Visit The Beautiful Umiam Lake : Most Famous Tourist Destinations in Shillong, Meghalaya (2021)
About the Umiam Lake in Shillong:
Umiam Lake is a beautiful reservoir in the Hills of the Northeastern state, Meghalaya. It is one of the most famous tourist destinations. It is located at a distance of almost 15 Km from Shillong. The Umiam Lake is a part of a dam that was constructed as a Hydro Power Project in the State. It is known by the names Bara Pani or Big Water. Water sports and adventure activities like Kayaking, boating, water cycling is also available here. The scenic beauty of the Umiam lake is enhanced by the majestic Hills and pines surrounding the lake, and that is the reason it is at times compared to Lakes of Scotland. There is an attractive garden named Lum Nehru Park, near its shores that is an addition to the beauty of Umiam lake. Also, there are small islands rising from the water that look exceptionally stunning from the peak of Union Christian College.
Timings of Umiam Lake: Lake can be visited anytime. However, Water sports can be enjoyed from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
3 Major Attractions Near Umiam Lake:
1. Don Bosco Museum
Don Bosco Museum of Indigenous Cultures is a must-visit place for all history enthusiasts. It features art galleries, a range of handicrafts, attires, ornaments, and weapons used by various tribes of North-east India. A seven-story building, located in the premises of Sacred Heart Church features seventeen different galleries.
Timings- 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Closed on Sundays)
2. Laitlum Canyons
The canyon in the Khasi Hills is a perfect place for trekking and nature lovers. The refreshing air and the beautiful surroundings are refreshing to the mind and body. From the top of the Hill, mesmerizing views of the green hills, foggy clouds, bamboo plants, and the beautiful orchids are a visual treat.
Best time to visit – Afternoon, as it can be foggy during morning and evenings.
3. Butterfly Museum
It is a visitor’s delight, as this museum is home to a large variety of butterflies, which are from different parts of the region. It is a privately-owned museum that has species of moths, spiders other than the butterflies. The butterflies are conserved and preserved in the museum for commercial purposes as well. The colorful and vibrant views of this museum are mindblowing.
Timings- Monday to Friday – 10 AM to 4:30 PM and Saturdays till 1’o clock and Closed on Sundays.