Wards Lake Overview

Ranked 3 of 43 sightseeing in Shillong

Wards Lake is among most popular tourist locations of the hill station. It is an artificial lake that is enveloped within a widespread garden. Also known as Polok Lake, the water body is located in the middle of the city.

The serene horse-shoe shaped lake is frequented by tourists, honeymooners and picnickers. Wards Lake offers numerous recreational activities such as boating, walks along with cobble-stoned paths and fountain dancing.

Wooden bridge at the middle of the lake is the highlight of the water body. Either side of the lake has lotus flowers over a wide stretch. Besides, visitors can spot various colourful species of fish in the lake.

Furthermore, the lake complex has a cafeteria offering a wide range of foodstuff and beverages for refreshment. Along with the Wards Lake is a Botanical Garden that houses an extensive range of exotic plants and flowers. Located beneath the Raj Bhavan (Governor's Residence), the lake can be easily approached through local transport.
 

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Mesmerising beauty of Wards Lake!

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Rikukoch
25th Jul 18

Beautiful Wards Lake! Shillong!

Beautiful Wards Lake! Shillong!  Video Review
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Rikukoch
25th Jul 18

Coolest place to hang out

Coolest place to hang out  Video Review
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Akash Thapa
12th May 18

Beautiful Lake

Beautiful Lake  Video Review
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Manoj Menon
26th Mar 18

Beautiful place to spend time with family

Beautiful place to spend time with family  Video Review
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Saurav Mantra
12th May 18

Full facilities of Ward's Lake

Full facilities of Ward's Lake  Video Review
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Rikukoch
25th Jul 18

Pricing is very good and affordable

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Saurav Mantra
12th May 18

Facilties Provided By Ward's Lake

Facilties Provided By Ward's Lake  Video Review
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Aiban Lyngdoh
12th May 18

Calm Yourself In Ward's Lake

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12th May 18

What travellers are saying about Wards Lake

Experience scale
  • Excellent 8
  • Very Good 7
  • Good 3
  • Terrible 1
  • Poor 0
  • Below Average 0
  • Average 0
Travellers recommend
  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 1-2hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
Facilities available
  • Food available for purchaseFood available for purchase
  • Bathroom facilitiesBathroom facilities
  • Camera/Video allowedCamera/Video allowed
  • Wearing of shoes/footwear allowedWearing of shoes/footwear allowed
  • Lockers/StorageLockers/Storage

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Entry:
free
92% voted as clean

Reviews and Ratings

1.0/5

1 review

Exploitation of tourist

The place has most fucking poor restaurant owned by. I was denied of extra chutney with Dosa and extra pao with pav bhaji even when it was there in the menu card and I was willing to pay extra. The behavior of the staff was extremely poor

Manoj Menon

Manoj Menon5.0/5

79 reviews

A good place to spend the evening

Wards Lake is one of the best place to go and unwind amidst nature. It has an entry fee of Rs 10 and once inside you can laze in the garden or head to the boating area.There are a few ducks there who remain unfazed by the tourists and even pose still for the cameras.I enjoyed sitting by the lake and watching the sunset and also fed the fishes there.

Amit Ghosh

Amit Ghosh4.3/5

559 reviews

Where Cherryblossoms bloom

This is an attraction for both tourists and residents. Amidst busy Shillong is this beauty. Surrounded by cherry blossom trees, it is amazingly clean and beautiful. Try a boat ride in the lake or get clicked wearing a traditional Khasi dress on rent. Visit in November when the pink blossoms bloom.
  • Where Cherryblossoms bloom
  • Where Cherryblossoms bloom
  • Where Cherryblossoms bloom

Bharti Sharma maharshi

Bharti Sharma maharshi4.3/5

5 reviews

Very beautiful lake

Cool place to hang outNice and peaceful place. Enjoyed it Boating was an icing on cake with local clothing also available to take good memories back home with you. All ingredients for enjoyable evening present here

Bornav Ráychaúdhury

Bornav Ráychaúdhury3.6/5

18 reviews

Located at the heart of Shillong

Named after William Ward, the Chief Commissioner of Assam during the British Raj. The lake has well laid botanical gardens and old trees on all sides. One can also enjoy boating in paddle boats.
  • Located at the heart of Shillong

Ankit Saraf

Ankit Saraf4.3/5

16 reviews

Go for Boating!

The most visited spot in Shillong, Ward's Lake, is an artificial lake at the heart of the town. There are boating facilities inside the lake and paddle boating is what we did (a dying pleasure). Also you can find a coffee shop inside the lake's premises and also immense greenery around. Kids would love this place, as you can find ducks inside which don't mind playing with you (if you feed them something). The botanical garden is next door to the lake.

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Thulaseedharan Achary

Thulaseedharan Achary5.0/5

191 reviews

A beautiful lake

Wards lake in Shillong is a good visiting place for tourists. It is I. 5 kms away from bus station & is on the side of main road. Boating facility is arranged in this lake Also a good garden for relaxation. Moderate restaurant is also functioning side by. Entry is through tickets. Large number of tourists are visiting this spot for relaxation.
  • A beautiful lake
  • A beautiful lake

Anshul taran

Anshul taran4.3/5

32 reviews

Good place to visit.

Its a small lake, which the local authority developed very beautifully and systemically into the tourists place. A good place for morning walk, a total green place, boating can be done with the good sighting of the surroundings. If you have time then do visit there. Walkable distance from the police barycentre point, we went to see this in the morning by walking. Officially it opens at around 9-10am but we went there around 7. 30, guard was there and he took the fee which was prescribed by government and let us go in.

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Arunav Singh

Arunav Singh3.6/5

42 reviews

Nice Park- Overall good experience

The park is controlled by three authoritiesThe Fisheries DepartmentThe Forest DepartmentThe Ministry Of TourismSo the park is extremely well maintained and plenty of space to walk around, to click some nice photographs. There are fishes in the lake and you can enjoy boating in the lake too. There is a restaurant too if you want to catch a bite. Overall a good experience.
  • Nice Park- Overall good experience

Avik narayan Chatterjee

Avik narayan Chatterjee5.0/5

27 reviews

Fun at Shillong

Situated right at the heart of the city is Wards lake, it's quite a big lake with park all round for roaming, boating facilities are available. There is also a restaurant to attract foodies, entry fee is 20rs for Indian citizen and camera charges extra.
  • Fun at Shillong
  • Fun at Shillong
  • Fun at Shillong
  • Fun at Shillong
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