If you think about picturesque winter destinations in India, don’t forget to count Auli in. In winters, Auli is a hiking and skiing destination. The hill station is surrounded by coniferous and oak forests, with a panoramic view of the peaks of the Himalayas. There is a little difference between Auli in Summers and Auli in winters but whichever season it is, Auli is a serene place to visit for a vacation. In winters, it remains covered with the snow all around and in summers you would see the green all the time, but yes, in both the seasons, the chilling breeze is guaranteed.
Situate at an elevation of 2800 m above sea level, the history of Auli is related to a popular saint visiting the place and discovering it. As per the legends, Guru Adi Shankaracharya visited Auli and discovered this sacred place. Auli is also known as ‘Auli Bugyal’, where Bugyal means ‘meadow’ in the regional language. The tribal and the locals of the area still call it by this name. Now, it is one of the favourite winter spots for travellers.
Things to do (Activities)
Auli is extremely popular for Skiing, people visit here to satisfy their adrenaline rush of skiing in the snow. Skiing in Auli is thrilling as slopes rise to an altitude of about 3 km and the strong winds boost up the winter sport here, providing the best conditions to do skiing. The best time to enjoy skiing and other snow-related activities in Auli is during the winter months from December to February. So, if you want to enjoy winter with adventure, mark Auli as the top destination to visit.
Kuari Pass Trek
If you are an adventure lover, then also Auli would prove to be the best destination for you. After skiing in the snow, you can opt for Kuari Pass Trekking. The trek starts from Dhak Joshimath, a village where you can reach by any vehicle, the journey gives you a brief stopover at Devaprayag, before it gradually starts to take you to heights that end with a breathtaking view of the Mt. Nanda Devi summit.
Ropeway ride in Auli is the highest cable car ride in Asia after Gulmarg. The ride operates between Joshimath and Auli and most visitors prefer reaching Auli via this ropeway only. The ropeway ride offers fascinating views of the snow-capped mountains. The Nanda Devi peak and Sanjivani Parvat are seen very clearly from this ride.
Auli artificial lake and Sightseeing
If you are visiting Auli, you must visit the Auli artificial lake. This lake is the highest man-made lakes in the world. The lake was built for skiing purposes by the government to provide for snow when there wasn’t enough snow in the season. The lake is present in a very scenic setting, surrounded by high rising mountains. After visiting the lake, you can also go sightseeing and enjoy the gorgeous views Auli has to offer.
List of the Accommodations available at the Destination
Blue Poppy Resorts
Blue Poppy Resorts
Blue Poppy resorts in Auli has 24 wooden huts with modern facilities. The Blue poppy resort is located as most beautiful location in Auli. You can visit anytime during the year and you will be greeted with different type of landscapes according to the season of visit.
A short drive from Joshimath brings you to another world full of surprises for your eyes. Nandan Kanan Auli Hotel has the panoramic views of the beautiful snow clad mountains, vast acres of orchards,
Situated in the serene climes of Joshimath, The Tattva is a perfect abode to enjoy the tranquility of nature, the thrill of the mountains and the spirituality of the holy realm.
The nearest airport to Auli is the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun. The distance between Auli and Joshimath is 294 km which takes around 10 hours to complete. After reaching Dehradun, you can book a private vehicle or a public vehicle to reach Joshimath and then head to Auli
Rishikesh Railway station is the nearest railway station to Auli. It would take your around 10 hours for you to reach Auli from Rishikesh, you would have to cover a distance of 256 km.
Road networks work well in Uttarakhand and the route to Joshimath is pretty well functional. You can reach the airport or railway station, then take a taxi to reach Joshimath. You can also reach Joshimath via public buses.