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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 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.

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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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What You Should Know More About Auli

  • 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.

  • Travel Advice


    • 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.  

  • Drinking law

    The legal age for drinking in Auli is 21 years.

  • Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Artificial Lake

    Artificial Lake is believed to be the highest man made lake. Lying in close proximity to the

    Clifftop Club private hotel, the lake was produced to create synthetic snow for carrying out adventure activities like skiing during the days of less snowfall. The snow that is produced fro this lake is said to be very useful since it provides a great and an extensive surface for skiing.  


    Joshimath 

    Joshimath is connected via the ropeway to Auli. It is extremely popular for its trekking and mountain climbing expeditions. Established by Adi Shankara as one of the principal institutions, the tourists from across the country are attracted to this place accredited to its religious important and the thrilling adventure it assures. The ropeway here offers the most breathtaking views of Auli. It connects Auli and Joshimath and is said to be the longest ropeway in Asia. Joshimath is indeed the most prominent place to see in Auli.  


    Winter Ski Resort

    Auli is known to be equipped with the most optimum ski slopes throughout the country. Ski lovers swamp this place in large number mainly because the umpteen number of skiing competitions that are organized here. The deodar and oak trees found alongside the beautiful and extensive ski slope offer an enchanting atmosphere for all the ski lovers and the competitions that usually take place during the winter months. Winter ski resort also has residential facilities for anyone who wish to stay here. The mountain slopes here during the snowfall are a majestic sight to behold. You will definitely fall in love with the beauty of this tourist attraction.


    Trishul peak 

    Situated at an elevation of 23, 490 feet, the Trishul peak is a prominent ski slope. It is one of the rare locations of India, where skiing is professionally practiced. Situated in the Kumaon region in the state of Uttrakhand, the foothill of this hill is known for famous Roopkund Lake that is also known as the ‘Mystery Lake’ because of the skeleton of humans and horses that were found immersed in this lake. It offers panoramic view from the top and indeed is the best skiing spot in Auli. Those who are not into skiing can enjoy the beautiful view from the top of the hill and see people partake in the various skiing competitions organized here.


    Nanda Devi National Park

    Nanda Devi is indeed one of the most tranquil national parks of India. Situated in Uttrakhand, the park is a paradise for all the nature lovers who wish to spend some quality time with nature in absolute solitude. Spread over an area of 630 square kilometer, the Nanda Devi National Park when combined with the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve has a total area of 2236 square kilometers. In the year 1982, Nanda Devi was given the status of a National Park. Further, in the year 1988, the park acquired the status of a UNESCO world Heritage site.


    Vanshinarayan Kalpeshwar 

    Situated about 12 km away from Joshimath, the Vanshinarayan Kalpeshwar is a striking and a quaint valley that is a home to the cave that is known as Kalpeshwar.  Again 10 km further from this cave will lead you to the spot that is known as the Vanshinarayan. Vanshinarayan is largely known for the majestic scenery it offers. Just few km from here is a small village that is known as Helang which falls on your route from Auli to Kalpeshwar. Beauty, tranquility and the serenity of this place is incomparable. Tourists from across the country come here for sightseeing and explore the greenery around. Caves and the ski slopes are other things that lure the tourists. You can see a number of villagers flocking this area. A few of them can also serve as great guides.


    Gurso Bugyal

    Situated 3 km from Auli is Gurso Bugyal. Situated at an elevation of 3,056 m above sea level, this place transforms into a land brimming with the green pastures during the spring season. The place is also surrounded by the thick plantations of oak and conifers. Since, no accommodation facility is available here, tourists will have to visit the place during the day time and return back to Auli by the night. From here, the tourists can also head towards Chattarkund that is situated at a distance of mere 1 km from the place. Chattarkund is majorly known for its location that finds itself in the centre of dense water. The sweet water here is another thing that excites the tourists.


  • What you will like there?

    The Journey

    The drive through the mountains over the rivers is going to be serene and alluring every bit. This entire journey is a revelation of the self. Several streams, hills and the view in itself will be a refreshing change from your monotonous city life.


    Skiing

    You cannot complete your journey to Auli without skiing here. It is indeed one of the best destinations for skiing in India and there is no hidden fact about. You can do two types of skiing here – Professional and Tandem. If you are a starter, tandem is your preferred choice however for professional skiers opt for the professional one.


    Best sunrise and sunset – Moon shares the sky with the sun

    In your city life, how many times has the sun really caught your eye? It is time you get rid of the meaningless stares in the dark black skies of the city.  So, get some life for yourself and reach the heights. Given the highs of the Gopeshwar, Joshimath and Pandukeshwar – these hills nurture and embrace the sun only to radiate yellows, saffron, oranges and even red at times. Also the enchanting Moon does get to share some sky space and time with the sun. You can spot both sun and moon at the early hours of morning.


    360 Degree View of the Himalayas – Snow Clad Nanda Devi

    When you enter this beautiful hill station of Uttrakhand, you’’ll encounter the mountains on one or the other and sometimes even on both the sides. Auli or the area near Auli is not hills. It is the mountains themselves. And going by the famous saying – when in mountains see only what the mountains put forth. Peaks like Nanda Devi which is the sleeping beauty, Trishul, Mana Parvat, Hathi Parvat, Ghori Parbat, Dunagiri, Beethartoli, Nar Parbat, Nikanth and Kamet are few peaks that narrate their own serenity.


    Snowfall

    You may say, that snowfall can be experienced in much more popular and renowned hill stations like Kullu, Manali and Shimla, so why should you go to the lesser known Auli? Well, there is a reason! Auli has ample number of unexploited and unexplored snow slopes on offer. In the winter months, the snow can be as high as 5 feet.  


    Garhwali Cuisine

    Auli has a number of eateries particularly in Joshimath. They have to be tried definitely for their cosmopolitan menu. If you really wish to relish on the finger licking Gharwali cuisine, then you must try the Kachmauli which is a stuffed goat made in spices and oil. Another dishes you can try here include Bal Mithai, Singhori, leafy vegetables and local version of pulses.


    Longest Gondola ride, Chair Car Ride of Asia

    Auli has 2 different ropeway rides - chair car ride from GMNV to Auli (800 m) and the Joshimath-Auli Gondola (the longest) ride. Literally sailing in the air over the height of 10,000 feet is something you simply cannot miss.  


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  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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

  • Which are the best resorts to stay in Auli?

    Auli is a beautiful travel destination among the others situated in India which attracts the maximum number of tourist and travellers towards it. The place provides you with relaxing as well as luxurious hotels and resorts which will make your travel stay less weary. Hotels like

    • Clifton club
    • The royal village
    • Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam Hotel
    • Devi darshan lodge
    • The Buransh

    Are some of the many hotels that provide the visitors a comfortable stay in Auli.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

    From Auli are some fun filled treks.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Which are the best locations for adventure sports in Auli?

    The best adventure things to do in Auli are

    • Trekking
    • Cable cars
    • Skiing
    • Camping
    • River Rafting
  • How to cover the biking routes in Auli?

    Biking in Auli is a different kind of experience that each and every tourist, traveller or even the adventurers should try. Exploring Auli in a bike gives you a lot more time to aw the beauty of the place. You can rent a motor cycle and go on an exploring tour of Auli.