Sonamarg in Srinagar

Carpeted with lush greenery and alpine flowers, the name Sonamarg or Meadow of Gold, perfectly fits this region in Kashmir.

Carpeted with lush greenery and alpine flowers, the name Sonamarg or Meadow of Gold, perfectly fits this region in Kashmir. | Photo credit: Kashmir Pictures/flickr

Sonamarg Overview

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Sonamarg is a picturesque town and tourist destination that lies in Ganderbal district, towards the outskirts of Srinagar. Carpeted with lush greenery and alpine flowers, the region justifies its name that means 'Meadow of Gold' on translation. It lies at an altitude of 2740 metres above the mean sea level and is blessed with snowy pinnacles like Mount Haramukh and Kanasar. Sparkling lakes like Gangabal, Vishansar, Krishnasar and Gadsar further beautify the enchanting landscape of this scenic valley. Visitors coming to this hamlet are mesmerised by vistas of the Thajiwas Glacier, Baltal and Naranag, which are its prime attractions. Equally fascinating is the confluence of rivers at Nilagrad, where water has a red hue. This place offers opportunities for several engaging activities, which draw a horde of visitors. Owing to its proximity to the Zoji La Pass, it is considered as the gateway to Ladakh. It serves as the camping base for pilgrims heading to the sacred Amarnath Caves during the revered pilgrimage. Trekking is a popular activity conducted in Sonamarg as it is surrounded by lofty mountains and glaciers that are perfect for this thrilling activity. The shimmering lakes of this region are inhabited by a large population of trout fish, which is why it is famous for fishing and angling.

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    Blessed with ethereal beauty of nature, Sonamarg is a destination that offers a picture-perfect vista in every direction. Photography lovers would be enthralled by the mesmerising panorama of this region, which make beautiful snapshots.

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