About Sonmarg !
Sonmarg is just another famous resort in Kashmir; it stands at an altitude of about
2740 mts above sea level and is almost 84 kms away from Srinagar. Also known as
the "Meadow of gold" as it presents a spectacular facet of the
Kashmir countryside. Sonmarg is surrounded by beautiful snow clad mountains and
thick pine forests. Sonmarg is also home to some glaciers and mesmerizing sparkling
lakes which make it look divine and irresistible. The uplands are mantled in fir
and pine. Stippled with silver birch and sycamore, Sonmarg looks to these on the
one hand and to the river on the other. Sonmarg also serves as a gateway to Ladakh,
apart from this Sonmarg is also the base for the Amarnath yatra from the Baltal
Sonmarg is renowned for trekking and hiking. Sonmarg offers some intresting treks
to high altitude Himalayan lakes such as Vishansar, Gangabal, Krishansar, Gadsar,
Satsar etc. and therefore ideal for adventurous folks.
The must visit sites in Sonmarg are :
- Thajiwas Glacier : Thajiwas glacier is about 3 kms from Sonmarg.
The plateauex at its foot serves an ideal place for school camps and trekkers during
summer as it is inaccessible during winter due to heavy snowfall and avalanches.
- Gangabal : It is situated at the foot hills of the mountain Harmukh,
it is also referred as Harmukh ganga and is the sacred place for hindus which can
be reached from Sonmarg via Krishansar and Vishansar lakes.
- Baltal : It is about 15 kms away from sonmarg and about 2740 mts
above sea level and serves as a base camp for Amarnath yatra. A 14 km trek from
Baltal leads to the holy cave of Amarnath ji.
- Krishansar Lake : It is situated at the elevation of 3801 mts above
sea level. Krishansar lake is one of the beautiful lakes among the other Himalayan
lakes. Thousands of tourists throng this place to catch its stupendous beauty, this
place is also ideal for fishing as this lake is stocked with huge variety of trout.
- Nilghat : It is the point where the junction of mountain river and
Indus river takes place. This place is famous among both the locals and the tourists
as it is believed that the water of this river has medicinal properties and can
cure any disease, one more peculiar property about this river is that its water
is red in color and therefore attracts a huge crowd towards itself.