Sonamarg

Overview

Introduction

Sonamarg, India, (the Golden Meadow, as it translates) is the last lush green area on the road leading from Kashmir's capital Srinagar to barren Ladakh. Located 400 mi/650 km north of Delhi, Sonamarg is really just a small collection of stores (such as the Cheepest Chemist) and a government-run hotel, but it's the starting point for a few interesting day hikes.

Some 3 mi/4 km from town is the base of Sonamarg Glacier, where local Gujar men will be happy to give you a ride on their sleds for a small fee. Or head into the Nichinai Nar Valley and follow the stream for a few hours before retracing your steps. You'll see beautiful views of the mountains. The more ambitious may want to take the six-day trek to Wangat—the route reaches an altitude of 13,700 ft/4,200 m.

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