Auli – The Ultimate Skiing Getaway


Auli Bugyal in Garhwali in Uttarakhand is a beautiful meadow located at an altitude of 13,000 feet. It offers wonderful view of the snow capped mountain peaks like Nanda Devi, Kamet, Manna Parvat, Hathi Parvat, Dunagiri, Bethartoli and many others. Remember how you used to paint mountains and sun rising from the mountain peaks? That sketch on the canvas comes true at Auli as you see the sun rising from the majestic mountain peaks. Rivers and streams flow through the mountains giving a spectacular view to the beholders.

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Skiing at Auli

January to March is the period during which the slopes of Auli get covered with a snowy white blanket. The thickness is around 3 meters. The slops of 3 kilometers with a drop in elevation of 500 meters at Auli is deemed to be awesome for skiing. The coniferous forests with oak trees surrounding the slopes reduce the velocity of the wind to a great extent. Auli organizes several skiing festivals and national championship events during February and March.

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Regarding the tour planning and the essential things to pack in your rucksack for a skiing holiday you can get all the information by clicking here. Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam provides all the skiing equipment and extremely skilled ski instructors. Skiing courses are also available from January to March.

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Besides skiing, you can enjoy a cable car ride from Joshimath to top station of Gorson. It overlooks the ski resort of Auli. It covers a significant distance of around 4 kilometers. The panoramic views of the mountain peaks and meadows below present for a stunning sight.

Other attractions

Trekking to Gurso Bugyal(3 kilometers from Auli) and Kwani Bugyal(12 kilometers from Gurso Bugyal) are also famous excursions from Auli. Around a kilometer from Gurso Bugyal, there is Chattrakund. The crystal clear water of the lake over here makes it a must visit. Chenab Lake is another pristine place that you cannot miss out on. It is lesser known place but that does not make it any less splendid. Many people even opt for the Kuari Pass Trek from Auli.

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Badrinath is one of the important pilgrimage places near Auli. It is around 45 kilometers from here and can be reached through Joshimath. As it is one of the “char dham” sites, it is crowded by pilgrims from far and wide.

Stay and Food

A number of luxurious resorts as well as hotels are available at Joshimath and Auli. Garhwali cuisine with vegetarian as well as nonvegetarian delicacies can be gorged on if you happen to be at Auli.

Reaching Auli

Auli can be readily accessed from Dehradun. the nearest airports is Jolly Grant airport of Dehradun ,281 kilometers away.

There are frequent trains to Rishikesh from the major cities of India. Auli is around 264 kilometers from Rishikesh.

Auli can be reached through roadways from Rishikesh and Dehradun during summers. However, from January to March, most of the times roadways from Joshimath to Auli are gets closed due to heavy snowfall. Cable car is the only option in such days.

The timings for the cable car are until 4:20 PM during winter and 5:30 PM during summers. Make sure you reach Joshimath prior to the last cable car trips.

Adventure freaks and snow lovers would definitely find the trip to Auli absolutely mesmerizing. Book your tickets and get ready for a unique experience of your life.