Having the title of “Land of Gold”, Sonamarg is an entrancing location situated at a height of 2800 meters above the sea level in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Being encompassed by the lakes and icy masses, the magnificence of Sonamarg is quite ethereal. It is only 80 Kms from Srinagar and is on the way to the excellent city of Ladakh.
The city is the perfect destination for the nature lovers and is a charming spot to enjoy some days in midst of nature and serenity. If you are an adventure lover, the place is evidently a paradise with different daring exercises, for example, mountaineering and trekking on offer.
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Thajiwas glacier is located at an altitude of 9,186 feet from the sea level. It’s like a striking shiny scene set against emerald knolls and a brilliant blue sky. In summer, you can take a half-day climb to various waterfalls around the glacier. Both the journey and the pathway will be tough to face but the enthralling perspectives make it beneficial. While passing along the way, try not to miss the benevolent match with the neighborhood Gujjar kids who are always welcoming towards a friendly snowball battle!
Krishansar lake is a hidden treasure of nature which has always attracted adventure lovers and the admirers of mother nature. It’s situated at an altitude of 3801m above the sea level and considered as one of the magnificent lakes within the Himalayan lakes. Apart from its pleasant environment and amazing excellence, the lake is acclaimed as an outing spot for trout fishing.
Zoji-La is situated at a height of 3528 meters above the sea level and goes through the Kashmir valley and Ladakh. It’s known for its uncommonly delightful perspectives and scenes. Certain parts of this high mountain pass can be somewhat a daunting ride, hence one must take professional drivers to ensure maximum safety. Additionally, the pass gets shut at times amid the winter months.
Kheer Bhawani Temple
The Kheer Bhawani Temple, encompassed by a natural spring, is a place of attraction for the curious tourists from different places. Disciples offer milk and kheer to the resident divinity. Well known to all travelers, it is particularly worshiped by the Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley. The design of the sanctuary is basic yet perfectly made utilizing smooth dark stones. There is a rumor that the water color changes magically into black as a sign of upcoming calamity.
Baltal, situated on the shores of the Sindh river, is a renowned campground for the devotees of the Amarnath Yatra. This small valley is located at 15 kilometers from the north of Sonamarg. From mid-June to August, roughly 40,000 pilgrims make their journey to this place where Lord Shiva uncovered the mystery of everlasting life to his significant other Parvati. Visitors and devotees generally take a helicopter ride to travel from Baltal to the Amarnath cave though the physically fits can pass this distance of 26 kilometers by trekking.
Yusmarg, situated at a short distance from Sonamarg, is a hill station in the west of Kashmir valley in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. It’s a perfect place for a picnic with the eye-pleasing views of the mountain range. The water looks red in the Baltic colony of Nilagrad where the mountain river meets the Indus. The Baltics bathe in this conjunction each Sunday and trust that the water has remedial properties!
Gangabal trek, a sacred place for the Hindus, is a well-known lake situated at an altitude of 3570m above the sea level, is also called Harmuk Ganga by locals. The lake is famous for various types of fishes, especially the trout fish being the star of this lake. One can reach Gangabal lake from Sonamarg through Krishnasar and Vishansar, after a pleasant trek through some captivating views.
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