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Sonamarg - The Meadow of Gold

Enjoy the breathtaking scenic beauty

Sonamarg, also called as the Meadow of Gold, is a beautiful hill station situated in the Ganderbal district of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. This beautiful hill station is located at an altitude of 2,800 m above the sea level and is gateway to Ladakh.

Sonamarg is situated on the banks of river Sindh and is a popular tourist destination because of its splendor scenic beauty. One can experience a breathtaking view of the Great Himalayas from Sonamarg valley. Sonamarg also offers a number of beautiful views of the lush green meadows, and is the base camp to Amarnath Cave for the route of Baltal.

Sonamarg is surrounded by breathtaking glaciers, serene lakes, snow covered peaks, and beautiful flower-laden meadow in the majestic Himalayan mountain region. It is also a perfect destination for those who love adventure as it offers a number of trekking trails. Hiking is another activity that one can enjoy in Sonamarg. Some other adventurous and exciting activities include angling, alpine skiing, sledging, and white water rafting. One can also enjoy taking long walks to experience and explore the rich flora and fauna. Sonamarg also has a tourist bazaar where tourists can spend some time in shopping and can taste the delicious food.

Places of Interest

Below are the main places of attraction:

  • Baltal

  • A famous camping ground located around 15 kms away from the north of Sonamarg.

  • Gadsar Lake

  • One of the highest altitude lakes in the Kashmir region and famous for Brown-trout fishing.

  • Gangabal Lake

  • Popular for rainbow trout fishing.

  • Krishnasar Lake

  • It is one of the most beautiful lakes in Sonamarg and famous for trout fishing.

  • Nichnai Pass

  • A trekking base and vintage point to view the breathtakingly beautiful lakes.

  • Nilagrad River

  • This river is famous for its reddish water which is believed to have curative properties of many diseases.

  • Satsar Lake

  • Lake surrounded by trees and beautiful alpine flowers.

  • Thajiwas Glacier

  • It is an ideal spot for enjoying a sledge ride on the snow even in mid-summer.

  • Vishansar Lake

  • This lake can be visited during the months of April through June.

  • Zoji-La Pass

  • A gateway to Ladakh and an ideal spot to enjoy the scenic beauty.

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Best Time to visit Sonamarg

The best season to visit Sonamarg is from April to June; but if you want to enjoy the snow, then the ideal time to visit is from December to February.

How to reach Sonamarg

The nearest airport is in Srinagar, which is about 81 kms away from Sonamarg; and the nearest railway station is in Jammu, around 301 kms away from Sonamarg.

To see other famous tourist places in Kashmir, check out: Tourist Places in Kashmir.

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