Sonamarg, also popular as Sonmarg is a hidden paradise of Kashmir noted for its abundant natural beauty. The word Sonamarg means 'Meadow of Gold'; hence the beauty of this region can be imagined from the name itself.
Hidden under the layer of snow, Sonamarg is also the gateway to Ladakh. Apart from the beauty admirers, Sonamarg Hill Station is also a paradise for adventure enthusiasts. Trekkers from all over the globe prefer a Sonamarg Tourism to try out the challenging treks in the region. Summers in the region are pleasant but the winters can be tough for the visitors.
Major Tourist Attractions in Sonamarg
One of the most beautiful places in the region, it is an adventurous route that is amazingly beautiful. Thajiwas Glacier is a perfect place to enjoy the snow even in the mid-summer. Tourists visit the region for seeing the magical beauty as well as enjoy adventurous activities like camping. Beauty of Thajiwas Glacier cannot be described in words.
A connection between Kashmir and Ladakh; Zoji-La Pass is far away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. The region is loaded with natural beauty and scenic locations. Every year a large number of tourists visit this pass that is secluded and peaceful. The pass remains closed during winters due to heavy snowfall.
Visiting Krishnasar Lake is one of its kind experience. Counted amongst the most mesmerizing lakes in the region, Krishnasar Lake is surrounded by dense alpines. Salubrious environment here allures tourists looking for a refreshing experience. In addition to the beautiful surroundings, the lake is popular for trout fishing. Tourists also enjoy other water activities here.
The tales, beliefs and the beauty of Nilagrad River allure tourists from far-flung areas. Reddish water of the river is believed to be curative and sacred. Locals visit the river every Sunday for a holy and curative dip in the river water.
Adventure Activities in Sonamarg
Sonamarg alongwith natural beauty is also a favourite haunt for adventure enthusiasts. Deemed as a trekker?s paradise, the place is famous for trekking trails in Thajiwas Glacier, Vishansar, Krishnasar, Gadsar, Satsar and Gangabal. Other activities here are sledge riding, zorbing, paragliding, pony riding, angling and trout fishing.
Sonamarg is full of hotels and resorts that range from luxury to budget. Tourists may also opt for Homestays to know the culture of Kashmir in a better way with local hospitality.
Best Time to Visit
Set at an altitude of 2800 m, Sonmarg can be visited in any part of the year. However, best months to visit here are from April to October.
November to April, temperature drops down to subzero level and in December Sonamarg experiences heavy snowfall which may lead to road blockage. Monsoons July ? September should be avoided for heavy rainfall causing land sliding.
How to Reach
By Air: Srinagar airport is the nearest to Sonamarg at 59 km. From airport, one can take a bus for Sonamarg.
By Rail: Srinagar railhead connects the region with Udhampur and Jammu Tawi, which further connect the region with rest of the country.
By Road: Sonamarg is well-connected with all the nearby cities. Tourists can use the services of state transport or can hire private vehicle to reach Sonamarg. Special luxury buses are also operated by private service providers from Jammu and Srinagar to Sonamarg.
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