Monday, December 26, 2016

Hello from Assam Meghalaya Installment III

Day 3  30 Oct 2016

Umiam (Bara Pani) Lake

This day our first task was to wait for our children to come from Mumbai by 1130 via the same route, Mumbai  Kol  Guwahati flight. On their arrival we picked them up and left for Umiam (Barapani) lake. This lake is a man-made lake created by Assam Electricity Board by building a dam across a stream around the year 1960 to make a storage run hydro power station.

Passage way to Umiam 

We reached the lake by 1430n hrs. On first sight itself, the lake looked majestic and beautiful. It is a big lake and it is mesmerizing too. After taking entry tickets we went inside to the lake. As usual, first activity was photography. Also we enquired about  boating but the very short time for boating disappointed us. 

For power boat, the trip was 10 min and for speed boat and water scooter it was just five minutes. Thus we dropped the idea of boat ride. I wish the ride was at least 20 min or more. That did not deter us from spending adequate time to soak in the beauty of the lake.

Umiam in the Evening

Gathering Clouds

Post lake visit we checked-in in Orchid Lake Resort, a Meghalaya Tourism property and the only one that is on the lake shore. They honoured the booking as that was done a month ago but they were not taking new booking as the fact is, at the moment their 70% rooms are under renovation. The rooms were good and so was the food. Service was good but little slow (govt property). By then it was dark (NE area) so it was only enjoying in the room and then dinner.

Next day morning first we enjoyed the garden of the Resort.

Orchid lake Resort  Rooms from the Garden

Balcony of the Room

Lake View from Balcony

 Next we packed up and rushed to the lake to enjoy its morning mood

Garden Flowers 

"The Don" at Umiam (yours Truly)

Umiam  Morning Mood

After this Quick visit we left for Shillong. This part will be covered in part $

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