Sunday, 28 July 2019

The Serene Umiam Lake, Meghalaya

"I have Nature and Art and Poetry. And if that is not enough, what is enough?" ~Vincent Van Gogh

When we were traveling from Guwahati to Shillong, we encountered the beautiful, clean and serene Umiam Lake on the way. Umiam Lake (also called Barapani Lake) is a gorgeous man-made reservoir that is located about 15 kilometers from Shillong. 

We told our cab driver to halt the cab so that we could take a good view of the lake. Our cab driver told us that Umiam Lake was formed in Meghalaya after the construction of a dam for generating hydroelectric power. 

The mesmerizing blue Umiam Lake is surrounded by verdant East Khasi Hills. The beautiful panoramic sights is a treat for nature lovers like me.

As I gazed at the lake, I was bewitched by the serenity of the place. I could spend hours admiring the hues and sounds of Nature. 

The lake is encircled by dense coniferous forests. The colour of the sky and the lake were magically identical. The lush greenery amidst the cerulean blueness was like a beautiful embroidery work of Mother Nature. 

Visitors can also take a boat ride in the beautiful lake. As our cab was waiting, we had to cancel plans for boating. We decided to spend a few minutes, inhaling the immaculate beauty of the place. 

The native often comes to the Umiam Lake in search of grass and twigs. Our driver told us that during the summers, the shores of the lake are embellished by Gulmohar trees. During the winters, the water level of the lake recedes and the lake turns azure. We visited Meghalaya in December and so we were lucky to see the color-coordinated sky and lake.

Umiam Lake is untouched by chaos and cauldron. Therefore, if you surrender to the magic of the place, you will feel a plethora of peace and beauty washing over you. 

The biggest pollution that we suffer from, in the 21st century is the pollution of the mind. And when we spend a few quality minutes in such peaceful places, we get rid of the pollution and chaos of our own mind. Nature is indeed the best therapist a person can ever have. 

I fell in love with Meghalaya after spending a few minutes admiring the beauty of the Umiam Lake. It was like a soothing welcome hug from Mother Nature. 

I felt so blessed and peaceful for having one of the most tranquil experiences of my life. The true nature of our soul is Peace. And I felt so close to my inner Self. It was like a meeting with my own self, my own soul.

Finally, it was time to leave Umiam Lake and move towards Shillong. But I was happy with the realization that when I would be returning back to Guwahati, I will be able to visit the Lake again. 

We got into the cab and watched the Lake pass by. We soon reached the beautiful Shillong, endearingly known as Scotland of the East. I was excited to explore the beautiful places of Shillong and Cherrapunji in the forthcoming days. 

 Have you ever been enchanted by the serenity of a place while traveling?


  1. Hari OM
    Oh yes, many places hold enchantment - we only need to be open to 'hearing' them! this lake is truly gorgeous; thank you for sharing it with us. YAM xx

    1. Hari Om.
      You said it so beautifully, Yamini. We just need to be open to hearing them ❤️

  2. Wonderful. There was a pub on its bank. Is it still there?

  3. Amazing pics. Loved the post.
    Yesterday ( 28th July ) I visited Umiam Lake.
    Thanks for your post.

    1. Thank you so much Rupam.
      It's wonderful that you stay close to Meghalaya. Your posts are lovely.

  4. Your series on Meghalaya is turning out to be interesting. Waiting for more.

  5. It is beautiful indeed... But I would be very delighted if u called Sohra instead of Cherrapunji. Because we no longer called Cherrapunji here...
    Regards, Meghalayan..

    1. I will keep it in mind to call Sohra instead of Cherrapunji in my next posts. Thanks for stopping by 😊

  6. never heard about this place, its really enriched with the beauty of nature, will surely visit when plan for a trip to Shilong.
    Nice captures.

  7. My dream is also to visit Meghalaya and seven sister falls once in my life. BTW nice to see your pictures there.

    Really I enjoyed them a lot.


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