wards Lake Ticket Prices

  • Camera has separate charges of INR 10.

How To reach Wards Lake by Public Transport

  • You can go by bus or taxi.

Restaurants Near Wards Lake

  • City hut family dhaba
  • Merin’s restaurant

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Wards Lake, Shillong Reviews

  • 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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