Sonamarg is in Kashmir, and it has a lot of great places to see. The Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir is where Sonamarg Hill Station is located. It is in the district of Ganderbal. Sonmarg can also be spelled Sonamarg or Sonamarag. Sonamarg is where all three of Kashmir’s sisters come from. Kolahoi Glacier and Machoi Glacier are two of the largest Himalayan glaciers in the Kashmir Valley.
Sonamarg in Kashmir
Sirbal Peak, Kolahoi Peak, Amarnath Peak, and Machoi Peak, all of which are over 5,000 meters high, are also nearby. In the Himalayas, Sonamarg is a popular place for tourists to visit. About 87 kilometers north of Srinagar, it is an alpine valley on the bank of the Nallah Sindh. Sonamarg is located 2800 meters above sea level.
On the way to Sonamarg, the Nallah Sindh is another beautiful part of the landscape. It is the largest stream that flows into the Jhelum River in the Kashmir Valley. It is more than sixty miles long and has a deep, rocky gorge that opens up into a grassy meadow and slopes with villages. Sonamarg means “golden meadow,” which is a good way to describe the snow-covered mountains and blue sky in the background.
This area is near the Sindh River, which is full of trout. Snow trout can be caught in the main river. When the road to Sonamarg opens in late April, people will be able to get to the snow, which is all over the place like a white carpet. You can’t bring your own car. The taxi mafia runs the taxis that tourists have to take.
For the trip up to the Thajiwas Glacier, which is a popular summer attraction, you can rent ponies. Sonamarg has a very cool climate, but it rains often, though not very hard, except for two or three days at a time in July and August. From Sonamarg, you can hike to Vishansar, Krishnasar, Gangabal, and Gadsar, which are all Himalayan lakes.
Here, there are a lot of snow trout and brown trout, as well as Satsar, which is fed by glaciers and surrounded by alpine flowers. Baltal, which is 15 kilometers east of Sonamarg, is a nearby place to visit. This small valley at the base of Zojila is where the Amarnath yatra starts and ends. The holy cave of Amarnath is only a day’s walk away.
In October 2011, my family and I came here for the first time for the Durga Puja holiday. That trip was also a chance for me to take pictures with my Nikon D7000 and D5000 digital SLR cameras. Then, because Kashmir is such a beautiful place, I went back there three times in different years. Kashmir has many beautiful landscapes that take a long time to see and take pictures of.
Trekkers in Leh can also cross the Zoji La Pass to get to the world’s most stunningly beautiful roof. The tourism department of Jammu and Kashmir holds river rafting tournaments every year in Sonmarg. Just recently, teams from other countries have started to come to these tournaments. Many Hindi movies have been shot in Sonamarg because of its peaceful beauty.
Sonmarg in Kashmir
Sonamarg is easy to get to from Srinagar or Srinagar Airport (SXR), which is the capital of Kashmir. On NH 1D, which goes along the popular tourist spot Nallah Sindh, it takes less than 3 hours by car or bus to get there. In the winter, it’s impossible to get to Sonamarg because of the snow and avalanches. National Highway No. 1D is closed every December. Gagangear village, which is the last permanent settlement in the area, can only be reached by people who live there.
During the winter, the Indian Army is the only group that can land at Sonamarg. They bring supplies to the army camp, and during bad weather, only people who work for the army stay there. There were a lot of Indian Army troops in these high-altitude alpine meadows after the Kargil War. The government has given permission to dig a tunnel at Gagangir that is 6 kilometers long and a tunnel at Zojila that is 14 kilometers long.
With these tunnels, Sonamarg and the Ladakh region will be accessible all year. The main thing to see here is the Thajiwas Glacier. The last part of the Zojila tunnel should be done by September 2025. That will be a long time before November 2026, when the deadline is. Officials say that the tunnel could be ready for use by the military by September 2024.
Visitors need to be very careful around ponies and car touts, or middlemen. You will always fall for this, and it will cost you a lot of money to get to them. You can’t drive your travel car to Thajiwas Glacier. You have to hire a pony or a local car to get there. You can drive there in about 5 minutes. You may have to pay INR 900 per person or INR 5000 per car. Try to make deals with them all the time.
For INR 700, they can easily take you to Thajiwas Glacier, Fish Pond, and Sarbal Park. Even though the middlemen will tell you that it won’t snow in Thajiwas, it will. Last but not least, I’m sure you can rent a car for INR 2,000 and get to Thajiwas Glacier if you want to see snow there. In May, which is also their busiest month, you can rent a sled cart for 100–200 INR and snowshoes for 50–100 INR.