The name Sonamarg means 'Meadow of Gold' and although this could be due to the profusion of flowers that carpet the meadow in the spring it is also possible that the name derives from Sonamarg's strategic trading position in the days when this was a major route into central Asia. The Sindh River meanders along here and abounds with Trout and Mahseer
Sonamarg is the starting point of a major trek passing several mountain lakes - Vishansar, Kishansar, Gadsar, Satsar and Gangabal. One trek leads all the way to the Amarnath Cave. The other reason for Sonamarg's importance lies in the fact that it is the last halt on the Kashmir side for the drive from Sri Nagar to Leh

places to visit in sonamarg 
1.Snow peaked Thajiwas Mountain loomed over Sonamarg, and made it more picturesque. The Thajiwas Glacier is located 3 kilometers from town. It would not be wrong to consider it to be among the most accessible glaciers as one can easily walk to its base or reach there by hired ponies.Thajiwas Glacier is just half an hour walk from Sonamarg town. A motorable road takes you to the base of the glacier but the more popular mode of transport is by ponies. Like most tourists places, 
the advantage of visiting thajwas is that you will find snow anytime when you visit