Leading from the Dal is the smaller Nagin Lake.
Nagin Lake, which is usually thought of as a separate lake, is also
divided from Dal Lake only by a causeway. The causeways are mostly
suitable for walkers and bicycles only so they make a very pleasant way of
seeing the lake without having to worry about traffic or Shikaras. The
main causeway across the lake carries the water pipeline for Srinagar's
mains water supply.
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.