Sonmarg, literally translating into 'Meadow of Gold' is a hill station in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. An alluring snowy backdrop, the perennial flow of the river Sindh, the glaciers of Kashmir valley is aesthetically crafted and provides the travellers with a delightful and a rather romantic view exhilarating the fancies of the travelers. Sonamarg (85 KMs from Srinagar) is renowned for Thajiwas Glacier and connects Kashmir to Ladakh region.
Surrounded by the breathtaking Himalayas Sonmarg is no less than Paradise on earth. Famous for its treks to Thajiwas glaciers, Amarnath cave and Zoji-la pass it is a trekkers and nature lovers delight. Also to mention that this place is at its best in summers as is lush green and serene and in winters is covered with white sheets of snow. With spectacular views of the Himalayan region it is also the base camp for the widely known 'Amarnath Yatra'. Countless lakes like the Gadsar, Vishansar continue to mesmerize the tourists and the experience is said to be 'one of a kind. . Also take an excursion to Baltal which is the base camp for all travelling to Amarnath. Visit to Sonmarg is not complete without enjoying the adventure on the road to Zoji-la pass which connects Sonmarg to Ladakh region.
The climate of Sonmarg is fresh and invigorating. However it is not suitable for a visit in winter due to the high risk of avalanches and freezing temperatures. The pony and car touts is pleasure to experience but are often unreasonably over-priced. Aside from the visual striking display of the valleys and white covered snow caps Sonmarg is an ideal destination for thrill seekers where river rafting, trekking and other adventure sports are well sought after.
When is Sonmarg don’t forget to visit a walnut orchard a simplistic delight of fresh walnuts grown under mild sunlight are sure to savor your tastes. The beauty of the place is rather inexpressible and is indeed more of an incredible experience regardless of whether one seeks a thrill ride, a romantic getaway or simply a trip of complete relaxation Sonmarg is one place that will definitely make every second count.
Sonmarg - THINGS TO KNOW
Hill-station, Trekking, Scenic
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