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1Places In India Where You Might Find Snow In February
Places In India Where You Might Find Snow In February

HolidayIQ traveller Dam Il shares, "Sonamarg is a great place, it was a great place to visit, there are mountains from all the side and also glaciers are there. I went with my family, the Thajiwas is 3 km away from Sonamarg. If anyone is water loving then he must have to visit Thajiwas."

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2Photos You Must Show to All Those People Who Think India Is Not a Beautiful Country
Photos You Must Show to All Those People Who Think India Is Not a Beautiful Country

HolidayIQ Traveller Priyam Mondal says, “Sonamarg is a very lovely place especially for the newly married couple. It is located at a distance of 56 km from Srinagar. There are many snow peaked mountains in the area which everyone would love it. There are very few hotels at there as the place is not so crowded. So if you want to stay there then advance booking of the hotel would be a better option.”


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3The Kashmiri Golden route.
The Kashmiri Golden route.

HolidayIQ Reviewer Kamal Rao adds, “Baldly is just 15km from Sonamarg. Baldly is the 2nd entry point for Amarnath yatra. 1st one is Pahalgam. There is nothing special in this place. This place became active during the month of July and mid-August due to start of Amarnath yatra. During this time only those one are allowed at this place who are going to visit the holy cave with registration card. It means this is not a tourist spot this place is concerned with devotees of. Lord Shiva. Baldly .. Food, clothes, shoes, little bit trekking gear. Non-veg and whiskey are not allowed at this place during the yatra. During Amarnath yatra Baldly became a very busy place mix with a lot of dust on roads, ponies, a lot of locals and traffic. The landscape  of Baldly is very beautiful.” 


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4For its snow trekking, paragliding and rafting
For its snow trekking, paragliding and rafting

HolidayIQ Reviewer Saloni Goyal shares, “Local sightseeing involves a trek to the Thajwas Glacier. You need to hire ponies to reach Thajwas Glacier...If you have already visited Pahalgam, I feel like there's a little need to go there; but if you want, you again need to negotiate for those rides. There is also a fishing point and this is a verdant and beautiful place for fishing. A perfect place to go long walks and just slowing down the pace of life...Private vehicles are not allowed. You'll have to hire a taxi from Sonamarg by negotiating (around 2000 to 3000 INR along with gumboots and raincoat). From Sonamarg to Zero points it's about 15 km distance along NH 1D.”


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5Get lost in the greenery of Sonamarg
Get lost in the greenery of Sonamarg

The name Sonamarg means ‘Meadow of Gold’. It is indicative of the carpet of golden flowers this place gets covered with in spring. In winters however, the place is a reminder of those Yash Chopra movie shot in Switzerland. HolidayIQ traveller Chirag says, "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 spellbinds you."


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3 reviews

Real Heaven on Earth

Sanmarg, awesome place, paradise or heaven of india. I went first time to there, but I will visit again. In may month, we enjoy snow fall also. It was amazing experience for us. Zero point is the place there only snow in may month. I will visit again in winter season.

Er. rahul

Er. rahul5.0/5

184 reviews


Sonamarg is a town with snookered flower-laden fields, surrounded by majestic glaciers and serene lakes which casts subtle spells on the visitors.
Translating into 'the land of gold', Sonamarg is a picturesque town located in Kashmir valley at an elevation of around 2800 km from sea level. Bounded by natural beauty, breathtaking glaciers and serene lakes the place is a popular tourist attraction of Jammu & Kashmir. Nilagrad, a colony of the Baltics, is a picturesque location that one can always visit. Sonamarg is the home of many beautiful and serene lakes. Various mountain lakes such as Gangabal, Vishansar, Gadsar, Satsar and Kishansar are situated in and around Sonamarg. Another scenic eye catching lake in Sonamarg also includes Vishansar. Krishnasar Lake, at a height of 3, 801m above sea level, is popular for fishing with beautiful species such as the trouts.

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Sonamarg Overview

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.

Photos of Sonamarg

Thajiswas Glacier, Sonamarg

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Aakshi Chauhan

Thajiswas Glacier, Sonamarg
Zoji-La Pass, Sonamarg

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Rutvik Jani

Zoji-La Pass

There is so much to see in Sonamarg.

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