Visiting heaven on earth – Kashmir Valley – Part III – Sonemarg

Sonemarg or Sonamarg means the valley of gold, and it is so as the locals say, that the hills shine in the night in moonlight.  We did see some shine even in day light.  Sonemarg is located about 87 km northwest of Srinagar at the banks of Sindh river.  The river is magnificent and I will put some pictures of it soon in this post.

Sonamarg is located in the Ganderbal district of Jammu and Kashmir state and is at an altitude of 9186 feet above sea level.  It  is on the way to Kargil and Ladhakh via the Zojila pass, and does not have any permanent settlement around due to heavy snowfall in winter and avalanches and is inaccessible during winter.  Only the Indian Army personnel are the ones who stay at Sonemarg during winter at the army camp due to proximity to sensitive zones.

We started early for Sonamarg so that we could return to Srinagar on the same day.  Our first encounter with the Nalla Sindh or the Sindh river was at a dhaba (roadside eatery) on the way.


Nalla Sindh

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Visiting heaven on earth – Kashmir Valley – Sringar Gardens

Srinagar Gardens:

In this series, our first stop was to Chashme Shahi Garden. Chashme Shahi originally derives its name from the spring which was discovered by the great female saint of Kashmir, Rupa Bhawani, who was from the Sahib clan of Kashmiri Pandits. The family name of Rupa Bhawani was ‘Sahib’ and the spring was originally called ‘Chashme Sahibi’. Over the years the name got corrupted and today the place is known as Chashme Shahi (the Royal Spring) (source Wikipedia)

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