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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 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.
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.
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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If you want to go skiing in Auli then you need to head to the Gorson Top. The location can be accessed by a 500mt ski-lift system that connects Joshimath with Gorson. From there you take a chair lift to the base lodge which marks the opening of all ski runs. Some paths can be easily walked down at a leisurely pace while others are best suited for season skiers.
River Rafting is a thrilling activity in Auli and if skiing is not your thing then you must go rafting.
Rafting tours are conducted on the Alaknanda River and its one of the best ways to enjoy the pristine waters and enthralling beauty of the Himalayas.
Rafting tours start at Jayalgarh and extend up to Devprayag.
Trekking is Auli, especially during winters offers you an exceptionally unique experience with lots of amazing sight-seeing. In addition, you can enjoy the natural beauty of the area at its best when on a trek as the routes are beautiful and the journey is remarkable.
Although there are treks available for people with all level of fitness, given the harsh/unpredictable climate and rough terrain requires some level of fitness and endurance.
There are many comfortable and cosy lodges along the route of the trek that you can book and enjoy a comfortable overnight stay before continuing your journey.
Here is a list of some of the best and adventurous treks available in Auli.
1) Valley of Flowers
2) Gurson Meadows
3) Kauri Pass and Pangarchulla
If you are an adventure seeker then camping in Auli is a must do. Auli is blessed with mesmerising views. Auli is a dream come true for photography enthusiasts. One of the best way to enjoy its natural beauty and capture its magnificent views is to go camping amongst the valley besides the pristine waters of the enthralling Alaknanda River.
Although there are many sites to go camping in Auli, here is a list of the top 3 sites.
1) MHE Himalayan Camp
2) Himalayan Eco Lodge Auli
3) Himalayan Camp
Kauri Pass Trek 6 days to complete and what makes this trek special and a standout is that is gives you an opportunity to visit some of the most significant pilgrimage spots in India located amidst the magnificent Himalayas.
The trek starts with a drive from Haridwar to Joshimath, and then you trek covering various locations including Devprayag, Bhagirathi and Alaknanda confluence.
The trek is moderately difficult, so if you have a reasonable fitness level then you should be able to embark on this enthralling trek.
The National Park is located in India’s second largest peak that is the Nanda Devi Peak. It is one of the most reputed and spectacular wildernesses in the Himalayas.
Very few of any National Park or Natural Wildernesses live up to the character of Nanda Devi National Park. It is located at a very high altitude and is stone throw away from pristine glaciers.
The park is open only six months a year from 1st May to 31st October. The best time to visit is from 15th June to 15th September.
Here is a list of the 10 best attractions of Auli:
1) Auli Artificial Lake
2) Auli Ropeway
3) Gurso Bugyal
5) Chenab Lake
7) Nanda Devi Peak
10) Trishul Peaka
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