When you drive from Srinagar to Leh, Sonamarg is the last stop in Kashmir district. The region of Ladakh starts from here. Located at an altitude of 2743 meters above sea level, Sonamarg is perfect for its name, meaning 'Meadow of Gold'. The moment you enter Sonamarg, the first thing you will see is the snow-capped mountains which forms the backdrop of the city. Covered with alpine trees from all sides, Sonamarg has some lovely flower collections in Jammu and Kashmir. In winter, however, the city is covered with snow, making it a distinct attraction of white. The city has become famous for the many touring options it offers, mainly short walks and trek routes to nearby stunning areas. The most famous trek is definitely one that takes you to the Amarnath caves. Actually, Balamat, which uses the ASA base camp in addition to Sonamarg to start the holy Amarnath Yatra.
Sonamarg was known as a gateway on the Silk Road during ancient times, connecting Kashmir with China and Gulf countries through Gilgit.
A town in Kashmir became a part of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir after the Independence of India, Sonmarg. It is known for being a base camp for nearby tourist areas such as the Ladakh region and Amarnath Temple today. Though Sonmarg is generally a peaceful place, the Kashmir region has experienced conflicts, insurgency and militant attacks in the past. Hence, as it is a strategic region, the area has a heavy presence of the Indian Army. Despite this, people still appear in every season to watch the view of this beautiful place.
Sonamarg is very famous for its beautiful embroidery. The local people there will be seen wearing embroidered clothes. Folk music, traditional dance and festivals are a beautiful part of the people of Sonmarg. Several concerts and festivals are held in Sonamarg during the summers, such as the Paradise festival and the snow festival, which reflect the culture of the sonamarg. These festivals give a platform to local people to showcase their talent for attracting a large number of tourists. They of adventure sports activities, music dance performance as well as shows. An important Hindu temple, Amarnath cave, lies just 21.6 km away from Sonmarg. The cuisine of Kashmir typically consists of several delectable dishes such as Wazwan, Dum Aloo, Kashmiri Pulao, etc.
1. Zoji LA Pass
Located at a height of meters. The Zoji La Pass, in particular, is the second largest pass after the Photu La Pass, located at a distance of 4108 meters above sea level between Leh and Kargil. The Zoji-La Pass, considered to be the most dangerous pass of Kashmir, is surrounded by snow-capped mountains, Kashmir valley, Dras valleys and forests. Apart from this, it is considered to be the most dangerous pass in the valley. The place remains closed throughout the year except in the spring due to heavy snowfall. Tourists can reach this place via National Highway 1 which connects Leh and Srinagar cities.
Gadsar lake, also known as the "Valley of Flowers", is located at an altitude of about 5000 meters above sea level. It is 28 km from Sonamarg. Is situated at this distance. Situated in a picturesque view of the Himalayas, this lake is counted among the highest lakes in the region. In Kashmiri, Gadsar literally means "lake of fish". This lake is 0.85 km. Is long and its width is 0.76 km. is. Surrounded by alpine flowers, this lake freezes in the months of November and April. Tourists who are interested in fishing can enjoy trout fishing which is one of the popular activities here. Vaishonsar lake and Krishnasar lake are nearby tourist attractions.
3. Nilagrad River
Nilagrad River 6 km from Sonmarg. And is famous for its red water. It is believed that the red water of this river has medicinal properties. Therefore, every Sunday a large number of people come here to bathe. This river further merges with the Indus River in the Baltic Colony. Tourists visiting this place can also visit Vishansar Lake and Krishnasar lake nearby located.
Trekking is one of the most popular activities of Sonmarg. The snow-capped mountain peaks and scenic mountainous regions are both light and challenging trekking expeditions. The major trekking areas of Sonamarg pass through the Gangabal, Vishansar, Gadsar, Satsar and Krishnasar lakes. The temperature of the place remains pleasant during summer and it experiences heavy snowfall in winter.