Languages: Hindi, Urdu, Kashmiri
Best Season: Apr - Jun
Weather: Summer 5 to 40°C, Winter -14 to 24°C.
Altitude: 2800 m
Sonamarg, located at a hefty altitude of of 2,740 m above sea
level, literally means 'Meadow of Gold'. The picturesque
natural beauty of the region brought this name to Sonamarg.
Sonamarg, a town surrounded by breathtaking glaciers and
serene lakes, is a snow covered beautiful flower-laden meadow
in the majestic Himalayan mountain region. Sonamarg in the
Kashmir valley is the gateway to Ladakh and situated just
before the Zojii La pass.
This enchanting scenic place is amazing with many mind blowing
attractions. Nilagrad, a colony of the Baltics, is a
picturesque location where a small stream splashes in to the
River Sindh. Sonamarg is the home of many beautiful and serene
lakes. Various mountain lakes such as Gangabal, Vishansar,
Gadsar, Satsar and. Kishansar are situated in and around
Thajiwas Glacier is located at Sonamarg in Srinagar District
of Jammu and Kashmir. Situated at an altitude of 3,000 m above
sea level, the glacier is covered with snow all the year
Ponies can be hired for the trip to Thajiwas Glacier. The best
time to visit is during the summers.
The Gangabal Lake, also known by the name Harmukh Ganga, is an
alpine lake situated at a height of 3570 m on the peak of
Harmukh mountain ranges. The lake is one of the sources of the
Jhelam river and an annual fair is held here during the third
week of August. It is regarded as a sacred place by Kashmiri
Hindus. Gangabal lake is a favourite spot for rainbow trout
fishing. The lake can be reached from Sonamarg via Krishnasar
and Vishansar, after an enjoyable trek through beautiful
backdrops. The trekking season is from July to October while
the fishing season extends from March to October.
Krishnasar Lake is located near the famous hill station of
Sonamarg in Srinagar District. It lies at an altitude of
3,801m, and is popular for trout fishing. The lake with its
scenic and peaceful atmosphere is perfect for holidays.This
picturesque lake can be accessed through the Nichinai Pass
which is at an altitude of 4084 m. Nearby lies another lake,
called Bisansar Lake noted for its natural beauty.
Vishansar is a picturesque lake located at an altitude of
about 4,084 m above sea level, in Sonamarg, Jammu and Kashmir.
The translucent water of the lake, speckled with ice flakes,
is a charming sight when viewed from top. Nichnai Pass offers
a good view of the lake.
For trekking enthusiasts, Vishansar Lake can be reached by an
adventurous trial from Sonamarg. Krishnasar, Gadsar and
Gangabal are other lakes nearby
The Sonamarg region is renowned for trekking and hiking
trails. The snow clad peaks in the Himalaya and the undulated
hilly mountainous regions are perfectly suitable for all types
of trekking expeditions. Sonamarg is the base camp for many
The major treks passing through various mountain lakes such as
Gangabal, Vishansar, Gadsar, Satsar and. Kishansar has its
base at Sonamarg. The trekking routes offer all types of
challenges, from mild to most hard. The pleasant climate with
mild summer and cold winter make this place an ideal location
for trekkers to explore the natural beauty and challenging
How to Reach
The nearest airport to Sonamarg is located at Srinagar, at a
distance of 70 kms away. Srinagar is air connected to Delhi
with regular flights
The nearest major railhead is at Srinagar, which is 70 kms
away. One can reach Sonamarg from railway station by taxis or