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.
The journey to this picturesque meadow is as wonderful as the place itself. Known as the “Golden Meadow” because, snow-filled mountains surround this town which in-turn is surrounded by thick dense forests of alpine and sycamore flowers which presents an enchanting sight. Adventure seekers take up holidays in Sonamarg
for it offers tourists with activities like sledging, angling, alpine skiing, white water rafting and treks! All this at a height of 3000 meters!
Gateway to Ladakh
With the river Sindh wandering in the backdrop with the snow-covered mountains and ridges, Sonamarg truly charms the eyes of the tourists. The Nichnai Pass nearby provides tourists with an eye-catching view of the three lakes – Kishensar, Vishensar and Gangabal. The Sonamarg hill station is also known as the “Gateway to Ladakh” as there is the Zoji La Pass at an altitude of 4000 meters guiding straight into the Ladakh Plateau. One of the major hotspots in Sonamarg is the Thajiwas range filled with dense trees of fir, pine and birch. The Thajiwas range offers a number of camp sites as well as waterfalls.
The Amarnath cave at Sonamarg undertakes the holy yatra every year from the month of July to August and is the best time to book Sonamarg holidays in Kashmir
Cabs and vehicles are issued on rental charges which are affordable by the common man. Many choose to commute by the means of “tonga”, a carriage-type vehicle pulled by a donkey or a horse. Many prefer ponies as well as they are the most adventurous ways of them all. This way, the tourists not only enjoy the scenery but also enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ride through the snow-capped hilly areas.
The best time to book Sonamarg tours in North India
is from May to September and November to February. Not many tourist hubs are found in Sonamarg so basically, tourists here enjoy their time trekking, alpine skiing, going on long walks, rafting and other time-killing activities.
Must See Attractions
There are some areas of tourist interests, they are given below:
- Thajiwas – Glaciers cover most of this mountain range thereby providing exhilarating views of the waterfalls from the valleys.
- The Lakes – The most loveliest lakes in this region are Krishnasar and Vishansar wherein the waters here are translucent.
- Gangabal – It is also called as Harmukh Ganga which is sacred to Hindus and can be reached through a trek. The trek consists of sights unimaginable!
- Zoji-La Pass – The gateway to Ladakh, another important hill resort town is accessible through this pass which lies approximately 15 miles east of Sonamarg and lies at an amazing altitude of 4000 meters.
- Baltal – The journey to the foot of the Zoji-La Pass, where the sacred Amarnath cave is situated, is a one whole day trip which also provides for a camp site.
- Ancient monuments – A large amount of stone is scooped out, at a distance of 100 meters from each other and lies between the groups of temples.
Planning your trip
The nearest airport is at Badgam district and the closest rail-head is at Jammu. The road throughout is hilly and windy which adds to the amazing journey to Sonamarg overlooking meadows, snow-capped peaks, ice-fed lakes and, thin and crisp beds of snow. Two days are enough to explore Sonamarg where a day is spent trekking and camping to Baltal. Another day is devoted to the adventurous sports which are of quite importance on one's visit to Sonamarg. Also include a trip to Srinagar
when in Sonamarg.
The art and crafts of the Kashmiris are a must have. Specially the shawls, wooden take-aways, mufflars etc. Almost every other street has a souvenir shop from where desired collectibles can be bought.
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