A Complete Travel Guide for Auli

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A Complete Travel Guide for Auli

Although India is known to be a hot and humid location throughout the world. Still, there are many places for winter destination in the country. And none of them surpasses the spectacular beauty of Auli. Located at an elevation of 2500 meters to 3050 meters, Auli is situated in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand state of India. Part of the Great Himalayan range it has the best slopes along the Nanda Devi peak for Skiing. There is also a small temple of Hindu lineage that is said to be connected with Ramayana one of the main literature as per the Hindu mythology. Government has made special provisions for promoting this place on a global scale. National and international skiing tournaments are held to attract foreign tourists to this place.


Auli – A Tourist Wonder in India


Auli has now become truly a winter paradise for tourists. It has the charms of mighty Himalayan mountains, surrounded by coniferous and oak forests with scintillating peaks with smooth slopes for tourists to enjoy Skiing in India. Snow is the main attraction among the travellers in Auli. Especially children who enjoy throwing snowballs at each other. You might find both amateur and professional skiers enjoying the slopes of mountains. The pristine beauty of the place, alpine atmosphere, 500m long ski lift, and 800m chair lift are the main features of Auli.


As the summer season starts from April and thereafter June to October the place sees a remarkable increase in its flora. Around 520 species of high altitude plants appear in the valley among the highest flower species anywhere around the world with 498 flowering plants and numerous endangered species too.


Auli Weather


Auli is one of the best winter destinations of India for its impeccable location in the middle of the Great Himalayan Mountains. Auli is open to tourist throughout the year except during the monsoon season when due to heavy rains road gets blocked. As Skiing is the most entertaining activity around Auli Winters month from November to March is the time when travellers are in peak.


Winter Season – From November to March – Covered with Snow

Summer Season – From April to June – Pleasant and Clear Sky 

Monsoon Season – From July to October – Cloudy and Rains


Note: September and October are mostly cloudy with a pleasant atmosphere with intermittent chances of rain.


Best Time to Visit Auli


Although Auli is an enchanting place to visit the whole year for its scintillating natural surroundings still it is famous mainly as a Ski destination. So months of winter after the middle of November up to March-end are considered the best time to visit Auli to see the true snow-white city of Uttarakhand.


How to Reach Auli?


Auli being a tourist destination has all modes of transport available. Winters are full of snow while summers will make way for clear skies still travellers come here throughout the year.


By Road: Auli is reached through Joshimath which is only 14 km from the main location. Joshimath is well connected to all major locations of Uttarakhand with motor-able roads. Buses are available from Delhi, Haridwar and Rishikesh to Joshimath thereafter you can take local transport to reach Auli or take ropeway for reaching cliff top.


By Air transport: Jolly Grant Airport at Dehradun is the nearest airport with a distance of 285 Kms. And there are direct flights available from Delhi to Dehradun on a daily basis. Tourists can hire taxis from Jolly Grant airport to reach Auli timely.


By Rail: Rishikesh is the nearest railway station from Auli with a distance of around 265Kms. Motor-able roads are connecting Auli from Rishikesh.


Top Locations Distance chart from Auli


  • From Delhi to Auli (495 Kms)
  • From Rishikesh to Auli (267 Kms)
  • From Haridwar to Auli (285 Kms)


As the winter approach road from Joshimath to Auli gets a lot of snowfall and not accessible for driving. Cable car becomes the only mode of transport from Joshimath to Auli giving users panoramic views of the whole surroundings.


Best Things to Do in Auli


  1. Skiing

Auli has gained a lot of popularity in the last few years as the unique travel destination in India for offering Ski facilities in India. Snow cladded slopes with breathtaking views from the surrounding have the finest and longest slopes under the Mountain of Nanda Devi. A world-class Ski resort is here with comprehensive facilities and Ski equipment to facilitate your adventure sports interest in the area. There are slopes for beginners to advanced level for enjoying Skiing in Auli.


  1. Trekking

Many treks start or pass-through this amazing place with natural surroundings of meadows, green pastures, scintillating valleys, and rivulets to give a passerby a memorable time of Auli region. Auli Gorson (7Km), Gorson-Tali (6Km), and Khulara – Tapovan (9Km) are some of the famous treks. You can enjoy short or long trek based on your vacation time.


  1. Camping

There are lakes, meadows, hilltops, treks and numerous places that are open to camping for tourists. Background of large mountains, snow, and crystal clear sky with the sun shining will make way for some memorable views of Auli. Enjoy sleeping under the night sky and feeling the freshness of natural air in the background of this beautiful place.


  1. Auli Artificial Lake

At a distance of about 5Kms from Auli, the artificial lake has its own charm and picturesque beauty. It was built by the government for providing snow in case of scanty snowfall during the Ski season. Near the clifftop, the place has heartwarming views of the whole valley and many tourists also enjoy Sunset & Sunrise from this location.


  1. Cable Car Ride

Auli is connected to rooftops for skiing via Cable cars and chair lifts. So travellers and especially children enjoy these rides of almost 4Kms that will take you to a height of 1110 meters. These rides have panoramic views for the viewers of nature’s gift to this amazing valley with snow, greenery, mountains and more.


  1. Enjoy Nanda Devi National Park

Nanda Devi mountain is the second highest peak in India and some of the most spectacular views of the Great Himalayan range. Full of numerous flora and fauna the Nanda Devi National park has also been awarded as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its rich biodiversity. Valley of Flowers, HemKund Sahib Temple, and Badrinath Temple views can be seen from the park too. 


  1. Trishul Peak

Among the toughest peak to conquer in the nearby Auli region is the Trishul Peak. From afar the mountain resembles the mighty handheld Trishul of Lord shiva hence the name of the peak. Sunset and sunrise views are quite popular with tourists. Treks to reach the summit are held seasonally and it is recommended to be taken under expert guidance only.


  1. Religious Places nearby

India is a land of Pilgrimage and many nearby places of religious importance that are often visited by tourists


Joshimath – This place has a lot of religious significance as per Hindu religion. It is part of the four maths that were formed by the Adi Guru Shankaracharya in the 8th Century AD. Also, the home of Kalpavriksha the Oldest tree of India assumed to be around 1200 years old. Joshimath is also the home for winter resting place for Badrinath as the idol is brought here to Vasudeva temple. Narashima temple dedicated to an incarnation of Lord Vishnu attracts a lot of tourists to this area. There are also other temples dedicated to Ganesha, Hanuman, Naudevi, Surya, and Gaurishankar too. The place is also the gateway to many other pilgrimages, trekking, camping and exploration of the unknown into the Great Himalayas.


Narsingh Temple – Popular temple dedicated to the fourth incarnation of Lord Vishnu in the form of half-man and half-lion.

Rudraprayag – This place is known mainly as the point of confluence of rivers Alaknanda and Mandakini both part of the tributaries forming into Ganga river system. Rudranth temple, Chamunda Devi Temple, Koteshwar, Shree Tungeshwar Mahadev Ji, Kartik Swami, and Basukedar are the popular travel attractions point of this area.


Nandprayag – It is again famous for the confluence of Alaknanda River and Nandakani River both part of the mighty Ganga river system.


Vishnuprayag – Situated in the Chamoli district this point is the confluence of Alaknanda River and Dhauliganga River. As per the Hindu mythology, this was the place where Sage Narada meditated and thereafter Lord Vishnu appeared. Hanuman Chatti is a famous place nearby to this location.


  1. See Chattrakund Lake

It is the most beautiful small crystal clear lake near Joshimath and Auli. Surrounded by lush green forest it is situated at 3300 meters height and is at 4Km distance from Auli. It can only be trekked through and travelers enjoying seeing the whole valley while reaching this amazing location.


  1. If you are an adventurer than explore more to have unlimited fun in this heartland of Auli.


Best Hotels to Stay in Auli


There are numerous places for tourists to stay in this winter destination of Auli. With budget hotels, luxury resorts and also tent type of hotels for adding thrilling adventure to this amazing place. We recommend the Blue poppy resort and Auli village resort for a pre-booking to have a pleasant journey to this place.


Faqs – Auli 


Q. How far is Auli from Delhi?

A. Distance between Delhi and Auli is around 490 Kilometres. Roads are motor-able and one hire taxis to reach the destination easily. Air and rail route through Dehradun is also enjoyed by tourists a lot.

Q. What is the Best Time to Visit Auli?

A. Auli is a winter destination for snow and skiing in its vicinity. Winter months from December to February are full of snow and offer mesmerizing views of the whole surroundings.

Q. What is Auli Famous for?

A. Auli is famous as one of the Best Skiing destination in the whole world. It boasts of scintillating Himalayan mountains, surrounded by forests and snowfall that makes it truly the winter wonder of India.

Q. Where is Auli Situated?

A. Auli tourist place is situated in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand in the Himalayas mountains. It is one of the few places where Skiing is thoroughly enjoyed in India. There are also many attractions nearby that make it one of the hubs for international tourism in India.

Q. When snow arrives in Auli?

A. During Winter months from November to March are full of tourists from across the Globe. Snow starts in November with December to February is considered as the best months to see this white wonder in India. Temperatures can drop too low so tourists must have woollen clothes packed if they are going to visit Auli in Winters.

Q. At What height, Auli is situated?

A. Auli situated in Chamoli district at a height of 2500 meters to 3050 meters effectively.

Q. Is ATM’s machine available in the Auli region?

A. There is a scarcity of ATM’s in Auli even if you find one or two, there are chances that they might be out of order or not having cash at all. So it is recommended to carry cash from the place where you started the journey. There are many ATM’s available in Joshimath, 16Kms from Auli.

Q. Is Auli safe to travel in January?

A. Yes, Auli is completely safe to travel in January and is among the best time to visit this charming location amid Himalayans mountains.

Q. What is the best route to reach Auli?

A. Auli is accessible from Joshimath. So tourists can take the right transportation to reach Joshimath. All methods of road, air, and rail are available that tourists need to evaluate that maximizes their comfort.

Q. How many days are enough for a comfortable Auli Trip?

A. Auli is a complete vacation point depending on your enjoyment. A short weekend trip with Skiing, camping and a quick visit to multiple nearby attractions will re-energize your holiday spirits. Whereas those who want to bask in nature and the freshness of the mountains 5 to 7 days will make you for a comfortable journey for Auli.

Q. Can I get Skiing gear in Auli itself?

A. Yes, there are many shops and rental arrangements for Ski gear at Auli to give travellers a thorough-some enjoyment of Auli. Although many travellers bring their gear every year to keep their adventure enthusiasm high. It is recommended to have some basic lessons before going for Skiing.

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