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Sonamarg Tourism | How to Plan a Trip to Sonamarg

popular hill station in the Kashmir valley, Sonamarg with its snow capped mountains and flowery meadows is a hub for nature and adventure dwellers.


  • Sonamarg hill station in Kashmir
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Sonamarg Travel Guide

India is famous across the world for housing a diversity of landscapes. From hill stations to beaches, everything is available here. One such place lies in the Himalayan Range, named Sonamarg. The dense forests of alpine vegetation and snow-capped mountains standing along its boundaries are the essential aspects of Sonmarg tourism that attract tourists worldwide. 

The hill station also serves as an alternative trek route to the holy shrine of Amarnath, which draws millions of pilgrims, taking tourism in Sonmarg through the roof. Besides, other activities that one can indulge in Sonamarg include sledding on frozen glaciers, whitewater rafting, and skiing. 

So, our Sonmarg tourism Travel Guide will provide you with all the authentic and vital information you need to plan your Kashmir holiday better. 

Places to visit in Sonmarg

There is no shortage of heavenly attractions in Kashmir, and these places in Sonmarg prove just that. From incredible valleys to breathtaking lakes, the ten Sonmarg attractions listed below bring visitors closer to the heart of the Himalayas. We're sure you'll fall in love with them on your next trip to Kashmir. Take a look!

  • Thajiwas Glacier
  • Amarnath Cave
  • Baltal Valley
  • Krishansar Lake
  • Vishansar Lake
  • Nilagrad River
  • Zoji La
  • Satsar Lake

Things to do in Sonmarg 

There are a lot of activities to do in Sonmarg. When you visit this location, you will need more words. If you're wondering what to do in Sonmarg, we'll show you some of the best things to do in Sonmarg. Just take a look at our inventory and make your itinerary. We promise you won't regret this trip!

  • Riding on the challenging Zoji La Pass
  • Trekking to Amarnath Cave
  • Engage in fairs and festivals.
  • Shikara Ride
  • Gondola Ride
  • Savoring Wazwan style delicacies at the Igloo Café

Best time to visit Sonmarg

During the summer, the best time to visit Sonamarg is between March and June. At this time, the Sonmarg weather is quite comfortable to enjoy the activities and expeditions offered by the city. But monsoons are still thriving. Sonamarg receives light rainfall between July and September. But the whole place becomes striking with lush vegetation. In addition, if you plan to enjoy snow activities, October and February will be ideal. During these months, Sonamarg receives heavy snowfall. 

How to reach Sonmarg

If you prefer to come to Sonamarg Kashmir via air, you must get down at Srinagar"s Sheikh-ul-Alam International Airport. The airport receives direct flights from major Indian cities. If the rail is what you choose, then you will have to get down at the Jammu Tawi Railway Station. You can get an intercity cab quickly from the station. If you are looking by road, Sonamarg is connected with all the nearby cities of India via road.

Accommodation in Sonmarg

Due to its location, Sonamarg has always been a go-to destination for honeymoon couples, nature lovers, adventurers, and family vacationers. Therefore, the availability of hostels and homestays for budget travelers and backpackers will never be a problem throughout the region. On the other hand, there are multiple luxury hotels in Sonamarg to offer the utmost comfort. The best options are Ahsan Mount Resort, Hotel Glacier Heights, Hotel Rah Villas, Hotel Snow Land, Namrose Resort, Nature Camp Resort, Thajiwas Glacier Hotel, and more.

Where to eat in Sonmarg?

Every traveler loves to try new cuisines, and Sonmarg is where you can try mouth watering delicacies. There are several dhaba-style restaurants in Sonmarg where you can get hot and fresh food. The most popular is the rustic Narendar Dhaba, which primarily serves North Indian cuisine. The Island Retreat restaurant in Island Retreat Park is famous for its delicious snacks. Further ahead, near Marmara on the Srinagar-Sonmarg Road, is the Tourist Cafeteria, which offers tasty food.

How to get around in Sonmarg? 

Buses are the best option to travel around the town, as they have good frequency inside the city. But if you want to explore the city at your leisure, you can opt for a tanga ride (horse carriage).

Travel tips

  • As the weather is mostly cool and unpredictable at Sonamarg, pack some warm clothes and an umbrella.
  • Carry enough cash with you, as there are very few ATMs available.
  • If you are visiting in the winter, rent snow boots before going outdoors.
  • The town is safe to see, so book your trip to Sonmarg with confidence.



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FAQs about Sonamarg Tourism

Q: Is Sonamarg worth visiting?

Ans. Yes. Sonmarg is India’s one of the best destinations to visit for families and couples. It is a great base camp for Ladakh. In olden times, it was the gateway of the Silk Road, connecting Kashmir and China, so there is a historical significance too. Besides, Sonmarg meaning “Meadow of Gold,” charms the visitors, and one look at snow-clad Thajiwas Glacier makes their visit worthwhile.

Q: Can Sonmarg be covered in 1 day?

Ans. Yes, you can visit the top attractions in Sonmarg in one day. Some include Zoji La, Baltal Valley, Zero Point, and Thajiwas Glacier. Enjoy a picnic and click pictures for memories.

Q: Which is the best month to visit Sonmarg?

Ans. April to September is the best time to visit Sonmarg. The weather is cool, and pleasant, offering breathtaking views of the meadows. The flowers bloom in different colors and fragrances. However, Sonmarg becomes inaccessible from October onwards due to heavy snowfall. If you wish to see snowfall, visit after January.

Q: How many days are enough for Sonamarg?

Ans. Plan 2 days in Sonmarg, the ideal time to explore the beauty, landscape, and attractions of Sonmarg.

Q: What's the best way to see Sonamarg?

Ans. For the best Sonmarg view, trek to Zojila Pass and enjoy the picturesque landscape. You can take pony rides, which both families and couples love. Thajiwas Glacier and Nilagrad River are other places you can visit and plan a picnic nearby.

Q: Is Sonmarg colder than Gulmarg?

Ans. Yes. The very fact that Sonmarg becomes inaccessible due to heavy snowfall is enough to say that Sonmarg is colder than Gulmarg. In winter, the lowest temperature in Gulmarg drops to -4°C while in Sonmarg, -5ºC has been recorded.