"Meadow Of Gold"

A Town in Jammu & Kashmir, India
2665 meters

Interest Measure for Sonamarg

Ideal time to stay:  1 - 3 days

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Height(Altitude) of Sonamarg from sea level:  8743 feet
Latitude/Longitude:  34.3028532°N, 75.2895329°E
Ecosystem:  Mountain , River , Lake  

Food, Culture and Language at Sonamarg

Food Availability:  Indian, Tibetan 
Regional Language:  Hindi
Currency:  ₹ - Rupee (INR)

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Why travel Sonamarg?

Sonamarg, which means 'meadow of gold' has, as its backdrop, snowy mountains against a cerulean sky. In late April when Sonamarg is open for road transport, the visitors can have access to snow which is furnished all over like a white carpet. Ponies can be hired for the trip up to Thajiwas glacier a major attraction during the summer months.

The climate of Sonamarg is very bracing. From Sonamarg, trekking routes lead to the Himalayan lakes of Vishansar Lake, Krishnasar Lake, Gangabal Lake and Gadsar Lake, stocked with Snow Trout and Brown trout and Satsar, glacier-fed and surrounded by banks of alpine flowers. A large number of Hindi movies have been pictured in the serene beauties of Sonamarg.
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Travel tips

  • NoteAt Sonamarg the Jammu and Kashmir tourism department is organising river rafting tournaments yearly, which has recently seen the participation of teams abroad.

4 Places to visit and Things to do in Sonamarg

Zojila Pass at Sonamarg

Zojila Pass

#Sight Seeing
Indian National Highway 1 between Srinagar and Leh, is vastly known for Zoji La pass, in the western section of the Himalayan mountain ranges. Around 3528 m (11, 649 ft) above the sea level, the pass is 9 kms from Sonamarg and is an important link between Ladakh and Kashmir. This pass is considered to be the second highest pass after Fotu La on the Srinagar-Leh National Highway. At the time of the Indo-Pakistani War in 1947, this pass was seized by the Pakistani raiders in 1948 while they were in the wake of capturing Ladakh. Later on 1st November, Zojila pass was captured by Indian forces under Operation Bison. Once you reach the pass, you are going to have an amazing view of the mighty Himalayan mountains, which makes the ride worth.
Expenses - NA
Time needed - 1 hours
Thajiwas Glacier at Sonamarg

Thajiwas Glacier

#Sight Seeing
Snow masked Thajiwas glacier is one of the most enchanting traveler paradise located just 3 km from the town in Jammu and Kashmir. It is at an altitude of 9,186 feet. It is a lovely vantage point to observe snow and the picturesque Kashmir Valley. Thajiwas is more of natural scenery with patches of grassland, trees and most importantly water flowing amidst them and that too from the source, Glacier itself. It is can be visited by foot and by hiring ponies. One can find snow even in the summer season. The way to the glacier offers many adventurous routes full of amazing waterfalls and green water. At night time, the moonlight view of the glaciers will take your breath away.
Expenses - NA
Time needed - 2.5 hours
Vishansar Lake at Sonamarg

Vishansar Lake

3710 meter high from sea level, Vishansar Lake is 20 km from the beautiful and colorful meadows of Sonamarg. It is blessed with pristine natural beauty, which is a reason why every photograph clicked here speaks of nature's bliss. During summer season, the lake gets surrounded with lush green fields where one can see shepherds grazing their flocks of goat and sheep. The lake freezes during winter season. The best time to visit Vishansar Lake is from the month of April to June. Visitors can capture the panorama of distant peaks or the sparkling lake and its verdant surroundings.
Expenses - NA
Time needed - 2 hours
Gadsar Lake at Sonamarg

Gadsar Lake

Lake of flowers is another name for the picturesque Gadsar lake. It's a high-altitude lake located 5,000 m above sea level, in the Himalayan Ranges. It is considered as one of the highest altitude lakes in the Kashmir region. This lake is famous as trekking base, which can be reached through the alpine trek.
Expenses - NA
Time needed - 1.5 hours

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Content of this page was last updated at Oct 21, 2016