3. Amazingly Umiam Lake:Umiam Lake near Shillong also called as Barapani Lake means big lake is a main attraction in North east. The lake resembles the 'Lochs', or lakes of Scotland with its hugeness. The evening here is magical due to sunset, and it makes the trip worthy. There s always a boat here to welcome you for a ride around the lake which is a must to do. There is also a camping that can be done here which is recommended as sunrise is also awesome here. The lake is made from a dam which had an original purpose of storing water for hydroelectric power generation.Sunrise point:
• Umiam Lake is among the popular tourist spots and is 17 km from Shillong. Resembling to the lakes of Scotland, the beautiful lake was formed as a part of building a reservoir. Water complex offers a vast range of activities, which include row boats, kayaking, paddle boats, cruise boats, sailing boats, water scooters and speed boats. Apart from these, visitors can also avail rides of river bus, speed boat and cruising boat. Umiam lake is located in the Nogpoh region.
For a city boy, accustomed to the square, matchbox like architecture of apartments and flats in the cities, Shillong was a treat. With slanting roofs and large windows, the structures here were more akin to the likeness of houses we drew as children, rather than the ones we now lived in, so no wonder that I was taking in Shillong with an almost childlike glee, as we walked around Shillong looking for accommodation– umbrella in hand and a smile on my face. Shillong has lots of places to visit, and surprise, surprise a lot of them have to do with water! Barapani is one such destination, but we had already covered that. Before we headed out to more water, on our first full day in Shillong, we headed to the Shillong Peak after a leisurely morning. We stuck around on the peak well past sunset, to see the town lit up. We couldn’t take any pictures, as having heard that the peak was also an Air Force Radar Centre, there were certain restrictions on photography, so we left the camera altogether, fearing a confiscation. But that didn’t really matter, none of us are really such snap-happy creatures, and the place was lovely!
this is the place from where electricity is generated in Shillong