Shillong is one of the most beautiful hill stations in India and is blessed with natural beauty that keeps you spell bound. It is often referred to as the Scotland of India. Umiam Lake is one of the places that add to the beauty of Shillong. It is about 15 km from Shillong on the
Shillong-Guwahati Highway and is a manmade lake that attracts the tourists with its scenic beauty. When I reached the lake, I was amazed to see how beautiful the lake and the surroundings looked.
It was a treat to the eyes,
The lake is about 220 sq km in area and was built as a part of building the Dam on the River Umiam in the early 1960s. The lake looks quite natural although it is artificially made. It is open for the visitors from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm on all days of the week.
There are many small islands and knolls in the lake. I saw fishermen around the lake and some where selling the fish that they caught. There were Gulmohar trees around the lake which were in full
bloom and added to the beauty of the lake. As it was morning time when I visited the lake, I took a walk around the lake enjoying the cool breeze from the lake and the gentle warmth of the
sun. Many people were taking a morning walk and jogging.
The lake also offered you many water sports like water skiing, sailing and rowing etc. For skiing you are charged Rs.200 and for pedal boating it is Rs.20 per person. Water scooter, speed boats, river bus etc are also available. I opted for pedal boating and spent 30 minutes on the lake, enjoying the feel of fresh air and the beauty of the surrounding area.
Near the lake is the Nehru Park, which is visited by those who visit the lake. It was a well maintained and beautiful park and I spent some time there, sitting and relaxing. After about half an hour I got up to leave, reluctant to leave such a beautiful place. But I had to visit other places too and time was short.