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Things To Do In Sonamarg
Sonamarg is a beautiful hill station located in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is characterized by snow-capped mountains and the view of the various Himalayan glaciers. Other than the glaciers, Sonamarg is also a tourist destination popular among pilgrims of Amarnath Yatra for camping.
There are numerous things you can do in Sonamarg. Here are our top picks of the things you must do when in Sonamarg.
Due to its vicinity to the Himalayan glaciers of the Kashmir Valley, Sonamarg is a haven for trekkers and tourists seeking adventure. Machoi Peak, Amarnath Peak, Sirbal Peak and Kolhoi Peak are some of the best around Sonamarg, which is located at an altitude of 5,000 meters above sea level. The Nichinai Pass located around 13 km away from Sonamarg, serves as a prominent base for trekkers. You need to be careful during winter months as some glaciers are closed for tourists.
Visiting Zojila Pass
Located on the Indian National Highway 1D, Zojila Pass is a mountain pass at an altitude of 3,528 m. above sea level. The pass offers a beautiful view of landscapes. It is advisable to travel down the pass with an experienced driver as certain parts of the pass can be a dangerous ride. The pass is closed for tourists during the month of winters. Zojila Pass is around 25 km away from Sonamarg.
White River Rafting
Sonamarg has something to offer for all kinds of tourists. If you are a traveler high on adrenaline, you should not miss going for white river rafting on the Indus River. You can start your rafting expedition from Baltal and end Shutkari Bridge. Even if you are a novice, you can pick the stretches which are easy for rafting.
Visit Satsaran Pass
Satsaran Pass, also known as Satsaran Gali Pass is a mountain route located at an elevation of 3,680 meters above the sea level. The pass serves as a significant trekking base for the trekkers exploring the Kashmir valley. The Satsar Lake is a scenic water body located in this mountain passage. The lake is formed by seven alpine lakes.
Amarnath Holy Cave
The Amarnath Holy Cave is located in an isolated mountain at an altitude of 3,888 meters above sea level. It is around 14 km away from the nearest road. The cave is said to symbolize Lord Shiva, a Hindu deity. The caves are encrusted with ice giving an amazing view in the moonlight.
Gadsar Lake is located at an altitude of 3,600 meters above sea level and freezes completely from November to April every year. But when the snow melts in summers, this blue lake makes for a marvelous sight and picnic spot. The lake is famous for being a habitat of trouts and is surrounded by blooming alpine flowers.