A tranquil lake at the entrance of Shillong town, a place for watery adventures and relaxing boat rides, a treasure for bird watchers and those who enjoy dramatic scenery……..
Flanked by hills on all sides and lined by striking roadways and bridges, the gentle Umiam Lake is one of the reasons why the Guwahati-Shillong route is considered one of the most scenic in the region. The lake was formed when a dam was built over the Umiam River in the early sixties as part of a hydel power project. Umiam Lake has become a favourite spot for many who come to admire the landscape.
The adjoining Orchid Lake Resort is a government-run facility where you can book lodges or grab a bite at the restaurant with fine views. The resort swimming pool, with its dramatic location on the edge of the hill overlooking the lake, is also open to visitors. Umiam Lake is Shillong’s major hub for water sports and boating. Paddle boats, water scooters, and speed boats are some of the plentiful options for those who look to hit the waters. There are many other resorts tucked in the serene lakeside woods where you can spend time amidst the quiet, natural surroundings.
If you are looking for sensational views, then the Umiam Lake has a plethora of options. There are many vantage points from where you can capture the waters and the hills beyond – either shrouded in mysterious clouds or bathed with bright sunlight, the golden hours here attract shutterbugs from all over.
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Sunrise to Sunset for great visuals and water activities
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