is situated at an altitude of 2740 m above sea level. The adventure
destination of Sonamarg lies 80 km northeast of Srinagar in the
Srinagar District of Jammu and Kashmir.
(Meadow of gold) is a trekker's heaven and has adventurous routes with
beautiful green water and frozen lakes around. The vale is believed to
be bestowed with mystical water which turns everything into eternal
riches. High altitude makes it cold even during summers. It is
advisable to always carry warm clothes and rain proofs.
The everlasting Thajiwas glacier, 3km from Sonamarg, provides a chance
to enjoy sledge ride on the snow even in mid Summer. Ponies are
available up to the glacier from Sonamarg. Superb campsites in
Thajiwas area makes ita a prime location for school camps and trekkers
during the Summer. Sind River is a natural hatchery of Trout, where
angling is great fun provide the permission is obtained from the
fisheries department. Ascending river makes Sonamarg ideal for River
Rafting, which is done in full swing by youths, corporate executives
and even old members with their families at different levels in the
Sind River Arrangements can be done through travel agents in Srinagar
or Sonamarg Development Authority. More adventure sports like
Paragliding is getting lots of takers during the Summer. Assistance is
available at the tourist office at Sonamarg.
The rugged countryside market makes one feel the thrill of adventure .
Island retreat a park amidst river Sind enrooted to Sonamarg. is a
real treat as a short stopover. The roaring Sind created a constant
cool breeze , it is hard to get off from such heavenly environs.
Sonamarg road passed through the village of Ganderbal, which also
leads to manasbal lake. This lake serves as home to many aquatic birds
making it a bird watchers paradise.
5 km from Ganderbal is the village of Tulmul where the shrine of Khir
Bhawani is situated. The sacred spring symbolizes goddess Ragnya Devi.
An annual festival, Jesth Ashtami is held during May June, when
according to beliefs, the goddess changes the colour of the spring
water. A trip to this temple will be worthwhile.
The famous Gangabal trek starts from Sonamarg across the Sind river
with the steep Nichnai Pass at 4080 m. Rough trek of 15 km from
Sonamarg will certainly make you stop at the first visible composite
in the area. Passing via Vihansar Lake at 3680 m and further to
Krishansar lake at 3819 m a marvelous campsite urges you to stop
A 23 km trek to Gadsar lake, 3900 m , passes through steep climbs
followed by a rapid descent, whereafter the magical gadsar lake
appears, mostly full of broken glacier masses. A trek of 17 km via
Satsar lake, 3600 m passes through Gangabal valley, where the view of
Harmukh Peak is breathtaking. Few kilometers walk will take you to
gangabal Lake 3570 m at the foot of Harmukh. A plain compsite amidst
the valey is an unforgettable experience.
From Gangabal , a 17 km tough descend leads to Naranag, where ruins of
Buddhist temples, built by Jauka , son of Ashoka and also by King
Lalita datya are still present. 5 km further down is Wangat 2050 m,
from where a metal road leads back to Sonamarg via Kangan and to
easily hire a registered guide and ponies from Sonamarg for this 4 to
6 days Gangabal trek which is open for the trekkers and explorers
throughout mid Summer.
Amarnathji Yatra : - Baltal Route
Best time to visit : April to October
Baltal, 15 km from Sonamarg at an altitude of 2743 m , is the base
camp of Amarnathji yatra . The meandering trek of 14 k from Baltal
leads to the Holy Cave . You can easily return the same day by early
evening to Baltal where ample tents are available at affordable cost.
Panies and Danies from Baltal can also be hired at fixed government
rates. Now operate Helicopter Services for Yatris from Baltal and
Srinagar during the yatra period
Sonamarg - How to Reach
Sonamarg lies on the Srinagar Leh Highway, which is easily accessible
through buses and taxis. The railway station at Jammu is the nearest
to the adventure destination of Sonamarg and caters to the rail
transportation. Further the National Highway Number 1A links the
Kashmir valley. The airport closest to Sonamarg is in the Badgam