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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.
Location: Auli, Uttarakhand
Best time to visit: Between May to October
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.
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.
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Check out the list of budget Auli Tour Packages offered by Thrillophilia starting from Rs 2,500/- only.
1. 2 Days/1 Night Stay Amidst Mighty White Mountains In Auli starting from Rs 2,250/-
2. 5 Days/4 Nights Gurson and Auli Trekking Expedition starting from Rs 12,700/-
3. Weekend Trip To Auli From Delhi Starting from Rs 6,500/-
4. 4 Days/3 Nights stay at the Himalayan Eco Lodges in Auli starting from Rs 13,000/-
5. 7 Days/6 Nights Tekking and Skiing in Auli With Alaknanda River Rafting starting from Rs 21,900/-
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
As a famous ski resort destination, Auli has some of the most magnificent resorts and hotels in the state of Himachal Pradesh
1. The Himalayan Abode – Regarded as one of the best budget hotels in and around Auli, the Himalayan Abode offers spacious rooms with windows that provide you with the chance to wake up to the gorgeous Himalayas every morning. They also have a backpacker room.
2. Cliff Top Club Resort – Popular for its astonishing location amidst the Garhwal Himalayas, Cliff Top Club Resort is a lavish ski resort surrounded by oak forests. While here, you may spot snow leopards, foxes, rabbits and much more.
3. The Royal Village – Known for its contemporary log huts and latest facilities, the Royal Village is an ideal place for honeymooners. Boasting a delicious menu and a team of highly professional staff, the resort offers access to a GMVN chair car, cable car, a bar, and a pantry.
4. Himalayan Eco Lodge and Camps – Set amidst a stunning apple orchard on the Auli Road, Himalayan Eco Lodge and Camps offers a memorable dining experience with a view of the Himalayas. Here, you can also participate in several cultural, adventurous, and leisure activities.
Auli is an all-year destination, however, to make the most of snow skiing, the most important attraction of the town, it is best to visit between November to April. From May to November, the weather is usually cool and pleasant. December and February is also the time for skiing festivals and championships.
Auli is essentially a winter tourist destination. Travellers visit the hill station to witness snowfall and participate in skiing activities. Popular as a ski resort destination, Auli hosts a number of ski championships and contents during the month of December and February.
The roads leading to the town are as adventurous as the town itself for a drive to Auli, by bus or a motorbike, is extremely rewarding in terms of experience and landscape. Reach Joshimath to take the largest Gondola ride in Asia that leads you Auli. Alternatively, you can also enjoy a 270° degree views of the Himalayas by a chair ride from GMNV to Auli.
Auli is a tourist destination in Himachal Pradesh, in north India.
By Road: To get to the town from Delhi, the best option is to hop on a bus to Rishikesh and then take a private taxi directly to Auli or take a shared jeep to Joshimath. From Joshimath, take the 16 kilometres long, 22 minutes cable car ride to Auli.
Alternatively, you can take a flight from Delhi to Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun. Take a private taxi or a bus to Joshimath and then take an adventurous cable car ride. By train: Last but not least, you can take a train from Delhi to Dehradun, Haridwar, or Rishikesh. Irrespective of which station you pick, you will have to either hire a taxi or take a bus to Auli or Joshimath and take the cable car afterwards.
The local residents of Auli are very warm and welcoming. Travellers would find the locals friendly and helpful. The road conditions, however, can get risky at night and during monsoon. It is advisable to avoid driving by yourself during these times.
Auli sees a cold climate almost throughout the year. The months between November and April are really cold with minimum temperatures down to -4°C in January and a maximum temperature of 14°C in November. Snowfall is expected in the month of March, but the town is covered with snow from December to February.
Rishikesh and Haridwar are both within proximity to Auli. Though there is no flight or train connectivity between these cities, you could take a private taxi, shared jeep, or a bus to reach Auli directly. Alternatively, for a more thrilling experience and once-in-a-lifetime chance to witness the Himalayas at a 270° angle, take the Joshimath-Auli cable car after alighting in Joshimath.
Auli is a popular tourist destination throughout the year. That being said, April to July are recognise as the summer months here. When the entire country is scorching under a bright sun, Auli offers a cooler atmosphere with temperatures ranging between 8°C and 15°C. It is also considered the peak season here.
The weather of Auli is nice and cool throughout the year, with the maximum temperature barely crossing 20°C in the peak summer month of June and the minimum temperature dropping down to -4°C in January.
December is a great time to visit Auli, especially for skiing enthusiasts and those who love winters and snowfall. This is when the entire hill station is covered in snow. December is also a very popular time for several rewarding ski sports, activities, and championships to be held across the town.
To enjoy the striking beauty of Auli and to participate in some world-class ski activities, it is best to spend at least 3 days in Auli. November to March mostly sees snowfall in the region. During your time here, you can experience a ride on Asia’s largest Gondola from Joshimath to Auli. As an alternative, take the chair ride from GMNV to Auli.
The hill station of Auli in Himachal Pradesh is considered as one of the most famous honeymoon places for newly-married couples. The town offers privacy as well as tranquillity to couples who wish to spend personal time together and celebrate being bonded for life.
It is also a fun idea to engage in skiing activities with your partner. To make your honeymoon memorable, take an adventure-filled Gondola ride from Joshimath to Auli and be awed at the resplendent beauty of the Himalayas.
June is one of the summer months in Auli. There is no snow at the time, however, the weather is still pleasing to enjoy an amazing vacation.