| Sonmarg - the Meadow of Gold !
Sonamarg, at an altitude of 3,000 metres above sea level, 87 km north-east of Srinagar. The drive to Sonamargh is though yet another spectacular facet of country side in Kashmir, this time in Sindh Valley. The Sindh Valley is the largest tributary of the valley of Kashmir. It is upwards of sixty miles long, and valley and deep rock-girt gorge to open grassy meadow land and village-dotted slopes.
Sonamarg, which means meadow of gold has, as its backdrop, snowy mountains against a cerulean sky. the Sindth meanders along here and abounds with trout and mahseer, snow trout can be caught in the main river. Ponies can be hired for the trip up to Thajiwas glacier a major attraction during the summer months.
The climate of Sonamarg is very bracing; but the rainfall is frequent though not heavy, except for two or three days at a time in July and August with fine spell in between.
From Sonamarg, trekking routes lead to the Himalayan lakes of Vishansar (4084 msl), Krishnasar (3810 msl) and Gangabal (3658 msl). Other lakes in the region are Gadsar, stocked with snowtrout and Satsar, glacier-fed and surrounded by banks of alpine flowers.
A close by excursion is to Baltal, 15 km north of Sonamarg. This little valley lies at the foot of the Zojila, only a days journey away from the sacred cave of Amarnath. Trekkers can also reach the starkly splendid roof-top of the world – Leh, by crossing over the Zijila Pass
PLACES TO VISIT
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.
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.
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.