When you talk about winter destinations in the Himalayas or places where you can practice snow sports, the name Auli will always be on the list.
This small town is one of the best hiking and skiing places not only in Uttarakhand but also in the whole country.
It’s one of those places where a trip can never go wrong, no matter the time of year.
A small village, Auli is hardly ever crowded and is perfect for anyone looking to visit an upbeat and less crowded destination.
The natural beauty of this place is unlike any other and is sure to impress and captivate you.
WHERE IS AULI LOCATED
Auli is located in Chamoli district in Uttarakhand state at an elevation of 2,505 meters (8,219 feet). It is also known as Auli Bugyal in Garhwali, where the word “Bugyal” means grassland. In fact, the name Auli itself translates to Bugyal and is therefore a meadow. The whole place turns into a ski resort in the winter. Between June and October, during and immediately after the monsoon, Auli is home to the highest number of flower species found anywhere in the world. Up to 520 species of high altitude plants have been recorded here; some of which are listed as endangered and about 498 are flowering plants.
WHY VISIT AULI
- This is a top ski resort popular as a winter destination.
- Surrounded by high snow-capped mountains, apple and pine groves.
- Auli is one of those year-round beloved destinations that presents a different color each season and continues to attract tourists throughout the year.
- India’s longest cable car, which runs between Joshimath and Auli, is one of the major tourist attractions.
- This is a peaceful and quiet hill station that is never crowded and gives you a real taste of the beauty of the majestic Himalayas.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Auli has excellent weather almost all year round. With artificially dispersed snow to maintain off-season trails, Auli is a desirable destination all year round. However, January-April is perfect for skiing, and April-June summer is perfect for sightseeing.
The temperature does not exceed 20 ° C. The seasons are warm and the best sightseeing. The Badrikedal Festival will also be held in June. A group of pilgrims stop by on their way to Kedarnath.
Auli is blessed with a moderate amount of rain each year, which brings the splendor of flowers to the region. The famous hike, Hana no Tani, opens its arms this season. This season, the pilgrims of the Matam Murti Camera at the Badrinath Temple, which will be held in September, are the mainstream.
Winter (October / February):
Winters are a bit cold in cities at this altitude. At temperatures up to 2 ° C, Auli lies under a snow blanket. However, in January the snow texture becomes powdery and thick, making it the perfect combination for skiing. The big ski season lasts until April, when ski competitions and tournaments take place.
HOW TO REACH
Jolly Grant (Dehradun) Airport is 149 km from Auli and is the closest airport. From here you can reach Joshimath by bus, coach, taxi or car. From there, you can reach Auli by remote road or cable car.
Haridwar is the nearest train station 273 km from Auli. Again, the bus runs from Haridwar to Joshimato. Or you can rent a car.
Regular buses to Joshimath operate in major cities in Uttarakhand, such as Dehradun, Rishikesh and Haridwar. You can rent a car at Joshimath or take the cable car to Auli, which is just 10 km away.
WHERE TO STAY IN AULI
- Auli has several hotels, resorts and guest houses. But the thing about them is that they are all on the more expensive side.
- You can find accommodation here. Even 2000 rupees per day can be considered a bargain and is a bit hard to find.
- If the budget doesn’t matter, staying in Auli for a few days can be a great experience.
- It is highly recommended to book your stay in advance.
- For budget hotels, look for accommodation in Joshimath rather than Auli. Joshimath has a variety of hotels to suit your budget.
- GMVN (Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam) Government-run hotels are also ideal for your stay.
A breathtaking view of the mountain peaks
On a clear day from Auli, you can admire peaks like Nanda Devi (second highest peak in India with (7817 meters), Kamet (7756 meters), Mana Parvat (7273 meters) and Dunagiri (7066 meters) ).
Auli is a ski paradise, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of other things to do. For nature lovers, leisure enthusiasts as well as pilgrims, this mountain resort is for everyone.
Auli is known for its hiking and skiing routes. You can walk to Nanda Devi, Trishul Peaks or Dron Mountain. Trishul is a collection of three peaks, one of which was the first over 7000m high to be conquered in 1907. Gurson Bugyal is another popular hike that gives you breathtaking views from above.
The Gorson Reserve Forest in Nanda Devi makes for an enchanting nature hike. You’re sure to spot musk deer, rabbits, foxes, hyenas and jackals. On lucky days, there can also be snow leopards. This nature walks through the natural wildlife of the Himalayas.
- Head to Gurson Bugyal, a point at an altitude of 3056 meters that offers views of the peaks of Trishul.
- Another beauty is the artificial lake Auli. Although man-made in nature, it is equally wonderful, as it is used as a source of artificial snow for the maintenance of off-season ski slopes.
- Another natural wonder is Lake Chenab. The lake is difficult to reach and you have to cross rough roads, passing Joshimath and Dang village. But the peace here is worth the effort.
Tour guide to Manali
- Uttarakhand is home to many pilgrimages in India including Haridwar.
- Auli is located very close to several Prayags (confluence of two rivers) which are considered very sacred in Hinduism.
- Visit Nandprayag with its famous Gopal temple (Krishna as the cowherd) and Joshimath with its Narsimha temple. This temple is said to be the abode of the god Badrivishal during the winter months when Badrinath is frozen.
- In addition to being used as a local means of transport in Auli, the cable car is also a fun adventure. Especially the route from Auli to Joshimath, which is 4 km long and is one of the highest and longest routes in the country.
- If you do it during the ski season, the scenery will be all the more beautiful with little people zigzagging on a white background of a sheet of snow.
- Auli boasts a rich Garwari dish full of dal, leafy vegetables and rice.
- The specialty is KachimAuli, which is stuffed with goats and tempered with mustard oil.
- Garhwal sweets are also famous and are good for you in the cold, dry air.
- Balmitai and Shinhori are famous sweets in the area.