Sonamarg is an alpine valley located in Jammu and Kashmir. Translated, its name means 'meadow of gold' and it is rightly called so with the enchanting beauty of flowery meadows, snow-clad peaks, glaciers and pristine lakes. The Sindh or Indus river meanders through the valley nourishing an exotic flora and dense forests of fir, pine and silver birch in its vicinity.
Nestled in the lofty Himalayan mountains at an altitude of 2800m, this famous tourist destination is at a distance of approximately 90 km from Srinagar. The Zoji-la pass, which is one of the highest mountain passes and a gateway to Ladakh lies 15 km east of Sonamarg.
Kheer Bhavani Temple
Surrounded by beautiful snowy mountains and dense forests, Krishnasar lake is located around 20 km from Sonamarg. The lake stays frozen during winter. At an elevation of 3800 m, this mesmerizing lake is home to brown trout fish. It is a fishing and angling paradise for the fishing enthusiasts.
Vishansar is another high-altitude lake that is 18 km away from Sonamarg. The translation of its name means ‘lake of Vishnu', a Hindu god. At an altitude of 3710 m, the lake stays frozen during winter. Fed by several glaciers, the lake is a stunning beauty surrounded by Sonamarg's flowery meadows.
The stunning Thajiwas Glacier is about 5 km from Sonamarg and is at an altitude of 9100 ft. This silvery spectacle can be reached by either riding on ponies or trekking for less than 30 minutes. A half-day trek can be undertaken to explore the numerous waterfalls, frozen lakes and lush meadows around the glaciers.
Located around 13 km from Sonamarg, this high mountain pass in the Kashmir valley is at an altitude of 4139 m. All the famous lake treks are conducted through the Nichinai pass. Trekking through the arduous terrain comes with perks of witnessing the most stunning views of the lofty mountains, deep gorges, and valleys.