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  • When it comes to winter vacations, you should find out about the best time to visit Auli, one of the best winter destinations in India. It is known as the skiing capital of the country, which is why winter is one of the best times to travel to this hill station.However, you can enjoy everything that Auli has to offer in summer and even during the monsoon season. 

    Whether you are traveling with family, a group of your buddies, or on a solo trip, Auli is the perfect getaway destination.A charming hill station in Uttarakhand in Chamoli District, this town is the crown jewel of tourism in this region and a fairytale destination that you simply must visit at least once in your lifetime. 

    Though tourists throng the slopes of this God kissed land all through the year, the best time to plan a visit is in the months of winter between December and March.  Aside from skiing in Auli is also a great place for outdoor lovers as the hill station has many places for hikes, treks and other adventures.

    Here are the best seasons to visit Auli:

  • 01Auli in Summer

    Auli in Summer
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    Blessed with an abundance of natural beauty, Auli is a mesmerizing place to visit for any traveler. While it is known for its ski slopes, the hill station also has lots to offer visitors during the summer months – mid-March to June. The maximum temperature during this time of the year touches 20 degrees Celsius and the average minimum is 2 degrees Celsius.

    Average Temperature in the Day: 20 degrees Celsius

    Average Temperature at Night: -5 degrees Celsius

    As mentioned earlier, Auli is famous as a winter vacation destination. However, you will have plenty to do even if you visit the hill station in summer. The temperature during this time of the year is perfect for exploring and enjoying the magnificent outdoors of the region.  You can go trekking, hiking and have fun with other outdoor activities as the climate is perfect for outdoor adventures.

    Things to Do:

    If you visit Auli in the summer, there are a number of famous tourist attractions and places you can visit to make your holiday a superb one. One of the best things you can do during this season is to go on a 3km trek to Gurso Bugyal. This is a great activity as you can get awe-inspiring views of the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas, such as Nanda Devi, Dron Parvat and Trishul Parvat. 

    Going on this trek in summer is ideal as this part of Auli is covered by a thick blanket of snow during winter. You should also visit Chattrakund Lake. It is not only the lake that is beautiful – you will be enthralled by the vistas you see all around. Another must-do during your summer stay in Auli is going on the chair lift to ride to the pretty meadows.

    During your summer Auli holiday, you should be sure to visit Nanda Devi National Park. You will find a number of different species of flora and fauna.Nanda Devi peak bridges the transition zone between the Great Himalayan Range and the Zanskar mountain range, so you are sure to see some unforgettable sights. You should also make it a point to visit the Artificial Lake, which is considered one of the highest man-made lakes in the world. 

    This lake is one of Auli’s most popular tourist attractions and worth making a trip to see it up close and personal for sure. Other fun things to do in Auli in summer include camping – a favorite activity among visitors who want to experience sleeping under the stars in one of the most picturesque locales in India.

  • 02Auli in Winter

    Auli in Winter
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    Winter is the time of year that people flock to Auli. This is because of the amazing skiing opportunities that you can enjoy during this season. November to March is an ideal time to travel to the hill station as this is when all the tourist attractions open. December to February is snowy and cold, but it is a great time for adventure lovers to visit Auli. The maximum temperature here in December is 10 degrees Celsius and the minimum is 2 degrees Celsius.

    Things to Do: 

    If you are in Auli in winter, you should definitely visit Joshimath, which is one of the four maths that Adi Shankaracharya created and a sacred place for Hindus. This place serves as Shree Badrinath’s residence in winter when Badrinath is covered in snow. Of course, skiing is another activity that you can enjoy in this amazing town. 

    This is why winter is considered the best time to visit Auli. Another must-visit during your stay in Auli is Chenab Lake. This is where you can see nature in its most pristine form. However, you should bear in mind that Chenab Lake is a hidden gem that is not easily accessible, so you should have a local guide with you.    

    You should hike the hills of Joshimath, Gopeshwar, and Pandukeshwar to view stunning sunrises and sunsets, depending on what time you go on your hiking trip. Additionally, you can get a once-in-a-lifetime glimpse of the sun and moon sharing space at the same time. Go on an early morning trip to see them both on either side. 

    This is one amazing sight you will remember forever.With ski stretches of 400 meters to 4 km, you should definitely give skiing a try, even if it is your first time. After all, you are in India’s premier skiing destination! You can even enroll in ski training programs for 1 week or 15 days, depending on how long you plan to stay. 

    These include food and accommodation. Auli in winter is also perfect for building snowmen or ice sculptures or enjoying a round or two of snowball fights with your family and friends. These are not activities you get to enjoy often, so take advantage of the snow in Auli to have fun and make memories to treasure for many years.

    Although Auli does not have many restaurants, you can visit Joshimath where there are a handful of good eateries where you can taste authentic Garhwali cuisine. Actually, this is one thing you should no matter what time of the year you visit this beautiful hill station.

  • 03Auli in Monsoon

    Auli in Monsoon
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    If you are planning a monsoon vacation, you should definitely consider traveling to Auli. The monsoon is from July to September. During these months, the picturesque hill station receives moderate rainfall, so you really do not have to worry about being stuck indoors for your entire vacation. The temperature in monsoon fluctuates between 10 degrees Celsius and 20 degrees Celsius, making Auli a great place to visit even at this time of the year.

    Things to Do: 

    When you are in Auli in the monsoon months, one of the most enjoyable things to do is go on leisurely walks across the town. The temperature makes this an ideal activity. You can take your time as you explore the hill station and its many popular spots. You will love watching people passing by, going about their business, and discovering new sights that you did not notice earlier. 

    However, you should bear in mind that the roads tend to get slippery due to the rains, so you need to be careful, regardless of whether you are strolling in town or walking in the outskirts of the town.Another activity you must not miss when you are in Auli during monsoon is going on a fun ride from the town to Joshimath on the ropeway. The surrounding areas take on a fresh, emerald green appearance after being washed with the monsoon rain. 

    This is not something you can often catch a glimpse of at other times of the year so it is a great idea to go on this ride and take in the spectacular views. Auli has many lakes that you should visit, and monsoon is the ideal time. The lakes are full after being replenished by the rains, giving you magnificent scenes for photography. Make sure to capture the amazing natural beauty that surrounds this wonderful hill station for your Instagram posts.

    As mentioned earlier, the roads can get slippery in Auli during the monsoon season. If you plan to go on a hike or trek, you should make sure to have a local guide to help you navigate through the routes. It is also a good idea to travel in a group in case of an accident. The last thing you want is to be alone and injured in a lonely area.

Sightseeing in Auli

Adventure in Auli

Attractions in Auli

Trekking in Auli

Nature and wildlife in Auli

Camping in Auli




A quaint town located in the Chamoli District, Joshimath is a famous and frequently visited pilgrimage destination in the country. This town sees a steady influx of Hindu and Sikh worshippers flocking the stunning temples of Badrinath and Hem Kundh during the months of May to October.

Joshimath also serves as the base or starting point for the famous Valley of Flowers Trek, Kuari Pass Trek and Auli hence attracted tonnes of adventure enthusiasts all year round. The town is home to a few hotels and dharamshalas to provide a retreat for tired travelers.

Although there isn’t much to catch in this laid back town it’s a cable car ride away from Auli. 

Best season to visit: Between the months of April - May and September - November.


Auli Gorson Trek

Trekking in the snow comes with a lot of perks, especially for adventure lovers, the endless meadows of blankets of snow prove to be a fun challenge.

You begin the Gurson and Auli Trekking Expedition on a spiritual note as you drive through the holy towns of Haridwar, Rishikesh and along Ganges. The experience includes sauntering off for a trek to charming Parsari Village, ambling through the apple orchards, getting a glimpse of Nanda Devi, making way along snow covered meadows with great Himalayas ahead of you and unravelling the hot springs at Tapovan.

Approximate Price: 9000 - 10,000 INR.

Best season to visit: The months between January to March .



Ideally placed in the mountains, Auli is also the base town to travel to the holy town of Vishnuprayag, where one can clearly see the two tributaries of Alaknanda and Dahuliganga merging together to form one single river. Vishnupruyag is actually one of the five places (Panchprayag) where the river meets its sister tributaries before transforming into the mighty Ganga River. 

Vishnuprayag lies in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand and is located at an elevation of 1,372m above sea level. At the banks of this majestic sight, one can also see a famous Vishnu temple that was built by the Maharani of Indore way back in 1889. You can spend hours here as you marvel the confluence point of these two water bodies which appear clearly in distinct colours. 

This sight bordered by the tall Hiamalayan mountains and meadows is indeed a must visit on Auli Sigtseeing tour as it is just about 25km away! In the vicinity, you can also be charmed by the sight of the Kagbhusandi Lake, which is a stunning water body filled with emerald green water.


Auli Artificial Lake

Famously named as the world’s highest man-made lake, this scenic, and a transcendent lake is a must visit and definitely should be added to your list of things to do in Auli. This serene lake is located right next to the private hotel, Clifftop Club. 

The government developed this lake in view of creating artificial snow on the new ski slopes in the event of low snowfall during certain seasons hindering the tourism for this Ski-Hotspot. The water from this lake is strategically used to feed the snow guns stationed along the ski slopes and thus provides a smooth skiing surface and extends the popular ski season.

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Chenab Lake

In the Garhawal Himalayas, there are still some areas which are virgin and unexplored. One such trail is the one that will lead you to Chenab Lake. It is here that you can embark on serene and stunning trekking roads; it is especially perfect for those adventurists who love the company of untouched nature. 

The area is off the beaten track and is almost inaccessible by motor vehicles or bikes. The best way to experience the untouched beauty of its serene nature is to start off on a trek of the valley or set up camp amidst the greenery.

Location: Auli, Uttarakhand

Best time to visit:  Between May to October


Nanda Devi National Park

Located amidst the second highest peak in India, Nanda Devi,  is the outstanding Nanda Devi National park with houses some of the most spectacular species of high altitude flora and fauna in the region.

Blessed with stunning views, mountainous atmosphere, abundant greenery and rich biodiversity this national park stands out from other wildlife sanctuaries. UNESCO has awarded the Nanda Devi National Park the title of a world heritage site. From the park you can marvel at the views of The Valley of Flowers, Badrinath Temple and the Hem kumb Sahib Temple.

Best season to visit: Between the months of April to June. Other months witness severe snow and heavy rainfall. 


Gurso Bugyal

For those who are looking for an offbeat options for places to visit near Auli. A short but adventurous trek of 3km will land you at the mysterious Gurso Bugyal.  The trail passes through the valleys between the mountains of Nanda Devi, Trishul and Dron. The views of these majestic mountains while walking along the nature trails is truly majestic! 

During the spring season, the region transforms into a huge green carpet under your feet and the clear blue sky over your head. Rising at a level of 3056m above sea level, it is decked up in pine, oak, rhododendron and conifer. Being just 1.5km from the last stop of the Auli Ropeway, it is an easy travel up to this gorgeous meadow which should definitely be on your list of places to visit in Auli.


Trishul Peak

Amongst all the major peaks of the Himalayan range, Trishul is one of the most famous and challenging climbs for an avid trekker or trekking enthusiast. Looked from a distance, the beauty of Trishul along with the other mountain peaks in this range, is simply breathtaking and its pristine beauty draws tourists from all over the world.

Climbing Trishul is not an easy task as it is mainly accomplished by experienced climbers.

Treks to the summit of mt Trishul are held every year and experienced guides will lead you. Although it is highly recommended that seasoned trekkers and not beginners attempt this herculean trek.  For a nature lover,  marveling at this majestic mountain during sunrise or sunset is a pure thrill.

Best season to visit: Ascending Mt Trishul is viable in the months of July, August and September. 



Walk into this stunning watershed of crystal clear blue waters, the lake of Chattarkund is located just minutes ahead of Gurso Bugyal. 

This fairytale place of picturesque views will enchant you to no end as it will enchant you with its peace and serenity. Put this place on your map of Auli Sightseeing and feel the calm and placid landscape.

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