Nagin is generally held to
be the most beautiful of the Dal lakes. Its name comes from the
many trees, which encircle the small, deep blue lake. Nagin is
only separated from the Larer Dal lakes by a narrow causeway and
it also has a number of houseboats moored around its
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.
A Nice Getaway
If one wats
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.