Sonamarg means a meadow of gold. A tranquil valley set amongst glaciers and placid lakes, it has flower-laden meadows, panoramic views of the snow-covered Himalayan peaks and a number of trekking and hiking trails. Situated in the western part of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, it is set an altitude of 2740 m above sea level and is surrounded by the Himalayas. 80 km Srinagar, Sonamarg has alpine weather conditions with mild and pleasant summers from April to June and chilly winters from November to February accompanied by heavy snowfall. Surrounded by some of the highest mountain ranges of the world, the sparkling snowcapped mountains reflect the golden rays of the sun to give Sonamarg its name. One can see magnificent views of snow-clad ranges and attractive meadows enroute while going to Sonamarg from Srinagar. Wonders of the nature abound in Sonamarg in its quiet meadows and flower-carpeted fields.
Hiking and trekking Sonamarg and the areas attract the
adventure-seeking tourists. A spur of the Thajiwas Range covered
with pine, fir, and birch trees divides the Sonamarg valley and has a
number of camping sites nearby. On the other side of the spur, are a
number of waterfalls and the captivating Thajiwas glacier. There
are trekking routes from Sonamarg to the Himalayan lakes of Vishansar
at an altitude of 4080 m above sea level, Krishansar at an
altitude of 3810 m above sea level and Gangabal at an altitude
of 3658 m above sea level. The trek to Gadsar Lake with its
abundant snow trout and the frozen Satsar Lakesurrounded by
alpine flowers and trees, trekking to Baltal, which 15 km from
Sonamarg is a delight. Situated at the foot of the Zojila pss, it the
gateway to the land of Ladakh.
Sonamarg is a tranquil valley situated amongst glaciers and placid lakes.