Sonamarg is the base of a major treks that passes along several
mountain lakes – Vishansar, Kishansar, Gadsar, Satsar and
Gangabal. Sonamarg is also the take off station for the drive
to Ladakh across the Zojila, a major pass in the Great Himalayan
Range, through which the Srinagar-Leh Road passes.
Welcome to a spectacular vacation in the meadow of Gold -
Sonamarg. Sonamarg is one of the many famous hill resorts
of Jammu and Kashmir. Sonamarg is a major gateway to Ladakh
besides being a popular base for adventure sports. The spectacular
valley of Sonamarg derives its name from a legend. As per
the legend there is a well in the Sonamarg valley whose water
can turn anything into gold. The other possible reason for
the name Sonamarg could be its location on the route to Central
Asia. Sonamarg is in fact wrapped in sycamore, alpine flowers,
silver birch, fir and pine.
The passage to Sonamarg is through the Sindh Valley which
presents yet another bewitching facet of countryside in Kashmir.
Situated at an altitude of 2,740 m, Sonamarg in Kashmir is
framed by snowy mountains against a sapphires sky. Sonamarg
literally means the 'Meadow of Gold' and although this could
be due to the profusion of flowers that wraps the meadow in
the spring it is also possible that the name originates from
Sonamarg's decisive trading position in the days when this
was a main route into central Asia. The Sindh River flows
through the place and is bountiful with Trout and Mahseer.
Major Attractions in Sonamarg:-
Sonamarg is a popular hill station among tourists mainly from
the plains of northern India. The hill station has pristine
beauty, peace and pleasant weather, which attract the tourists.
Nilagrad - A mountain river meets the Indus
at the Baltic colony, Nilagrad, 6-km away from Sonamarg. The
water of the river is reddish in colour. The Baltic thinks
the water has curative power of many diseases. Inhabitants
of the colony visit this place every Sunday to bath in the
Nagin Lake - Nagin Lake, which is usually
thought of as a separate lake, is also divided from Dal Lake
only by a causeway. The causeways are mostly suitable for
walkers and bicycles only so they make a very pleasant way
of seeing the lake without having to worry about traffic or
Shikaras. The main causeway across the lake carries the water
pipeline for Srinagar's mains water supply.
Bisansar Lake & Krishnasar Lake -These are two
beautiful lakes added to the beauty of Sonamarg. On the way
from Sonamarg to Bisansar Lake via Nichinai Pass, stands the
Bisansar Lake at an altitude of 4, 084m, while crossing the
river at Nichinai Pass, with its its lovely natural beauty.
Beside the lake is the Krishnasagar Lake at an altitude of
3,801m, famous for Trout fishing.
Best Time to Visit : May To June
How to reach
Sonamarg can be easily accessed through air, train or road.
By Air : Sonamarg is in Srinagar District
on the Srinagar Leh Highway, 81-km from Srinagar. The nearest
airport is in Badgam District, connecting the capital city
with all the major cities in India.
By Rail : The nearest Railhead is at Jammu
and from there National Highway NH1A connects the Kashmir
valley with India.
By Road : Every sort of transport to suit
every budget from Buses to Taxis ply on National Highway NH1A.
It takes around 10 to 12 hours to cross this mountainous road,
which crosses some beautiful spots and the famous Jawahar
Tunnel linking Kashmir Valley with India. Bus service is available
from Srinagar and Anantnag, which leave at fixed time from
the Bus stands. Taxis and other sort of transport can be hired
from Srinagar at pre-fixed rates. Assistance is available
at Tourist Reception Centre, Srinagar.
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