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Sonamarg

, Jammu and Kashmir

(Sonamarg is also spelled as Sonmarg)
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State: Jammu and Kashmir
District: Srinagar
Famous for/as: Trekking
Languages: Hindi, Urdu, Kashmiri
Best Season: April - Nov
Weather: Summer 9 to 35°C, Winter -8 to 19°C.
Altitude: 2800 m
Pincode: 191203
STD code: 0194
Sonamarg or Sonmarg, located at a hefty altitude of 2,740 m above sea level, literally means 'Meadow of Gold'. The picturesque natural beauty of the region brought this name to Sonamarg. Sonamarg, a town surrounded by breathtaking glaciers and serene lakes, is a snow covered beautiful flower-laden meadow in the majestic Himalayan mountain region. Sonamarg in the Kashmir valley is the gateway to Ladakh and situated just before the Zojii La pass.

Located at 87 km from Srinagar, the place is renowned for trekking and hiking trails. The snow clad peaks in the Himalaya and the undulated hilly mountainous regions are perfectly suitable for all types of trekking expeditions. Sonamarg is the base camp for many trekking expeditions. The major treks passing through various mountain lakes such as Gangabal, Vishansar, Gadsar, Satsar and Kishansar has its base at Sonamarg. The trekking routes offer all types of challenges, from mild to most hard. The pleasant climate with mild summer and cold winter make this place an ideal location for trekkers to explore the natural beauty and challenging treks.

This enchanting scenic place is amazing with many mind blowing attractions. Nilagrad, a colony of the Baltics, is a picturesque location where a small stream splashes in to the River Sindh. Sonamarg is the home of many beautiful and serene lakes. Various mountain lakes such as Gangabal, Vishansar, Gadsar, Satsar and Kishansar are situated in and around Sonamarg.

Vishansar, located at an amazing altitude of 4,084 m above sea level, is a scenic eye catching lake in Sonamarg. The crystal clear water of the lake with ice flakes all through is an appealing view from the top of the Sonamarg. The gorgeous views of this lake can be experienced from Nichnai Pass. Trekking freaks can get into their trek to this lake from Sonamarg. Krishnasar Lake, at a height of 3,801m above sea level, is popular for fishing especially for trout fishing.
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Jammu and Kashmir - The Journey to the Mystical Mountains

  by Afia Ahmad  on Feb 11, 2011
Jammu and Kashmir is the replica of heaven on Earth and is famous all over the world for its ethereal beauty. Enjoy a holiday in Kashmir to experience the best of nature and man made attraction.

Sonamarg - The golden meadow

  by Akshay Balraj  on Jan 11, 2010
A paradise on Earth, the name "Sonamarg" itself signifies its beauty: The Golden Meadow. Set in a backdrop of snow capped mountains and bright flowers, this place is sure to get your energy flowing.

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Focus Is on Increasing the Average Stay of Tourists in J&K - Nawang Rigzin Jora

   Feb 17, 2012 03:45 PM
The Minister of Tourism in Jammu and Kashmir has emphasized the center and the state governments to look into the average stay of the tourists in the state. The state has also inculcated new ventures in many of the tourist destinations. Read on to know mo

Travel within city


To travel 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, you can opt for a tanga ride (horse carriage). Ponies are available up to the glacier from Sonamarg demanding up to Rs 1,500 but will get you there for Rs 500 in off season and you will have to haggle.

Shopping


Shopping options in Sonamarg is a little limited but shoppers can find delight in gift items as well as souveniors. Certain markets are available catering to their needs. One can purchase woolen items, shawls, cardigans and sweaters.

Kashmiri handicrafts & Tibetan handicrafts are among other items that one can get at reasonable price. Kashmiri Handicraft such as chain stitch carpets, copper and silverware, basket ware, wood carvings and dry fruits are also on the priority shopping list of visitors.

Hotels


You can find 5 hotels in Sonamarg under following categories:
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