situated at a height of 2740 m in the state of Jammu and
Kashmir. Sonamarg is a small and beautiful hill resort.
Sonamarg literally means the 'Meadow of Gold' and is known so
due to the flowers that wraps the meadow in the spring. In the
earlier days, Sonamarg lies on the main trading route into
central Asia. Sonamarg is the last major point in the Kashmir
valley before the Zoji La pass into Ladakh. At the pass, the
green and lush Kashmiri landscape changes to the barren and
dry landscape of Ladakh. The passage to Sonamarg is through
the Sindh Valley which presents another face of the
countryside in Kashmir. Sonamarg is the main base for the
treks that passes along several mountain lakes like the
Vishansar, Kishansar, Gadsar, Satsar and Gangabal. Sonamarg is
also the major point for the drive to Ladakh across the Zoji
La pass. Sonamarg is also a base for undertaking the yatra to
the holy Amarnath cave. The best time to visit Sonamarg is
from April to June.
Sindh River that flows through the Sonamarg is bountiful with
Trout and Mahseer. So here, one can enjoy the trout and
mahseer fishing. In the Krishnasar Lake also you can enjoy the
trout fishing. Sonamarg also offers various trekking and
hiking trails, which attract the adventure lovers. The
adventure seekers may opt for trekking trails from Sonamarg to
lakes of Vishansar, Krishansar and Gangabal.
Tourist Attractions in Sonamarg
Sonamarg offers various places of interest to the tourists
like Nilagrad, Bisansar Lake & Krishnasar Lake and Nichnai
is a Baltic colony, situated about 6 kms. away from Sonamarg
where a mountain river meets the Indus river. The water of the
river is reddish in colour and is believed to have curative
power of many diseases. The various people visit this place on
Sunday to bath in the river.
Yousmarg is the famous picnic spot located near Sonamarg.
Yousmarg is known for its green pastures, pines and firs.
Thajiwas is located after a short and interesting walk from
Sonamarg. Thajiwas is known for the glaciers. The miniature
plateaus, snowfields, pines and islets adds to the charm of
Bisansar Lake & Krishnasar Lake
Bisansar and Krishnasar are the two beautiful lakes added to
the beauty of Sonamarg. The Bisansar Lake is situated at an
altitude of 4084 m, while crossing the river at Nichinai Pass,
with its its lovely natural beauty. Beside the lake is the
Krishnasar Lake situated at an altitude of 3801 m, and famous
for trout fishing.
How to reach Pahalgam
The nearest airport is located in Badgam District, connecting
the capital city with all the major cities in India.
The nearest railway station is located at Jammu and from there
National Highway NH1A connects the Kashmir valley with India.
Sonamarg is situated on the Srinagar-Leh Highway, about 81 km
from Srinagar. The National Highway NH1A connects Srinagar and
Anantnag with Sonamarg.