Location: 81-km From Srinagar, Kashmir Region, J&K
Languages: Kashmiri and Hindi
Don't Miss : Thajwas, River Sindh, Vishansar and
Kishansar and Zojila Pass
Famous For: Meadows, Mountains, Alpine Flowers, Pine
and Fir Forests
Best Time To Visit: May To September, November To
(Meadow of gold) is a trekker's heaven and has adventurous
routes with beatiful green water and frozen lakes around.
The vale is believed to be bestowed with mystical water
which turns everything into enternal riches. High altitude
makes it cold even during summers. It is advisable to
always carry warm clothes and rain proofs.
Sonmarg is synonymous with quiet meadows and
flower-carpeted fields surrounded by amazing glaciers,
miniature plateaus, snowfields, pines and islets. The
entire region, 80 km from Srinagar, has some of the
highest mountain ranges of the world. These snow clad
peaks when reflect the golden rays of the sun, give a
sparkling effect to the entire valley. This is the reason
why the hill station is named Sonmarg or Sonamarg. The
word Sonamarg literally means 'the Meadow of Gold'.
The glaciers, waterfalls and placid lakes add some more
beauty to this tranquil valley. Situated at an altitude of
2740 m above sea level, at the foot of the Zojila pass,
Sonmarg is the gateway to Ladakh. It is a perfect place
for the excursionists.
passed trhough the village of Ganderbal, which also leads
to manasbal lake. This lake serves as home to many aquatic
birds makig it a bird watchers paradise.
5 km from Ganderbal is the village of Tulmul where the
shrine of Khir Bhawani is situated. The sacred spring
symbolizes goddess Ragnya Devi. An annual festival, Jesth
Ashtami is held during May June, when according to
beliefs, the goddess changes the colour of the spring
water. A trip to this temple will be worthwhile.
The famous Gangabal trek starts from Sonamarg across the
Sind river with the steep Nichnai Pass at 4080 m. Rough
trek of 15 km from Sonamarg will certainly make you stop
at the first visible compsite in the area. Passing via
Vihansar Lake at 3680 m and further to Krishansar lake at
3819 m a marvelous campsite urges you to stop overnight.
A 23 km trek to Gadsar lake, 3900 m , passes through steep
climbs followed by a rapid descent, whereafter the magical
gadsar lake appears, mostly full of broken glacier masses.
A trek of 17 km via Satsar lake, 3600 m passes through
Gangabal valley, where the view of Harmukh Peak is
breathtaking. Few kilometers walk will take you to
gangabal Lake 3570 m at the foot of Harmukh. A plain
compsite amidst the valey is an unforgettable experience.
Amarnathji Yatra : - Baltal Route
Best time to visit : April to October
Baltal, 15 km from Sonamarg at an altitude of 2743 m , is
the base camp of Amarnathji yatra . The meandering trek of
14 k from Baltal leads to the Holy Cave . You can easily
return the same day by early evening to Baltal where ample
tents are available at affordable cost. Panies and Danies
from Baltal can also be hired at fixed government rates.
Now operate Helicopter Services for Yatris from Baltal and
Srinagar during the yatra period
Situated at a height of 3801 m above sea level, Krishnasar
Lake is one of the most mesmerizing lakes in the chain of
many Himalayan lakes. There will see travelers from all
over the state coming here and enjoying themselves. Most
of them will be engaged in Trout fishing which has made
this lake a famous excursion spot.