Sonmarg is a picturesque hill station in the Kashmir valley in India. The town is located at an altitude of 2800 meters and adorned with a majestic glacier, meadow, dense forests, and snow-capped mountains that will leave you speechless.
Sonmarg means “Meadow of Gold” and it truly lives by its identity.
It offers the plenty of opportunities to unwind amidst its scenic vistas. There is a lot to do for adventure buffs like trekking and camping activities. Amongst the most popular treks starting from Sonmarg are Gangabal Lake Trek and Krishansar and Vishansar twin lakes.
Many honeymoon couples also flock to this town for cozying up amidst its beauty.
Sonmarg has ancient importance because it was a gateway on the ancient Silk Road that connects Kashmir with China. It provides as a base camp for Ladakh and is militarily very important for India.
The flower-laden valley of Sonmarg, nestled amongst the majestic Himalayan range has many tourist attractions to offer and Thajiwas Glacier is the major one.
The Baltal Valley is one of the best tourist destinations near Sonmarg. It offers some of the most spellbinding views of the Himalayan mountains. This valley serves as a camping area for pilgrims heading towards the sacred Hindu pilgrimage of Amarnath Cave. The nature lovers will also love to see the beautiful vistas of the Nilagrad River which boasts a red hue in its water and is known to have medicinal properties.
Zoji La Pass is located about 9 km from Sonmarg and is a very important link between Kashmir and Ladakh.
How to reach
The nearest International Airport is Srinagar International Airport, roughly 80 Kms from Sonmarg. It is well connected to the other important cities like Jammu, New Delhi, Mumbai, Leh, Amritsar and Bangalore.
The nearest railway station is Srinagar.
Sonamarg is 80 Kms from Srinagar, 120 Kms from Gulmarg, 144 Kms from Achabal, 150 Kms from Kokernag, 174 Kms from Pahalgam. Jammu and Kashmir State Road Transport Corporation operates regular buses to reach Sonmarg.