Auli

Why To Go

If you wish to rush down the snow covered Himalayan surrounding slopes at breakneck speed, and enjoy the fun then Auli is the place where you should plan your next holiday.

Located in the Chomoli district in the state of Uttarakhand, this skiing and hiking destination is situated at a height of 2800 m above the sea level. Between the months of June and October, this valley turns into paradise of flowers with as many as 500 species.

Falling on the way to Badrinath, Auli has come into recognition only in the recent years. The air is cold, fresh and scented with pine; the sky here is azure blue. Dotted with oak trees, apple orchards, Auli offers breath taking views of the snow draped Himalayas.

 Auli in Uttarakhand is a calm and rush free sight that has all the nature’s aura striking it. Tourists thoroughly enjoy pilling fluffy snow balls over each other. Auli is much more than just a Hill station- it’s the perfect holidaying destination for most tourists.

Travel Tips

The best season to visit Auli is all throughout the year. Tourist attraction in Auli is Snow Skiing and is best during November to March, when Auli turns into a snow paradise. May to November offers cool and pleasant climate and the right period to spend relaxing moments in the outdoors. The summer months last between April and June, where the weather remains pleasant and cool with nature spreading its beauty. If you want to enjoy the fragrance and colours of the flowers, visit during June to October. Pack woolens for a comfortable stay. Also, while going out, remember to carry your own food as food shops are not readily available. Keep emergency medicines with you.

Things To Do

If an adventure sport is what you get going, think no more and book your tickets to Auli. The snow capped terrain of Auli is ideal for skiing enthusiasts. And given that it is an emerging tourist destination, you can have all the fun you want without the loudness of a bustling tourist destination. If you want to, you can also get yourself enrolled for a certificate course at the local ski training centre. However, it is not only skiing that draws people to Auli. The place is also known for its scenic beauty. The majestic peaks of the Himalaya provide a breathtaking view to the tourists. Some of the most famous peaks of the Himalaya, like Mana, Nanda Devi, and Kamet are part of the surroundings of Auli. You can spend all day relaxing on a chair and looking at the changing colour of the peaks with the different positions of the sun in the sky. You can also go to Clifftop Club and get a view of the highest artificial lake. While the lake has been created to supply snow for skiing when there is no snowing, the lake does provide a remarkable sight. You can also go and take a look at the hydro power project on river Alakananda. The hydropower plant is located at a distance of 5 km from Auli. And that is not where it ends. You can go on a trekking expedition. This trek forms an integral part of any trip to Auli. The trekking route will take you to some of the most picturesque locations amidst the snow clad terrains. Usually the trekking can be finished in one day. Visiting at Chenab Lake is a must. You can also take a trip on the ropeway at Auli. It has the distinction of being the longest ropeway in India. This ropeway runs all the way from Joshimath to Auli, covering a massive distance of 4 kilometers. The cable car is famously known as ‘Gondola’, with both a chair lift and a ski-lift. The enchanting view of the Himalayas while travelling is quite mesmerizing.

Getting Around

Getting around Auli can be a bit tricky as the roads are not maintained very well. You can take a cab or rent a car to take you to different places. If you wish to go to the nearby towns, you can do so by boarding a bus which leaves from the local bus stand at fixed hours. And most exciting is cable cars, which you must try. While at Auli, you must savour the Garhwali dishes that consist of varieties of dals, leafy vegetables and rice. The local dishes include Kachmauli, a preparation of stuffed goat with added spices; Bal Mithai (a sweet dish), Singhori,also a sweet delicacy.

How To Reach

FLIGHT

If you are planning to go by air, you can take plane to Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun, which is the closest airport from Auli and is at a distance of 170 km. It is connected to the airport in Delhi. From the airport, you can rent a car to reach your destination, or you may avail a bus that takes you to Joshimath and from there either you can travel to Auli by ropeway or take a car.

TRAIN

It is the best way to reach Auli. You can take an overnight train from Delhi to Haridwar. After getting off at the Haridwar station, you can arrange for a cab to reach Joshimath, and from there avail ropeway or a car to reach Auli. The distance is around 270 km. Alternatively, you may also go to Dehradun Rail station and Rishikesh Rail station. And from these stations take private cars or buses to reach Auli via Joshimath.

ROAD

In case you decide to reach Auli by road, you can take a bus from Delhi or Joshimath. Joshimath is well connected to Dehradun, Rishikesh, Haridwar and other cities. The buses can be of various types, ranging from luxury AC buses to ordinary travel coaches. There are both state run and private buses. You can also take a cab or rent a car to take you to the hill resort of Auli. From Joshimath Auli is at a distance of just 10km and the most thrilling way to reach is by ropeway. It is one of the major attractions of the journey to Auli.

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Surrounding Attractions

Spread in and around Auli are some of the most famous tourist spots and pilgrim destinations in India. You can take a trip to Vishnuprayag. It is the place where the two mighty rivers Alakananda and Dauli Ganga meet. You can also go and visit Joshimath, which is famous for being one of the four ‘piths’ founded by Shankaracharya. Badrinath is quite nearby and is one of the most famed pilgrim spots in India. Skiing in Auli – Make sure that you have a minimum level of fitness to reduce chances of injuries while skiing at Auli. Always wear sunglassses. Apply liberal quantities of sunblock and high – DPF lip balm. drink plenty of water or fruit juice, avoid alcohol and caffeine, before you set off to skiing. Visit Joshimath – The great sage Adi Shankaracharya is believed to have wandered into Joshimath and gained enlightment here. Ropeway Ride – Every ski destination pride itself in its cable car rides to get you to the peak of the long slopes. Joshimath to Auli Gorson ropeway system is the highest ropeway of India. This ropeway has two cable cars and has 10 towers. Camping in Auli – is ideal for large groups and should be experienced during the summer when meadows of snow are converte into lush greenlands. Visit Nanda Devi National Park – Located amidst the second highest peak in India, is the outstanding Nanda Devi National park with houses some of the most spetacular speies of high altitude flora and fauna in the region. Blessed with stunning views, mountainous atmosphere, abundant greenery and rich biodiversity this national park stands out from other wildlife sanctuaries. UNESCO has awarded the Nanda Devi National Park the title of a world heritage site. Auli Gorson Trek – Some of the places in the Himalayas are famous for their untouched beauty. And one such place is the Gorson Bugyal in the higher Himalayas of Uttarakhand. Gorson is a beautiful high altitude meadow of Alpine vegetation. Kuari Pass Trek – The alpine meadows and majestic snow-capped mountains of Kuari Pass have been attracting trekkers and backpackers alike from around the world for decades. Visit Trishul Peak – Amongst all the major peaks of the Himalayan range, Trishul is one of the most famous and challenging climbs for an avid trekker or trekking enthusiast. The beauty of Trishul along with the other mountain peaks in this range is simply breathtaking and its pristine beauty draws tourists from all over the world.
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