Sonamarg


 

Sonamarg:

Sonamarg is an alpine valley hill station 87kms from Srinagar, it is located in the vicinity of the great Himalayan glaciers of Kashmir valley namely Kolhoi Glacier and machoi Glacier. Sonamarg is situated at a height of 2740 m in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Sonamarg is a small and beautiful hill resort. Sonamarg literally means the 'Meadow of Gold' and is known so due to the flowers that wraps the meadow in the spring. In the earlier days, Sonamarg lies on the main trading route into central Asia. Sonamarg is the last major point in the Kashmir valley before the Zoji La pass into Ladakh. At the pass, the green and lush Kashmiri landscape changes to the barren and dry landscape of Ladakh. The drive to Sonamarg is through the Sindh
Sonamarg is popular for its walkways. Thajiwas, a small valley located 4 kms fromSonamarg is a prime attraction during the months of summer. The place is covered with fir,birch and pine trees. A large number of camping sites are also present at Thajiwas overlooking at the glacier.. Sonamarg is also a base for undertaking the yatra to the holy Amarnath cave. The Sindh River that meanders through the valley abounds with trout and mahaseer. Ponies can be hired for the trip up to Thajiwas glacier, which is a major local attraction during the summer months. The best time to visit Sonamarg is from April to June. If you want to cover Sonamarg in your Kashmir trip You can take day trip to Sonamarg from Srinagar.
Adventure Activities
The Sindh River that flows through the Sonamarg is bountiful with Trout and Mahseer. So here, one can enjoy the trout and mahseer fishing. In the Krishnasar Lake also you can enjoy the trout fishing. Sonamarg also offers various trekking and hiking trails, which attract the adventure lovers. The adventure seekers may opt for trekking trails from Sonamarg to lakes of Vishansar, Krishansar and Gangabal. In particular, trekking trips into the mountains should be undertaken only after consulting the Tourist Office at Srinagar or Sonamarg for safety and feasibility.

Tourist Attractions
Sonamarg offers various places of interest to the tourists like Nilagrad, Bisansar. Lake & Krishnasar Lake and Nichnai Pass
Nilagrad
Nilagrad is a Baltic colony, situated about 6 kms. away from Sonamarg where a mountain river meets the Indus river. The water of the river is reddish in colour and is believed to have curative power of many diseases. The various people visit this place on Sunday to bath in the river.
Yousmarg
Yousmarg is the famous picnic spot located near Sonamarg. Yousmarg is known for its green pastures, pines and firs.
Nichnai Pass
Nichnai Pass is the vintage point to view the breathtakingly beautiful lakes of Vishansar, Krishansar and Gangabal.
Thajiwas
Thajiwas is located after a short and interesting walk from Sonamarg. Thajiwas is known for the glaciers. The miniature plateaus, snowfields, pines and islets adds to the charm of Thajiwas.
Bisansar Lake & Krishnasar Lake
Bisansar and Krishnasar are the two beautiful lakes added to the beauty of Sonamarg. The Bisansar Lake is situated at an altitude of 4084 m, while crossing the river at Nichinai Pass, with its its lovely natural beauty. Beside the lake is the Krishnasar Lake situated at an altitude of 3801 m, and famous for trout fishing.

How to reach Sonamarg
By Air:
The nearest airport is located in Badgam District, connecting the capital city with all the major cities in India.
By Rail:
The nearest railway station is located at Jammu and from there National Highway NH1A connects the Kashmir valley with India.
By Road:Sonamarg is situated on the Srinagar-Leh Highway, about 84 kms. from Srinagar. The National Highway NH1A connects Srinagar and Anantnag with Sonamarg