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About Auli

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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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. 


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.

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. 
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!
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.
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.

Auli FAQ's

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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

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What is the drinking law in Auli?

The legal age for drinking in Auli is 21 years.

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

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

Auli Reviews

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Reviewed: 23 Jan 2024
Overall very good experience 🤩 Enjoyed the nature beauty atmost 🤍 Actually initial day bit annoyed since - Due to clubing of ppl who registered only for kuari pass in same group. They fast forwarded trip and instead of stopping at Guilling top... We directly had to trek to khullara camp site fir... Read More
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Abhi 6
Reviewed: 02 Dec 2023
Enjoyed the whole trip, Guide was professional and food provided during the trip was excellent.
Suraj Raut
Reviewed: 01 Jan 2024
Kindly add the Saari Tal in routine it’ll be the best schedule 
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Venish Patidar
Reviewed: 31 Jan 2023
Enjoyed a lot. 
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Neeraj Singh
Reviewed: 28 May 2023
thanks, GOVIND RAM VERMA for providing a resolution. Thanks
Priyal Bothara
Reviewed: 11 May 2023
Everything starting from reaching out to thrillophilia for enquiring about the trip till the end of the trip, every detail was taken care of. Received a call daily from the team to check if everything is going as per the itinerary. Good experience Good hotels Good food and good places. Thanks to thr... Read More

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