Among all the magnificent places to visit in Jammu and Kashmir, Sonamarg has its own beauty and grace! Also known as the ‘Meadow of Gold’, it is one of the most charming hill stations in the state and is known for its opulent beauty. Jotted with captivating hills and mountains that are blanketed with pearl-white snow, gurgling rivers and mesmeric glaciers, Sonamarg truly makes it in the list of must-visit places in India.
Beautifully sited on the banks of the Nallah Sindh, this graceful alpine valley is cossetted by the some of the fascinating peaks of the Himalayan Range. Located at an astounding height of 2,800m and around 84km from Srinagar, the meadow of gold got its name from its snow-clad mountains that reflects the magical views of the cerulean sky. Adding more to this enticing phenomenon, as the sun rises over the horizon, the entire Sonamarg valley creates a captivating spell on its visitors.
The abode of the Kolhoi and Machoi glaciers, this stunning hill station in Jammu & Kashmir is also known for its varied adventure options. The origin point of astounding treks to Vishansar Lake, Krishansar Lake, Gangabal Lake and Gadsar Lake, Sonamarag is also known for its ‘Mahseer’ and ‘Trout’ fishing angling expeditions. Over the last few years, Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Board has also encouraged river rafting that has been attracting rafting enthusiasts from different corners of the globe.
Though a quaint and tiny alpine valley, Sonamarg’s enticing beauty has made it one of the most beautiful places to visit in the entire country. It’s the magical appeal of this magnificent hill station that has got the meadow of gold featured in several Bollywood films till now! Visit this enchanting valley, and you will cherish its memories all through your life!
Best Time to Visit
Sonamarg experience three different seasons throughout the year: Summer, Monsoon and Winter. Summer usually starts in April and lasts till October with temperature rising from 9-340C. Monsoon makes its way during the month of July and brings in heavy showers till the end of September. Winter in Sonamarg usually begins in November and continues till March with a temperature range of -8 to 180C; during the winters, it becomes quite challenging to reach Sonamarg as it receives heavy snowfall during this period.
Except the winters, Sonamarg can be visited during the other two seasons. Ideally, April to November proves to be the best time to visit this amazing hill station.
Places to Visit in Sonamarg
01 Krishansar Lake:
This high altitude lake in Sonamarg reaches an astounding height of 3,710m and is perched amidst fascinating hills and mountains. Measuring around 1km in length, the lake serves as home to fish species like ‘brown trout’ and freezes down during the winters. With the advent of the summers, the melting glaciers and snows from its nearby mountains incites life to the frozen waters of this magnificent lake.
02 Thajiwas Glacier:
Surreal and enchanting in its own ways, the Thajiwas Glacier is located around 5km from Sonamarg. One of the most easily accessible glaciers in the country, it is an ideal tourist spots to enjoy a sledge ride during the summers and witness the miraculous beauty of the snow during the winters; the base of the glacier also serves as a perfect camping ground.
03 Zojila Pass:
Located 13,000 ft. above the sea level, it is one of the highest motorable passes in the world. A connecting pass between Kashmir and Ladakh, it lies in the western part of the Himalayas and is around 9km in length. Partially open during the winters, the thrill and enthralment of this pass often attracts the adventure seekers.
04 Nilagrad River:
One of the mystical streams in Sonamarg, the reddish waters of the Nilagrad River is believed to have medicinal properties. With the Indus River as its final point, it is located within a close proximity to the Krishnasar and Vishansar lakes.
05 Vishansar Lake:
With captivating snow-clad peaks serving as the background, this beautiful lake in Sonamarg attains a height of 3,710m. Also called the ‘Lake of Vishnu’, this stunning lake freezes down during the winters and comes back to life during the summers, when the entire vicinity gets covered up by exotic and wild flowers. A visit to Vishansar Lake during the summers is a dream come true experience!
06 Gadsar Lake:
Among all the lakes in Sonamarg, this is one of the most appealing as well as disguised one! According to the locals, the lakes is the abode of a mystical creature that drags the shepherds along with their grazing sheep. Well, whatever the truth might be, the fascinating beauty of the lake proves everything wrong, and makes the Gadsar Lake one of the must visit places in Sonamarg.
Things to do in Sonamarg
- River Rafting
- Lake Visits
Other Nearby Tourist Attractions
- Baltal Valley (15km)
- Gangabal Lake (37km)
- Srinagar (79km)
- Pahalgam (164km)
- Gulmarg (124km)
- Kargil (123km)
- Ladakh (382km)