At a Glance
Geo Location
Average Climate
15°C to 10°C
Best time to visit
December to February

Auli in Uttarakhand makes one remember Switzerland. Auli is Skiing paradise. The story of Heidi and her adventures in Alps always resonates memories of one’s childhood. The snow-clad mountains, sledding through the slopes of Alps made every child want to visit Switzerland. Well, let us take a look at India’s snow paradise. Situated in Chamoli district of Garhwal region, Auli is at an elevation of 2500 to 3050 meters above sea level. Also known as bugyal in its regional vernacular, which means meadow, these green meadows transform into a white blanket in the winters. Covered with conifers and oak forests Auli is, without doubt, round the year holiday destination in India.

Discover the beauty of nature in Auli. Auli provides a picturesque view of Mount Nanda Devi, Nilkanth, Hathi Parbat, Ghori Parbat and Nar Parbat. Auli has grabbed the attention of travellers from all over the world. This panoramic view of the Himalayan Range is indescribable and has to be visited. Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMNV), a state-endorsed body, is responsible for tourism in Auli. Auli is known for its adventure sports like skiing, biking, trekking and nature walks. There are also other places to visit in Auli.

Auli is definitely a dream place to visit and thus a centre of tourism in Uttarakhand. One of the world’s highest and Asia’s longest cable car connects Auli and Joshimath. It covers a distance of 4 kilometers in 25 minutes. It would cost Rs.500 from Auli to Joshimath and back. The ride is indescribable and one must definitely not miss it. The ropeway also offers a chairlift and a ski lift.

While in Auli, visit the nearby places. Gurso Bugyal is 3 kilometers from Auli. This scenic place offers a magnificent view of Nanda Devi, Trishul, and Dron Parbat peaks. Gurso Bugyal, lush with greenery, is the perfect escapade from the concrete jungle. One kilometer ahead from Gurso Bugyal is Chattarkund, which is known for its famous sweet water lakes. The dense coniferous forests enclose the lake and it is a perfect setting for a picnic with family or friends.

The true hidden gem of Auli is Chenab Lake. It is near the Dang Village. It is not easily accessible and only a few tourists head to this lake. The Nanda Devi National Park should be in one’s itinerary if he/she is in Auli. It is a UNESCO heritage site. The park spans an area of 630sq km and home to a variety of flora and fauna like snow leopard, musk deer, wild boar, wildcat, wild rabbit, jackal, fox, hyena, and bear. It is a 23-kilometer trek from Joshimath.

The famous Hanuman Temple is also one of the most common visited sites in Auli. The story goes that Hanuman took rest in this this place when he had come to Himalayas to get Sanjivani to rescue Ram’s brother Laxman.

Be it an amateur or a professional skier, the 3-kilometer slope fascinates them. The slopes are classified into four types. The temple track (red) is 400 meters and is for beginners. The 8 No. track (blue) is 800 meters and 10 No. slope (White) is 90 meters. The composite slope, which is of 3.1 kilometers, is for professional skiers. So do not forget to bring your woolen clothes and keep yourself warm in the mountains of Auli and enjoy your stay!

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