Nigeen Lake (The Jewel In The Ring)- Leading from the
Dal is the smaller Nagin Lake. Here too, the waters are
edged by trees of willow and poplar whose reflection is
mirrored in the lake. 'Bathing boats' here, as well as
on the Dal, hire out water-skis and motor launches. The
waters of the lakes are pleasantly cool from mid-May to
mid-September. Shikaras can be hired from any of the
steps called 'ghats' (jetties) leading to the lake. Some
rides are fixed and their rates are posted at each ghat
as well as opposite the Tourist Reception Centre.
Shikaras are a refreshingly novel way of seeing Srinagar
by day and at twilight, the gentle soothing motion of
the boat, as it glides along the water, is unbelievably
Nagin lake lies to the east of the city at the foot of the Zabarwan Mountain. The Shankaracharya hill (Takht-i-Sulaiman) is to the south and Hari Parbat on its west. The lake is 6x3 km and is divided by causeways into four parts. Gagribal, Lakut-dal, Bod-dal and Nagin. Lokut-dal and Bod-dal each have an island in the centre, called Rup Lank or Char Chinari and Sona Lank, respectively.
If one wants to really get away from the chaotic city life all then Nagin is a good place to find a house boat and do it the surroundings are much more serene and isolated than on Dal Lake. One can rent rowboats from the camping site here - either to simply row around the lake or to look around for a houseboat.
Since the water in Nagin is deeper and less polluted it's also good for swimming and there are fiberglass sailing boats available for hire and water skiing facilities. Motorboats are rather low powered for skiing although they make a valiant attempt. If one wants to try water skiing keep a wary eye out for swimmers. Likewise, if one is swimming watch out for the boat drivers.
The Nagin club, on the bank of the lake, has a bar and a tea pavilion. It is a branch of the Srinagar club and temporary membership is available to visitors.
Hills & Mountains
Surrounded by Shankaracharya hill (Takht-e-Suleiman) on the south and Hari Parbat on the west, the Nagin Lake of Kashmir presents a charming sight. Shikaras, ferrying people to and from the lake, are a fascinating feature of the lake. Bathing boats as well as water-skis and motor launches are also available for hire at the lake.