-The Meadow of Gold.
The drive to Sonamarg is through
the Sindh Valley which presents yet another spectacular facet of
countryside in Kashmir. Situated at an altitude of 2730 m, Sonamarg
(‘The meadow of gold’) has, as its backdrop, snowy mountains against a
cerulean sky. The Sindh River that meanders through the valley
abounds with trout and mahaseer. Ponies can be hired for
the trip up to Thajiwas glacier, which is a major local
attraction during the summer months.
Sonamarg is the base of a
major trek that passes along several mountain lakes –Vishansar,
Kishansar, Gadsar, Satsar and Gangabal. Sonamarg is also the take off
station for the drive to Ladakh across the Zojila, a major pass
in the Great Himalayan Range, through which the Srinagar-Leh Road
Sonamarg is also a base
for undertaking the yatra to the holy Amarnath cave,
during Sawan Purnima. For details about the yatra, refer to the
Amaranathji Yatra Link.