The Lady Hydari Park is one destination in Shillong that no tourist would want to give a skip. A lush green garden that is adorned with colourful flowers throughout the year and an adjoining mini zoo that has a special deer park makes the Lady Hydari Park a place for fun and frolic. Tourists and locals enjoy spending hours in the park where the children can run in the open space, play in the special play area while the adults can sit in the well-manicured grass and enjoy the beauty of Nature.
Shillong got this park thanks to the initiative of the nature loving first lady of the state of Assam during the British rule, Lady Hydari, wife of the Governor of Assam. The park is landscaped in the Japanese style with ample green cover apart from flower beds and the mini zoo. Other than the deer abode, the mini zoo also houses many species of birds, reptiles and mammals. Lady Hydari Park is maintained by the Forest Department. A special attraction of the park is the rose beds that see variety of blooming roses. Close to the park is the only public swimming pool in the city, the Crinoline Swimming Pool.