Nestled amidst the heavenly snow-covered Himalayan range of Garhwal, Auli is a “must see” and one of the most important ski destinations in India. It is situated in Chamoli district in the Garhwal Himalayan mountains in the state of Uttarakhand, India. The snow-clad mountains of Auli offer great slopes that make the skiing so fun and adventurous to beginners as well as experts. The area is covered with evergreen conifers and oak forest.
The oak and deodar trees alongside the beautiful ski slopes provide the best atmosphere to skiing lovers. Apart from being home to many naturally beautiful sights and attractions, Auli is home to many adventures and fun activities. The hills station provides tourists massive opportunities to enjoy adventurous and fun activities in the lap of mother nature.
The best activity for which Auli is so popular is skiing but there are various recreational activities too that will keep you amazed throughout your tour. Trekking expeditions from Auli give visitors a gift of experiences and memories for their entire life. Nearby places to visit are Valley of Flowers, Nanda Devi Sanctuary and Gurso Bugyal. These destinations are already great sources of interest among tourists.
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 is on the way to Badrinath. So during winters it witnesses a heavy snow. So the temple of Badrinath is closed for 5 to 6 months.
Auli is known for it’s great ski slopes in India. Ski-lovers come here mostly during the ski competitions in winters. But it has so many other beautiful things to offer, Which are:
Artificial Lake :
This beautiful artificial lake was created to produce synthetic artificial snow for the skiing activities in the summers. This lake is the world’s highest man-made lake. Auli along with Dehradun hosted the first South Asian Winter Games in 2011. The Ice hockey and ice skating events were held in Dehradun and the snowboarding and skiing events were conducted at Auli.
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 kilometers further from the Kalpeshwar cave is a place called Vanshinarayan, which is well known for its natural beauty.
Climate And Best Time To Visit Auli :
Generally, the best time to visit Auli is any season of the year except monsoons. But attraction in Auli is Snow Skiing, which is at its 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.
A Famous Legend of Auli:
There is a small temple of lord Hanuman’s in Auli. The temple is known for having a connection to Ramayana. According to Hindu mythology when Lakshman, younger brother of Lord Rama got injured while fighting Meghnath (son of Ravana) in Lanka (now Sri Lanka).
The medic, who was treating Lakshman suggested that the only thing that can save Lakshman is a herb named ‘Sanjivani Booti’ found on the Sanjivani mountain in the Himalayas. Lord Rama requested lord Hanuman to get the herb. Hanuman flew from Lanka all the way to Himalayas. During this journey he took some rest somewhere in Auli.
How To Reach Auli:
The nearest airport is Jolly Grant, Dehradun, about 298 kilometers away. From airport there are many taxi and buses to Joshimath.
Haridwar, about 265 kilometers away, is the nearest railway station to Auli. Then one has to take a taxi or a bus.
Distance of Auli 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