Languages Hindi, Urdu, and Kashmiri
Best time to visit April-June
Sonamarg is situated at an altitude of 2740 m above sea level. The
adventure destination of Sonamarg lies 80 km northeast of Srinagar in
the Srinagar District of Jammu and Kashmir.
(Meadow of gold) is a trekker's heaven and has adventurous routes with
beatiful green water and frozen lakes around. The vale is believed to be
bestowed with mystical water which turns everything into enternal
riches. High altitude makes it cold even during summers. It is advisable
to always carry warm clothes and rain proofs.
The everlasting Thajiwas glacier, 3km from Sonamarg, provides a chance
to enjoy sledge ride on the snow even in mid Summer. Ponies are
available up to the glacier from Sonamarg. Superb campsites in Thajiwas
area makes ita a prime location for school camps and trekkers during the
Summer. Sind River is a natural hatchery of Trout, where angling is
great fun provied the permission is obtained from the fisheries
department. Ascending river makes Sonamarg ideal for River Rafting,
which is done in full swing by youths, corporate executives and even old
members with their familes at different levels in the Sind River
Arrangements can be done through travel agents in Srinagar or Sonamarg
Development Authority. More adventure sports like Paragliding is getting
lots of takers during the Summer. Assistance is available at the tourist
office at Sonamarg.
The rugged countryside market makes one feel the thrill of adventure .
Island retreat a park amidst river Sind enroute to Sonamarg. is a real
treat as a short stopover. The roaring Sind created a constant cool
breeze , it is hard to get off from such heavenly environs.
Sonamarg road passed trhough the village of Ganderbal, which also leads
to manasbal lake. This lake serves as home to many aquatic birds makig
it a bird watchers paradise.
5 km from Ganderbal is the village of Tulmul where the shrine of Khir
Bhawani is situated. The sacred spring symbolizes goddess Ragnya Devi.
An annual festival, Jesth Ashtami is held during May June, when
according to beliefs, the goddess changes the colour of the spring
water. A trip to this temple will be worthwhile.
The famous Gangabal trek starts from Sonamarg across the Sind river with
the steep Nichnai Pass at 4080 m. Rough trek of 15 km from Sonamarg will
certainly make you stop at the first visible compsite in the area.
Passing via Vihansar Lake at 3680 m and further to Krishansar lake at
3819 m a marvelous campsite urges you to stop overnight.
A 23 km trek to Gadsar lake, 3900 m , passes through steep climbs
followed by a rapid descent, whereafter the magical gadsar lake appears,
mostly full of broken glacier masses. A trek of 17 km via Satsar lake,
3600 m passes through Gangabal valley, where the view of Harmukh Peak is
breathtaking. Few kilometers walk will take you to gangabal Lake 3570 m
at the foot of Harmukh. A plain compsite amidst the valey is an
From Gangabal , a 17 km tough descend leads to Naranag, where ruins of
Buddhist temples, built by Jauka , son of Ashoka and also by King
Lalitadatya are still present. 5 km fruther down is Wangat 2050 m, from
where a metal road leads back to Sonamarg via Kangan and to Srinagar.
You can easily hire a registered guide and ponies from Sonamarg for this
4 to 6 days Gangabal trek which is open for the trekkers and explorers
throughout mid Summer.
Amarnathji Yatra : - Baltal Route
Best time to visit : April to October
Baltal, 15 km from Sonamarg at an altitude of 2743 m , is the base camp
of Amarnathji yatra . The meandering trek of 14 k from Baltal leads to
the Holy Cave . You can easily return the same day by early evening to
Baltal where ample tents are available at affordable cost. Panies and
Danies from Baltal can also be hired at fixed government rates. Now
operate Helicopter Services for Yatris from Baltal and Srinagar during
the yatra period
Sonamarg - How to Reach
Sonamarg lies on the Srinagar Leh Highway, which is easily accessible
through buses and taxis. The railway station at Jammu is the nearest to
the adventure destination of Sonamarg and caters to the rail
transportation. Further the National Highway Number 1A links the Kashmir
valley. The airport closest to Sonamarg is in the Badgam District.