The drive to Tezpur was beautiful as ever and this time, to our surprise the road was quite good for the majority of the journey. That is a first on this route! We had planned a leisurely drive, stopping at regular intervals with a picnic on the way and made our first stop at Umiam lake, on the outskirts of Shillong. It was then I realised that our camera battery was completely dead! I did take some snaps on my 1mp cell phone which are below, but they do not do justice to the beautiful scene. It was a moment of great peace and serenity. But then I often get this feeling thanks to the amazing natural beauty of Meghalaya, the queen of hill stations.