Auli Tourism, India: Places, Best Time & Travel Guides 2021
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Auli is a hill station located in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand state in India. It has rightly derived its name Auli - meaning meadows, from the characteristics of its topography. The hill station is located on slopes and has far stretching meadows that look stunning to the eyes. Auli is fondly referred to as a place where nature comes alive in all its glory and splendour. It is rich in natural resources and offers a stunning landscape of the surrounding hills.

The hill station has a plethora of wildflowers and trees like deodars, oaks, coniferous and pine forests. The slopes here that are as high as 9000 feet above sea level offer stunning views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks; like that of Nanda Devi, Kamet, Dunagiri and Mana Parvat. 
There are a number of attractions here at the hill station. The most famous one amongst tourists is the ropeway.

It is the highest and the longest one not just in India but the whole of Asia and it offers magnificent views of the Himalayan peaks. Auli’s artificial lake is another attraction which is one of the world’s highest man-made lakes. Similarly, Chattrakund and Chenab lake are also two other lakes worth visiting in Auli. 
Auli is also known as the skiing capital of India which explains how well the activity can truly be enjoyed here.

The winter months offer this thrilling experience and invite enthusiasts from across the globe. Other activities in Auli include trekking to nearby hills like Guarso and Kwani Bugyal. There is also a great scope for camping in and around Auli.  
The cherry on top is the weather in Auli. The hill station being located on a slope is high in altitude but is also surrounded by dense vegetation of deodars and oaks. This controls the pace of the wind blowing here and thus, giving Auli a pleasant environment.

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Latest Information on Travelling to AULI?

Entry is open from all domestic states for all kinds of travel.All incoming tourists are required to provide a negative RT-PCR test report which must not be older than 72 hours. 

  • Masks are mandatory while out in public places
  • All social distance norms to be followed when out in public
  • All markets, malls, parks, places of worship are closed.
  • A screening process will be done on all travellers entering the state.
  • With sudden rise in COVID-19 positive cases, Uttarakhand has imposed a complete Lockdown till 25th of May.
  • Travellers need to register themselves on the Safe City portal and upload the required document for entry into the borders of the state.
  • It is advised to carry own sleeping bag, cutlery and water bottles if travellers are planning a trek
  • Installation of Arogya Setu app is mandatory for travel.
  • Thermal screening to be conducted for all passengers at airports and railway stations.
  • All international travellers must register at the official website of Uttarakhand, undergo 7 days institutional quarantine, followed by a 7 day home quarantine.
  • Pregnant ladies, senior citizens (Age>65 years), seriously ill passengers and people accompanied by children below 10 years of age are exempted from institutional quarantine but must follow home quarantine for the given time period.
  • All domestic travellers coming from high load COVID-19 infected cities need to be in institutional quarantine for 7 days followed by home quarantine for 7 days

The nearest airport to Auli is the Jolly Grant Airport which is receiving flights from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore and 2+ other destinations.

Local Transport

Local transport in Auli is functional including buses and taxis.

Thrillophilia recommends you to follow all safety guidelines issued by the Uttarakhand government and practice good personal hygiene to keep yourself extra safe.

Lockdown extended till 15th of June Updated: 12 Jun 2021

Uttarakhand Government has extended the covid lockdown till 15th of June

A negative RT-PCR test report needed to enter Auli. Updated: 20 May 2021

All incoming tourists are required to provide a negative RT-PCR test report which must not be older than 72 hours.

Lockdown extended till 25th of May Updated: 20 May 2021

With sudden rise in COVID-19 positive cases, Uttarakhand has imposed a complete Lockdown till 25th of May

No Permission Required for Inter-State or Intra-state Movements in Auli Updated: 19 May 2021

In reference to the fresh guideline updates for Uttarakhand, people travelling inter-state and intra-state don’t need permission. However, a negative RT-PCR test report has been made mandatory.

Resorts Hotels, Homestays in Auli closed to Accommodate Travellers Updated: 19 May 2021

Stay and hospitality services, except the ones that fall under containment zones, have been allowed to re-open in Auli with all the precautionary measures.

Screening To Be Done At Entry Points Updated: 22 Sep 2020

On arrival, all travellers will have to mandatorily undergo a screening process- be it at the airports, railway stations or road borders.

Registration on the Smart City Portal Is Mandatory For Entry Updated: 22 Sep 2020

To be able to enter the borders of the state, travellers residing from other states will have to register at the Smart City portal and upload the required documents.

Jolly Grant Airport reopens for travellers Updated: 19 Sep 2020

The nearest airport to Auli- the Jolly Grant Airport is now functional and receiving flights from major cities of India.

Lockdown lifted in Auli under Unlock 4.0 Updated: 19 Sep 2020

AS per the latest guidelines, all restrictions, curfews and lockdown has been lifted in Auli except for in containment zones.

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17 December 2015
Camping is something that was long forgotten after school. Recently, I happened to camp at Auli and it was the best thing ever. I had an amazing vacation. The camp was well organized and well managed. I really loved my vacation to the core. The best time to do camping here is in summer. It is a good vacation spot to take your children to.
20 October 2015
Uttrrakhand is the perfect destination for trekkers and skiers like me, And Auli is a stunning hill-station and quite challenging as well.Plus its a chilly and moderate difficulty level trek.
16 October 2015
Beautiful place, lovely weather and amazing people to be around with. This camping experience was something that we enjoyed a lot and we wish we could have done this for a longer time.
28 July 2015
i had always heard of places like manali and ladakh but this place was no lesser than heaven, we had camped in a valley beside a river and the view was so beautiful i cannot express in few words. Snow covered mountains all around and the cool flowing river covered with rich vegetation . it is one of the best place in India.
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 perfect and I would really want to try other adventurous sports here.
03 December 2019
I have visited the resort with my family. We all were happy the services and stay provided by the staff members. Also the cable ride in Auli is awesome the view was breathtaking. Must try this resort for stay.
19 January 2020
We booked it from Thrillophilia and it was a really fun experience and it was also easy to check in at the hotel by showing Thrillophilia voucher, Hassle free booking with smooth experience. Got a perfect package at great price.. The rooms are beautiful and some offer picturesque view. The service being prompt with courteous staff. It was a great experience altogether. I would surely recommend this for visitors to Auli.
24 February 2020
This weekend was amazing I visit Auli with my friends and it was a great experience I enjoy the trekking very much there was a lot of snow, food and staff were good, the guide was professional and the amazing thing was there is so much of adventure and beautiful views I liked it most and totally recommend this to you.
17 February 2020
I have done other treks also but this experience was unbeatable, we enjoyed the snowfall, there were many families with us and we all enjoyed the ropeway, we all were is same boggy and our guide was sharing the experience of the place. A great memorable trip.
13 March 2020
I reach this place at the time of snowfall and it was my first time when I do skiing and it was very difficult to do but it is possible with the help of the guide and I also do trekking of Gurson Bhugyal. I take many photographs for social media but the best part was the view which was superb.

People Also Ask About Auli

  1. 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. 

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.
  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. What is the drinking law in Auli?

    The legal age for drinking in Auli is 21 years.
  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. 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