About Sonmarg Tourism

Sonmarg, which means "Meadow of Gold", is a picturesque hill station in the Kashmir Valley located in the Indian union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. Situated at an altitude of 2800 meters and adorned with a majestic glacier, meadow, dense forests, and snow-capped mountains makes Sonmarg an ideal holiday destination in Kashmir.

For nature lovers, Sonmarg offers the chance to unwind amidst its scenic vistas; adventure buffs who can indulge in trekking and camping activities for adrenaline rush; and honeymoon couples can spend time cozying up amidst its beauty.

Best Time to Visit Sonmarg


Summer Season in Sonmarg (March till June, Temperature 15°C to 30°C)

The months between March and June are the best to plan a trip to Sonmarg. The temperature ranges between 15℃ and 30℃ in the summer season making sightseeing quite comfortable and eventful


Monsoon Season in Sonmarg (July to September, Temperature 13°C to 17°C)

From July to September, Sonmarg receives moderate rainfall making it even more lush and pretty. The monsoon is also a great time to plan a vacation to Sonmarg.


Winter Season in Sonmarg (October to February, Temperature -2°C to 12°C)

The winter season is between October and February in Sonmarg when it receives heavy snowfall.

Popular Tourist Attractions in Sonmarg


Thajiwas Glacier

An impressive glacier situated some odd 3 km from Sonmarg, Thajiwas Glacier is a major tourist attraction and is accessible by hiking.


Amarnath Cave

One of the sacred Hindu pilgrimage in India, Amarnath Cave is known for its natural ice-made Shivalinga.



The camping site for the Hindu pilgrimage of Baba Amarnath Cave, Baltal is a beautiful valley situated a short distance away from Sonmarg.


Krishansar Lake

An alpine lake, Krishansar or Lake of Krishan is popular amongst the trekkers as well as fishing enthusiasts for its rich brown trout population.


Vishansar Lake

A high altitude lake at 3710 m, Vishansar or Lake of Vishnu is a trekking lover’s favourite and is quite popular amongst...


Gangabal Lake

Snuggling to the Mount Haramuk, Gangabal is beautiful high altitude lake that holds religious significance for Hindu devotees.

Top Things to Do in Sonmarg


Whitewater Rafting

Experience the thrill of white water rafting in the Sindh River that boasts challenging Grade IV rapids and unforgettable memories.



Several trails branch out from Sonmarg, offering trekking enthusiasts immense adrenaline rush of exploration of some incredible alpine...



Camp on the lush meadows, along the riverside and alpine lakeside in and around Sonmarg for an experience of a lifetime.


Trout Fishing

The alpine lakes of Gangabal, Vishansar and Krishansar offer a great opportunity to anglers with their rich population of brown trouts.

How to Reach Sonmarg?


By Air

The nearest airport to Sonmarg is in Srinagar, which is situated some 80 km away. Cabs can be hired to reach Sonmarg from Srinagar.


By Rail

The nearest railway station to Sonmarg is in Jammu, which is 358 km away. Taxi has to be hired from Jammu to reach Sonmarg.


By Bus

Sonmarg is connected by the National Highway 1 with major places in Jammu & Kashmir. Taking a cab from Srinagar is the best way to reach Sonmarg by road.

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Accommodation in Sonmarg

Sonmarg is popular amongst honeymooners, family vacationers, and adventure enthusiasts, therefore, one can find a variety of accommodations here. From budget hotels for trekkers and backpackers to luxury hotels for honeymoon couples seeking a perfect first holiday together, Sonmarg leaves one spoilt for choice when it comes to accommodation options.

Top Things to Do in Sonmarg

With incredible trails, high altitude lakes, gurgling river, Sonmarg promises a lot of adventure and recreational activities. Amongst the top activities in Sonmarg is trekking. The trails branching out of Sonmarg lead to breathtaking high altitude lakes. On the meadows around these trails, there is a great opportunity of camping under the star-lit sky. Apart from this, these lakes are a treasure chest of brown trouts that make them the best angling & fishing destination in Kashmir.

Top Attractions in Sonmarg

The scenic and tranquil Sonmarg offers a number of tourist attractions for nature lovers and adventure aficionados. One of the top tourist attractions in Sonmarg is Thajiwas Glacier, which sits at a short hiking distance away from the destination.

Sonmarg has many impressive alpine lakes like Gangabal, Vishansar & Krishansar, and Gadsar located around it which make for a must-see for any trekking enthusiast. The place also has Mount Haramukh, the second-highest mountain in Kashmir to be witnessed by tourists.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the best time to explore Sonmarg?

The summer season, from April to June, is the best time to explore Sonmarg as the pleasant temperature lets you enjoy a variety of adventure activities like trekking and mountain biking. This is also the time when Sonmarg Valley is adorned with flowers.

Q. Is Sonamarg accessible during the winter period?

Sonmarg becomes inaccessible during the winter period because of heavy snowfall. However, if you want to enjoy the snowfall, visit Sonmarg in the beginning of December or in March.

Q. What is the best way to reach Sonmarg from Srinagar?

The best way to reach Sonmarg from Srinagar is by road, as Sonmarg is located just 80 kilometers approx. from Srinagar, with a driving time of 1 ½ hours. You can either hire a taxi or a private vehicle, or catch a ride on the state run buses that operate directly from Sonmarg to Srinagar. 

Q. How far is Baltal from Sonmarg?

Baltal Valley is almost 14.4 kilometers away from Sonmarg in Kashmir Valley.

Q. What are the best places to explore in Sonmarg?

Sonmarg is a popular tourist attraction because there are several opportunities for sightseeing & adventure. The magnificent Baltal Valley lies just 15 kilometers from Sonmarg and offers breathtaking views of snow capped mountains. Thajiwas Glacier also lies in close proximity, and is great for enjoying sledding & other snow related activities. Trekking is also famous, with the most famous treks being Gangabal Lake Trek and Vishansar Lake Trek.

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