Auli is an awesome and one of the most important ski destinations in India. It is situated in Chamoli district in the Garhwal Himalayan mountains of Uttarakhand, India. Auli offers great slopes that provide fun and adventure to beginners as well as experts. It is covered with evergreen conifers and oak forest. The oak and deodar trees alongside the beautiful ski slopes provide the best atmosphere for the ski-lovers.
Located in midst of a part in the cradle of snow-capped Himalayan range and at 2800 meters above sea levels, Auli is home to mountain ranges of Nanda Devi, Mana Parvat and Kamat Kamet.
Auli is also an important pilgrimage destination for the Hindus. Many religious destinations are also located near Auli. It has a blessed past that dates back to the 8th century. It is believed that Shankracharya had visited Auli several times.
Auli has one of the best ski slopes in India, and ski-lovers come here mostly during the ski competitions in winters. But it has so many other beautiful things to offer :
Artificial Lake :
This beautiful artificial lake was created to produce synthetic snow for the skiing activities in the summers. This lake is known as world’s highest man-made lake.
Joshimath is famous among tourists for its mountain climbing and trekking expeditions. It is connected to Auli with a ropeway. This ropeway is known as the longest ropeway of Asia. It offers a beautiful view of Auli. Joshimath was established as one of the fundamental institutions by Adi Guru Shankaracharya. It is the place of great religious importance for the tourists.
Trishul Peak :
Trishul peak is one of the few destinations in India where skiing is professionally practiced. It offers a great panoramic view from the top. At the foot of this hill is the famous Roopkund Lake, skeletons of horses and humans were found in this lake, which is why it is known as ‘Mystery Lake’.
The Nanda Devi National Park is situated close to the peak., which is great place to visit for nature lovers.
Vanshinarayan Kalpeshwar :
Near Joshimath, Vanshinarayan Kalpeshwar is a beautiful valley, and home to a cave known as Kalpeshwar. 10 kms further from the Kalpeshwar cave is a place called Vanshinarayan, which is well known for its natural beauty.
Climate And Best Time To Visit :
Generally the best time to visit Auli is all through the year. But attraction in Auli is Snow Skiing, which is best during November to March.
- December to February are snow covered and chilly. This period is best for snow skiing.
- March and April are pleasant and perfect for outing and sight seeing.
- May to November are cool and pleasant and the right period to spend peaceful and relaxing moments with family and friends.
How To Reach :
The nearest airport is Jolly Grant, Dehradun, about 298 km away.
Haridwar, about 265 km away, is the nearest railway station.
Regular road services are available from major cities like Delhi, Dehradun, Rishikesh and Hardwar to Joshimath. From Joshimath you can hire a taxi to Auli.
Distance from Major Cities:
- Delhi– 495 Kilometers
- Dehradun– 281 Kilometers
- Mussoorie– 62 Kilometers
- Haridwar– 260 Kilometers
- Rishikesh– 269 Kilometers
- Nainital– 240 Kilometers
- Shimla– 57 Kilometers
- Chandigarh – 477 Kilometers