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Auli

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Ideal duration: 2-3 days

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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 the 8th Century AD. The Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam Limited (GMVL) runs a ski resort and a ski rental shop. 

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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Skiing Destination of India

The Garhwal Himalayas have clean steep slopes that make the scenic hill town a favorite skiing destination among the tourists. 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 snowfall and hence it is a premier ski resort to enjoy the best 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 that connects the lower and upper mountain slopes and can take you to the peak above in a jiffy.

Auli 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. Read more about Auli Ropeway.

History of Auli

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.

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Auli doesn't have ATMs and nearest ATM vestibule is located in Joshimath

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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What is famous about Auli?

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

What is not so good about Auli?

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.

Who should visit Auli?

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

What is the best time to visit Auli?

The best time to visit Auli for skiing is between December to March. Although the best season to visit Auli is throughout the year. The summer months in this beautiful hill station extends from April to June are great to experience pleasant weather. Snow Skiing is a major tourist attraction here and hence visiting anytime between November to March will be great to enjoy the snow activity. May to November are fairly pleasant and are the right months for indulging in leisure outdoor. December to February converts Auli to a snow paradise, and hence if you want to visit the hill station somewhere around these months then make sure to pack a bunch of woollen clothes for a comfortable stay. these months are also ideal for skiing, however, Auli is covered in artificial snow all throughout the year and hence skiing can be enjoyed at any time of the year.
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What is the 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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What is the best way 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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What are the things to do in Auli?

The top things to do in Auli are Skiing in Auli, Gurso Bugyal, View Points in Auli, Kwani Bugyal, Trishul Peak, Chenab Lake. You can see all the places to visit in Auli here

What are the places near Auli?

The top places near to Auli are Valley of flowers which is 22 km from Auli, Nainital which is located 128 km from Auli, Badrinath which is located 24 km from Auli, Madhyamaheshwar which is located 35 km from Auli, Rishikesh which is located 134 km from Auli

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Kovid Kapoor 2 years ago
- Do not forget to carry warm clothes no matter which time of the year you visit Auli.
Sunil Sehrawat 2 years ago
Best time to visit in snowfall season.
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