Nigeen Lake (The Jewel In The Ring)- Leading from the Dal is the smaller Nagin Lake. 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 romantic. 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 6×3 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. The Houseboats are on Nagin/Nigeen Lake, which is known as the most beautiful, cleanest lake in Kashmir. Behind the houseboats is a beautiful park with almond trees perfect for a leisurely walk. The houseboats are located across the lake from the Nagin/Nigeen Club. Peacock houseboats are only 5 kms. from downtown Srinagar and 23 kms. from the airport. Owing to its location there is easy access to a number of attractive places to visit in Kashmir such as Pahalgam (75 kms), Yusmarg (50 kms), Gulmarg (50 kms), Sonamarg (80 kms), Leh (450 kms). Guests looking for adventure can also try trekking some of which can last up to 8 days. Pony trekking and winter sports- such as skiing in Gulmarg can be arranged. Houseboats All the houseboats are deluxe category (3 star). Each houseboat has stunning lake views; a common dining room and a common spacious carpeted sitting room with a satellite TV. All bedrooms have attached private western bathrooms. A cushioned verandah looks out over the lake – the houseboy will serve tea as the sun sets over the mountains peaks and shikaras paddle slowly by, offering fresh fruit, flowers and handicrafts for sale. Early each morning, as the sun catches the mist lying over the lake you can understand why they call this place paradise. An expansive sun deck on top of the houseboat is perfect for sitting in the warm sunshine. Each houseboat has its own houseboy. The best time to visit this lake is during June to August.