Being a nature lover, I started with the Umiam Lake. Imagine yourself sitting alone near a beautiful lake, the wind blowing through your hair, the sun setting behind the hills, the sky a rare shade of purple and red. You feel calm and free. Free from the fast life and the deadlines. You feel. Imagine this and then multiply that feeling by ten and you can start to feel what I felt when I visited Umiam lake. A reservoir, situated right in the middle of the hills and about 15 km from the beautiful city of Shillong.
Formed during the building of the first Hydel power project in the North-eastern India, Umiam is a major tourist attraction and is a must visit place of sorts for all people visiting the state. Beautiful no matter at what time you visit it, the lake looks enchanting especially during the late evening hours during the sunset or during the early morning hours of the sunrise. One has to come here to imagine what it is truly about.
There are a number of things that you can do in and around the lake including a number of water sports like Kayaking, water cycling, scooting and boating. The lake is a must visit if you like scenic beauty and enjoy wildlife and the perfect destination to go all “into the wild” with your friends. There are a number of budget accommodations near the lake or else one can choose to spend the night in the equally exquisite city of Shillong.
Known among the locals as Barapani, the lake lies on the road connecting Shillong to Guwahati and is easily accessible by frequently plying buses or you can hire a cab to visit the place too. The best option is to come in the afternoon, have lunch near the picturesque lake, see the sun set, spend the night in the beautiful boathouse located at the center of the lake, and watch the sun rise the next morning. Well, I skipped staying in the boathouse but went back to the resort to plan for the next destination.