Drive to Sonmarg, the 'Golden Meadow' from Gagangir village

Of the many famous 'margs' (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.
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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 Europe and US/ Canada.
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
This journey was a part of the road trip that I got to make from Srinagar to the Drang Drung Glacier via Kargil Town through my previous work, in July 2009. Click here to view and read the next part of this journey.
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