Sonamarg is a wonderful destination for an intrepid traveler, who is looking for 'meadows of gold' (this is what Sonamarg means) and exciting places for adventure sports. Perched at an altitude of about 2,740 metres above sea level Sonamarg is a scenic tourist attraction located in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Sonamarg is at a distance of about 80 kilometres from Srinagar.
Tourist places in and around Sonamarg
At a time when mercury rises in the plains of India, it is soothing cool in the upper reaches. Sonamarg is a perfect tourist destination for summer. The lush meadows and snow capped peaks in the backdrop offer magnificent views. Sonamarg is a complete scenic destination in itself. There are a number of places that one can visit when in Sonamarg. There are a number of waterfalls in and around Sonamarg that you can visit. Gadsar Lake and Satsar Lake are two beautiful lakes that you can visit. The lakes are surrounded by tress and flowers. Nilgrad and Nichnai Pass are other two beautiful places that you can visit.
Some of the places around Sonamarg that you can visit are Thajiwas, Baltal, Zoji-la pass and Yushmarg.
Things to do
Sonamarg is not only about scenic beauty but the place also offers some wonderful treks and hiking opportunity. Sonamarg offers some of the finest treks in the area that take you to many beautiful spots. You can trek to Vishansar, Krishansar and Gangabal lakes from Sonamarg.
Sonamarg also offers wonderful opportunity for fishing. The Sind River provides a wonderful opportunity for trout and mahseer fishing.
Getting there and accommodation
One can reach Sonamarg by road through the Srinagar-Leh Highway. Srinagar is the nearest airport and the nearest railhead is Jammu.
Tourist lodges run by the Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation are ideal places to stay in Sonamarg. You may also stay at tourist bungalows and hotels in Sonamarg.
Things to keep in mind
Woolen clothes are a must on your tour to Sonamarg. It is essential to gather information about the nearby areas and climate of the region. If you plan to travel to interior areas of Sonamarg, it is necessary to take permission from the authorities.
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