Welcome to the heart of Shillong, where you will find the charming and breathtakingly beautiful Ward’s Lake, also known as Pollock’s Lake or Nan-Polok.
You might wonder why a tourist attraction has so many names – well, let’s take a journey through time to discover the history of this lake.
Ward’s Lake is over a century old and was constructed in 1894 by Colonel Hopkins. The then Chief Commissioner of Assam, Sir William Ward, planned the establishment of this lake, which makes it a must-visit during your trip to Shillong. The lake is horse-shoe-shaped, and its lush botanical gardens are home to orchids and other colorful flowers. As you walk around the lake, you can take in the beauty of the cobble-stoned footpaths and mesmerizing fountain.
One of the highlights of Ward’s Lake is the wooden bridge that stretches across the middle of the lake, offering spectacular views of the surrounding gardens. It is also an excellent spot for feeding the fish or enjoying a paddleboat ride on the serene waters of the lake. If you’re feeling peckish, you can head to the cafeteria, which offers a variety of refreshments and beverages.
Interestingly, the lake’s history states that a Khasi prisoner played a significant role in beautifying the surrounding area. The lake is popular among tourists, local picnickers, and honeymooners, making it a year-round destination. However, if you want to experience the most pleasant weather and natural beauty, June and July are the best months to visit.
In addition to paddle boating, walking over the bridge, and catching the scenic view from the pathway, you can also indulge in shopping at the recreational complex. The Police Bazaar is just a few minutes’ walk from the lake, making it an ideal spot for both locals and tourists to shop.
To reach Ward’s Lake, you can take a cab, taxi, or bus from anywhere in the city. Once you reach the Police Bazaar, you need to walk for a few minutes to reach the lake. So, what are you waiting for?