21 April, 2010

Sonmarg from Srinagar: Drive through the 'golden meadow'

Of the many famous 'marg's (meadows) of Kashmir valley, Sonamarg (or Sonmarg) is among the best known. 'Sona' refers to gold. Since we were here in July much of the grass was still green and was yet to turn golden. But the place still provided a 'being in heaven' feeling.

You can feel the tall mountains getting closer and surrounding you as you near Sonmarg.

Fresh crystal clear streams gush out through the mountain passages.

The Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Government tourism boards remind me of the neat, clear and boldly printed boards for tourists, in the western countries.

The air was clean and pure. The place neat and clean. No rubbish or garbage strewn. The feel was truly  heavenly.

A view from the hotel opposite the Thajiwas glacier.

The inviting meadows...straight out of a school book illustration of a fairyland.

The meadows on the way to the glacier are popular with tourists who want to ride horses.

The locals are very helpful and mindful of tourists.

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