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Auli

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"The skiing destination of India"

Auli Tourism

Dotted with the apple orchards, old oaks and pine trees there is no dearth of natural beauty in Auli. Apart from skiing you can also go for numerous treks in the hills of Garhwal Himalayas and enjoy the spellbinding views of the snow-draped mountains. Auli is a popular hill resort in the Himalayan range dating back to 8th Century AD.

Auli is a popular skiing destination in India because of its glittering slopes and clean environment. Dotted with apple orchards, oaks and deodars, Auli is a popular hill town with numerous ski resorts situated amidst the Himalayan range. Located at 2800 meters above sea levels, it is home to mountain ranges of Nanda Devi, Mana Parvat and Kamat Kamet. Many religious destinations are also scattered around Auli. It is believed that Shankracharya had blessed Auli with his visit.

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History

As far back as history goes, it is believed that the lands of Auli were first trodden on by the great Guru Adi Shankaracharya. He built a temple at Joshimath which exists to date. In the years to follow, Auli was inhabited by semi-nomadic tribes called Bhotiyas. They were of Mongolian origin and established a flourished trade with Tibet on their yaks. Later, Auli became a training ground for the Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force. After the formation of Uttarakhand from Uttar Pradesh, Auli became a part of the Uttarakhand state and was marketed as a tourist destination.

Skiing Destination of India

The Garhwal Himalayas have clean steep slopes that make the scenic hill town a favourite skiing destination among the tourists. Auli is an all-year destination for skiing. Because of the height and vast stretch, the mountains can give all the avid skiers an experience of their lifetime.It is also famous for its artificial snow fall and hence it is a premier ski resort to enjoy the best of skiing experience. The cluster of Oak and Deodar trees spread all over the slopes tend to reduce wind velocity and ensure a real smooth ski ride. In addition to that, it has a foot chair lift and a ski lift which connects the lower lower and upper mountain slopes and can take you to the peak above in a jiffy. It is a perfect place for all you adventure seekers and sports enthusiasts. If not for skiing, you can witness the most mesmerising enchanting views of lofty mountain ranges like Nanda Devi and Mana Parvat.

Cable Car

Auli boasts of Asia's longest and one of the highest cable car (Gondola) ride covering a total distance of 4 kms and operates at a height of 3010 metres above the sea level. The lower station is Joshimath and it takes an approximate time of 25 minutes to reach Auli. It has 10 towers and can carry 25 passengers in one trip. A return ride costs 1000 INR (approx.) for a single person. Kids above the age of 5 years are charged fully. The cable car starts operating at 8:30 AM till 6:00 PM in the evening.

Restaurants and Local Food in Auli

The options for food are limited in the town and your resorts and hotels will be the most convenient choices. You can find Garhwali cuisine at some places. Garhwali cuisines comprises of a variety of dals, leafy vegetables and rice. The local delicacies include Kachmauli (stuffed goat with oil and spice), Bal Mithai ( a popular local sweet), Singhori ( a cone shaped sweet wrapped in Malu Leaf) and much more. There are small local street side cafes serving tea, coffee and instant noodles.
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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1- Check-in at the hotel. Visit the Auli artificial lake, one of the highest man-made lakes in the world. Next, visit Rudraprayag the meeting point of Alaknanda and Mandakini river. Visit Gurso Bugyal, famous for its views of Trishul Peak, Dron Parvati and Nanda Devi.
Day 2- Enjoy skiing at the Auli ski resort. Visit Chenab lake, famous for its serene ambience.
Day 3- You can trek to Valley of flowers on this trip.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

A perfect destination for skiing and trekking. Can be visited all around the year. The ropeway to Auli is the Asia's longest.

What's Not So Great?

Crowded with tourists during the peak season. Artificial snow is also used to keep the slopes covered in snow, hence it lacks the natural beauty of snow.

For Whom?

For the ski and adventure lovers. Ideal for family and couple vacations.

How To Reach Auli

If planning to visit Auli, your most probably you will be reaching from Delhi or Badrinath.

From Delhi

The best way to reach Auli is to take a bus from Delhi to Rishikesh. This is an overnight journey.
From Rishikesh, either you can take a private cab direct to Auli (9 hours) or a shared taxi till Joshimath (8 hours). A more fun way would be to take a shared cab till Joshimath and from there, get on the Second Longest Cable Car in India from Joshimath to Auli. This cable car is 16 kms long, takes 22 minutes and blesses you with breathtaking views of the Garhwal Ranges of Himalayas and then take a cab from Rishikesh to Joshimath.

Do remember that cab/bus operators do not drive after sunset on the roads between Rishikesh and Joshimath, they might promise you but it is risky.

From Badrinath

Many cabs carry passengers from Badrinath to Auli. The Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun is the closest airport. You can also drive the 16 km roadway from Joshimath to Auli.



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Kovid Kapoor 1 year ago
- Do not forget to carry warm clothes no matter which time of the year you visit Auli.
Sunil Sehrawat 1 year ago
Best time to visit in snowfall season.
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