Ward's Lake Overview

Ward’s Lake is one of the most beautiful and scenic attractions in Shillong. Located in the heart of the city, near Police Bazar, the lake is easily accessible and quite popular amongst tourists. 

It is also known as Pollock’s Lake (Nan Polok) because of a popular engineer during the pre-independence era. It is a man-made artificial lake created amidst lush green botanical gardens that offer mesmerizing views of unique and different flowers, along with bird-watching and boating activities. If you are planning a visit, make sure to check out Shillong trip packages to include this picturesque spot in your itinerary for a comprehensive and enjoyable experience.

The lake is almost 100 years old and was planned by the then Commissioner of Assam, Sir William Ward, and the construction was done by Colonel Hopkins in the year 1894. There is an enchanting wooden bridge in the middle of the lake where you can watch the fishes swim and swirl in the water, and you can also feed them from the bridge. The lake is also popular for boating in the lake and also has a cute cafeteria with a variety of refreshments and beverages.


• Experience serenity amidst the lush green gardens of Ward’s Lake and admire the flower beds surrounding this man-made lake.
• Take a boat ride in the colorful boats and rejuvenate in the beauty of its surrounding hills and landscapes.
• Enjoy watching unique birds chirping on trees, beautiful species of fish swimming in the lake, and take a pristine walk around the lake area.
• Stop by the tea and snack stalls to enjoy the authentic local delicacies from the vendors.
• Visit the Botanical Garden adjacent to the Ward’s Lake and take a stroll in the Police Bazar nearby.

How To Reach

Ward’s Lake is located in the heart of Shillong City. It is easily reachable from any part of the city because of its central location.

By Car: Ward’s Lake is just 1.3 km from Police Bazar Center Point. Drive to the lake via Soso Tham Road car and reach the destination in 5 to 6 minutes.

By Bus: Ask a local about the bus number going to Ward’s Lake and take that bus to reach the destination. Public transport is an affordable option.

By Foot: You can easily walk up to Ward’s Lake from Police Bazar Center Point. It is just 1.3 km from the center point and it will take approximately 10 minutes to reach the site.

Best Time To Visit

Ward’s Lake is a beautiful site to visit all year round. The timings of the lake are 8:30 am to 5:30 pm from November to February, and 8:30 am to 7 pm from March to October. The entry fee is Rs. 10 for adults and Rs. 5 for children and senior citizens. It takes approximately 1 to 2 hours to enjoy the attraction.

Best Season to Visit: Ward’s Lake is more pristine in June and July because of the favourable weather and pleasant vibes. So, the peak summer season is the best time to visit Ward’s Lake. 

Best Day of the Week: Weekdays are usually less crowded and offer a more tranquil experience at the lake. However, you can pick your ideal day to visit Ward’s Lake as per your itinerary and preference.

Best Time of the Day: Early mornings and late afternoons are the best time to visit the lake as it is more pleasant and cool. Mid-day can be a bit hotter and weary to go boating and strolling around the lake.

Other Essential Information

  • Carry some snacks and drinks with you, but do not litter. Be mindful of throwing away the garbage.
  • Do not visit during the rainy season as you won’t be able to enjoy the activities there.
  • Wear comfortable clothes and carry a light jacket as it gets cooler in the evening.
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Normal Timings:
08:30 AM to 04:30 PM
Normal Timings:
08:30 AM to 04:30 PM
Normal Timings:
08:00 AM to 04:30 PM
Normal Timings:
08:00 AM to 04:30 PM
Normal Timings:
08:00 AM to 04:30 PM
Normal Timings:
08:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Normal Timings:
08:30 AM to 05:00 PM
Point of Interest for Ward's Lake
A Leisurely Walk in Nature

A Leisurely Walk in Nature

Ward’s Lake is surrounded by lush green gardens adorned with flower beds, cobble-stone footpaths, and a beautiful fountain. You can take a walk along the lake and admire the beauty of nature, the pretty birds and butterflies along the way. You can also walk up to the wooden bridge and feed the fishes, or lie down for a quick picnic in the peaceful and scenic surroundings.

Boating in the Lake

Boating in the Lake

Boating in Ward's Lake is one of the most popular activities. Ride across the tranquil waters of Ward’s Lake on a serene boating excursion. Rent a colourful paddleboat or rowboat and leisurely explore the lake’s surroundings while soaking in the picturesque views.

Snacking on Different Cuisines

Snacking on Different Cuisines

Whether you want to try authentic Khasi dishes, international flavours, or quick snacks on the move, there are a diverse selection of dining establishments to satisfy every taste. Once you've immersed yourself in the lake's splendour, you can indulge in a remarkable culinary experience at one of these nearby eateries. Some of the nearby restaurants around Ward’s Lake are Cafe Shillong, Dylan’s Cafe, City Hut Dhaba, and Trattoria.

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