Sonamarg also known as ' meadow of gold ' is at an altitude of 3,000 meters above sea level, 87 km north-east of Srinagar, has as its backdrop, snowy mountains against a cerulean sky.. The drive to Sonamarg is through spectacular facet of country side. The Sindh meanders along here and abounds with snow trout that can be caught in the main river or one can indulge in white water rafting. Ponies can be hired for the trip up to Thajwas glacier a major attraction.
For all those adventure loving people who wish to enjoy camping at a hill station, Sonamarg is the ideal destination. Tourists flock to this hill resort in heavy numbers to experience the enchanting natural beauty alongside snow clad peaks. The dense forests of Sonamarg comprise of sycamore and alpine flowers, silver birch, fir and pine. The place is frequently visited by nature lovers in the search of tranquil peace and soothing natural beauty. The stunning blue water lakes and grasslands are the other attractions. The enchanting beauty of the towering snow clad mountains is a real treat to the eyes.
Sonamarg is a trekker’s delight. From here trekking routes lead to the Himalayan lakes of Vishansar (4084 msl), Krishnasar (3810 msl) and Gangabal (3658 msl) or a close by excursion to Baltal, 15 km north of Sonamarg. This little valley lies at the foot of the Zojila, only a day's journey away from the sacred cave of Amarnath Ji. One can also trek to world famous tourist resort of Phalgam and Gurez besides being gateway to the starkly splendid roof-top of the world – Ladakh.