Sonamarg is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Kashmir. Not only it is a favorite among people traveling only to Kashmir, but it is also a great stopover for tourists traveling to and from Ladakh. If you were thinking about visiting here anytime in the future and were wondering about how much it will cost, then the information below can be of help. Listed below are the taxi rates in Sonamarg for arriving in Sonamarg, local sightseeing and also for moving from Sonamarg to other nearby towns.
Please note that the rates I am listing below are for the taxi service in Gulmarg only. These are not the taxi rates for Srinagar or any other town of Kashmir. If you wanted to get the rate list for Srinagar, Please read Taxi Union Rates in Srinagar.
One important thing you should know is that for sightseeing in Sonamarg, you must hire a local cab. You will not be allowed to bring your cab hired from Srinagar or even your personal car to bring to the famous tourist spots here.
Another thing to know is the taxi rates in Kashmir are not strictly fixed. What this means is that there are set rates for popular tourist routes but how much you will pay will depend on the driver, your time of the trip and negotiation skills. If you were referred to a known driver, you will pay a few hundred bucks less than what I am mentioning below.
Drivers, Guides and Pony Owners in Sonamarg
I do not mean to offend anyone by this but the people in Sonamarg are the worst in all of Kashmir. By people, I am strictly talking about the drivers, guides and the pony owners. Daylight robbery is what they attempt on tourists here and will try their level best to fool as much money out of you as they can.
I know several people in Sonamarg that ended up getting in arguments in Sonamarg. These so-called guides will even threaten to damage your vehicles if the matter escalated. Sometimes the cops had to be called to control the scene. Same is the case with pony owners.
The worst part is the nuisance they create. They will start following you around and nagging you the moment you arrive anywhere in Sonamarg. Then they will quote ridiculously high prices. If you refuse to hire them, they will look at you as if you were the cheapest and most disgusting person to have arrived in Sonamarg. If you agreed to hire them and refused to pay the price they asked, they will start arguing with you.
The worst part about all of Kashmir anywhere are the guides, taxi drivers and the pony owners.
After dealing with these people, it will leave a sour taste in your mouth and will ruin your trip. In all of Kashmir, I have met with wonderful and helpful people but Sonamarg is worst. So please be careful of your dealings and negotiate hard.
Taxi Rates in Sonamarg
Sonamarg remains open for tourists only during summers, from April to November. After it starts to snow, the road gets blocked and the town cannot be reached. So if you were thinking about a trip in December to March, you will only be allowed till Gagangir and will not be able to make it all the way to Sonamarg. For more details, please read When is the Best time to visit Sonamarg.
There are plenty of places to see in Sonamarg and you should at least spend a day or two here. For more information on this topic, please read Sightseeing in Sonamarg – What to See in Sonamarg.
Along with the Sonmarg Local taxi rates, I am also mentioning how much you will pay for hiring ponies for visiting places like Thajiwas Glacier.
Srinagar to Sonamarg Taxi Fare
Let us first talk about how much it will cost you to reach Sonamarg from Srinagar. There are mostly two kinds of cabs available in Kashmir. A luxury cab like Innova which will cost more. The second category is of Tata Sumo which will cost you less. You may get smaller hatchback cars as well but mostly it is either an Innova or a Sumo.
Taxi fare from Srinagar to Sonamarg is about Rs. 2400 for a drop and Rs. 2900 for a return journey on the same day. For an Innova, it will be around Rs. 3000 for a drop and Rs. 3500 or return.
For a 2 days trip, charges will be about Rs. 4500 for Sumo and Rs. 5500 for Innova. If you hired a tempo traveler, it will cost you Rs. 3200 for a same day return journey.
The same rates will also be applicable as Srinagar Airport to Sonmarg taxi fare.
Sonmarg Local Sightseeing Taxi Rates
Now that you have arrived in Sonamarg, let us discuss how much you will pay for sightseeing here. There is a local taxi stand here and cabs available are all Sumo only.
Also Read: How to Plan a Trip to Gulmarg
Sonamarg to Zoji La Pass (Zero Point) Taxi Fare
The standard rate for a cab to Zoji La top and return is Rs. 2500 but you will be quoted rates like Rs. 5000 – Rs. 7000. What you pay in the end will entirely depend on how well you were able to negotiate.
Sonamarg to Thajiwas Glacier Taxi Fare
The standard rate to take you to the Thajiwas Glacier Taxi Stand is Rs. 1000. You will be however quoted price two or three times than this rate. Please negotiate hard. From the taxi stand, you will have to hire a pony.
- Sonarmarg Fish Pond: Rs 600 for a return journey
- Sarbal Park: Rs 1000
- Full-Day Sightseeing in Sonamarg Taxi Rate
- A taxi for a full day sightseeing covering places like the Fish Pond, Sarbal Park, and Thajiwas Glacier will cost Rs. 2000. If you added Zoji La Pass to it too, you will pay about Rs. 5000.
Also Read: How to Plan a trip to Srinagar
These are the standard rates to hire a pony in Sonamarg.
- A return trip to Thajiwas Glacier from the main taxi stand in Sonamarg will cost you Rs. 500 for a return trip.
- A Pony from Thajiwas Parking Place to the glacier and back will cost you Rs. 250
- Sledge Ride: Rs 300 per hour
- Full-Day Trek to Kishansar, Vishansar, Gandbal with Pony: Rs 900
- Trekking to Shokdari and return: Rs. 2000
- Trekking to Poshpatri and return: Rs 3000
- Porter & Helper: Rs 300 per day
Taxi Rates in Sonamarg – Conclusion
I hope the information above on taxi rates in Sonamarg was of help. If you have any questions; or need any other details; please feel free to ask in the comments section below; or at our Community Forum; and I will be glad to answer.