Barapani or Umiam Lake in Shillong, Meghalaya

By Mridula Dwivedi April 30, 2013 19 Comments , ,

Barapani or Umiam Lake in Shillong is a beautiful place. I got only a glimpse of Umiam Lake or which is also known as Barapani. Our taxi driver from Guwahati to Shillong told us that he would stop by it for a few minutes if we wanted to. We wanted to stop as soon as we spotted the water body but he told us that he would stop the car at a view point in front of this vast water body.

barapani-or-umiam-lake-in-shillong  Barapani Lake, Shillong

Our stop was for a few minutes as we had business in town and that was all we could spare without the risk of being late. There were only a few other vehicles at this spot. It was not crowded at all but it was early in the day. After clicking the picture above, I quickly went looking for another spot so that I could get a view without the trees and I was partially successful.


Umiam or Barapani, Shillong

After 10 minutes in all we were on our way. We saw a few boats and all of us expressed the wish to go for a boat ride if only we had time. For quite sometime I kept wondering how would it be if had all day to spend by the lake, to see the sunset from there. And that has been the dominant mood about this trip to Guwahati and Shillong.

I can’t make up my mind if I should be thankful that I got to at least visit Assam and Meghalaya or if I should be sad that I got to see so little of it. We had only Sunday when we had no work and we headed to Cherrapunji to make the most of it. But I feel that one day was just too little.

I think I will end up choosing to be happy because I at least got a glimpse of two states in India that I had not visited earlier. And they are beautiful, Shillong a little more than Guwahati in my opinion.

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19 thoughts on “Barapani or Umiam Lake in Shillong, Meghalaya”

  1. I had been there in November 2011 and whoa! What a difference! The lake was brimming with water then! And I agree, Shillong is much more beautiful than Guwahati.

  2. I had spent two years of my life here and absolutely in love with the place..mesmerizingly beautiful and pristine..yes receding water levels is disappointing…

  3. Going there next month….eagerly looking forward to it….this beautiful piece made me wait for the trip more eagerly…..

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I am Mridula Dwivedi and I started blogging on 'Travel Tales from India' in June 2005. I renamed it Travel Tales from India & Abroad in 2016. Within a few months of the launch my travel blog found a mention on both the BBC and The Guardian. I also featured in a National Geographic Skoda Yeti Video. I was recently featured on

I quit my job as a professor in May 2015. I am having a blast ever since. I do not miss my work but sometime I do miss my salary! Somewhere along the journey I ended up acquiring a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur! I now wonder why?

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