Lady Hydari Park is a Japanese styled public park in Shillong. Its a lush green park, stretched over a kilometre in the heart of Shillong.
Lady Hydari Park is named after the erstwhile first lady of Assam, Lady Hydari. Distinct Japanese influence is seen in every space in the Park, from the round shaped hedges to circular design elements and to small ponds scattered all around the park. There are a vast variety of orchids and flowering plants that add to the glamour of the Park. But the bed of roses is exceptionally the best of Lady Hydari Park.
Lady Hydari Park is not only popular for its floral gardens, but also for its mini zoo and mini-museum. The mini zoo houses around 73 species of birds and over 100 reptiles. One can spot Himalayan Black Bear, Leopard, Jackal, Serow, Mynahs and many other animals. The mini-museum here showcases the diverse variety of flora and fauna found in this region. The major attraction of this museum is the dried skin of Python which is clipped to the wall. The Lady Hydari Park has a specially paved way for walkers which attracts both the tourist folk and locals equally. The manicured garden also has a kids play area. The lakes in the park also have Pelicans, Ducks and colourful fishes amusing its visitors. Visitors spend around one and half hour in the Park. The best time to visit the Park would be during summers (March to June), as it offers a pleasant weather condition, unlike chilly winters.
Lady Hydari Park is your go-to place in Shillong for tourists and locals alike. Entry fee is INR 10 per adult and INR 10 extra for a camera. The Lady Hydari Park is closed on Mondays. Visitors can visit the Lady Hydari Park during timings 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM.