Auli – The Skiing Paradise of Garhwal
Auli, India’s leading ski resort destination, is a small but picture-perfect village in Uttarakhand. Because of its gleaming slopes and clean environment, it is popular among tourists and professionals. It is surrounded by apple orchards, oaks, and deodar trees and has numerous resorts nestled in the Himalayan range. Besides skiing, there are multiple jungle treks in the hills of the Garhwal Himalayas that offer the stunning scenery of the snow-draped mountains.
The ideal time to travel for snowboarders is from January to March. While for nature enthusiasts, October and March will be the best time.
Adiguru Shri Shankaracharya first set foot in Joshimath, 6.6 km from Auli in the 8th century AD. He established a temple (Shri Shankaracharya Math) here, which still exists today. Semi-nomadic tribes of Tibetans, Mongolians and Bhotias conducted trade and communication between Tibet (China) and India from here. They took the help of their long haired yaks and horses to cross the snowy mountains of the Himalayas.
Before being developed as a ski resort, the slopes of Auli were a training ground for Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force personnel. The 23,490 feet high Trishul is also visible amidst the snow-clad peaks around Auli. Mount Trishul is said to have been part of an adventurous expedition in 1958 by a unique mountaineering team.
Auli and Joshimath are in the high Himalayas bordering China. Since the Sino-Indian War of 1962, there have been periodic attempts by Chinese troops to transgress into Indian territory by violating the border. Even during the war, the villagers of the border village supported the Indian Army. To promote tourism in Auli, a ropeway was built in September 1993, which takes tourists from Joshimath to Auli at an altitude of about 10,000 feet, amidst dense forests of lush green deodar.
1. Auli Lake – The Artificial Lake is one of the best and top places to visit in Auli. It is the only man-made lake across Joshimath. It is located near the Clifftop Club resort. The Uttarakhand government created this lake to fill the ski slopes with artificial snow so that people could enjoy skiing in monsoons too. It would be best if you did not miss visiting this beautiful destination on your Auli trip.
Distance: 12km from bus stand
2. Chhatrakund: Chhatrakund is a beautiful lake near Joshimath. It is one of the best tourist places in Auli. It is situated at an altitude of 3300 meters above sea level. To enjoy this beautiful place, you have to cover a distance of about 4 km. The beautiful dense, tall trees around this lake will give you a breathtaking view. It is a peaceful place to hang out with family and friends.
Distance: 1 km from Gurson Bugyal
3. Gurson Bugyal: Gurson Bugyal is a mesmerizing bugyal near Auli and a beautiful skiing destination. It is a very famous tourist spot here. After reaching the top, one can also catch sight of the Nanda Devi, Trishul, and Drona mountain ranges. It is just a 3 km trek from Gmvn Ski resort.
Best Time to visit – March to October
Things to do – Trekking
4. Narsingh Temple: Narsingh Temple is a very popular place in Joshimath. It is a beautiful and sacred place to explore on your Auli trip. This temple is also famously known as the Narsingh Badri temple. It is a famous destination because the Badrivishal idol is rested here during winters.
5. Badrinath Temple: Badrinath is one of the dhams of the Char Dhams in India. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, this temple is also famously known as Badrinarayan Temple. Badrinath temple, located in the Garhwal Himalayas, serves beautiful and mesmerizing scenic views.
Best Time to visit: May to November
6. Tapovan: Tapovan is a very famous tourist destination near Auli. This is a worth-visiting spot near Joshimath. You can have a great time at the Tapovan hot springs too. This place is a natural wonder you should not miss visiting while exploring Here.
Best Time to Visit – October to February (Summer) & May to July (Winter)
1. Skiing on the slopes of Mountain:Auli is the best skiing destination in India. This destination is a snowy paradise to visit in winter. Skiing is one of the best things to do here in December. This place attracts a huge crowd of tourists to enjoy skiing.
Best time: December to February
2. Valley of Flower Trek: Valley of flowers is a must-visit place in Auli. It is located in the Nanda Devi National Park, the second-highest peak of India – Nanda Devi. You have to complete a trek of 10 km to reach here. Read more.
3. Chair Lift: You should not miss the exciting and thrilling experience of enjoying a chair lift ride on your Auli Trip. You can enjoy chair lift services for reaching the Skiing Slopes of Laga salude from the main Joshimath.
Entry: INR 500 (two-way ticket)
Distance: 800 m
4. Kuari Pass Trek: Kuari Pass Trek is a very famous trail that starts from Gurson Bugyal in Auli. It is a trek at the altitude of 12,516 feet and offers magnificent views of Nanda Devi & Kedarnath Peak along with breathtaking Dronagiri, Chaukhamba, Tali, and Chitrakantha top. Kuari Pass is a 4-day moderate trek ideal for beginners starting their trekking journey. Book Now!
Duration: 3 Nights / 4 Days
Difficulty : Moderate
5. Trek to Gurson Bugyal: The trek from Auli to Gursan Bugyal is an exciting and adventurous experience. Adventure enthusiasts should take advantage of this exciting experience of their trip. If you visit this place in January, Gursan Bugyal Trek will be the main attraction for trekking here. You will be mesmerized by the views and clear views of Nanda Devi, Drona, and Trishul peak.
Distance: 4.7 km
Best Time: March to June
6. Camping: Camping is one of the most famous and adventurous activities you can experience in Auli. It will help if you don’t miss spending a night in the lap of nature. Sleep under the stars, enjoy a night of bonfires, relish local food, play fun games, and much more while camping under the beautiful skies here.
Recommended Campsites – Laga Salude woods & Nanda View
Price – 3500 – 4500 rupees per person
In Summer: April to June is the perfect season for visiting Auli if you are not fond of snow. The weather is quite pleasant during this season. The temperature mostly ranges between 7-20 degree Celsius. Badri Kedar Festival is the main reason for tourists visiting here in June.
In Winter: October to February is the best season to visit Auli if you want to enjoy snowy holidays. There is heavy snowfall in this season, which makes the place a paradise on earth. On the other hand, the temperature usually drops to -2 °C. January is the best month to enjoy major skiing festivals and championships here.
By Bus: To reach Auli, you must first reach Rishikesh by bus. From there, you can take a bus or a private cab to reach Joshimath. It will be a journey of 8-10 hours. You can take a cable car (ropeway) to reach here from Joshimath.
By Air: The nearest airport is Dehradun Jollygrant Airport. From here, one can take state-run buses to reach Rishikesh. From Rishikesh, you can hire a private taxi or take a bus to reach Joshimath. Cabs go to Auli easily in the summer. In winter, the ropeway is the only transport to reach here from Joshimath.
By Train: Yog Nagri Railway Station Rishikesh is the nearest railway station to Auli. Cabs and buses are the means of travel from here to Joshimath. And take a ropeway to reach here from Joshimath.