Sitting by the lake as you soak your feet in the crystal clear water; definitely a therapy.
Enroute to Shillong, I stopped at Umiam Lake, 17km from Shillong(1hour distance). Surrounded by thick coniferous forest and East Khasi hills, Lake is one of the most beautiful place to visit in Shillong.Popular as Badapani. this is a sprawling man made water body formed by damming Umiam river. Famous for thrilling water sports and fun activities.
Day 1 : Guwahati - Shillong - CherrapunjiTo reach Meghalaya , Guwahati in Assam is one of the closest city with a good air & rail connectivity. I along with 3 other group members arrived at the Guwahati airport where the Economads focal picked us and we started our journey towards Cherrapunji via Shillong.The drive from Guwahati to Shillong is scenic with wide and well connected roads. You will find many eateries on this highway – we took a pitstop at Jiva Restaurant which was really good.Just 10kms ahead of Shillong is Umiam lake which is a major attraction for locals and tourists alike. It looks splendid from over the hill with a panoramic view of the dam and Umiam river surrounded by the lush green East Khasi hills. It was our first gateway to this wonderland of countless hidden waterfalls, picturesque rolling hills, limestone caves, sparkling rivers and the most humble people.We reached Cherrapunji tired from the day long journey and headed straight to our guesthouse - Osafi Inn.
The place is very beautiful and if you want get rid of hustle-bustle of city for some time this place is for you.
Shillong isn't your quintessential Indian capital city. Although busy and plagued with traffic, it feels cozy and slow-paced with a lovely old-world charm and young energy. There's a lot of local Khasi street food to be had at Laitumkhrah, budget shopping to be done at Police Bazaar and idyllic cafes to be hopped. The serene Umiam Lake offers a quick escape close to the city. Spend a day here getting acquainted with the people and way of life before you begin your road journey onwards to other parts of Meghalaya.