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Sonmarg "Meadow of Gold"

Sonamarg is an alpine valley hill station 87kms from Srinagar, it is located in the
vicinity of the great Himalayan glaciers of Kashmir valley namely Kolhoi Glacier and machoi Glacier. Sonamarg is
situated at a height of 2740 m in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Sonamarg is a small and beautiful hill resort.
Sonamarg literally means the ‘Meadow of Gold’ and is known so due to the flowers that wraps the meadow in the spring.
In the earlier days, Sonamarg lies on the main trading route into central Asia. Sonamarg is the last major point in
the Kashmir valley before the Zoji La pass into Ladakh. At the pass, the green and lush Kashmiri landscape changes
to the barren and dry landscape of Ladakh. The drive to Sonamarg is through the Sindh
Sonamarg is popular for its walkways. Thajiwas, a small valley located 4 kms fromSonamarg is a prime attraction
during the months of summer. The place is covered with fir,birch and pine trees. A large number of camping sites
are also present at Thajiwas overlooking at the glacier.. Sonamarg is also a base for undertaking the yatra to the
holy Amarnath cave. The Sindh River that meanders through the valley abounds with trout and mahaseer. Ponies can be
hired for the trip up to Thajiwas glacier, which is a major local attraction during the summer months. The best time
to visit Sonamarg is from April to June. If you want to cover Sonamarg in your Kashmir trip You can take day trip to
Sonamarg from Srinagar.

Tourist attractions in Somnarg


Nilagrad is a Baltic colony, situated about 6 kms. away from Sonamarg where a mountain river meets the Indus river. The water of the river is reddish in colour and is believed to have curative power of many diseases. The various people visit this place on Sunday to bath in the river.


Yousmarg is the famous picnic spot located near Sonamarg. Yousmarg is known for its green pastures, pines and firs.

Nichnai Pass

Nichnai Pass is the vintage point to view the breathtakingly beautiful lakes of Vishansar, Krishansar and Gangabal.


Thajiwas is located after a short and interesting walk from Sonamarg. Thajiwas is known for the glaciers. The miniature plateaus, snowfields, pines and islets adds to the charm of Thajiwas.

Bisansar Lake & Krishnasar Lake

Bisansar and Krishnasar are the two beautiful lakes added to the beauty of Sonamarg. The Bisansar Lake is situated at an altitude of 4084 m, while crossing the river at Nichinai Pass, with its its lovely natural beauty. Beside the lake is the Krishnasar Lake situated at an altitude of 3801 m, and famous for trout fishing.


Aru is a charming meadow that can be reached by walking along a mountain path. The Lidder river disappears at Gur Khumb and reappears after 27 mts.


Baisaran is one of the most beautiful place in Pahalgam. Baisaran is situated about 5 kms. from Pahalgam. The huge, undulating meadow of Baisaran is surrounded by thickly wooded forests of pine which presents a picturesque view of the snow-clad mountains.


Hajan, on the way to Chandanwari, is an idyllic spot for a picnic. Filmgoers will recognize it instantly as it has been the location of several movie scenes.

Sonmarg Facts

  • Elevation: 2,800 m

How to reach Sonamarg

By Air

The nearest airport is located in Badgam District, connecting the capital city with all the major cities in India.

By Rail/ Train

The nearest railway station is located at Jammu.

By Road

Sonamarg is situated on the Srinagar-Leh Highway, about 84 kms. from Srinagar. The National Highway NH1-A connects Srinagar and Anantnag with Sonamarg
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