Thajwas Glacier

Jammu and Kashmir is known for its natural and rustic beauty. This place attracts hordes of visitors every year, without a doubt. Thajiwas Glacier is one of the must visit place in Jammu and Kashmir. The glacier is situated at a distance of 7 km from Sonmarg district. The place can be best explored through trekking and hiking. Another way to explore this place to the fullest is through a pony ride.

The place is famous for its alpine meadows and cascading waterfalls, which make it, look like a heavenly destination. Owing to scenic surroundings and unparalleled natural beauty, the glacier is one among the most popular destinations in Jammu and Kashmir. The glacier also offers an opportunity to the honey- moon goers, vacationers and adventurous lot. It also serves as a camping area.

What is the best time to visit this place?

Located at a high altitude of 2800 m, Sonmarg is a popular destination surrounded by natural beauty at its best. The place can be frequented at any time of the year as it experiences cool weather conditions even during summers. However, it is advised to visit this destination between April to October. It is an ideal time to explore this place without any hiccup.

 

Activities that you can do here

Kashmir is a place where adventure gets a new meaning. Apart from standard sightseeing, the visitors can indulge in several other activities that fuels up their adrenaline level. As told above, the place could be best explored through several activities like mountaineering, hiking, trekking and skiing. These are in fact the most popular ways to give your body a new lease of life. The gushing water streams, the meandering rivers, make this place ideal for river rafting.

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Cuisine

The mouth- watering cuisine of Jammu and Kashmir has been influenced by the cooking styles of Hindus, Muslims, Persian, and Afghan rulers. The flavor of cuisines comes from the aroma of spices. During the festive season, a wide array of dishes is prepared that simply perks up the gastronomic level. Wazhawan is one of the most popular dishes of the state. The other dishes that showcase the Kashmir cuisine in front of the visitor as forefront include korma, rogan josh, gustaba, aabgosh, etc.  The spices used are chilies, dry ginger, asafetida, curd, etc. Saffron and dry fruits are used sparingly in the cuisines. The people hailing from Jammu and Kashmir are experts in making different kinds of curries, rice, saag and lotus root. The most interesting dish of Jammu and Kashmir that tantalizes taste buds of every visitor is the masala cake for which the spices like onion and chilies are used.

 

Shopping

Though the glacier is not a shopping paradise, but don’t let the shopping bug go outside of you because in Sonmarg you can shop till you drop. Here you can buy a plethora of handicraft products that depict the traditions and culture of Jammu and Kashmir.  Kashmiri shawls are something that you cannot afford to miss. The embroidery is done in a very meticulous manner with a knack for detail. It is a priceless treasure that you can keep in your closet. The shawls are expensive but they can be treated like a legacy which can stroll down to different generation owing to its high quality. Embroidered carpet depicting the landscape of Kashmir is a sure pick.

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Thus, Thajwas glacier offers memories that can be cherished in your heart for years to come.

Jyoti Bhatia

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