Sonmarg

Why To Go

Sonmarg is a small hilly town of Indian state Jammu and Kashmir Ganderbal district. The name means of The Meadow of Gold, because the spring time wraps this valley with arm full of flowers. Located 80 km from under Srinagar, this hilly town is at an altitude of 2800 km from sea level. Placid lakes, snow –covered fields, natural greenery… would certainly turn your tired eyes soothing. This is the exit point of the lush green valley of Kashmir and the entry point of barren dry land of Ladakh.  Zozila pass is between these two points. The famous shrine yatra of Amarnath crosses this town. Sonamarg has historical significances during the trade time between China and India in ancient times. The Silk route crosses from this land. A major tributary of JheelumRiver is keeping this place busy with its magical tune also.

Within the proximity of Sonmarg, the great Himalayan glaciers namely the Kolhoi Glacier and Machoi Glacier are found. Sonmarg is situated in a valley at the bank of Nallah Sindh, a popular tourist destination.

Travel Tips

The ideal time to visit Sonmarg is in the summer that is from April to June, as the weather remains cool and pleasant. Carry light woollens and cotton clothes in summer. You may also make a plan during monsoon but avoid the winter as the temperature drops noticeably and often the roads get blocked due to heavy snow fall. Keep emergency medicines with you and carry enough cash as there are very few ATMs available.

Things To Do

There are no bounds in activities available in this area for the tourists. Angling and fishing in the lake named Krishnasar Lake, is the best adventurous sport available in this town. There are small trekking routes present to boost the adrenalin of the trekking loving population. In winter time, the snow provides the opportunity of sledging on the frozen lake also. Enjoy visiting different mountains like Gangabal, Satsar, Gadsar etc. which are situated in and around Sonmarg.

Getting Around

The best way to explore the land is by hired cars and feet. There are tanga services (horse carriage) and bus services available to take the people around this area.

How To Reach

FLIGHT

There are no nearby airports at this place. Srinagar has an airstrip which is 70km away from Sonmarg. Regular flights are available from New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Amritsar and other major cities of India. Ample cab services are available to reach the town from Srinagar Airport.

TRAIN

There is no Rail Station at Sonmargand the nearest one is at Srinagar which is around 51 km from the hilly town. Direct trains from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai etc are available. It takes around one and a half hour to reach the town from the station via a hired taxi. Alternatively, you may travel to Jammu Tawi railhead which is around 182 km away that connects trains of Indian Railway on a regular basis.

ROAD

The best way to reach Sonmarg via road is NH1D, better known as Srinagar-Ladakh road. You may drive personally or take tourist buses or hired cabs. You may also go to Jammu and then self drive. It is around 400 km by road and takes 12 hours app. to reach Sonmarg. Regular buses also ply from Srinagar and Jammu.

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Surrounding Attractions

This picturesque beautiful land is called the heaven on earth because of its flawless natural beauty which is mesmerizing all by its offerings. There are some clear blue water lake and green grasslands situated in and around the small hamlet. Some of the popular tourist attractions are Krishnasar Lake, Bisanasar Lake, Nilagrad, Baltal, Nichnai pass, Yousmarg. Baltal is the grassland area sitting at the foot of Zozila pass. The famous Amarnath shrine yatra can be covered within a day from this point. Nilagrad is the meeting place of the Indus River and a mountain river. The water of this area is red in colour. The people believe it has some magical power to cure some ailments of human beings.
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