Bestowed with the title of “Meadow of Gold”, Sonmarg is a mesmerizing hill station located at an altitude of 2800 m above the sea level in the heavenly state Kashmir. Being surrounded by the lakes and glaciers, the beauty is just ethereal. It is just 80 Kms from Srinagar and is en route to the beautiful city of Ladakh.
The city is a perfect destination for nature lovers and is an enchanting place to visit and spend some days with nature and tranquillity. For adventure seekers, the place is irrefutably a heaven with various adventurous activities such as mountaineering and trekking on offer.
At around 5Kms, Thajiwas Glacier is a wonderful place where nature blooms at its best. There is a meadow at the bottom that remains covered with lush Pine and Fir trees. The place has a number of natural waterfalls and is an ideal spot for camping with mighty Himalayas around.
Day 3 – Early morning our excursion to Sonmarg began by the taxi we hired from the hotel. It took us approximately 2 hours to reach the place. It was however the spring season but the snow was still there. We had to hire a pony to go up towards the glacier through the maze like paths of the hills. Although, during our pony ride we discovered the true beauty of the place. There was river flowing along side the hilly route with snow clad fir and pine trees. Cold breeze was just gushing past our body and we were freezing in the month of April. The route to the glacier was intervened half way due to some landslide. So we halted at a tourist sightseeing point where we climbed a hill covered with at least 6 inches of snow. Didn’t calculated the amount of energy it would require to climb up with our feet deep inside the snow and rest of the body frozen with shiver. Once we managed to climb up up to a certain height, we slide down on a man driven sledge which took us seconds to climb down. What a beautiful sight it was and such a shivering awesome experience of the snow. We returned to our hotel in Srinagar by the evening and prepared ourselves for the next adventure.