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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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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
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...
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...
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
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.
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
25 March 2015
The skiing was fine. I have no skiing experience, and it was not really easy to do that. Especially with such crowd and being a first timer I felt like I was being pushed into the skiing thing without ...
02 January 2016
The Auli skiing is one of the fine experiences that I have had so far.
02 November 2015
This was the best skiing experience ever. I so recommend this totally to everyone.
16 September 2015
The skiing was a refreshing thing to do after a rejuvenating and adventurous rafting we had. This place is not that great to try if you are planning to go just for this then it is not worthy. Otherwise...
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