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It is the delicate combinations of different natural elements that have given each pocket of Kashmir its immense natural beauty and has created a different nuance in every little pocket. Sonamarg (nullSonmarg) â âthe meadow of goldâ â also owes its immense natural heritage to these varied components that have been strung together to make an unforgettable landscape.
The river Sindh flows through the valley and its waters hold trout and mahaseer (nullriver carp). Above, the sky holds shades of blue that would be an inspiration to any artistâs palette. In between the river waters and the sky are acres of open meadows scattered with flowers, tall trees and snow clad mountains.
Once again, at Sonamarg, Kashmir proves that it has a beauty that can have only a rare parallel elsewhere in the world.
The drive to Sonamarg through the Sindh valley is through absolutely magnificent countryside.
The road passes through the small towns of Ganderbal, Kangan and Gund. Fields and rice paddies and picture-perfect hamlets dot the first leg of the journey. Groves of walnut trees are also there. Towards the end, come the undulating alpine meadows, dark gorges and thick woods backed by the snows of the Harmukh range.
Sonamarg, at an altitude of some 3,000 meters above sea level lies on the Srinagar-Ladakh road and is eighty-seven kilometers from Srinagar. This is also the access point for Ladakh over the pass of Zoji-La and another access point for the sacred cave of Amarnath.
Several trek routes lead out of Sonamarg. Sonamarg also hosts river rafting on the river Sindh.
An escapade to paradise on earth ends nowhere, but in Kashmir. With Yatra’s Kashmir : Temples + Scenic Vistas package, you get to explore the best of this surreal valley. The highlight of this 6-day package is a Shikara ride on Dal Lake, and excursion to Mughal Gardens, Avantipur and Shankaracharya Temple. You can also go on a shopping spree in Lal Chowk to buy some intricate handicrafts for your loved ones back home.
This Kashmir holiday package is perfect for those who have been yearning to experience the beauty of the state. You will travel to the golden meadow of Sonmarg, see rugged mountains in Pahalgam and see a blanket of snow in Gulmarg. Sightseeing in Srinagar will complete your Kashmir holiday.
If you are a spiritual adventure seeker, a journey to Amarnath is a must. Take this four-day sojourn to Kashmir and visit the famous lands of Srinagar and Amarnath. Take a helicopter ride to Amarnath from where you visit the Amarnath cave by a palki or pony or simply, an arduous but amazing nature walk. Visit Thajiwas glacier in Sonamarg and local crafts market to see finely carved hand-made articles and Shankaracharya Temple, in Srinagar. Glide through the serene Dal Lake on a Shikara and get captivated by the bewitching Mughal Gardens.
Enjoy a sojourn to paradise as you explore the breath-taking Kashmir Valley. Home to the mighty Himalayas, it has a lot of mesmerizing panoramas and pristine lakes. Stroll through the beautiful Mughal Gardens in Srinagar and watch the colours come alive in a carpet weaving factory. Behold the stunning Sonamarg and take a walk amidst the pretty flowers while the mountains tower over you like sentinels of old. Enjoy the saffron fields and explore the ruins of Awantipora before wrapping up 8 days of wonderful memories.
Take a break from a mundane routine with a 4-day trip to one of Hinduism's most revered shrines, Amarnath. Explore the scenic surroundings on your helicopter ride to the shrine. Feel blessed as you visit this very famous shrine that has countless devotees offering their prayers here every year. You also get to experience the breathtaking natural beauty of the gardens and fountains at Srinagar and Gulmarg. This sojourn, though short, will surely make sweet memories that you will cherish forever.
Experience intense bliss while you tour around the 'Paradise on Earth', Kashmir. This six-day tour to Kashmir includes a visit to beautiful valleys, scenic spots, and spectacular gardens. Take a visit to beautiful Shalimar Bagh, Nishat Bagh, Chashme Shahi, and Botanical Garden. Get enthralled while you go on an exciting Gondola ride in Khilanmarg. Go on a scenic drive to Sonamarg and visit Thajiwas Glacier. Also, enjoy a peaceful shikara cruise on the crystal clear lakes, cuddled with sky-high mountains.
Hit the pause button to your routine and go on a four-day tour to one of the most revered shrines, Amarnath. This tour includes a visit to Sonamarg, 'Meadow of Gold' and Srinagar, the summer capital of Kashmir. Enjoy a bird's-eye view from the helicopter, while you fly from Baltal to Panchtarni. Surround yourself with peace and divine energy, with a visit to Amarnath Temple. Seek blessings from the Almighty, to face the challenges of your days ahead. Admire the breath-taking beauty of the beautiful Mughal Gardens in Srinagar.
Give yourself a spiritual touch, as you embark upon the Amarnath Yatra by Helicopter. This four-day tour includes a visit to various spiritual destinations, including Amarnath Cave, which is known for the natural phenomenon of formation of ice Lingam in the cave. You may also visit other famous temples, like Shankaracharya Temple, which is also known as Jyesteshwara Temple. Take some time out, to visit Sonamarg, which is also known as ?Meadow of Flowers?. Enjoy the soothing energy from beautiful flowers in Mughal Garden.
Indian - Restaurants in Sonamarg are really the in house dining rooms in the hotels. The JKTDC Restaurant at the Tourist Reception Center serves Indian food. Among others, restaurants in the Glacier Heights, Hotel Snowland and the Glacier Hotel serve Indian food. In addition, there are several small wayside places, âdhabasâ that serve Indian food.
Chinese - Chinese food is available at JKTDC Restaurant at the Tourist Reception Center. Others that serve this include the restaurants in the Glacier Heights, Hotel Snowland and the Glacier Hotel serve Indian food.
European/Continental - A few European / Continental dishes are served at JKTDC Restaurant at the Tourist Reception Center. Others that serve these include the restaurants in the Glacier Heights, Hotel Snowland and the Glacier Hotel.
Regional Specialty - "Kashmiri âwazawanâ-style dishes are available at most places. Dishes like Rogan-josh (pieces of mutton in a spicy gravy) or Tabak-Maz (spare ribs), Gushtaba and Rishta are available. Apart from the larger places, the small wayside food stalls, âdhabasâ offer Kashmiri food.
The village of Ganderbal lies on the road between Srinagar and Sonamarg. Five kilometers from this village is the shrine of Kheer Bhawani in a little village called Tulmul. The shrine is held in considerable veneration and local people as well as visitors make it a point to pay their obeisance. The name âKheer Bhawaniâ comes from the original offering of rice-pudding.
Surface - Sonamarg is connected by road to Srinagar, and to Jammu where highways from different parts of the country converge. The road distance to Jammu is almost 400 kilometers. Srinagar is 87 kilometers away. Buses are available from Jammu and Srinagar. Taxis can also be hired at these places and at Delhi.
Train - There is no railhead at Sonamarg. Jammu (Tawi) is the most practical railhead for Sonamarg and this is connected to most major cities in north India by rail. From Jammu (Tawi), taxis and buses are available for Sonamarg. The distance is almost 400 kilometers and the drive takes around ten to twelve hours.
Air - Srinagar is the closest airport to Sonamarg and is around 85 kilometers away. Several domestic airlines operate regular flights to Srinagar from Jammu, Delhi and other places; these include - Kingfisher, GoAir, Spicejet, Jet Airways, Jet Lite and Indian Airlines.
The topography of Sonamarg is of a valley with wide meadows circled by woods and backed by high mountains. The altitude is 3,000 meters above sea level. As such, it never gets hot and even in summer, some light warm clothing may be required. Expectedly, during the winter months, December to February, the area is cold and temperatures drop to well below freezing point; there can be a fair bit of snow too which can bring the place to a standstill. During the monsoon months, July to September, there are showers of rain but these rarely last very long.