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Sonmarg, Kashmir

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Sonmarg, which translates to “Meadow of Gold,” is a charming hill town in the Kashmir Valley, 2800 metres above sea level. Sonmarg is a beautiful vacation destination because of its majestic glaciers, meadows, thick forests, and snow-capped mountains. The famous Amarnath Yatra begins from the base location of Sonmarg.The River Sindh winds its way through the valley and takes care of the flora of the region, which includes silver birch, fir, pine, and alpine flowers. Many visitors come to the area to take a dip in the red river, which is said to have healing properties. Tourists must experience ice-skiing at the Thajiwas Glacier and white-water river rafting at Shutkari Bridge. Sonmarg and Gilgit historically served as the entry points to the Silk Road. It connected Tibet with Kashmir. Zoji La Pass, one of the highest passes for road travel, is about 15 kilometres to the east of this location.
Sonmarg, Kashmir

Nearby Places to See

Vishansar Lake
It is an alpine lake that is located at about 12,170 feet of elevation. On one side, stepped grasslands encircle the lake, while the other is bordered by sharp mountains. The lake is very important to Kashmiri Pandits because Vishansar means the home of Vishnu.
Vishansar Lake
Zoji La Pass
Zoji La Pass
One of India’s most notorious and dangerous passes is located approximately at an elevation of 11,650 feet. Driving the 26-kilometre trail is exciting and nerve-wracking, and it also takes a lot of patience. It divided the Dras valley from the Kashmir valley and was 9 kilometres from Sonmarg. The thrilling experience of driving on this road is enhanced by the deep ravines, rough roads, and jagged mountains.
Nilagrad River
This river, which is about 5 kilometres from Sonmarg, is well-known for its reddish water. It is a highly revered body of water because of its unusually coloured water, and it is thought that the river is brimming with therapeutic benefits. A large number of people make it a point to take a bath in the river on a regular basis.
Thajiwas Glacier
This glacier is approximately 9,180 feet above sea level and is located 3 km from Sonmarg. It gets its name from the Thajiwas mountain, which towers over the glacier’s iced-over lake. Since one can start their trek from Sonamarg, it is a popular destination.
Thajiwas Glacier
Baltal Valley
Baltal Valley
The Baltal base camp for the Amarnath yatra is located 14 kilometres away from Sonmarg. The place is famous for its holy caves and one can either trek or hire a pony. Camping is the popular activity at Baltal as the vast expanse of grass lands are ideal for the same. It is located at a height of about 9,000 feet.
Shutkari Bridge
Activities involving white river rafting are conducted under this bridge. It was established in 2011 and has grown to draw an increasing number of tourists over time. The three levels correspond to the three levels of difficulty.
Gadsar Lake
At about 12000 feet, it is another high altitude location. In Kashmiri, “gadsar” refers to a lake with fish. The lake’s bluish-green waters are beautiful, and like the others, it is surrounded by mountains and stepped grasslands. Visitors often refer to the lake’s surrounding area as “the valley of flowers” because of the abundance of alpine flowers there. The lake is accessible from Sonmarg via a hiking trail that passes by the Vishansar and Krishansar lakes. It is a 50-kilometres hike that passes by five lakes and begins and ends in Sonmarg.
Gadsar Lake
Sarbal Village
It is a tiny village that is only 2 km from Sonmarg. It is one of the most picturesque villages in the state and is situated on the banks of the Sindh River, deep inside a forest.
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