Embraced in the snow-covered mountain, this Uttaranchal hill station has an appealing call for skiers all across the country. Outstanding natural outlook of the mountains and the neighbouring greenery form a fantasy paradise. What speaks more about Auli is the number of tourists that flock to this place with undying enthusiasm.There are plenty of places of tourist interest that include Joshimath, Nandaprayag, Parasailing and Rudraprayag. Joshimath, or the adobe of the Jyotirlinga of Shiva, is a well-known pilgrim centre in Auli.
From the very ancient time, the mountain slopes of Auli were occupied by semi nomadic tribals called Bhotiyas. These Bhotiyas were of Mongolian origin and go across the trails of Auli, locally called as Thatauli. These tribals conducted a prosperous trade with Tibet, moving goods back and forth on long-haired yaks. It is believed that in the 8th century A.D., the great Guru AdiShankaracharya have visited Auli. He built a temple at Joshimath, known as ShankaracharyaTapasthali. The shrine of Joshimath even now remains as an emblem of Guru.
Tourism in Auli
Ski: Auli start getting popular among the ski-lovers. If luck is not on your side snow storm can lock your room for days. For some its hard solid snow which take away the skiing pleasure. Though the GMVNL has imported snow beater it cannot give the natural experience of fresh snow. There is a long Ski-Lift connecting lower slopes to the Top.
High peaks views: Auli is surrounded by high peaks like Mana, Kamet and tallest of all Nanda Devi. In evening, get treated to great view of snow clad mountains as they keep changing colours every minute the sun goes down. The feeling of solitude and oneness with god will do wonders to you mind and have a positive effect on your body.
Trekking: Apart from skiing there are some trek options available and below list is some of the trail normally completed in single day Auli - Gorson around 7 km Gorson - Tali around 6 km Tali - Kuari Pass around 11 km Kuari Pass - Khulara around 12 km Khulara - Tapovan around 9 km.