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Sonamarg

Sonamarg

Weather

Sonamarg due to its location amid the Kashmir Valley experiences moderate summers and harsh winter season. The summer months from May to August are moderate and pleasant with maximum temperatures in the range of 25-30 degrees Celsius. The monsoon rains lash the valley in August and September brining cold winds dropping the temperatures between 10-15 degrees Celsius. The winter months from October to March are cold and chilly with temperatures reaching below the freezing point in December and January. No trekking and adventure excursion are carried out in the winter season. The best time to visit Sonamarg is in the summer months between June and September.

How To Reach

By Road:

Sonamarg is well connected to all major cities of the Kashmir Valley. Driving to Sonamarg from Srinagar can take up to 3 hours covering a distance of 70 Kms. National capital New Delhi is located at a distance of 950 Kms from Sonamarg. Kashmir state transport corporation has a regular influx of tourist’s buses plying between Jammu and Sonamarg and Srinagar and Sonamarg.


By Air:

Sonamarg does not have a dedicated airport facility and the nearest airport is the one located in Srinagar at a distance of 70 Kms. Srinagar airport is well connected to all major Indian cities having regular flights from New Delhi, Amritsar and Chandigarh. Cabs and buses are freely available at the Srinagar airport to reach Sonamarg.



By Rail:

Sonamarg does not have a dedicated railway station and the closest railway stations are the ones located in Udhampur (246 Km) and Jammu (2975 Kms). Jammu railway station is well connected to all parts of India with regular train services from Mumbai (Swarak Exp), New Delhi and Kolkata. Local buses and taxis are freely available at the Jammu railway station to reach Sonamarg.


Overview

Sonamarg is a picturesque hill station in the Kashmir Valley attracting a large number of tourists. Located at an altitude of 2740 meters above sea level, Sonamarg is famous for its scenic natural beauty, magnificent Lakes and high altitude passes including the Zoji-La Pass. Sonamarg is also well known as the base camp for the annual Amarnath Yatra attracting a large number of Hindu pilgrims from all over the world. The city of Sonamarg is also associated with the famous Muslim shrine of Charari Sharief attracting a large number of spiritual tourists.

 

Literally meaning the meadow of gold, Sonamarg got its name from being an important trading route connecting Kashmir to central Asia. Home to pristine Gangabal Lake and Confluence of various rivers to form the Indus as Nilagrad, Sonamarg symbolizes the natural beauty of bliss in its unique ways. From trekking escapades in the summer season to camping and fishing excursions at the Thajiwas Glacier, Sonamarg offers a wonderful getaway from the urban city blues.

 

The people of Sonamarg are warm and friendly and Kashmiri and Urdu are the most common languages.  The lovely landscapes, snow-clad peaks, lush green forests of Sonamarg make it a perfect holiday destination attracting tourists, honeymooners and adventure sport enthusiasts alike. Shopping enthusiasts are recommended to gorge on the famous Kashmir Saffron which is one of the most expensive herbs and unique to the Kashmir Valley. No visit to Sonamarg is complete without enjoying the mouth water local delicacies including the famous Kashmiri Pulo, Wazwan and Rogan Josh.

 

Sonamarg offers many options for adventure lovers. White river rafting from from Baltal and ending at Shutkari Bridge, trekking at the snow clad Himalayan peaks etc are just a few.