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Sonamarg

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Best Time: May-Oct Read More

Ideal duration: 1-2 days

Nearest Airport: Srinagar Check Flights

Sonamarg Tourism

Sonamarg is a town with snow-covered 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 ofÊJammuÊ& 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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An Adventure Hub

Sonamarg is not only known for its beauty, but for its adventure sports as well. A quaint hill station like Sonamarg has become a major hub for adrenaline junkies who like to indulge in blood-pumping physical activities while being surrounded by the beauty of nature.
Whitewater River Rafting: Sonamarg holds a rafting competition every year and boosts the competitive spirits of people. Indus river of Sonamarg is famous for whitewater river rafting. The river is surrounded by hills on the either sides. Under proper guidance, even a novice can enjoy the pleasure of rafting in Sonamarg.
Camping: Sonamarg is the perfect place for camping under the starry nights. You can set up your camp on the bank of a river and have a bonfire. Baltal Valley, in particular, is an ideal place in to enjoy camping. It is surrounded by thick forests and magnificent landscapes.
Trekking: You can enjoy short as well long treks in Sonamarg. A trek to Vishansar, Krishnasar, Gangabal, Satsar and Gadsar lake can be undertaken by experienced trekkers. This trek is known as Kashmir Great Lakes Trek. If you are physically fit and experienced, you can venture into faraway territories. You can trek to Leh via Zoji La Pass.
Skiing: In winters, Sonamarg is a skiing heaven. White blanket veils the peaks of the Himalayas, and Sonamarg turns into a snowy kingdom. You can indulge in skiing here. You can even choose to relax with your family and build snowmen! You must go to see Sonamarg’s winters before the wet spells of snow transpire. 

Restaurants and Local Food in Sonamarg

Sonamarg's cusine is not very diverse but derives most popular delicacies from a typical Kashmiri cuisine. Local cuisine includes Syoon Olav (Meat with Potatoes cooked in spicy gravy), Marcha-Wangan korma, Nadir-Haaq/Gogji/Monji (lotus stems cooked with Spinach or Radish), Muj Gaad (Fish with Radish), Modur Pulaav (Sweet Pulao, usually as a dessert), Kaanti (lamb pieces in red hot gravy, usually eaten as a snack and not part of the main course) and Matschgand (minced lamb meatballs in spicy red gravy).
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What's Great?

Beautiful landscapes which are untouched by commercialization. Pleasant weather as compared to other parts of the country. A perfect place for adrenaline junkies. Delectable Kashmiri cuisine.

What's Not So Great?

Sudden terrorist attacks and curfews in the valleys may scare you. So, precaution has to be taken.

For Whom?

Sonmarg has a vast array of options for everyone. If you want to relax and lose yourself in the beauty of nature, there is no better place than Sonamarg. The peaceful ambiance and gorgeous landscapes will make you feel extremely relaxed. If you are an adventure seeker, then you'd love Sonamarg. It offers you a chance for river rafting, skiing, trekking and camping.

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How To Reach Sonamarg

Situated in the Himalayas, Sonamarg does not have a railway station or an airport. The nearest railway station is at Udhampur (250 km), and Jammu railway station is also nearby which is around 300 km. Jammu station is well connected by rail with the rest of the India. From Jammu or Udhampur, you can take a cab or a bus to reach Sonamarg. The nearest airport is in Srinagar (70 km), and taxis or buses are readily available to take one to Sonamarg. However, Sonamarg is mostly inaccessible during winter due to heavy snowfall and avalanches.

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Pallavi Siddhanta 1 year ago
- If going in the chilly months, do not forget to carry all your woolens. Also, carry a map of the area as the area can be confusing and you might lose track.
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