Sonamarg Tourism, India: Places, Best Time & Travel Guides 2021
Sonmarg is a tiny town of Kashmir situated 9,000 kms above sea level at the bank of the gushing Sindh river. This picturesque town is located in Ganderbal district of Jammu and Kashmir and is just 70 km away from the Srinagar International Airport. The valley is the connecting point of a number of Himalayan peaks like Kolhoi peak, Amarnath peak, Sirbal Peak, and so on. The charming view of the place becomes more attractive with the wide varieties of flowers and alpine trees gracing this quaint town.

Here you can enjoy, meadows of gold, sun-kissed peaks, breathtaking lakes and towering glaciers, all in one place. This beautiful himalayan town is full of mountain ranges and valleys to explore through trekking. It is a base camp for trekkers going to Ladakh and for many trekking routes to different lakes of Kashmir, such as Krishnasar Lake, Gadsar Lake, Vishansar Lake, and so on. During winter the valley covered with snow offers an opportunity to the tourist to enjoy sledding or skiing or snow fighting.

The tourists can also enjoy fishing trout and other species in Vishansar Lake, Krishnasar Lake, Gangabal Lake, and so on. If you like water activities, Sonmarg provides you the opportunity to enjoy white water rafting. To enjoy the true natural beauty of Kashmir, the tourists can explore places like Nilagrad, Kheer Bhawani Temple, Nichnai Pass, Vishansar Lake, Zoji-La Pass, Gadsar Lake, Baltal Valley, and so on from Sonmarg. The place also has an ancient importance.

It was the gateway to the Silk Road connecting Kashmir with China. Except for the winter months (November to February), the climate of the place remains very pleasant for tourism. The month of April to October is the pick time to experience the beauty of flowery meadows, snow-covered peaks, frozen glaciers, waterfalls, and pristine lakes. But if you are interested in snow-related adventures like skiing, ice skating, and sledding on frozen glaciers, winter is the best time for you to visit Sonmarg.
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  1. What are the places to visit in Sonmarg?

    Sonmarg is a popular tourist destination, settled within the imposing Himalayan peaks. Some of the popular places to visit here are as follows.

    1. Thajiwas Glacier
    This glacier is situated about 3 km away from the city center. This is one of the best places in Sonmarg featured with a stunning glacier, the refreshing meadows, and numerous waterfalls. This opens up umpteen numbers of opportunities for activities and adventures like hiking, trekking, and camping. 

    2. Zoji-La Pass
    If you’re looking for a thrilling mountain pass in Kashmir, Zoji La pass is the one, located about 9 km from Sonmarg. This thick snow-covered pass is an important link between Kashmir and Ladakh; it was once captured by Pakistan and later re-captured by the Indian army. The natural beauty of the place takes you a step closer to the Himalayas.

    3. Vishansar Lake
    Also known as the “Lake of Vishnu”, this lake has great significance in the cultural heritage of Kashmir. This sparkling blue lake is located at about 3,710 meters above the sea level, surrounded by lush green meadow, alpine flowers and white and silver mountains at the back. This oligotrophic lake is a habitat for a number of rare species of fish.

    4. Nilagrad River
    This River is one of the most fascinating places to see in Sonmarg for its amazing natural beauty. People also have faith in the miraculous healing power of the river water to cure diseases. The unique combination of nature and medicinal benefits has made the place fascinating to the tourists.

    5. Krishnasar Lake
    This natural lake is located more than 3500m above sea level and is one of the most attractive lakes in Sonmarg. It is surrounded by dense alpine trees, lush greenery that offers a cool and pleasant atmosphere to the people who come here to enjoy water activities and trout fishing.

    6. Baltal Valley
    The valley is situated along the banks of river Sindhi and quite popular among the visitors for its breath-taking scenic beauty. People interested in embarking on the famous Amarnath Yatra can take helicopter services or ponies from here to reach the next stop. This is a popular place among trekkers and here one can hire a tent and camp outside. 

    7. Gadsar Lake
    Gadsar Lake is situated at 16,400 feet above sea level and remains frozen throughout the year. The lake is surrounded by snow-covered mountains, thick forest, wildflowers and attracts a number of tourists and trekkers every year to enjoy the beauty of nature.

    8. Gangabal Trek
    Visit to Kashmir cannot be completed without viewing the fascinating Gangabal Lake. This is about 3570 m above sea level and surrounded by natural springs and glaciers. June is the best month of the year to experience the natural beauty of this area at its peak. The lake is known for having a good population of fish, especially the rainbow trout fish, and people can enjoy fishing here.
  2. What are the things to do in Sonmarg?

    The haven on earth offers not only scenic beauty but umpteen numbers of opportunities to enjoy fun and thrilling activities like hiking, rafting, trekking, fishing, nature camping, and so on.

    1. Hike on the beautiful valleys of Sonmarg
    Sonmarg is encircled by thick forests, mesmerizing valleys, and meadows. Enjoy hiking trails in Thajiwas Glacier and surrounding waterfalls amidst the stunning landscape of Sonmarg.

    2. Skiing, ice skating, & sledding the way to enjoy Sonmarg in Winter
    Winters cover the town under a blanket of snow and make it a hotbed of snow-related adventures like skiing, ice skating, and sledding on frozen glaciers. Or you can make a snowman or have an exciting snowball fight.

    3. White Water Rafting
    To fulfill your adventure thirst, Sonmarg offers you a chance of a long rafting expedition from Baltal and to Shutkari Bridge. It can be a good experience to quench your thirst for an exciting vacation.

    4. Trek to explore the Himalayan beauty
    Sonmarg is a real delight to the trekkers for those numerous trekking trails available surrounding the town. The trekkers can explore Thajiwas Glacier and other valleys near Sonmarg with the help of local guides and experience challenging mountain ranges and beautiful trekking trails.

    5. Enjoy leisure with trout fishing
    Fishing is another exciting activity for the tourists of Sonmarg. Vishansar Lake, Krishnasar Lake, Gangabal lake, and others are enriched with varieties of fish species; different types of trouts are star attraction to the passionate fish-catchers.

    6. Nature Camp or summer camp in Sonmarg
    Camping by the riverside can be an excellent way to enjoy the natural beauty with snow-covered mountains of Thajiwas Glacier,  Baltal Valley, and so on. if planning for camping, you can rent a tent and camping equipment from Srinagar.
  3. Why is Sonmarg called Gold Meadow?

    Sonmarg  means ‘Meadow of Gold'.  During spring, the bloom of yellow crocuses fills this valley and a golden glow covers the whole area.  Therefore, the place is known as ‘Golden Meadow’ or Sonmarg. This picturesque hill station is situated on the bank of river Sindh decorated by many varieties of alpine flowers.
  4. How do you get to Sonmarg from Srinagar Airport?

    Sheikh Ul-Alam International Airport Srinagar is about 70 km away from Sonmarg; to reach Sonmarg from Srinagar by road it takes 1 – 2 hours through cars or cab or buses. Taxis or buses are readily available outside the airport to take visitors to Sonmarg. State-run buses from Srinagar airport are available daily.

    You can also take the special deluxe buses available from Srinagar to reach Sonmarg comfortably. Train service is unavailable from Srinagar to Sonmarg. You can also hire a cab through different service providers like ola, meru, savaari taxi service, etc. to reach Sonmarg from Srinagar within one and half hour.
  5. Which is better, Sonmarg or Gulmarg?

    Sonmarg and Gulmarg both have their own beauty. Sonmarg is a lovely tourist spot having small meadows, snow capped mountains, picturesque sceneries, fresh water streams, and waterfalls. A number of parks and adventurous spots are present in Sonmarg, which make this place attractive to tourists of different age groups and taste.

    There are also many breath-taking sightseeing options in Sonmarg, such as Thajiwas glacier, Zoji-La Pass, lakes, etc. Unlike Sonmarg, Gulmarg has huge meadows, gondola(cable car) and awesome accommodation options including 5-star hotels. The main attraction of Gulmarg is its snow; If you're coming in summer then Gulmarg won't be as pleasant as Sonmarg. Also, Gulmarg is comparatively pricey than Sonmarg.
  6. How far is Sonmarg from Pahalgam?

    The distance between Sonmarg to Pahalgam is about 30 km or 19.1 miles.
  7. How far is Sonmarg from Srinagar?

    The Distance between Soanmarg and Srinagar is 80.2 km. A local taxi service is available to cover the distance within hours.
  8. What is the best time to visit Sonmarg?

    The best time to visit Sonmarg is from the middle of April to October. During this period, the temperature remains pleasant and you can explore the city at its best. In summer, the whole valley becomes decorated with alpine flowers which makes the place even more beautiful. Though the place can be visited throughout the year. Winters being too cold offers a lot of options for skiing, snowboarding and a lot of snow adventures.
  9. Is Sonmarg safe to travel?

    Yes. Sonmarg is a safe place for tourists. The security has been increased to ensure the safety of tourists. The local police force ensures that peace is maintained in the valley.