Sonwar Bagh

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Sonwar Bagh
Sonwar Bagh is located in Jammu and Kashmir
Sonwar Bagh
Sonwar Bagh
Coordinates: 34°4′16.56″N 74°50′38.27″E / 34.0712667°N 74.8439639°E / 34.0712667; 74.8439639Coordinates: 34°4′16.56″N 74°50′38.27″E / 34.0712667°N 74.8439639°E / 34.0712667; 74.8439639
DistrictSrinagar district
1,559.5 m (5,116.5 ft)
 • OfficialUrdu, Kashmiri
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
190001 and 190004

Sonwar Bagh, sometimes referred to as Sonwar, is a residential area in Badami Bagh Cantonment on the outskirts of Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir. It is gradually becoming more commercial, as many schools, hotels and restaurants have been established there.

It is home to many politicians like the ex-Chief Minister Omar Abdullah[1] who became the 11th, and youngest, Chief Minister of the Indian Administered state Jammu and Kashmir.

Sonwar Bagh was one of the worst affected areas from the 2014 India–Pakistan floods in Jammu and Kashmir. It is surrounded by Sulaiman Hill on top of which is Shankaracharya Temple.


Sonwar Bagh is located at 34°04'16.56"N 74°50'38.27"E approximately. It lies parallel to the Jhelum river and National Highway road near Sonwar Bazaar(market). It is about 3–5 km from Lal Chowk, the commercial hub of the State of Jammu and Kashmir.


The official language of this area is Urdu. English, Hindi and Kashmiri languages are also spoken.


Due to its large area it is divided into the following subdivisions:

  • Iqbal Colony[2]
  • Indira Nagar
  • Hamza Colony
  • Old Sonwar Mohalla
  • Palpora
  • Banumsora
  • Gupkar Road


There are more than 10 schools in Sonwar Bagh, including:

2014 Kashmir floods[edit]

Sonwar Bagh was one of many areas of Srinagar, including Shivpora, Jawahar Nagar, Rajbagh, Gogji Bagh, Pandrathan, and Batwara, that was worst hit by the 2014 Kashmir floods. Sonwar Bagh was completely submerged for 21 days. Many houses were destroyed and damaged, but only a few people were killed. The water started to enter Sonwar Bagh at about 4:00 am because of a breach in Jhelum River bund. In a few hours it reached a level of more than one and a half storeys.


The main pincodes of this area include 190001 and 190004.


GP Panth Hospital, Kashmir's only children's hospital, is situated in Sonwar Bagh.[3]


There are many hotels in Sonwar Bagh. The most famous of them are:

  • Hotel Four Point (5 stars)
  • Lemon Tree Hotel-Srinagar
  • Hotel Renaissance
  • Hotel International
  • Hotel Ruthana
  • Hotel Gulfam
  • Hotel Shangrila
  • Hotel Grand Sultan
  • Hotel Green Mountain
  • Hotel Kardar

Restaurants and cafes[edit]

  • Cafe Coffee Day
  • Seasons Restaurant
  • Bites
  • Go Chatzz


  1. ^ "Omar Abdullah News". Faisal Wani.
  2. ^ "Indra Nagar and Iqbal colony mentioned as subdivisions of Sonwar Bagh". Faisal Wani.
  3. ^ "GP Panth kashmirs only child hospital situated at sonwar bagh". Faisal Wani.