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Auli


Introduction

Located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, Auli is known for its beautiful sloping landscapes. It is situated in the lap of the snow-clad high mountains including peaks like Nanda Devi and Mana Parbat and is flanked by tall oak and coniferous forests all around. The height of the place varies from 2500 m to 3050 m. It is a popular destination in the winters for snow adventure enthusiasts like skiers and climbers. Auli offers the best skiing in India and majestic views of the snow-capped peaks of Garhwal Himalayas. It is located close to the holy shrine of Badrinath. Auli has slowly secured itself a place amongst the top hill stations in India and is known as one of the best locations for skiing in India.

The unparalleled beauty of the meadows makes it a popular destination even in the summer and spring. The place is also called ‘bugyal’, meaning ‘meadows’ in the local language. Indulge in the panoramic view of the majestic mountains, the hard-wooded vegetation, and pathways lined with beautiful flowers. Auli is a perfect holiday destination for honeymooners, peace lovers, nature enthusiasts, and adventure seekers.


OVERVIEW

Location: Chamoli District, Uttarakhand, India

Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant, Dehradun

How to reach: 6 hours drive from Jolly Grant airport

Famous for: India’s best ski slopes

Best time to visit: Oct to Mar

WHAT TO SEE

Peaks seen from Auli– Nanda Devi, Trishul, Dron Parvat and Chhang Bhang

Places nearby- Valley of Flowers, Roopkund Lake, Gurso Bugyal, Badrinath Temple,Vishnu Prayag, Saildhar Tapovan,Kuari Pass, Joshimath, Hemkund Sahib



Details

Auli is known to offer the best skiing in India. Skiing is the most popular activity amongst tourists who visit Auli ski resort. The place offers myriad experiences to all people, ranging from experienced skiers to enthusiastic beginners. The Auli ski resort is one of the most popular ski resorts in India. The cable car ride which offers a breath-taking view of the meadows and the Himalayas is another popular attraction of this area and is the longest, extending 4 km and offers majestic views of the Nanda Devi, Dron Parvat, Trishul, and Chhang Bhang. The Kuari Pass trek is another popular activity of this place. It extends till Tapovan via Khulara and covers Gorson and Tali on the way. Enjoy shopping in the market of Joshimath, located 15 km away from Auli. Tourists can buy colorful shawls, woolen caps, blankets, and beautiful souvenirs to decorate their homes or to gift their near and dear ones.

Other Places Around

Gurso Bugyal is located just 3 km away from Auli. It offers picturesque views in the green months of spring and the time of the white in the winters.

Nanda Devi National Park is one of the chief tourist attractions of this place. The park is surrounded by some of the tallest peaks of India, the bases of which are a part of this biosphere reserve. Tourists can enjoy the beautiful views of the natural meadows of alpine flowers along with a variety of hoofed mammals like the Himalayan Tahr, Bharal, Mask Deer, and Goral. A large number of bird species like Tragopan, Monal Pheasant and the Himalayan Golden Eagle are also found in this region. It boasts of a variety of wildlife like rare species of Brahma Kamal (Saussurea obvallata) and Blue Poppy on display.

The nearby popular city of Joshimath offers trips to popular places like Badrinath, Vishnu Prayag, Salidhar Tapovan (known for its hot water springs in the area) and Chenab Lake (which is a very quiet offbeat location close to the Dang village, which is the last rural settlement of Joshimath). However, there are no motorable roads to most of these locations.

Best Time to Visit

Auli is accessible all year round and the best time to visit totally depends on the purpose of the visit. The winter months of January and February are the best time to visit if tourists look forward to skiing and enjoying winter sports. However, there is no certainty about the weather during this time. If tourists seek to enjoy some getting around and tourist activities, May and June is the best time to visit. July and August are perfect if you want to enjoy the majestic views and October and November are ideal for honeymooners.




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