Ward’s Lake

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    Location: Police Bazar, Shillong, Meghalaya 793001, India.

    Visiting time: 1-2 hours.

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    The wonderful Ward’s which is locally known as Pollock Lake or Nan Polok is situated in the city of Shillong, under the state of Meghalaya, in North East India. It is an artificial lake. This artificial water body is surrounded by an extensive lush garden


    As it is said before, Ward’s lake is an artificial lake. It is not very famous among foreign tourists. This place is most popular among the locals as a popular picnic site. That’s why it is a less crowded place. It is a neat and clean place. The atmosphere of this place is very refreshing. Being an artificial place it is very beautiful. The water of the lake is clear and surrounded by lush gardens. You can have a walk around the garden or just simply admire the colorful floral beds in the garden. Moreover, it is a great place for photography. The surrounding gardens give a colorful backdrop for photos. If you are traveling to Shillong you must go there. You will not be disappointed.

    Places to visit near Ward’s lake:


    Ward’s lake is named after Sir William Ward, the then Chief Commission of Assam.

    Ward’s lake is named after Sir William Ward, the then Chief Commission of Assam. He started the plan for the establishment of this lake. Later on, this lake was constructed by Colonel Hopkins in the year 1894. A story about this lake is that a Khasi prisoner developed the area around the lake to change the monotony in his daily life routine.

    Inside/Outside Views

    Ward's lake full view.

    Near the lake, there is a botanical garden that boasts several orchids and also has a good number of other floral species. There is a wooden bridge in the middle of the lake from where one can enjoy the lovely views of the lake and can partake in feeding the fish too. Moreover, visitors can enjoy boating here on the placid water of the lake which is an amazing experience.

    Opening Hours

    From November to February:

    Saturday      8:30 am to 5:30 pm

    Sunday         8:30 am to 5:30 pm

    Monday        8:30 am to 5:30 pm

    Tuesday        8:30 am to 5:30 pm

    Thursday      8:30 am to 5:30 pm

    Friday           8:30 am to 5:30 pm

    From March to October:

    Saturday      8:30 am to 7:00 pm

    Sunday         8:30 am to 7:00 pm

    Monday        8:30 am to 7:00 pm

    Tuesday        8:30 am to 7:00 pm

    Thursday      8:30 am to 7:00 pm

    Friday           8:30 am to 7:00 pm

    Entry & Others Fees

    • For adults: INR 10 (per person)
    • For children: INR 5 (per person)
    • Senior citizen: INR 5 (per person)
    • Differently Abled People & Attendants: INR 5 (per person)

    How to Reach

    By Air: Ward’s lake is an easily accessible place. The nearest airport to this Ward’s lake is the Shillong airport. It is located at a distance of 31.3 km from the place. It has limited connections with other cities. You can find any local transport to reach your destination at the airport.

    By Rail: The nearest railway station to Shillong View Point, Laitkor Peak is in Guwahati. Which is about 97.6 km away from the place. You will find taxis and cabs at the railway station. By hiring them you can reach your destination easily.

    Tips for Travellers

    You should carry water bottles and the necessary things that you needed the most.


    Que: Is it a safe place for tourists?

    Ans: Yes, it is a safe place for tourists. You can go there without any doubt. For your help, here is the local police station information-

    Location: Police Bazar, Shillong, Meghalaya 793001, India

    Google map: https://g.co/kgs/3sN841

    Que: Is photography allowed in Ward’s lake?

    Ans: Yes, photography is allowed here. You can carry your camera. An additional charge is needed for that. One needs to take permission for a full-fledged shoot and videos to be shot at this beautiful lake.

    Que: When is the best time to visit Ward’s lake?

    Ans: The best time to visit this place is from September to May. During this time the weather in the city remains travel-friendly. You would be able to explore the place properly. It is also the peak tourism time in the city.

    Que: Are there any food stalls?

    Ans: There is a restaurant that falls into the lake location. It offers many delicious items. You would like to taste them.

    Que: Is there any parking space near Ward’s lake?

    Ans: Yes, there is a parking space near Ward’s lake. Where visitors can park their vehicles.

    We wish you all the best for your journey. Happy Travel!!!

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