Welcome to Sonamarg
The name Sonamarg means 'Golden Meadow', suitably enticing for an upland valley surrounded by soaring, sharpened peaks and Sound of Music scenery. The main, seasonal settlement, at Km85 of the Srinagar–Leh highway, is an uninteresting strip of hotels and simple restaurants. But that's easy to escape by walking for around an hour into a parallel valley to admire the multiple fingertips of Thajiwas Glacier.
If you want to hike much further, Sonamarg is the end (or possible start) of the Seven Lakes Trek. Summer sees thousands of Hindu pilgrims walk the Amarnathji Yatra that starts just 15km east of Sonamarg at Baltal.