Kashmir’s Meadow of Gold

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Photos by Muhabit-ul-Haq

Sonamarg is a popular tourist destination of Kashmir. It is situated at 87 kilometres north-east of Srinagar and at an altitude of 3,000 metres above sea level.  Sonamarg means ‘meadow of gold’. It has snow-capped mountains against a cerulean sky. Ponies can be hired for the trip up to Thajiwas glacier which is a major attraction during the summer months. From Sonamarg, trekking routes lead to the Himalayan lakes of Vishansar, Krishnasar and Gangabal. Other lakes in the region are Gadsar, stocked with snow-trout and Satsar, glacier-fed and surrounded by banks of alpine flowers. Baltal, another attraction which is 15 kilometres north of Sonamarg is a little valley which lies at the foot of the Zojila. It is only a day’s journey away from the Hindu pilgrimage, Amarnath Cave.

 

The beautiful valley of Sonamarg.

Tourists skiing at Thajiwas glaciers.

Ponnies ready to ferry people around the meadows and snow.

 

The stream of chilling water which divides the valley of Sonamarg.

Snow, mountains and clouds.

Dusk arriving.

Manmade lake for fishes.

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