The paradisiacal beauty of Kashmir valley can be mainly attributed to its outlandish natural beauty, pretty landscape and beautiful water bodies. These water bodies are of great ecological and socio-economic significance. The most famous of these are Dal Lake and Nagin Lake of Srinagar with their multi-faceted eco-system and grandeur. National and international tourists throng to the place attracted by the breathtaking beauty of the places.
Described as the Lake Par Excellence by Sir Walter Lawrence, Dal Lake
of Srinagar, is the jewel in the crown of the Kashmir. Majestic
mountains surround its three sides. It houses the world famous Shikaras
and Houseboats, which afford an opportunity to tourists to reside on the
lake in an atmosphere of peace and tranquility. Dal Lake changes its
moods and scenery throughout the day and after every few kilometers. It
is lined with world famous Boulevard road. One of the most beautiful
lakes of India and the second largest in the J&K state, the shores
of Dal Lake are clustered with sloping roofed houses on islands, while
other parts appear lush and green like well-tended gardens. The campus
of University of Kashmir is also located along the shores of the lake.
Leading from the Dal is the smaller Nagin Lake. Trees of willow and
poplar whose reflection is mirrored in the lake edge the waters. One can
hire Bathing Boats here, as well as on the Dal along with the exciting
water-skis and motor launches. There are Shikaras to be hired for an
unbelievably romantic experience. The lake lies to the east of the city
at the foot of the Zabarwan Mountain. To its south is the Shankaracharya
hill (or Takht-i-Sulaiman) and to the west, is Hari Parbat.