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Sonmarg

Location: 81-km From Srinagar, Kashmir Region, J&K
Altitude: 2,740m
Languages: Kashmiri and Hindi
Don't Miss : Thajwas, River Sindh, Vishansar and Kishansar and Zojila Pass
Famous For: Meadows, Mountains, Alpine Flowers, Pine and Fir Forests
Best Time To Visit: May To September, November To February

Sonmarg is synonymous with quiet meadows and flower-carpeted fields surrounded by amazing glaciers, miniature plateaus, snowfields, pines and islets. The entire region, 80 km from Srinagar, has some of the highest mountain ranges of the world. These snow clad peaks when reflect the golden rays of the sun, give a sparkling effect to the entire valley. This is the reason why the hill station is named Sonmarg or Sonamarg. The word Sonamarg literally means 'the Meadow of Gold'.

The glaciers, waterfalls and placid lakes add some more beauty to this tranquil valley. Situated at an altitude of 2740 m above sea level, at the foot of the Zojila pass, Sonmarg is the gateway to Ladakh. It is a perfect place for the excursionists.

Tourist Attractions

Sonmarg in itself is a beautiful place full of natural grace and gifts. This charming little town of Sonmarg has some stunning blue water lakes and rich in color grasslands. From Sonmarg, you can also look at the towering snow clad mountains of the Ladakh region that are a real treat to eyes.

Nilagrad

Nilagrad is the place where confluence of a mountain river and Indus river takes place. The amazing thing about this place is that the water here in the river is of pure red color, which makes for a colorful sight. The locales here believe that the water has curative powers and can cure any skin ailments. In this belief, they take a bath in the river once every week. The largest crowd turns up on Sundays, as it is an off day.

Krishnasar Lake

Situated at a height of 3801 m above sea level, Krishnasar Lake is one of the most mesmerizing lakes in the chain of many Himalayan lakes. There will see travelers from all over the state coming here and enjoying themselves. Most of them will be engaged in Trout fishing which has made this lake a famous excursion spot.

Baltal

Baltal is extremely stunning grassland which is situated right at the foot of Zoji la pass, adjacent to Ladakh territory. Baltal is more famous for its closeness to Amarnath cave. There is a walk to the cave which is approximately 5 km away from here. During the Amarnath yatra, many pilgrims set up camps here to rest.


Adventure Sports

If this is not enough, Sonamarg has ample opportunities for adventure enthusiasts also. On one hand the Krishnasar Lake and Sind River are frequented for trout fishing and mahseer fishing respectively while on the other, all the frozen glaciers are perfect for sledging. Those who love to go for trekking, can try out the routes to the lakes of Vishansar, Krishansar and Gangabal. Nichnai Pass is the place that offers breathtaking views of the entire valley.

Where to Stay and Eat

We have Beautiful Huts and Hotel for the various types and budgets in Sonmarg, including Zaika Restaurant serving all kinds to cuisines.

How to reach

By Air

The nearest airport is at Srinagar which is around 81 km away from Sonmarg. It takes around 3 hrs to cover the distance by road.

By Rail

The closest railhead is Jammu Tawi in Jammu. The distance of approximately 400 km between Sonmarg and Jammu is covered in almost 10 hrs.

By Road

Road connection to all parts of J & K is good. Buses from all districts come to Sonmarg. You can even hire pre paid taxis from Srinagar.

Local Transport

To move around in the town, buses are the best option as they have good frequency inside the city. But if you want to explore the city at your leisure, choose a ride in a tanga (horse carriage).

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