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Sonamarg Jammu and Kashmir

Located at 2730 meters in the Ganderbal district of Jammu and Kashmir, Sonamarg is a beautiful hill station that literally translates to ‘the meadow of gold’. Enclosed by snow-capped mountains against the blue sky, Sonamarg is home to the Sindh River which flows to the valley and Ponies can be seen carrying people around to the Thajiwas glacier, which is a major local attraction here.

Sonamarg also acts as a base for many treks that traverse along several mountain lakes – Vishansar, Kishansar, Gadsar, Satsar, and Gangabal. It is also the base for the holy journey (‘yatra’) for the holy Amarnath cave during Sawan Purnima and gets thronged with visitors during the month of July and August. Sonamarg is a striking landscape set against the lush extravagance of dense meadows and is an all-time favorite place among the community of mountain photographers.

It also offers many trekking, rafting, and camping opportunities which is a must-have experience here. Amongst the popular treks starting from Sonamarg are Gangabal Lake and Kishansar and Vishansar twin lakes which are also important destinations for brown trout fishing in Kashmir. Camping in the midst of the lush green valley and surrounded by snow-clad mountains is just what you need to revitalize your senses and get a break from the monotony of life.

Camping in Sonamarg

Camping in Sonamarg is one of the best experiences in the Himalayas. Presided by the snow-capped mountains, the hill station is nestled in lush greenery with abundant trekking trails and several natural bounties. Trekking to Thajiwas Lake, Amarnath pilgrimage, Zoji-la Pass trek, strolling along the banks of the gushing Sindh River, and trekking to the Himalayan lakes are a few of the things to enjoy here.

Sonamarg is a camping lover’s paradise as the hill station serves as a base for several trekking trails with many camping sites in and around it. Camp at the valley of the town or on the trekking trails or near any water source and be one with nature. Organized camps are available in the town and you can choose your site according to the location, facilities, and activities.

Camping Spots in Sonamarg

  • The Riverside Retreat - A luxury glam camp along the banks of the Sindh River, this campsite is for all kinds of travelers be it the slow ones who like to rest in a cozy environment while reading a book and those who love adventure. With well-furnished rooms, food, and entertainment activities, the campsite combines luxury accommodation with environmentally conscious practices without sacrificing comfort or convenience.
  • Maqbool Camping - Located 5km from Thajiwas Glacier, Maqbool Camping has 10 tents equipped with modern amenities like a hotel room with an attached bathroom. Guests can avail of 24-hour room service and treks are also organized by the camp management.
  • Paradise Camping Resort - Overlooking spectacular views of the Thajiwas glacier, this campsite has tents for different budgets such as moderate segment, deluxe and Swiss tents. Restaurants serve Indian and Kashmiri cuisine with exclusive car parking and bonfire with music is also arranged.
  • Green Glamping Resort - 20km away from Amarnath temple, Green Glamping Resort is another luxury tent featuring well-furnished accommodations with access to a garden. Continental and full English/Irish breakfast options are available every morning at the luxury tent with a hot water facility. The resort has a wheelchair ramp, dining hall, sun deck, and intercom and pets are allowed.
  • Kashmir Tourist Camp - Located on the Srinagar-Ladakh Highway near Sonamarg, the campsite offers spacious and comfortable tents with all the modern amenities and a breathtaking view of the valley. Food is available and private parking for the vehicles. The Garden and terrace are the common areas where you can sit and sip a cup of Kahwa or Coffee during breakfast.

Things to Do While Camping in Sonamarg

Camping in Sonamarg is a wonderful and thrilling experience with the best scenic location and soothing environment to relax the mind and be at peace. While camping in Sonamarg, there are a lot of fun-filled activities one can indulge in during the day. These are:

  • Campers can trek to Thajiwas Glacier, Zoji-la Pass, Baltal, and Nilagrad. Camps offer trained guides and treks are available in various levels of difficulty and you must choose one according to your preference.
  • The enchanting Himalayan lakes of Krishnasar, Vishansar, and Gangabal can also be explored through trekking where you can even indulge in fishing and are known to have some curative properties.
  • River rafting, canoeing, cycling, fishing, kayaking, and many more adventure sports can be enjoyed in the gushing waters of the Sindh River.
  • The camp organizers also organized indoor games and entertainment activities such as volleyball, bonfire games, sightseeing tours, and nature walks. It is a heavenly place for photographers to click some magnificent shots of the terrain.

Places to Visit in Sonamarg

  • Thajiwas Glacier - A stunning and magnificent glacier located 3km away from Sonamarg, Thajiwas Glacier is one of the most favorite tourist attractions here and can be reached by trekking.
  • Amarnath Cave - One of the sacred Hindu pilgrimages and Maha Shakti Peeths in India, Amarnath Cave is known for the natural ice-made Shivalinga and is reached after trekking.
  • Baltal - The camping site for the Hindu pilgrimage of Baba Amarnath Cave, Baltal is a breathtaking valley located a short distance away from Sonmarg and offers a great view for camping.
  • Krishansar Lake - An alpine lake, this lake is popular among trekkers as well as fishing enthusiasts for its brown trout population and offers some amazing photographic views.
  • Vishansar Lake - Located at a high altitude, Vishansar Lake is blessed with stunning natural beauty and is surrounded by lofty jagged mountain peaks on one side and meadows on the other. It is a favorite place among trekkers and fishing enthusiasts for its population of Mahseer and Trout fishing.
  • Gangabal Lake - Nestled against Mount Haramuk, Gangabal is a pristine high-altitude lake that has religious significance for Hindu devotees.

Best Time to Visit Sonamarg for Camping

Sonamarg is a good camping site during the summer months from April to October, but monsoons are usually avoided due to heavy rain and dangerous roads during that time. Winters are quite rough as the hill station receives heavy snowfall and thus many roads get blocked due to it and camping becomes tough.

How to Reach

  • By Air : The nearest airport is Srinagar International Airport at 80km from Sonamarg. You can get a bus from Srinagar to Sonamarg or you can also hire a direct cab to reach there.
  • By Train : The nearest railway station from Sonamarg is Srinagar Railway Station which is well-connected through trains to major cities across the country.
  • By Road : Sonamarg is connected via well-maintained roads to major cities of neighboring states in North India.
Sonamarg Camping

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

Why is Sonamarg famous?

Sonamarg is known for its stunning landscape and mountain views and had a lot of importance in the old times. It was the gateway of the Silk Road which connected Kashmir and China and is also a great base camp for Ladakh.

What is the best time to visit Sonamarg?

Sonamarg is a year-round destination but April to June is the best time to visit this town. The weather remains pleasant with lots of blooming flowers and greenery.

How many days are enough for Sonamarg?

If you just want to visit the town, then 1 day is enough for exploring Sonamarg. However, if you would like to explore the valley and lakes, then you will need a few days to trek to all the places.

What can I buy in Sonamarg?

There are not many shopping outlets in Sonamarg and the options are limited. However, you can get some walnuts, saffron, stone jewelry, and embroidered clothes from here.

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