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 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.
Sonamarg is the last stop of Kashmir that leads to the driveway from Srinagar to Leh. Trekking and hiking are quite popular here due to the presence of large number of mountains. Sonamarg is the starting point that leads to major mountain treks and lakes namely Vishansar, Kishansar, Gadsar, Satsar, and Gangabal as well as Amarnath Cave. It’s also popular for its walkways out of which the major attraction is the 4 km route to Thajiwas, which is a small valley at the foot of the Glacier, covered with pine, fir and birch trees. The Thajiwas range has a large number of camping sites and also comprises many waterfalls and the Thajiwas Glacier.
Around the city, there are many places to visit like the trek to Gadsar Lake situated at 15 km from Sonamarg, featuring snowtrout, Satsar and alpine flowers, along with a trip to frozen Satsar Lake or Baltal. Another place is the Krishnasar Lake, which is known for its natural and untouched surroundings. The River stands at the Bisansar Lake at an altitude of 3801 m and is famous for trout fishing. The Sindh River that flows through is full of trout and mahseer. It takes about a day to reach the sacred cave of Amarnath from Zoji La pass, which is close to Sonamarg.
Distance from Srinagar: 85kms
Reach by: Taxi(recommended)
Best time to visit: April – September
Entry Fee: Rs. 0
Closed on: N/A
Pin Code: 191203
STD code: 0194