Nilagrad river is located at a distance of about 6 km from Sonamarg and is popular because of its reddish water. It is believed that the reddish water of this river bears medicinal properties. Hence, people come here every Sunday, in large numbers to bathe in the river. The river further merges with the Indus river at the Baltic Colony.
Tourists visiting this place can also see Krishnasar Lake and Vishansar Lake, which are located nearby.
Gangabal Lake, situated at an elevation of 3570 m above sea level, rests at the foot of the Mount Haramukh, which is the highest mountain peak in the valley of Kashmir. Also known as Harmuk Ganga, the lake measures 2.5 km in length and 1 km in breadth and is one of the major sources of the river Jhelum.
The Gangabal Lake is fed by various glaciers and springs and it outflows into the nearby Nundakol Lake and finally reaches the Nallah Sindh. Tourists who enjoy fishing can go for trout fishing in this lake.
An annual fair is organised here in the third week of August, which is one of the biggest attractions of this place. The fair is organised by Kashmiri Hindus and tourists on a trip to Sonamarg make sure to see this fair.
Krishnasar Pass rests at an elevation of 4080 m above sea level. It is situated in the vicinity of Gadasar Lake, which is popular as Botanist's Paradise. It is a beautiful spot surrounded by Gadasar Lake and valley, magnificent mountains and Vishnasar Lake.
Zoji-La Pass, also known as the Himalayan Gateway to Ladakh or Zoji Darra, is located at a distance of about 20 km from Sonamarg. It is located at an elevation of 3465 m above sea level, in the Himalayan Ranges.
Notably, Zoji-La Pass is the second largest pass after Fotu La Pass, which is 4108 m above sea level in between Leh and Kargil. Considered as the most dangerous passes in Kashmir, Zoji-La Pass is encircled with snow covered mountains, Kashmir Valley, Drass Valley and forests.
Moreover, it is considered to be one of the most dangerous passes in the valley. The place remains closed all year round due to heavy rainfall, except for the spring season. Tourists can visit this place via National Highway 1, which connects the cities of Leh and Srinagar.
Nichinai Pass serves as a trekking base and is located at a distance of around 13 km from Sonamarg. It rests at an elevation of 4139 m above sea level and is located amidst nature. The lakes of Krishnasar and Vishansar are located in proximity to the place.
Vishansar Lake, located at an altitude of 3710 m above sea level is 1 km long and 0.6 km wide. Located around 20 km from Sonamarg, this lake is one of the prominent tourist attractions in the valley of Kashmir. During summers, this lake is surrounded by lush green grasslands but it freezes during winters.
The Krishansar Lake and the glaciers are the main source of Vishansar Lake. This lake flows out through a small stream and further divides in two, of which one serves as a source to the Neelum river while the other becomes a tributary of the Nallah Sindh.
To reach Vishansar Lake by road, tourists can take NH 1D till Shitkadi Village from where ponies can be hired for covering another 20 km. This lake can also be reached from Nichinai Pass, which is another famous tourist attraction located at an elevation of 4084 m from sea level.
Baltal, situated at a distance of around 15 km to the north of Sonamarg, serves as a camping ground for the Amarnath pilgrims. It rests at the foot of Zoji-La Pass on the banks of the river Sindh. Moreover, for the convenience of the pilgrims, base camps are set up on this ground.
Krishnasar Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes situated close to Sonamarg and rests at an altitude of 3801 m above sea level. The lake is encircled by dense forests and tourists can enjoy watersports activity including, trout fishing. The climate of the place remains cool and pleasant during summers. Travellers can reach Krishnasar Lake via Nichinai Pass, which is situated at an elevation of 4084 m. Tourists visiting this lake can also visit Bisansar Lake, which is another beautiful and popular tourist spot.
Gadsar Lake, also known as the 'Valley of Flower' is situated at an elevation of 5000 m above sea level. It is located at a distance of 28 km from Sonamarg. Set amidst the beautiful picturesque Himalayas, this Lake is counted amongst the highest altitude lakes of the region. The literal meaning of Gadsar in Kashmiri is 'the lake of fishes'.
The Lake stretches up to 0.85 km and has a width of 0.76 km. Surrounded by alpine flowers, the lake remains frozen during the months of November and April. Tourists who are interested in fishing can visit here and enjoy trout fishing, which is one of the popular activities of this region. Vaishnosar Lake and Krishansar Lake are some of the other nearby tourist attractions.
Satsar Lake is located in the vicinity of Sonamarg and rests at an altitude of 3600 m above sea level. Adventure enthusiasts can reach this place by trekking across Sonamarg. The scenic beauty of the place is enhanced by beautiful trees and alpine flowers that surround the lake.
Satsaran Pass is located at an altitude of 3680 m above sea level and is also popular as the Satsaran Gali Pass. The place serves as a trekking base and is accessible only between June and October. There are many popular attractions situated near this pass such as Satsar Lake, Nichnai Pass, Vishansar Lake, Zajibal Gali, Gadsar Lake and Krishnasar Lake.
Trekking is one of the most popular activities of Sonamarg. Snow covered mountain peaks and beautiful mountain regions suit both mild and challenging trekking expeditions. Some of the popular trekking areas in Sonamarg pass through the lakes of Gangabal, Vishansar, Gadsar, Satsar and Krishnasar.
The climate of the place remains pleasant during summers and during winters, and the place experiences heavy snowfall.