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Thajwas glacier

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Sonamarg

Sonamarg  gives rise to The Three Sisters (Kashmir). In its vicinity lies the great Himalayanglaciers of Kashmir Valleynamely Kolhoi Glacierand Machoi Glacierwith some peaks of above 5000 meters: Sirbal Peak, Kolhoi Peak, Amarnath Peakand Machoi Peak. Sonamarg an alpine valley is situated at the bank of

Demographics

Sonamarg has no permanent settlement and is inaccessible during winter due to heavy snowfall and avalanches. At the 2011 India census, Sonamarg had a population of 392, excluding tourists and those working in the tourism industry. Males constitute 51% and females constitute 49%. These are the permanent residents of Sonamarg though seasonally.

History

Sonamarg had historical significance and was a gateway on ancient Silk Roadalong with Gilgitconnecting Kashmirwith Chinaand other Gulf countries. The Zojilapass lies 15 kilometers east and is one of the highest passes for road transport. It still is a base camp for Ladakhon NH 1D, and is strategically important for Indian armywho holds control over this part of Kashmir

Tourism

Sonamarg, which means ' meadow of gold ' has, as its backdrop, snowy mountains against a cerulean sky. the Sindh meanders along here and abounds with trout and mahseer, snow trout can be caught in the main river. In late April when Sonamarg is open for road transport, the visitors can have access to snow which is furnished all over like a white carpet. Ponies can be hired for the trip up to Thajiwas glacier a major attraction during the summer months. However, there is need for some stricter regulation to save the environment of the area from over tourism. Litters such as plastic bottles, etc., are strewn all over along the track.The climate of Sonamarg is very bracing; but the rainfall is frequent though not heavy, except for two or three days at a time in July and August with fine spell in between. From Sonamarg, trekking routes lead to the Himalayan lakes of Vishansar Lake, Krishansar Lake, Gangabal Lakeand Gadsar Lake, stocked with Snowtroutand Brown troutand Satsar, glacier-fed and surrounded by banks of alpine flowers.

A close by excursion is to Baltal, 15 km north of Sonamarg. This little valley lies at the foot of the Zojila, only a day's journey away from the sacred cave of Amarnathis a base camp for Amarnath yatra. Trekkers can also reach the starkly splendid roof-top of the world Leh, by crossing over the Zoji La pass.

At Sonamarg the Jammu and Kashmir tourism department is organising river rafting tournaments yearly, which has recently seen the participation of teams abroad. A large number of Hindi movies have been pictured in the serene beauties of Sonamarg.