Sonmarg in kashmir. Places to visit in sonmarg. Sonamarg hill station is situated at an Altitude of 2730 m, in the Ganderbal district of Jammu and kashmir. Sonamarg gives rise to the three sisters (Kashmir). In its vicinity lies the great Himalayan glaciers of Kashmir Valley namely Kolahoi Glacier and Machoi Glacier with some peaks of above 5000 meters: Sirbal Peak, Kolhoi Peak, Amarnath Peak and Machoi Peak. Sonamarg an alpine valley is situated at the bank of Nallah Sindh, 87 km north-east from Srinagar, it is a popular tourist destination, nestled within the imposing Himalayan peaks.
Sonmarg in kashmir
Sonamarg lies at an altitude of 2800 meters above sea level. The drive to Sonamarg is through yet another spectacular facet of countryside in Kashmir, this time it is the Nallah Sindh, the largest tributary of the Jhelum River in the valley of Kashmir. It is upwards of sixty miles long valley and deep rock-girt gorge to open grassy meadow land and village-dotted slopes. Sonamarg means meadow of gold which is its backdrop with snowy mountains against a cerulean sky. The Sindh meanders along here and abounds with trout and snow trout can be caught in the main river. In late April when Sonamarg is open for road transport, the visitors can have access to snow which is furnished all over like a white carpet. Private vehicles are not allowed. Visitors have to hire taxi and it is controlled by taxi mafia. Ponies can be hired for the trip up to Thajiwas glacier a major attraction during the summer months.
The climate of Sonamarg is very bracing but the rainfall is frequent though not heavy, except for two or three days at a time in July and August with fine spell in between. From Sonamarg, trekking routes lead to the Himalayan lakes of Vishansar Lake, Krishnasar Lake, Gangabal Lake and Gadsar Lake, stocked with Snow Trout and Brown trout and Satsar, glacier-fed and surrounded by banks of alpine flowers. A close by excursion is to Baltal, 15 km East of Sonamarg. This little valley lies at the foot of the Zojila, only a day’s journey away from the sacred cave of Amarnath is a base camp for Amarnath yatra.
Sonamarg in kashmir
Trekkers can also reach the starkly splendid roof-top of the world Leh, by crossing over the Zoji La pass. At Sonmarg the Jammu and Kashmir tourism department is organizing river rafting tournaments yearly, which has recently seen the participation of teams abroad. A large number of Hindi movies have been pictured in the serene beauties of Sonamarg. Sonamarg is easily accessible from Srinagar or Srinagar Airport (SXR), the capital of Kashmir, in under 3 hours by car or by bus on NH 1D 87 kilometers which leads along Nallah Sindh a key tourist attraction.
Sonamarg is inaccessible during winter due to heavy snowfall and avalanches, NH 1D is closed in December every year, the local traffic is permitted only up to Gagangear village, which is the last permanent settlement of this area. Only the Choppers of Indian army lands at Sonamarg during winter carrying essentials for the army camp, and the army personnel are the only people who stay at Sonamarg during these harsh weather conditions. After Kargil war these high altitude alpine meadows have seen heavy deployment of Indian army. The government has given a green signal to dig a 6 kilometer tunnel at Gagangir and 14 kilometer tunnel at Zojila, which will not only keep Sonamarg open round the year but also the Ladakh, this project is still in papers. Main attraction of this place is Thajiwas Glacier.
Visitors must be very careful from the pony and car touts. This will always miss guide you and ask handsome amount to access them. Your travel car will not have access to reach Thajiwas Glacier. You must need to hire either pony or local car to reach there. It is just about 5 minute drive by car. They may be ask you about INR ₹900 for pony/person or INR ₹5000 per car. Always negotiate with them. You can easily negotiate them for INR 700 for three point i.e Thajiwas Glacier, Fish Pond and Sarbal Park. In Thajiwas, you will get the snow but tout will misguide you for not having over there. At last if you want to enjoy snow in Thajiwas Glacier, Hire car for INR ₹2000, I’m sure you will get it over there. You can hire sledge-cart for ₹100-₹200 INR and gum shoes for INR ₹50-100 in the month of May as its the peak time for them too.