Sonamarg Tourism

Sonamarg Tourism

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  • State: Jammu & Kashmir
  • Famous for/as: Hill
Situated in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, Sonamarg is a popular hill station in the Kashmir Valley, located at an altitude of 2740 metres. The city lies before the Zoji La pass that leads to Ladakh and is surrounded by high snowy mountains. The passage of Sindh Valley leads to Sonamarg, which is another significant feature of Kashmir.

The name Sonamarg means ‘Meadow of Gold’. This name was given to the place as it is completely covered with a sheet of flowers during spring that appear gold in colour and also for being a decisive trading position, which makes it the main route into Central Asia. The falling sunlight on the high mountain peaks in the city also turns it golden in colour. The place has alpine weather conditions with pleasant summers and heavy snowfall in winter.

Sonamarg is the last stop of Kashmir that leads to the driveway from Srinagar to Leh. Trekking and hiking are quite popular here due to the presence of large number of mountains. Sonamarg is the starting point that leads to major mountain treks and lakes namely Vishansar, Kishansar, Gadsar, Satsar, and Gangabal as well as Amarnath Cave.

Sonamarg is also popular for its walkways out of which the major attraction is the 4 km route to Thajiwas, which is a small valley at the foot of the Sonamarg Glacier, covered with pine, fir and birch trees. The Thajiwas range has a large number of camping sites and also comprises many waterfalls and the Thajiwas Glacier.

Around the city, there are many places to visit like the trek to Gadsar Lake situated at 15 km from Sonamarg, featuring snowtrout, Satsar and alpine flowers, along with a trip to frozen Satsar Lake or Baltal. Other significant places in the city of Sonamarg include the Nilagrad, a mountain river that lies 6 km from Sonamarg which meets the Indus at the Baltic Colony.

Another place is the Krishnasar Lake, which is known for its natural and untouched surroundings. The River stands at the Bisansar Lake at an altitude of 3801 m and is famous for trout fishing. The Sindh River that flows through is full of trout and mahseer. It takes about a day to reach the sacred cave of Amarnath from Zoji La pass, which is close to Sonamarg.

Sonamarg is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Jammu and Amritsar.

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Kamal Rao

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  • Kamal Rao
  • Lives in Ludhiana
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"Sonamarg .."

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Oct 9, 2016
Sonamarg is a good place to visit in Kashmir. We visited this place during July month. Weather of this place will be pleasant during may to august. This place is very silent, cool breeze, magnificent views of valleys and sound of river will fresh your mind and soul .. Just hire a taxi from Srinagar and visit this place also don't forget to bargain with taxi driver. This is just one day tour. There are ample of hotels and food options in sonamarg. Trekking is also available. Sonamarg is on leh Srinagar road so some times there is little traffic on roads. Condition of roads is good. Locals are very helpful in Kashmir. If anybody is going to. Kashmir then he should definitely visitors place
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Devakanni Subramanian

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  • Devakanni Subramanian
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"Sonamarg .. Tajewas glacier"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Sep 4, 2016
In July and August we were in Sonamarg.
Good for anyone to stay and go for trekking.
We lost some good amount of weight.
Friendly local people.
We had Maggie, bread omelettes and ordered food in Maggie point near that glacier.
Down the hill we happened to see many hotels but we chose Dogra /mogra ... As they served South Indian food too.
Worst thing was the route from Manali to Leh ... And Leh to Sonamarg ...
75% of the route is awesome and breath taking. Thanks to Border Road Organisation and Indian Army for good roads and safety and connectivity round the clock.
25% of the roads are very risky ... With shooting stones, land slides, water crossing across ... Narrow roads in the cliffs where you are facing another vehicle often. We were in constant prayers. Plains looked very beautiful the day we reached Chandigarh.
We dint try the route via Srinagar as there was curfew ... Other wise Sonamarg is only 120 kms away from Srinagar airport ... Don't miss that beauty ... It is closes from October to March we heard .. Due to heavy snow fall. May and June to see the snow covered region and to play with sledges.
Go July for a healthy trek.
Go with hand gloves, woolen socks, jerkins, head covers etc .. An umbrella too ... As it suddenly rains ...
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Chirag Solanki

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  • Chirag Solanki
  • Lives in Indore
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  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jul 15, 2016
It was a one day stay for us in sonamarg. The place just had a mesmerising beauty of itself.
With glaciers and mountains all over, the cool breeze flowing makes you spell bound.
The journey to sonamarg serves as pure bliss for bikers and travellers.
The place has plentiful of small hotels for tourists. The river Sindh flows close by and almost everyone can reach it. It seems the place is tailor made for tourists themselves with everything one hopes for, whether it be glaciers, mountains, river, Flower gardens .. -A complete package.
Special places to visit are zero point, thajiwas glacier and the Sonmarg wildlife sanctuary.
One can easily fall asleep in the vast plain gardens lying at the foot of the mountains.
You can hire a Taxi that usually charges an amount starting from 200/- which can vary with the place and the no of persons.
The place can be well explored in a day or two.
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Srinivasa Raghavan

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  • Srinivasa Raghavan
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Nice place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jun 20, 2016
Sonmarg is the one of the most beautiful place in Kashmir. Approximately 50 kms from Srinagar, you can reach by 21/2 to 3 Hrs by vehicle. To reach the glacier, one must hire private vehicles (if you come by using taxis or Jammu registered taxis). You have to bargain for everything or you can take Ponies also. For sledging also one has to bargain. Gum boots and coats are essential to ride sledges. People are very good but unless you bargain you will loose your penny. We travelled from Srinagar early in the morning and returned late evening back to Srinagar. Good hotels are there. You can enjoy the scenic beauty of Thejiwas Glacier and Indus River throughout this trip.
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Noufal Kaippally

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  • Noufal Kaippally
  • Lives in Malappuram
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"Beautiful place to be in summer"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jun 18, 2016
If you are planning to take a horse ride, please do bargain. Or just walk a bit towards the cliff ( away from the union guys) you will get horse for cheap rate. If you are photography enthusiastic try a trek towards the glacier. Its really worth. Don't forget to carry a bottle of water.
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"Snow Fun!"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jun 5, 2016
The best place we visited in our 5 day trip to kashmir. Had good amount of snow, scenic beauty. I would recommend the ice sledge ride downwards. It would cost you 200 bucks if you negotiate good. The local car to sonmarg will take around 2k. You can always negotiate for less.
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Arunav Singh

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  • Arunav Singh
  • Lives in Lucknow
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"Spectacular view and place of snow"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 30, 2016
The route upto Sonamarg is quite photogenic and you will find yourself trying to see both sides of the car. There are cottages available if you wish to stay for the night or a few days.

There is ample snow here to play around with and you can opt for a sledge on which the guides present there will take you to the top and then after you have spent your share of time, they will take you sledding along the slopes of the hillock you just climbed 3.

Be sure to lend heavy jackets and boots before the climb. Don't bargain with the people there, they don't make a fortune doing that :/ just ask them for a reasonable price.

If you take chips packet then it will swell up and maybe burst too due to difference in air pressure, beware. On the way there stop at some local dhaba or tea store and drink "Kahwa", you will love it. The perfect place to create some unforgettable memories :)
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Shekhil Hassan

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"The place is beautiful with green Meadows"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 12, 2016
I got a chance to visit this place during my trekking, the place is beautiful with green Meadows and we would love to stay over there for our whole life time. Area is surrounded with glaciers and mountains with river flowing on side of the road which you take from Srinagar to sonamarg. During rainy season you need to be cautious of cloud burst but the place is a must visit. You will love this place if you do a trek from Sonamarg to Naranag with Indiahikes team "Great Lakes Kashmir Trek".
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Aakshi Chauhan

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  • Aakshi Chauhan
  • Lives in Delhi
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"Must visit place-Sonamarg"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Dec 28, 2015
It's worth going as it's a combination of nature at it's best with peace. You can even join adventures camp which are placed there and offer activities like trekking, pony ride, river rafting and cycling up to the peak. Moreover don't forget to taste the natural present Kkahwa tea there. Food have limited taste option but yes it's really tasty specially non-vegetarian. Beware of the fact that after 8 pm the shops will get close and the people will get disappear. After 9 pm it become really deserted so at that time stay at your place and enjoy the natural night and the sound of lake floating nearby. True environment lovers it's worth to go. There is kid-adventure park nearby where you can enjoy your free time and there is a water fall too. Glacier is also a day to and fro journey.
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Aditya Agrawal

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  • Aditya Agrawal
  • Lives in Raigarh
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"Fun & adventure, a must go place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 28, 2015
Sonamarg is about 70-80 kms from Srinagar. You should start early in the morning may be by 6:30-7:00 am to reduce travelling time as later in the day the traffic increases. Once you have reached Sonamarg you see huge mountains with greenery all over. Take a horse and visit to the sledging location. It is very much cold there so do take all the winter gears on rent from the local people. The experience of sledging is awesome. You should do good bargain for horse as well as sledging. A good memory of Sonamarg still makes us feel like going back again.
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