Auli is nestled in the lap of the snow-caped peaks of Garwal Himalayas in the Chamoli district of western Uttar-Pradesh, near the world famous religious shrine of Badrinath. At an altitude of 2,500-3,050 metres above sea level, Auli's well-dressed slopes are flanked by coniferous and oak forests and offer a panoramic view of Mt. Nanda Devi, Mana Parbat, Dunagiri, Beethartoli, Nilkanth, Hathi Parbat and Ghori Parbat. The rugged and snowy tettain of Auli is so challenging that it used to be a training ground for India's Para-Military Forces in the 70's.
Realising the potential of Auli as a ski-resort, the Government of U.P. had it surveyed by French and Austrian experts who favorably compared the slopes of Auli to the best in the world. Auli is today a promising ski-spot and an ideal winter resort. Apart from Skiing Festivals being held here since 1986, National Championships under the aegis of Winter Games Federation of India have been held at Auli with technical and other backup assistance provided by various Government and adventure related agencies.
Auli has now become a leading tourist spot and while its slopes beckon daring and gallant skiing enthusiasts, its pristine natural beauty and the alpine atmosphere lure many a tourists who come here for a variety of other reasons - for conquering their fear of heights, for savoring nature in its purest form or just to throw snowballs at each other.
FESTIVAL: In the months of February and March, Auli often hosts the National Winter Games. In a planned move, the Government and local authorities have involved the local Garhwali people to explore the slopes that rightfully belong to them.
Gurso Bugyal: is 3 kms from Auli, and is a huge meadow spread amidst a mixed forest of oaks and conifers. Gurso Bugyal is at 3056 mts above sea-level. One can reach Joshimath via the ropeway. It is barely 1.5 kms from the last tower of the ropeway. As there is no accommodation available here one can only admire the scenery during the day and return to Auli by night.
Chattrakund: located 1 km from Gurso Bugyal, is in the middle of the jungle is a small lake of sweet water called Chattrakund. This place can be visited when visiting Gurso Bugyal.
Saildhar Tapovan: is 15 kms on the Joshimath road is a small village where there are many hot-water springs. 3 kms ahead in Saildhar are hot water fountains where the water is almost at a boiling point.
Kwanri Bugyal: is 12 kms from Gurso Bugyal Kwanri is a very interesting place for trekkers. Its at 3350 mts above sea-level. Many tourists camp here in summer. Nanda Devi hotel in Joshimath organises such camps where porters, guides, cooks and camping equipment are available. June and September months are the best time visit.
Vanshinarayan Kalpeshwar: is 12 kms from Joshimath, 10 kms from a village called Helang, this is a beautiful valley where there is a cave called Kalpeshwar. 10 kms further down the road is a spot called Vanshinarayan which is unmatched in its beauty.
Auli in Uttar Pradesh - Auli
Picturesque Hillstation - Auli
Attractions and Places to Visit in Auli
Auli: is considered the best skiing slope in Asia. Both sides of the slope are covered with oak and coniferous trees which break the speed of the wind and this makes it ideal for skiing. Right in front of Auli, is one of the highest peak, Nanda Devi. Along with it can be seen the Hathigauri, Neelkanth, Comet and Eravath mountains. Auli is a grazing land spread over 6 kms. In the local language they call this "Byugal". In summer, in the old days, the local villagers used to graze their cattle here. During monsoons thousands of different variety of flowers bloom here.
In the months of February and March, Auli often hosts the National Winter Games. In a planned move, the Government and local authorities have involved the local Garhwali people to explore the slopes that rightfully belong to them.
Joshimath: which is 12 kms from Auli is in the Chamoli District and has many temples and memorials. It is a gateway to Badrinath and the Valley of Flowers. Adiguru Shankaracharya on his visit to Uttarakhand had founded Joshimath which is 47 kms from Badrinath.
Another attraction here is a sight-seeing trip between Joshimath and Auli by a ropeway. This ropeway is 4 km long one and is called the Rajju and is at a height of 1917 mts to 3027 mts above sea level. This is the longest and the second highest ropeway in Asia. Two passenger cabins are used in this. Each cabin can accommodate from 20 to 25 people. This whole trip passes through ten towers. On the eighth tower of the ropeway one can stop because this is where one gets off for skiing and looking in and around Auli. It takes about half an hour to complete this trip. This service operates from morning to evening.
How to Reach Auli
By Road: Local transport buses ply regularly from Rishikesh, Haridwar, Dehradun and Delhi to Joshimath. Auli is 16 kms from Joshimath. The chair-lift is the best way to move up the slopes.
By Rail: The nearest railhead is Haridwar, which is about 270 Km from Joshimath. One can get buses and taxis for Joshimath from Haridwar.
By Air: The nearest is Jolly Grant, Dehradun, 273 Km from Joshimath, which has buses and taxis for Joshimath.