Nagin Lake is situated on the far east of Srinagar at the foot hills of Zabarwan Mountains. The lake is actually a tributary of Dal Lake as it flows over the Zabarwan Mountain and is less commercialised in terms of houseboats as compared to the Dal Lake. The lake is enclosed by the Shankaracharya Hill on the south and Hari Parbat on the west, thereby making it a beautiful spot. Surrounded by majestic willows and other beautiful trees, the blue lake looks like the jewell in the ring and hence called as Naginalake. A narrow embankment separates it from the Dal lake.
The houseboats in the lake offer excellent retirement from the turbulent city life. Being less commercialised the surroundings are quite calm and serene. The lake also offers the option of rowing around in rented boats that are available from camping sites.The water here is deeper and less polluted then Dal Lakke, thereby making it ideal for activities like swimming and water skiing. However both swimmers and boat drivers should be careful and maintain safe distance to avoid any accident. The visitors can also retire at the Nagin club of the lake which offers tea pavilion and bar for refreshment.