Umiam Lake: the largest manmade lake - TheUnexplored Blog

December 11th, 2022

Umiam Lake: the largest manmade lake

Umiam Lake, one of Shillong’s most prominent tourist attractions, is a wide and gorgeous reservoir that draws visitors from all over the country. The Lake, also known as “Bara Pani” or “Big Water,” is part of a dam that was built as the first Hydel Power Project in this North-East Indian state. The combined catchment area of the dam and the lake is around 220 square kilometres.

Originally intended as a reservoir for a dam, the Lake rapidly became one of Shillong’s most popular tourist destinations, serving as a popular destination for kayaking, water cycling, boating, and scooting. Row boats, paddle boats, sailing boats, cruise boats, and speed boats are also available for tourists to ride.

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Near its banks, the lake is a lovely garden called Lum Nehru Park that adds to its allure. Additionally, there are a few little islands that rise out of the water and appear really lovely. The peaceful Umiam Lake is surrounded by hills on all sides and lined by spectacular motorways and bridges. It is one of the most scenic region. Many visitors flock to Umiam Lake to admire the scenery.

The Umiam Lake offers breathtaking views. There are several landmarks from which you may shoot the waterways and the hills beyond; the golden hours here draw photographers from all around since they can be either cloaked in enigmatic clouds or bathed in blazing sunlight.

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Umiam Lake is frequently contrasted with the lovely lakes of Scotland because of its attractive surroundings. The government-run Orchid Lake Resort, which is located close to the lake and offers lodge lodging and dining with lake views, welcomes visitors. A swimming pool at the resort’s edge of a hill overlooks the lake and provides an enjoyable experience.

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Things to do


At Umiam Lake, hikers can enjoy both hiking and camping. By making a trip through the thick trees.


Enjoy fishing at Umiam lake where a variety of fishes are found.

Enjoy the view:

The Umaim Lake viewpoint is located away from Umiam Lake on National Highway 4o. It provides a bird’s-eye view of the lake’s beautiful splendour. A vista to die for, with shimmering water, emerald mountains, and lovely meadows.

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Best time to visit

The ideal time to visit Umiam Lake is from March to June. You are able to enjoy water activities at the lake during this time because the weather is still mild and pleasant.

How to reach

By Road: The Guwahati-Shillong road provides convenient access to the lake by car. You can rent a car to get there. There are buses departing from Guwahati as well.

By Air: Shillong has a small airport called Umroi Airport that is about 15 kilometres from Shillong. The airport in Guwahati, which is around 120 kilometres away, is another option.

Rail: Due to the lack of rail service in Shillong, Guwahati is the only other option for travellers looking to reach the place.

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