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Sonmarg (2730 m, 85 Km)

Sonmarg is situated at a distance of 84 kms from Srinagar, on the Srinagar-Ladakh Road. The route passes through the picturesque town of Ganderbal (21 kms), Kangan (40 kms) and Gund of the SindhValley, before reaching the resort. Spectacular views of the Harmukh range dominate the horizon. The drive to Sonmarg is through the Sindh Valley which presents yet another spectacular facet of countryside in Kashmir. Situated at an altitude of 2730 m, Sonmarg) has, as its backdrop, snowy mountains against a cerulean sky. The Sindh River that meanders through the valley abounds with trout. Ponies can be hired for the trip up to Thajiwas glacier, which is a major local attraction during the summer months.

Sonmarg called the "Gateway to Ladakh" translate into "Meadow of gold" Because of the local yellow crocus which bloom in thee spring. It is the farthest excursion spot from Srinagar passing through the spectacularly beautiful sindh valley and picturesque village. It is surrounded by pine trees and mountains slopes which offer challenging possibilities for mountaineers and trekkers. Sonmarg is famous for its rock climbing sites, alpine skiing and trout fishing in the roaring river sindh. It also serves as a base for the Amarnathji Yatra from the Baltal route which is 15 km away.

Sonmarg is the base of a major trek that passes along several mountain lakes–Vishansar, Kishansar, Gadsar, Satsar and Gangabal. Sonmarg is also the take off station for the drive to Ladakh across the Zojila, a major pass in the Great Himalayan Ranges, through which the Srinagar-Leh Road passes.

Sightseeing in Sonmarg


    A Marvel of nature, the perennial Thajiwas glacier provides a golden opportunity for visitor to enjoy snow even during summer. It has attractive walks, treks and horse riding. There are marvelous camp sites in this area which is a major attraction for school camps and trekkers.


    For Kashmiri pandits the Gangabal Lake has been Sacred for Centuries. Gangabal Lake is a hiker's delight and passes through Nichnai Pass and Vishansar and Krishansar Lakes which are ideal for fishing.


    To the west of Kangan on the srinagar- Sonmarg road are the ancient ruins of temples believed to have been built in the 3rd century by Jaluka, son of Emperor Asoka. The Vishnu temple at the site is said to be constructed by king lalitayaditya Muktapidya.