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Joshimath

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.

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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 .

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Vishnuprayag

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.

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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.

Click here to book Auli Snow Skiing Tour Package!

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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

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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Traveller Tales from Auli

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Anshula Bharadwaj

14 February 2015

Auli Skiing Tour, Uttarakhand was an excellent tour. It was interesting and exciting. I thought India didn’t have a lot of adventurous sports, but I was clearly wrong. The Auli Skiing was just about pe...

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Anurag Kushwaha

14 February 2019

Overall it was a good experience except the bus coming back to Delhi was old and did not have any stopovers.

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Menaka Gupta

18 December 2018

Auli is bae, travelled by our own car from Dehradun. First visited the temple of Joshimath. It was spiritually quite a powerful experience. Skiing was great too. All in all, a good one.

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Inder Gandhi

18 December 2018

Auli looked a dream come true. And this tour always was, and always will be in my memories. Got picked up from Delhi and Thrillophilia took us directly to Joshimath. The ropeway to Auli was unbelievabl...

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Nanda Mehra

16 December 2018

Bus journey was tough. Tired by the time we reached the location. I along with my brother went on this tour. Auli is precious. It looked so so beautiful. The snow cover was extravagant. Trekking seemed...

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Annapurna Bhattathiri

24 May 2015

Auli Snow Skiing is an awesome vacation to take. The several pros are: the skiing experience is great; even if you are new to skiing, they have personal one-on-one tutoring sessions; the skiing experie...

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Gotum Chattopadhyay

16 February 2015

Skiing is my favourite sport, and I really like doing it back in Russia. Now that I moved back to India, I was looking for spots to try it. While we were on a trip to Rishikesh, we found this place, an

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Diksha Dubashi

27 February 2016

Snow and Skiing – Wow! I totally enjoyed the experience. You must definitely try this to know how awesome it is to experience the pleasure.

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Vishwamitra Khatri

23 May 2015

Auli skiing is a great thing to do when you are visiting anywhere near Leh, Ladakh, or Rishikesh. You can extend the stay and do it. It is kind of good. I am not sure if the rate is budget friendly for

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What You Should Know More About Auli

  • Q. When is the best time to visit Auli?

    The hill station of Auli is open for the tourists and travellers throughout the year but if you are more into skiing and other adventures than the time between January and March is more preferable. During this time of winters, maximum numbers of skiing festivals and championships are held in Auli for the traveller’s entertainment.

    - The time from April to June, during the summers, the place becomes suitable for sightseeing and even trekking.
    - The monsoon time in Auli brings a moderate climate during which you can enjoy the views of bloomed flowers and even can give a visit to the valley of flowers situated near the hill station.
    - The winters from October to February brings snow fall in the town making it the most suitable place for skiing. 

  • Q. Where can I get best deals on Auli tour packages?
  • Q. What is the cheapest and best resorts in Auli?

    Auli resorts are known for providing warm hospitality to their visitors along with various fun and adventurous activities planned for them. Check out the list of best resorts in Auli for a family trip.

    1. Clifftop Club Resort 
    2. The Royal Village Resort 
    3. The Tattva Resort Blue Poppy 
    4. Resorts Dream Mountain 
    5. Resort Manik Resort

  • Q. What is Auli famous for?

    As Auli means meadows, this popular tourist destination in Uttarakhand is rightly famous for being home to meadows surrounded by the dense vegetation of oaks and coniferous. It is popular for its natural attractions, panoramic views of the snow-clad mountains, wildflowers, trees, and lush vegetation. Moreover, Auli is also famous for being an adventure sports destination, especially during the winters when one can enjoy skiing here.

  • Q. What are the best travel advice for visiting Auli?

    - Do not entertain the beggars. If you give money to one, many others will follow you back.
    - Though the street food and delicacies in Auli are very authentic however, you must still check for the quality before you buy anything.
    - Whenever you buy a bottle of drinking water, you must check for the seal. If the seal is broken, you must avoid buying that bottle.
    - Buy a bottle of the brand that is known to you. Several replica brands come into play and tend to deceive you.
    - Make sure you never leave your cash or valuables in the hotel room.
    - Avoid going out of the room with too much cash in your pocket.
    - Avoid traveling during the night hours.
    - Ensure that you maintain the integrity of the place by not getting involved in any brawls or fights.
    - Do not indulge in drugs of any form.
    - Carry with you a necessary first aid kit.
    - Do not wear clothes that are skimpy or revealing.
    - Always be polite when you communicate with the locals.
    - Always carry with you a copy of your necessary documents like ID, passport or license.
    - Make sure you do not book a hotel in a secluded place.

  • Q. Is it safe to visit Auli in December?

    December in Auli serves as one of the peak seasons for tourist visits. During this month, Auli has heavy snowfall which invites enthusiasts to indulge in the activity of skiing. It is absolutely safe and sound for everyone. In fact, Auli is also quite known for being the skiing capital of India.

  • Q. Can we go to Auli by car?

    Yes, Auli can be reached by car. From Delhi, it is located at a distance of 388 kilometers which makes for a drive time of 9 to 10 hours. While from Chandigarh, it is situated at a distance of 280 kilometers which makes for a drive time of 8 to 9 hours.

  • Q. Is Auli good for honeymoon?

    Auli is considered to be one of the best destinations for honeymooners in India. With beautiful landscapes and a cold, pleasant weather during most months of the year, the place has a romantic vibe to it. There are a number of resorts and hotels that provide with special packages for honeymoon couples along with customised arrangements as well. There are also the traditional Bukhari warmed huts here that offer couples a unique stay option. All these factors make Auli a great pick for a honeymoon.

  • Q. How many days are enough for Auli?

    An ideal holiday in Auli would not take more than 4 nights, 5 days. This would be enough time for one to look around the tiny hill station, visit all the tourist attractions and engage in adventure activities, outdoor sports if one may wish to. Somebody who wants more time for relaxation in the lap of nature can extend their trip to a week or even 10 days. It is certainly a place where you can spend endless time reading a book in a cafe, overlooking the snowclad mountains and sipping some hot tea.

  • Q. Where is Auli situated?

    Auli is situated in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It is nestled in the northern part of the state and forms a portion of the Garhwal region. The hill station is on the slopes of over 9000 feet above sea level and as the name suggests, full of meadows. These slopes are covered by dense vegetation of deodar and oak forests.

  • Q. How to reach Auli?

    There are several means of transport with the help of which you can easily reach the hill station without any worries.

    • By Air: If you are travelling by air then the nearest airport situated near Auli is the Jolly grant airport in Dehradun which is just 279 km from Auli. After getting off one can easily find any taxi near the airport or even can book a car to take them to Auli.
    • By Train: Places nearer to Auli like Rishikesh, Dehradun and Haridwar all have the railways facilities. The nearest of all stations Raiwala station near Rishikesh, which is approximately 250 km away from Auli. The station provides bus services and taxis to take the tourist to Auli.
    • By Road: The nearest bus stand or place from Auli is Joshimath which is just 16 km away from Auli. One can easily get a bus by state transport and union or else can even hire a taxi or a private car. From Rishikesh Auli is 253 km but there is no direct buses available from here so one has to travel from Rishikesh to Joshimath and then from there to Auli.
    • By Cable Car: As many less people knows, the Joshimath to Auli Gorson ropeway system is one of the India’s longest ropeway service till date covering a 4.15 distance in only 22 minutes. This ropeway system is a fun way to travel to Auli from Joshimath which also allows a great view of the Himalayan peaks.
  • Q. What are the different activities to do in Auli?

    Apart from being a ski resort, Auli also provides many more other things to do and visit while your stay in the town. There are so many different and exciting things that one can easily enjoy without any risks or worries.

    • Camping: If you love forests then camping in the town of Auli is a must do for you. Who wouldn't love waking up to a beautiful sunrise and snow covered mountains.
    • Trekking: The tourist and travellers who love adventures, the Auli to Gorson trek is a must go in their list. It is a fun filled challenge walking on the snow covered mountains and camping on the snow. There are a lots of other things to do in Auli but these four things are must try.

  • Q. Which are the famous sightseeing attractions in Auli?

    It will be a bad thought if you think Auli is only meant for skiing. Auli gives you some mesmerizing and amazing sights and views from where you never want to come back. Here are some must visit places if you are in Auli.

    • Gurso Bugyal
    • Kwani bugyal
    • Panoramic view point in a height of 7817 meters.
    • Chenab lake
    • Trishul peak
    • Joshimath

  • Q. What are the best public transport modes to commute around Auli?

    The tourist transportation in Auli is not a big thing to worry about; the place contains roads and local rails which make the transportation from one place to another in Auli an easy task to do.

    • One can hire a private car or taxi from the various travel agencies that give you car in rent according to your accommodation.
    • The other means of transportation is by local bus provided by the government.

  • Q. What is the drinking law in Auli?

    The legal age for drinking in Auli is 21 years.

  • Q. Which are the best places for shopping in Auli?

    When it comes to shopping, Auli is not a quiet preferred place for the same. As the most preferable thing to do in Auli is having fun in the snow therefore people rarely think about spending in buying things. The nearest place to shop is in Joshimath which is 13 km away from Auli. There in the marketplace you can easily get hold of some woollen things like scarves, blankets, shawls and many more.

  • Q. What is the best local cuisine here? Where can I get to try it?

    The availability of food choices in Auli are limited so one can find different cuisines in the hotels they are staying in or any other restaurant around the town. The local cuisine of the town is Garhwali which includes varieties of dals, leafy vegetables and rise. Apart from that the local Kachampuli, a non vegan dish is quite famous. Sweet dish Bal Mithai is yet another dish along with the Singhori dish. You can find these in the places like

  • Q. What are the famous treks in Auli?

    Trekking has always been a fun thing to do in Auli apart from skiing in the snow. The town is packed with some interesting trekking packages to blow your mind off and leave you dazzled. Some famous treks are, treks to

    - Nanda devi
    - Kamet
    - Mana parvat
    - Dunagiri
    - Joshimath

  • Q. What is the best time to witness snowfall in Auli?

    Auli stays snow covered for the 12 months of the year which makes it one of the snow covered hill stations. But if you want to experience snowfall and snow views than the best time to visit Auli is during the month of January to February. You can enjoy skiing, trekking as well as can play snow fights in the freshly fallen snow.

  • Q. What are the best skiing locations in Auli?

    The king of skiing, Auli is an enchanting place providing the best of skiing to the tourists and travellers who visit Auli for fun. There are many resorts who give a skiing service to the tourists according to their accommodation.

    • Auli resort
    • Cliff top club