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 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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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