Situated at an altitude of 2730 m, Sonamarg is a
mesmerizing hill station in the Ganderbal district of
Jammu and Kashmir. Sonamarg literally means 'the meadow
of gold' and with snow-capped mountains set against a
spectacular blue sky, it is as close to heaven as it can
get. The Sindh River flows through the valley. Ponies
can be hired for the trip up to Thajiwas glacier, which
is a major local attraction during summer.
Sonamarg is also the base of a major trek that passes along several mountain lakes - Vishansar, Kishansar, Gadsar, Satsar and Gangabal. It is also the take off station for the drive to Ladakh across Zojila, a major pass in the Great Himalayan Range, through which the Srinagar-Leh Road passes. Sonamarg is also a base for undertaking the yatra to the holy Amarnath cave, during Sawan Purnima.
Tourist attractions in Sonmarg
Enveloped by alpine trees, Sonmarg is a base camp for the holy Amarnath yatra. The yatra is organized during the month of July-August every year, and thousands of tourists are drawn towards Sonmarg. Walk along the exotic grasslands of Baltal to explore the untouched beauty of Sonmarg. Situated at the foot of Zoji-la-pass, Baltal is close to the Amarnath cave. Baltal grasslands witness a number of pilgrims during the Amarnath yatra.
While visiting Sonmarg, make sure you include a trip to Nilagrad, the confluence of mountain rivers with the Indus river. The most amazing aspect of this place is that the river water is pure red in colour, and is believed to have curative powers for skin ailments. People often take a bath in this water.
Krishnasar Lake, one of the most
mesmerizing lakes in the chain of many Himalayan
lakes, is a good spot for picnics. The place is
surrounded by dense alpines and provides a cool and peaceul atmosphere at a height of 3801 m above sea
level. People enjoy trout fishing and other water
activities here. Vishansar is another popular lake.