Five Famous Photography Locations in Shillong
Meghalaya, the Abode of Clouds, is one of the most beautiful states in Northeast India. Endowed with incredible natural beauty – sparkling waterfalls, lakes and diverse culture, it is one of the most enchanting places to visit and take the perfect photographs. Shillong, the capital city of Meghalaya, also referred to as ‘The Scotland of the East’ is a breathtaking hill-station whose charm will allure you to witness the natural beauty of the North East. Here are some of the most photographic locations in Shillong:
Umiam Lake, synonymously known as Barapani, is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Shillong. It is a vast manmade lake surrounded by thick coniferous forests. The adjoining Lum Nehru Park is an ideal photography spot. This lake has numerous islands peeking out of it and looks absolutely mesmerizing. There are also a number of water sports and activities which can be done here like – boating, kayaking, water cycling and scooting.
The Shillong Peak is one of the highest points in the State standing 2000 meters above sea level. The point gives a spectacular panoramic view of the city Shillong, the Himalayan Range and the Bangladesh Plains. This is one of the perfect places to visit for nature lovers, trekkers and photographers.
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Elephant Falls in Shillong falls a little to the outskirt of the city. It is a magnificent three-tier waterfall surrounded by green vegetation and fern covered rocks. Its local name is Ka Kshaid Lai Pateng which means – ‘Three Steps Waterfall’. The Britishers named it Elephants falls because of an adjoining rock that had an uncanny resemblance with an elephant. An earthquake destroyed the rock but the name is still stuck with it. One can enjoy the dreamy milky waterfall surrounded by dense vegetation and admire the beauty of nature at its best. It definitely makes for one of the most photographic locations in Shillong.
The Ward’s Lake is located at the heart of Shillong and is one of the most popular tourist attractions of the city. It is locally known as Pollock’s Lake or Nan Polok because of a famous engineer – Fitzwilliam Thomas Pollock who had a crucial role in planning and designing the lake in the pre-independence era. It is named after Sir William Ward, the Chief Commissioner of Assam who started the plan for the establishment of the lake. The lake is purely man-made and is surrounded by lush green gardens with magnificent flower beds and sprawling lotus beds. There is a wooden bridge at the centre of the lake which gives a spectacular view for nature photography.
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Laitlum Canyons stands in the East Khasi Hills of Shillong. The word Laitlum translates into – ‘End of the Hills’ and the Canyon gives an awe-inspiring and breathtaking view of Shillong’s magnificent surroundings – the gorges, the distant hills, valleys and steep winding stairways disappearing into the lush green fields. The tranquillity and scenic beauty of this place give Laitlum Canyons the name of the Amphitheatre of Meghalaya.
By Angela Das