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Sonmarg or Sonamarg which stands for 'Meadow of Gold' is a hill station situated in the Ganderbal district in Jammu & Kashmir. The natural beauty of this place is amazing. Here, you get to explore the wonders of nature. The magnificent conifer trees make the whole mountain appear radiant. The snow which covers the beautiful browns of the mountains amazingly makes for a picturesque scenery to explore, cherish and experience. 

History of Sonmarg

Sonmarg had historical significance and was a gateway to ancient Silk Road along with Gilgit connecting Kashmir with Tibet. The Zoji La pass lies 15 km east and is one of the highest passes for road transport. It still is a base camp for Ladakh on NH 1D and is strategically important for the Indian army for the defence of Ladakh.

Places to Visit in Sonmarg

Thajiwas Glacier. Sonmarg which means 'meadow of gold' carries its charm. Being full of snow, this glacier is one of the most enchanting travel destinations to visit in Jammu and Kashmir. Located at a distance of 3km from the town and situated at an approximate height of 9,186 feet, this place is quite lovely to observe the charm of snow along with its picturesque Kashmir Valley.

Also Read: It is said that Mahatma Gandhi gave this place the title of Switzerland of India

Zoji-La-Pass. This beautiful pass is what brings together the Kashmir Valley and Ladakh. The Zoji-La Pass is located at an altitude of around 3528 m above the sea level. This place is simply incredible to experience and cherishes with your loved ones. 

Vishansar Lake. Situated a little outside Sonmarg, the turquoise blue waters of this lake are surrounded by a lush green meadow along with the silver mountains. These mountains are situated at a tantalizing distance. It is quite a great place when it comes to cherishing some amazing memories with your loved ones.

Things to do in Sonmarg

Try the White River Rafting. It is no less than an adventure ride. This ride is captivating enough to give you an adrenaline rush, which is what most people like about this activity. You can also consider going for a long rafting expedition that starts from Baltal and ends at Shutkari Bridge located at Sonmarg.

Experience the Serenity at Nilagrad River. It is known for its healing powers and this is the reason why it is highly revered. A lot of locals come here every Sunday just to take a dip in its holy waters. 

Visit Krishnasar Lake. Krishnasar Lake is located at a height of around 3801m above sea level. The picturesque scenes from this place are mesmerizing. Surrounded by dense alpines, this place has a very cool and pleasant atmosphere. People visit this place quite frequently for fishing and to enjoy adventurous water activities.

Events and Festivals in & Around Sonmarg 

Shikara Race. A Shikara ride is one of the most relaxing rides of a holiday in Kashmir. It needs to be seen that the Shikaras are long water boats which are gathered in Srinagar's lakes and the whole program is organized by the government which is specifically for tourists entertainment. Read More

Amarnath Yatra. Amarnath is one of the holiest and significant pilgrimages for the Hindus and is travelled by lakhs of people every year. This is fundamentally a spiritual journey for the tourists which is organized by the government with Shri Amarnath Shrine Board. Read More

Galdan Namchot. During this festival, traditional dance is performed by the monks. The whole performance is quite appealing to the eyes and the vibe of this place becomes quite amazing during the festival. Furthermore, this festival is celebrated to commemorate the birth occasion of a Tibetan saint-scholar who was named Tsongkhapa and was also greatly known for his Buddhist teachings. Read More

Best Time to Visit Sonmarg

The months from April to October are the best time to visit Sonmarg. During this time, the overall temperatures are quite pleasant for sightseeing activities. 

How to Reach Sonmarg 

By Air. Srinagar International Airport is one of the major airports. The airport is located at an approximate distance of 70 km from Sonmarg. From there you will either need to catch a cab or some other means of transportation to reach your destination.

By Train. Tourists can opt to deboard at the following two railway stations: Udhampur Railway Station and Jammu Railway Station that are 250 and 300 kilometres away respectively. From there, you will need to get a cab or some other means of transportation to reach Sonmarg. 

By Road. The distance from Jammu to Sonmarg is around 400 kilometres which take approximately 10 to 12 hours to reach the place. During a road trip, you will enjoy some spectacular vistas on the way to Sonmarg. You will also get the opportunity to witness the famous Banihal Tunnel Jawahar Tunnel which connects the Kashmir Valley with other parts of India.

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