Auli is the most popular skiing destination in Uttarakhand and is situated in Chamoli district of Garhwal. It covers an elevation from 2519 m to 3050 m above sea level. This place is often compared with the best resorts of the world and has also hosted the First SAF Winter Games in the year 2011. Auli is blessed with invigorating views of the splendid mountain range. The mountain slopes provide thrills to professional skiers and novices alike. The wonderful dawn breaking Nanda Devi is an enchanting sight. It is a must visit destination for all Adventure lovers.
Height: 2519 m to 3050 m
Climate: The summer is mild and light cottons and light woolens are suggested. In winter, the sunny days are pleasant – though the nights are cold and fairly heavy clothes are required. Through the rest of the year, light woolens/cottons are suggested. During the monsoons, Auli gets to be quite wet and windy and appropriate gear may be carried along.
Getting There & Away: How to reach Auli
Road: Well connected by motorable roads with major destinations of Uttarakhand. Auli is situated only 14 kms from Joshimath which lies on NH-58. In winters (from December end till mid March), the motorable road from Joshimath is not operations due to heavy snowfall. Cable car is the only mode of transport from Joshimath to Auli.
Rail: The nearest rail station is at Rishikesh at a distance of 264 kms.
Air: Jolly Grant Airport at Dehradun is the nearest airport at a distance of 286 kms.
Tourist Attractions in Auli
Adventure Sports: Skiing is the major sport in Auli. Facilities for skiing are available from Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN). There are certificate and non-certificate courses ranging from 4 days to 14 days. These courses include stay, food, ski-gear and guide. There are local people who provide Ski Equipment for casual tourists and also help them to learn skiing. The slopes of Auli are considered amongst the best skiing slopes in Asia. There are two international standard ski lifts for skiers which take them back to high slopes.
Auli Lake: One of the world’s highest man-made lakes is at Auli. This lake has been developed to create artificial snow on the old ski slopes in the event of low snowfall.
Auli Ropeway: Auli boasts of Asia’s highest and longest cable car covering a distance of 4 kms. This cable car wonder is named as Gondola. It also has a Chair Lift and a Ski Lift. The ropeway connects Auli with Joshimath. The enchanting Himalayas are distinctly visible while travelling in Gondola.
Gurso Bugyal: 3 kms trek from Auli will lead you to the picturesque Gurso Bugyal. Views of the imposing Himalayan peaks of Nanda Devi, Trishul and Dron Parvat from this place is exhilarating. Gurso Bugyal transforms into a green pasture land during spring season and wears a sheet of snow during the winters. Perched at an elevation of 3056 m, Gurso Bugyal has mixed forest of Oak and Conifer.
Chattrakund: It is a small lake holding crystal clear water. Chattrakund is situated just 1 km ahead of Gurso Bugyal. Located amidst the jungle, this mysterious lake shrouds us with fairy tale surroundings.
Kwani Bugyal: it is a popular destination with trekkers, situated 12 kms from Gurso Bugyal at an elevation of 3380 m. the best time to visit Kwani is June to September.
Chenab Lake: One must pass through Dang, the last village of Joshimath to reach Chenab Lake. The place is still unknown to most tourists and it is quite inaccessible by motorable roads.