A brief History of Sonamarg

Background Sonamarg is tucked away from the mainland, about a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Srinagar. Serenely located at an altitude of 2740 m, the magic of Sonamarg is heightened even further with the thrilling experience it offers.

It is known for trekking and hiking paths that lead to the eccentric lakes of Gadsar, Krishnasar, Gangabal, and Vishansar, which are surrounded by the massive Himalayas. The 4 mile walk to the Thajiwas range is the most popular. Sonamarg is divided into two parts by the Thajiwas range. On one side, there's the forest-covered Thajwas spur, which smells like fir and pine. On the other, there's Sonamarg.

The sun-drenched valley is crisscrossed by rivers teeming with Trout and Mahseer, making it a paradise for fishing. These rivers are ideal for white-water rafting because of their rapidity. During the winter, the enchantment occurs when the sun's rays strike the snow-covered alps and glaciers, converting the white caps into golden.

The resort, which is adorned with vivid yellow-gold flowers known as crocuses, creates a golden carpet in the alpine valley during the summer. With its golden charms in all seasons, it is as close to heaven as it can get. With its verdant meadows, virgin woods, jaw-dropping glaciers, shimmering lakes, majestic mountains, melodious streams, and pure rivers, this miniature paradise satisfies your wanderlust.
History Sonamarg is an important historical landmark in the Indian subcontinent's history. Sonamarg and its surrounding regions were once part of the ancient Silk Route, a vital trade route in medieval times, according to ancient historical records. In the past, this Silk Route provided a link between China and Tibet via Gilgit.

The picturesque valley near Zoji La Pass is one of the earliest significant roads connecting Srinagar and Leh. Sonamarg has played an important role in ancient trade and economics.

In terms of political history, King Pravarasena II, who governed Sonamarg 2000 years ago, is the earliest known ruler. Following him, the monarchs who ruled it alternated between Mauryas, Kushanas, Huns, Chaks, Mughals, and Sikhs.

During the colonization of South Asia, it was ruled by the British. Sonamarg, along with other parts of Kashmir, was given to Gulab Singh, the Dogra monarch, under a contract. It was ruled by the Dogras until 1947.