Umiam Lake Meghalaya- A Man Made Beauty

After exploring the hotel and getting rid of the jetlag, we went to sleep quite early because we didn’t want to be late for the next day. The comfort of the beds was simply amazing and it was very difficult for us to leave them early morning. But then we knew that we had to cover a lot of destinations within a stipulated time period. We had breakfast in our rooms and left with the necessary equipment which included my favourite DSLR.

We had planned our trip beforehand according to which we had to start with a visit to the Umiam Lake. On reaching the lake, we found out the reason for the name Barapani for the Airport in Meghalaya. It was actually named after this lake which is locally known as Barapani. It has been by man and is hardly known to the world but has the power to leave you mesmerized. It is certainly the best manmade lake that I have seen till date. The ambience was cool and peaceful and the presence of the beautiful clouds and the hills in the surrounding areas made the view more awesome.

Umiam Lake Meghalaya
Umiam Lake Meghalaya | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

The Umiam Lake was formed as a result of the construction of a dam on the Umiam River during the 1960s. Some of the local residents informed us that the lake’s main catchment area combined with the dam covers an area of more than 220 sq. km. The dam which resulted in the formation of the lake was started in 1965 with an aim of being the first hydel power project in this part of the country.

It is undoubtedly one of the ideal places for picnicking with your friends and family. It has a separate clean park, children area and facilities for carrying out special activities such as boating, scooting, water cycling, kayaking, etc.

We came to know that the lake is used for generating sufficient electricity to light up numerous homes in Meghalaya. Additionally, the lake houses a wide range of aquatic plants and animals at macro, meso and micro levels. It aides in fisheries, downstream irrigation and provides clean drinking water.

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Hey, I am Adway Chavan, an IT professional who spends all of his working hours staring at a computer screen...well, almost all. IT is my passion whilst nature, wildlife and adventure are the buzzwords I live by. I am also an amateur photographer and have travelled extensively in India and abroad. I never ever turn down a travel idea and spend all my holidays visiting national parks and forest reserves, biking up mountains and taking road trips. I have also indulged in bungee jumping, paragliding and sailing. One day I hope to take up the greatest challenge of all and go trekking in the Himalayas! Till then, watch this space!

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