Sonamarg - Meadow of Gold

Tripoto
3rd Dec 2014
Photo of Sonamarg by Khushnum Y Mistry
Photo of Sonamarg by Khushnum Y Mistry
Photo of Sonamarg by Khushnum Y Mistry
Photo of Sonamarg by Khushnum Y Mistry
Photo of Sonamarg by Khushnum Y Mistry
Photo of Sonamarg by Khushnum Y Mistry
Photo of Sonamarg by Khushnum Y Mistry
Photo of Sonamarg by Khushnum Y Mistry
Photo of Sonamarg by Khushnum Y Mistry
Photo of Sonamarg by Khushnum Y Mistry

Sonamarg Valley

Photo of Sonamarg by Khushnum Y Mistry
Photo of Sonamarg by Khushnum Y Mistry

If Gulmarg and Sonamarg makes you feel warm and fuzzy, Sonamarg is exactly the opposite. Don’t take me wrong, the beauty of Sonamarg is indeed breath-taking, but the grandiosity of the snow mountains make you feel like a Lilliput, someone without any power.

The changing weather further adds to the mystery of ‘what’s next?’ The Sindh River cutting across the Sindh valley brings glamour to this hill station. Sonamarg is a contrasting beauty; green meadows on the banks of the Sindh River and the cold rustic mountains leading to Kargil.

Instead of following the crowd to a snow field, I would advise you to rent a guide and ask him to take you some place which is less commercial. Yes, I particularly stress on hiring a guide because snow is dangerous (partly because there are melting glaciers). If you fall and cut yourself, you can bleed to death before any help arrives. There is also a trekking route that you can take that reaches the Pahalgam Valley. The trek is strenuous and the weather conditions determine whether you can trek that route.

I would suggest an overnight stay at Sonamarg valley. Once the one day tourists leave, the place becomes quiet and it reveals true beauty to its night audience. The Sonamarg market is about 1 km. long. Most of the places serve fabulous food and like I always say, always order what the locals eat!

Baltal Valley

A close by excursion is to Baltal, 15 km East of Sonamarg. This little valley lies at the foot of the Zojila. Sonamarg is a silent reminder to mankind that God is the best architect, and the most skilled painter and colour co-ordinator we will ever know.

Places to Stay If you are visiting during tourist season, it is advisable to book the hotel in advance (especially if you want to get a cheaper deal). The approximate price is between Rs. 1000 to 7000 per night.

Day Trip Pricing Big Car: Rs. 3200/-Small Car: Rs. 2800/-

Photo of Baltal by Khushnum Y Mistry

Baltal Valley

Photo of Baltal by Khushnum Y Mistry

Next Destination

If you have planned only Kashmir for your trip, then it is wise to visit Sonamarg before or after Pehelgam instead of returning to Srinagar.

If you are going to Leh, then halt at Sonamarg for the night and head to Kargil via the Zojila Pass. The Zojila Pass is temperamental and it is open depending on the weather conditions.

Sonamarg is a contrasting beauty; green meadows on the banks of the Sindh River and the cold rustic mountains leading to Kargil.

Photo of Sonamarg by Khushnum Y Mistry

The trek is strenuous and the weather conditions determine whether you can trek that route.

Most of the places serve fabulous food and like I always say, always order what the locals eat!

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