The Kashmir valley is blessed with exotic natural beauty of landscape and water bodies, out of them, the most famous and appealing is the Dal Lake. Dal Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes of India and the second largest in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. The lake is surrounded by majestic mountains from three sides and a large number of gardens and orchards have been laid along the shores. The University of Kashmir is also stands along the shores of the Dal Lake. The hundreds of uniquely decorated houseboats which floats on the Dal lake afford an opportunity to tourists to reside on the lake in an atmosphere of peace and tranquility.
Leading from the Dal lake is the smaller Nagin Lake. Here, the waters are edged by trees of willow and poplar whose reflection is mirrored in the lake. The waters of the lakes are pleasantly cool from mid-May to mid-September. Nagin Lake, which is farther from town and have magnificent views of the mountains.