Barapani or Umiam Lake in Shillong, Meghalaya

by Mridula on April 30, 2013

in Canon D550,lake,Meghalaya,Photography

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 Lake, 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

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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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Sovon May 4, 2013 at 10:58 am

Brilliant shots mridula


Vaishali May 3, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Great one, especially Barapani Lake @ Shillong


Soma May 2, 2013 at 4:48 pm

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…


Malini May 1, 2013 at 9:52 pm

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.


shweta May 1, 2013 at 7:05 pm

Nice shots. Lake looks huge and beautiful.


matheikal April 30, 2013 at 10:53 pm

Your pics indicate that the water level in the lake in shrinking. I knew this lake about 15 years ago quite close by. Now it looks different.


sangeeta April 30, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Barapani has always been our stop on the way to Shillong. Thanks for sharing the beautiful pics..


Debopam Banerjee April 30, 2013 at 1:48 pm

Wonder shots…………….


Easwar Arumugam April 30, 2013 at 12:28 pm

grt pictures, nicely captured.


Meena Menon April 30, 2013 at 11:25 am

Definetely thankful :)

Reply April 30, 2013 at 11:13 am

very beautiful place and images..



Kislaya Gopal April 30, 2013 at 10:56 am

I had read about umiam lake, didn’t know was also called Barapani.
This lake is vast and beautiful!
I wish to visit it some day!


Anuradha Shankar April 30, 2013 at 8:55 am

beautiful!!!! well, at least you got a glimpse this time… next i am sure u will soon plan a longer trip here!


My Say April 30, 2013 at 8:52 am

A gr8 capture to start my day with :)


Anupam Reddy April 30, 2013 at 8:36 am

Lake in the morning…..

lasts long.


Niranjan April 30, 2013 at 8:28 am

Wonderful clicks of Umiam!


rupam { xhobdo } April 30, 2013 at 8:22 am

Good morning. Beautiful post and photographs. Thanks a lot :)


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