Auli – Ski Heaven of Uttarakhand


Auli is one of the most important ski destinations in India. It is nestled amidst the snow-covered Himalayan range of Garhwal. It lies in Chamoli district in the state of Uttarakhand, India. The snow-clad mountains of Auli offer great slopes. This makes skiing fun and adventurous to beginners as well as experts. The evergreen conifers and oak forest surround the region. These trees alongside the beautiful ski slopes provide the best atmosphere for skiing. Auli is home to many adventures and fun activities.

Activities in Auli other than Skiing:

The best activity for which Auli is so popular is skiing. But it does not stop there. There are various recreational activities too. These will keep you amazed throughout your tour. Trekking expeditions from Auli give visitors a gift of experiences and memories. Nearby places to visit are:

  • Valley of Flowers
  • Nanda Devi Sanctuary
  • Gurso Bugyal
  • Joshimmath

These destinations are already great sources of interest among tourists. Auli is located in midst of a part in the cradle of snow-capped Himalayan range. It perches at 2800 meters above sea levels. It is home to many mountain ranges, such as:

  • Nanda Devi
  • Mana Parvat
  • Kamat Kamet

Auli is also an important pilgrimage destination for the Hindus. Many religious destinations are also located in this region.


It has a blessed past that dates back to the 8th century. People believe that Shankaracharya had visited Auli several times. Auli is on the way to Badrinath. So during winters, it witnesses a heavy snowfall. So the temple of Badrinath is closed for 5 to 6 months.

Auli is known for its 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 lake is the world’s highest man-made lake. Government created this lake to produce synthetic artificial snow. This has facilitated the skiing activities in the summers also. Auli along with Dehradun hosted the first South Asian Winter Games in 2011. Dehradun hosted the Ice hockey and ice skating events. And Auli conducted the snowboarding and skiing events.


Joshimath is famous among tourists for its mountain climbing and trekking expeditions. It connects to Auli with a ropeway. This ropeway is the longest ropeway of Asia. It offers a beautiful view of the entire region. Adi Guru Shankaracharya established Joshimath as one of the fundamental institutions. It is the place of great religious importance for the tourists.

Trishul Peak:

Trishul peak is one of the few skiing destinations in India. Only professionals practice skiing here. 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. This is why people call it ‘Mystery Lake’. The Nanda Devi National Park is close to the peak. This is great place to visit for nature lovers.

Vanshinarayan Kalpeshwar:

Near Joshimath, Vanshinarayan Kalpeshwar is a beautiful valley. It is home to a cave known as Kalpeshwar. 10 kilometers further from the Kalpeshwar cave is a place called Vanshinarayan.

Climate And Best Time To Visit Auli:

Generally, the best time to visit Auli is any season of the year except monsoons. But main attraction here is snow-skiing. This is at its best during November to March.

  • Months from December to February are snowy and chilly. This period is best for snow skiing.
  • March and April are pleasant and perfect for outing and sight seeing.
  • Months from May to November are cool and pleasant. It is the right period to spend peaceful and relaxing moments with family and friends.

A Famous Legend:

There is a small temple of Lord Hanuman’s in Auli. The temple is popular for having a connection to Ramayana. According to Hindu mythology, Lakshman got injured. He was younger brother of Lord Rama. He was fighting Meghnath (son of Ravana) in Lanka (now Sri Lanka).

The medic suggested that the only thing that can save Lakshman. That was a herb named ‘Sanjivani Booti’. This was 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 the Himalayas. During this journey, he took some rest somewhere in Auli.

How To Reach Auli:

By Air: 

The nearest airport is Jolly Grant, Dehradun. This is about 298 kilometers away. From the airport, there are many taxi and buses to Joshimath.

By Train: 

Haridwar, about 265 kilometers away, is the nearest railway station to Auli. Then one has to take a taxi or a bus.

By Road: 

Regular road services are available from major cities. Buses are available from Delhi, Dehradun, Rishikesh, and Haridwar to Joshimath. From Joshimath, one can hire a taxi to Auli. 

The 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