Best Time to Visit Sonamarg – Season, Month

by Vargis.Khan

Best time to visit Sonamarg

Sonamarg is among the top 3 most visited destinations in all of Kashmir. Sindh River flows along the lengths of the town and a stunning valley with pinewood trees lies beyond. In every way, it is a true definition of heaven on earth. There is really no best time to visit Sonamarg because this paradisiacal town has a different color every season and all of them are a sight to behold.

Not just Sonamarg but the best time to visit any tourist destination will be different for everyone because it depends on their reason to visit. Similarly, when should you arrive in Sonamarg will entirely depend on what you seek and when you can.

Also Read: How to Plan a Trip to Kashmir – A Complete Travel Guide

With that being said, there is a certain time of the year when every tourist town receives the majority of its share of tourists and weather is usually the driving factor behind it.

With that logic, the months of March, April, May, and June are considered to be the best time for visiting Sonamarg. But will this time suit you as well? Read on to find out or you can also see the video below to hear me talk about it!

When is the Best Time to visit Sonamarg?

Sonamarg, the meadow of gold, is a small tourist town situated at a distance of around 80 km from Srinagar on the Srinagar – Ladakh road. The place is named such because its surrounding peaks turn golden at the time of sunset and sunrise, like in the picture below.

Also Read: How to Plan a Trip to Sonamarg – A Complete Travel Guide

Best time to visit Sonamarg

Heavy snowfall during the winter months makes it completely inaccessible. The road from Srinagar to Sonamarg gets closed sometime in December and does not open until March.

So if you want to enjoy some snow and possibly even catch a live snowfall, December and March are the best months to be heading towards Sonamarg.

If you just want to enjoy pleasant weather and be in Sonamarg at the time of peak tourist season, then plan your trip in April, May, or early June.

The weather in these months here is at its best with clear sunny skies, moderately warm days, and pleasant nights. This is also the best time to plan a family vacation in Sonamarg.

If you want to see lush green vistas, floating clouds, and the entire valley at its full blossom, then you will have to come during the monsoon season.

But the rainy season brings its own set of challenges like incessant rains, landslides, and bad weather that can force you to stay indoors and ruin all plans for sightseeing.

If you want to visit when there are a lesser number of people around, plan either in July, August, early September or November.

This is also the best time for budget travelers. With fewer tourists in town, you have a greater chance of getting a good deal in terms of commute and accommodation.

Best Time to visit Sonamarg with Family

If you are visiting with the family, avoid the winter and Monsoon months. Winter lasts for five months from November to March – January, and February being extreme. You cannot reach all the way to Sonamarg but the road does remain open till Gagangir.

Also Read: Places to Visit in Sonamarg | Things to do in Sonamarg

Monsoon arrives in the month of July which is not really considered safe. Therefore the best time to visit with the family is in the months of April, May, June, and Mid September to early October. A visit to Thajiwas Glacier, pony rides, and sleigh rides on snow can make your trip memorable.

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Best Time for Solo Travelers

Winter months are not an ideal time for solo adventurers and solo travelers. However, once the snow is cleared and the road opens, the hill town welcomes you with an enchanting snowscape.

If you are someone who wishes to spend some time alone with nature, then avoid the months of Amarnath Yatra and other festival seasons.

Best Time to Visit Sonamarg for Photography

If you have an interest in photography then plan for either April, July, August, September, or early October. If you want to get pictures of snow-covered Sonamarg, then visit in March.

Be it in any season, Sonamarg has something to offer photography lovers. The months of March and April are ideal for snow photography as the roads open after the extreme winter days. Flowers bloom in the valley during the month of May and June and colors the valley with wonders.

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Best Season to Visit Sonamarg

Spring and post-Monsoon is the best season to visit Sonamarg.

Best Month to Visit Sonamarg

April and September are the best months to visit Sonmarg. For people interested in seeing some snow, late March or early April will be the best time.

Best Time to Visit Sonmarg for Snow

Late March and early April are the best time to visit Sonamarg for snow.

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When Not to Visit Sonamarg

You cannot reach Sonamarg in January and February. It is not even safe to go to Sonamarg in these months because of the avalanches. The 2 avalanches in 2023 claimed the lives of 3 people here.

Late June to early September is the time of monsoon season which is generally considered to be a bad time to be in the hills. Rains can sometimes wreak havoc here, causing landslides and flooding.

Amarnath pilgrimage during the months of July and August creates heavy traffic which is again not suited for tourists. Visiting in the weeks of 26th January and 15th August also is not the best idea during increased security.

So if you are not fond of cold weather, do not go between November and March. If you do not want to risk the rain then July and August are not an option for you. If you do not like crowded places with too many people around then May till August is a bad time for you.

The weeks of Eid festivals will again be a bad time. During these weeks, most of the hotels close down as their staff goes on leave to celebrate the festivals.

Visiting in the month of Ramzan too will leave you traveling through a sleepy valley everywhere as people fast and spend most of their time praying.

November is overall a bad month because the scenery is very dull at this time. The weather will be terribly cold, the scenery will be a bit boring and there won’t even be any snow around. April, May, and June are not good for anyone traveling on a tight budget.

Last but not least, Keep an eye on the news, and if there is any news of trouble in Kashmir, best postpone your plans for another time.

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How to Reach Sonamarg

Sonamarg is about 80 km from Srinagar, on the famous Srinagar – Ladakh highway, and can easily be covered in 3 hours. The nearest airport is in Srinagar and is connected to almost all parts of India.

Taxis are available from the airport to take you to Sonamarg. Or you can stay in Srinagar, explore the city and the famous lakes, and make a day trip to Sonamarg.

The nearest railway station is Udhampur or Jammu. Jammu is well connected with the rest of India and traveling by train is the best option for budget travelers.

Taxis are available from Jammu and Udhampur to Srinagar and Sonamarg. Buses are available from Delhi to Jammu and Srinagar or you can book a cab covering Srinagar and Sonamarg.

Also Read: What to see in Pahalgam | Sightseeing in Pahalgam

Sonamarg by Road

  • Buses are available from Delhi to Jammu and Srinagar
  • Private taxi or Bus to Srinagar or to Sonamarg.
  • You can also drive to Sonamarg in your own vehicle for which you will first have to reach Srinagar.

Sonamarg by Train

The nearest railway station is Udhampur, which is 300 km from Sonamarg. Jammu railway station, which is around 350 km from Sonamarg, is well connected with the rest of the country. From these railway stations, you can catch a private taxi or board a Bus to Srinagar and then to Sonamarg.

Sonamarg by Flight

  • The nearest airport is Srinagar
  • Private taxi or Bus to Sonamarg

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Weather in Sonamarg

To be more specific, let me give you a month-by-month detailed description of what to expect in Sonamarg at a certain time of the year.

Sonamarg in January

It is one of the best times to see extreme snowfall and windy landscapes. But you can go only as far as Gagangir as the road to Sonamarg remains closed in winter.

Heavy woolen clothes and winter gears are necessary. There are hotels near Gagangir if you want to stay there.  Hotels and restaurants do not see much business at this time but will still cost you a little high.

It is not a recommended time for traveling with family. Temperature dips to an average of -9 degrees Celsius with frequent snowfall.

Sonamarg in February

Conditions in February are pretty much the same as those in January. The average temperature goes to -7 degrees Celsius and can expect heavy snowfall. Not an ideal time for family trips and heavy winter gear are necessary.

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Sonamarg in March

The temperature starts to get better and the snow starts melting. Srinagar Sonamarg road gets declared open towards the end of the month.

You can expect snowfall and some rain in the month of March as well. Visitors start flowing to experience the snow during this month.

Heavy woolen clothes with proper trekking boots are necessary. March is considered to be the best time for snow photography as the valley is covered in snow with a clear blue sky.

People who don’t like cold climates have to wait a little longer for visiting Sonamarg. This is the best time to visit Sonamarg for snow.

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Sonamarg in April

Sonamarg in April is Sonamarg in the Spring season. Flowers start blooming this month and the flow of travelers increases. This is an ideal time for photographers and families to witness snowscapes.

Occasional rain can be expected during this month and the temperature starts rising to a comfortable level. Nights are still cold with temperatures occasionally falling below zero.

Moderate winter gear is recommended during this month. Hotels in Sonamarg and restaurants start getting ready for the coming busy months and can expect a small hike in cost. But a good bargain can do the trick.

Sonamarg in May

As the snow started melting, the valley becomes busy with travelers. Hotels and restaurants will be available at decent rates and it is an ideal time for all sorts of travelers.

Carry moderate woolen clothes and jackets. Temperature ranges from 8 to 16 degrees Celsius with cold nights. This is the best time to visit Sonamarg for camping and trekking.

Sonamarg in June

June is considered to be the best time to visit Sonamarg valley for all sorts of travelers because of the following reasons: –

  1. All the tourist activities are available this month.
  2. Best time to escape from the scorching heat of North India.
  3. Best time to visit before the monsoon blocks the hilly roads.
  4. The ideal time before the Amarnath Yatra rush.

You should still carry a pullover or jacket, as the nights can be cold. Make sure that you book hotels in advance to avoid the last-minute rush.

Also Read: Yusmarg – A Comprehensive Travel Guide

Sonamarg in July

Amarnath Yatra starts in the month of July and is therefore not an ideal time for tourists. Availability of hotels and restaurants can be challenging and the town is heavily crowded with pilgrim traffic.

Weather remains comfortable throughout the day and occasional rain can be expected. Chances of landslides in the lower Himalayas can be challenging for long-distance travelers. The temperature remains at an average of 20 degrees Celsius.

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Sonamarg in August

Weather conditions in August remain pretty much the same as in July, so make sure you are geared up for rain. Monsoon season generally is not the best time to visit Sonamarg or any other hill station unless are fully prepared for it and know what you are getting into.

Sonamarg in September

Cooler and greener with mist spreading the valley makes this month ideal for those who seek a little mystery of nature. Temperature goes down a bit to an average of 16 degrees Celsius.

September is one of the best times to visit Sonamarg. The town is, however, a little crowded during this month and pre-booking of hotels is necessary if you are visiting as a family.

Sonamarg in October

October is a good time to travel and the same is the case with Sonamarg. The temperature starts to fall down for the coming winter month.

So, woolen clothes are recommended, as the average temperature goes to 9 degrees Celsius on cold nights. The flow of tourists is still high at this time of the year and pre-booking of the hotels is recommended.

Sonamarg in November

November sees considerably less tourist flow. This is overall a bad month to visit Sonamarg. But for those looking for solitude and less crowd, this may be a good time.

However, the end of Autumn and dull topography makes it less favorable for most travelers. Heavy winter clothes are necessary as the mercury dips to negative.

Also Read: How to Plan Your Trip to Gulmarg, Kashmir

Sonamarg in December

Winter moves towards its extreme and is not an ideal time for visiting the valley. Chances of getting stranded due to snowfall and the closure of roads are high in December.

Make sure to carry plenty of woolen clothes and winter gear. Most of the hotels are closed during the winter months and getting a good hotel can be an issue. Not the ideal time for families.

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When to Visit Sonmarg

So in order to sum it all up:

  • For photography: March, April, June, August, and September
  • With Family: April, May, June, and September
  • Budget Trip: October to November
  • For Snow: March
  • For Snowfall: Late December and March (after the road opens) February

Things to do in Sonamarg

Sonamarg is blessed with many enchanting lakes, glaciers, and mountain passes. An ideal place for experiencing the Himalayas and the closeness to nature, it is a true paradise for both nature lovers and adventurers alike.

Sonamarg is a major hub for trekkers and hikers as many of the famous Himalayan treks start here. Among the treks, the most famous one is the Kashmir great lakes trek. It is known for its picturesque and pristine routes through meadows and alpine forests.

On the way, you also see several lakes like Gangabal lake, Vishansar lake, Krsiansar, and Gadsar lake that resemble the mythical places in our bedtime stories.

Also Read: Food to Try in Kashmir – What to Eat in Kashmir

Thajiwas Glacier

Thajiwas Glacier with its breathtaking view of the snow-covered Himalayas is famous for snow sports and activities. Ponies and sleigh rides are available but make sure you bargain to get a better deal.

It is situated 3 km from Sonamarg town and can be covered by a small trek or pony ride. For more details, please take a look at How to Plan a Trip to Thajiwas Glacier from Sonamarg.

Vishansar Lake

Panoramic mountain lakes with beautiful flowers and stunning landscapes. It is located at a distance of 30 km from Sonamarg town and accessible on a pony or by trekking.

Also Read: Srinagar – How to Plan your Trip and Explore?


Located at a distance of 15 KM from Sonamarg, this beautiful meadow is a camping ground for Amarnath Yatra.

Gangabal Lake

One of the most beautiful lakes in Kashmir, Gangabal Lake is famous for its trek from Sonamarg through Nichinai pass.

Gadsar Lake

Considered to be one of the highest-altitude lakes in Kashmir and part of the Kashmir great lakes trek.

Nilagrad river

Believed to have medicinal and healing properties, the Nilagrad river is characteristic of its reddish appearance.

Krishnasar Lake

Krishnasar Lake is located about 35 KM from Sonamarg at an altitude of 3500 meters above sea level. It is less than a kilometer from Vishansar Lake and forms part of the famous Kashmir great lakes trek.

Hotel Barzman is the place where I usually stay in Sonamarg. To read more about this hotel, take a look at Hotel Barzman – One of the Best Hotels in Sonamarg. You can also see a video of the hotel at the link below.

Best time to Visit Sonamarg – Conclusion

Visiting Sonamarg is seasonal and mainly depends on the closure of routes dues to snowfall and landslides. You should completely avoid the winter season if you are traveling with family.

It is well connected through Srinagar – Leh Highway and therefore can be considered as part of the Itinerary that includes Srinagar, Kargil, and even Leh.

I hope the information above on the best time to visit Sonamarg was of help. If you have any questions, you can contact me on Instagram and I will be happy to answer. You can also consider subscribing to my YouTube channel and asking a question there.

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Yogesh.Sonawane April 24, 2023 - 8:44 am

I am planning family trip to 25 May2023 visit sonmarg .
What are the chances of snow at Sonmarg ?
Please suggest

Vargis.Khan April 24, 2023 - 8:54 am

You may find some snow on the ground near Thajiwas Glacier viewpoint

MANISHA KALITA August 5, 2022 - 6:08 am

hi Varghis,
Needless saying your blogs are so informative that it usually is my first stop while planning the trip.
this time i am planning for 2 weeks Kashmir trip and its not yet “planned” completely, starting in September last week. I am planning to cover Gurez/Tulail (4 days), Sonamarg area (4-5 days) and Aru valley (for next 4-5 days).
While staying in Sonmarg, Thajiwas is one point in my plan. Another is if possible to visit one (preferably Gangabal ) alpine lake. As i understand, for Gangabal, it would take 2 nights to complete it from Naranag side. So, I wanted to know if i can get in touch with any local guide as I cant find any scheduled trek by trekking agencies. If you know anyone, can you share the details?
If Gangabal is not possible, do you suggest any other place?

Manas June 10, 2022 - 11:42 am

Hello Vargis!
We (Me and My Wife) are planning to visit Kashmir (Srinagar, Sonmarg, Gulmarg, Pahalgam) in this 15th August to 19th August, 2022. Will it feasible or right decision to go for enjoy. Please suggest any precaution.
Thank you in advance.

Surya April 12, 2022 - 9:57 pm

Hello Vargis,
I’m visiting Srinagar in 3 days and i have one spare day to explore either gulmarg or sonmarg, also I’m travelling with family which has senior citizens in the group. Which place should we visit from 2 of them and what other places can we cover on the same route??

Vargis.Khan April 13, 2022 - 4:47 am

If you have only one day Surya then I will recommend going to Gulmarg. There is no other place that you can cover on the way.

Rajesh Desai March 30, 2022 - 5:18 am

Hi Vargis ,
I found your travel blogs very much . They are the best ever , very informative and with clarity.
Myself with family ( 55 plus age) are visiting Sonmarg from Srinagar on day trip on 18th April .
What are the chances of snow at Sonmarg ?
How much time it will take to Visit Thajiwas Glacier on pony from Sonmarg and back? Is it will be possible to cover Thajiwas Glacier in a day trip from Srinagar ? If not , then any other place of interest that can be covered in a day trip.
Your feedback will be highly appreciated.

Vargis.Khan March 31, 2022 - 2:20 am

Thank you for your kind words, Mr. Desai.

1. There will be snow towards Thajiwas trek or Zojla Pass
2. 2-3 hours for Thajiwas on Pony
3. Yes it can be done in a day trip easily

Dr Piyush Gadam February 16, 2022 - 12:52 am

I am planning to visit Srinagar, Gulmarg, Sonmarg, in March end with family.. Is this right time to visit to enjoy beauty of Kashmir and snow

Vargis.Khan February 22, 2022 - 10:22 am

Hello – Yes it is a good time to go.

Santanu Ganguly November 23, 2021 - 2:57 am

Good morning Vargisbhai how are you.
I have earlier chatted with you in Oct as I was planning to explore Kargil Leh via road but somehow it did not worked for me . But after reading so many wonderful blogs of yours I can’t resist myself hence I blocked 6 nights in valley from 26th Dec onwards dreaming to have a fairy tale New Year. I have booked 3 nights stay in Gulmarg and 3 nights in Srinagar but after watching few videos of Sonamarg in Dec I want to stay a night there. Seeking for your advice opinion if Dec last week is the good time to spend a night in Sonamarg with my wife and 11 year old boy . We have been in extreme condition every winter as we are adventure lovers but we wanted to experience live snow. So what you suggest

Vargis.Khan November 26, 2021 - 12:17 am

Hi Santanu Bhai – You cannot reach Sonamarg in December. The road gets closed and all the hotels shut down for the season. Sonamarg remains unaccessible in the winter season until late March

Rajendra kumar S. Gad October 14, 2021 - 8:29 am

Dear Vargis khan
I am planning to come to Sonmarg in mid November 2021 with family.
Will it be open accessible. If yes, can we go to Thejwas Glacier.
Kindly inform.

Chandranan September 23, 2021 - 10:16 am

Hi Vargis,
I am planning to visit Kashmir from October 30 to November 7, that is during Diwali. I have read numerous articles on your website and have come to the conclusion that November is not the best time to visit Kashmir. Considering the fact holidays are difficult to come by for me, do you advise me to go ahead with the trip anyway? Or do you suggest visiting some other places like Kinnaur? I have also read that the interior of Ladakh remains open throughout the winter. Is a Ladakh trip worth it in early November?

Saravana kumar June 27, 2021 - 2:01 pm

Dear bro vargis khan..
We are planning to visit kashmir september month 4nights 5 days covering Srinagar pahalkam sonamarg with help of packaging company..My questions are september good for visiting these places..?
2.september 1st of half or 2nd half which time we can expect mild snow atleast..
3.What are the must visit places to cover in these areas..?
4.what are the fun activities we can get in September like river rafting etc..?

Vargis.Khan June 27, 2021 - 5:06 pm

Hi Saravana Bhai,

1. Yes it is
2. Neither actually. The only place you can expect to find snow at this time is Zoji La top.
3 & 4. Please see these articles

Smita March 13, 2021 - 3:39 am

I’m planning to come to sonmarg and gulmarg in Dec end. Will there be snow?

Abhishek Jain February 19, 2022 - 6:47 am

Hello Vargis, hope you are doing great.

I am planning to visit Sonamarg on April 15th with family. Have couple of questions.
Is thajiwas glacier accessible during that time, would it be easy for family if we hire pony ?
Would roads to reach Kargil be opened ?


Vargis.Khan February 22, 2022 - 10:13 am

Hello Abhishek,

1. Thajiwas Glacier – Yes it will be open
2. Ponies – That option will also be available
3. Kargil – Depends on the weather really, hard to predict right now.


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