Adventure in Sonmarg: Gateway to Kashmir’s Wonders

by | May 15, 2024

Explore Sonmarg's stunning beauty and thrilling activities from the comfort of your ideal Himalayan retreat.

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Nestled high in the Himalayas at an altitude of 2,740 meters, Sonmarg, or the Meadow of Gold, offers an unparalleled escape into nature’s lap. With the recent opening of the Four Points By Sheraton Sonmarg Resort, this serene destination in Kashmir has become even more inviting. Known for its breathtaking valleys and snow-capped peaks, Sonmarg is a gateway to the wonders of Jammu & Kashmir and the neighbouring state of Ladakh. This new addition to the region’s accommodation options promises to blend convenience with the untouched beauty of the Himalayas, providing a good base for exploring the myriad attractions Sonmarg has to offer.

The Four Points By Sheraton Sonmarg Resort is ideally located to offer guests stunning views of the majestic Himalayan ranges. With 47 rooms, each featuring a private balcony, spacious bathrooms with rain showers, integrated USB ports, and complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, the resort ensures a comfortable and modern stay. The multi-cuisine all-day dining venue further enhances the experience, catering to the diverse palates of its guests.

Exploring the beauty of Sonmarg, Jammu & Kashmir

Sonmarg’s charm lies not just in its scenic beauty but also in the diverse activities it offers, making it a must-visit destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers. One of the most dramatic landscapes about 15km from Sonmarg is the Zoji La Pass. Connecting Srinagar to Leh, this 3,528m high-mountain pass offers awe-inspiring views and a thrilling journey through some of the most rugged terrains of the Himalayas. The revered Amarnath Cave at the end of Lidder Valley, a short distance from the resort, attracts thousands of devotees yearly. The journey to the cave, with its sacred ice stalagmite symbolizing Lord Shiva, is both a spiritual and adventurous experience, set amidst the tranquil beauty of the mountains. Additionally, a visit to the Thajiwas Glacier, at an altitude of 2,798m, provides a glimpse into the icy heart of the Himalayas. This easily accessible glacier is famous for its scenic beauty and is a favourite spot for trekking and sledging.

For those seeking peace and solitude, Fish Point offers serene fishing spots where one can unwind amidst the calming sounds of nature. It’s an ideal location to experience the slower pace of life and enjoy the simplicity of fishing in clear mountain waters. Another serene spot is the confluence of the Indus River at Nilagrad. Known for its red-hued waters, which locals believe have healing properties, Nilagrad is perfect for picnics and relaxation. The juxtaposition of the river’s tranquil flow against the rugged mountains creates a picturesque setting.

Adrenaline junkies can experience the thrill of white-water rafting at Baltal Lake. The turbulent waters and challenging rapids offer an exhilarating adventure against the backdrop of Sonmarg’s stunning landscapes. Meanwhile, trekking in Sonmarg opens up a world of pristine lakes and untouched landscapes. The trails to the great lakes of Kashmir, including Tarsar, Marsar, Gangabal, and Vishansar, lead through lush meadows, alpine forests, and serene waters. Each trek offers its unique blend of challenge and reward, making it an unforgettable experience for trekkers.


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The opening of the Four Points By Sheraton Sonmarg Resort is a much-needed addition to the accommodation landscape of this Himalayan paradise. Whether you’re an adventure seeker, a nature lover, or someone looking to find peace in the lap of nature, Sonmarg has something to offer. With its blend of comfort and proximity to nature’s marvels, the hotel is set to enhance how travellers experience Kashmir. ◼

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© This article was first published online in May 2024 – World Travel Magazine.

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