Auli Travel Guide

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.

An Insight into Auli Tourism

Places to visit in Auli

Trishul Peak : The fabulous Trishul Peak is 23,490 feet tall and is a wonder among the ski-accommodating scopes of Auli.

Winter Ski Resort : Auli offers the best snow loaded inclines for skiing. Skiing resembles a global involvement with this place.

Nanda Devi National Park : Arranged at a separation of around 41 kms from Auli, the Nanda Devi National stop has plentiful greenery. As far as possible in seven days is four gatherings of guests.

Artificial lake: The world's highest man-made lake is at Auli which can elaborate you about powers gifted by God to man. The government has established this in view of creating artificial snow on the new ski slopes in the low snow fall. The water from this lake will be used to feed the snow guns stationed along the ski slopes and thus provide a good skiing surface and extend the ski season.

Nearby Places in Auli

Prayags: On the journey, you will come across the meeting points also known as prayags of a variety of branches into the river Ganga. Actually, Deoprayag is the place where the rivers Bhagirathi and Alaknanda are united and identified as Ganga. During short breaks in your journey to these prayags - Deoprayaga, Nandprayaga, Karnapryaga, and Rudraprayaga are an absolutely splendid. The picturesque sights of the Alaknanda valley, all the way through the ascending way are the only openings.

Mana Village: It is a calm and soothing spot before the beginning of Tibet/China. This last village in India (Mana) located in Uttarakhand, 3118 meters above the sea level. The traces of Hindu mythology, Mahabharata, are visible in Mana. It is believed that Pandavas had to pass through this village on their journey to heaven. The strongest brother of the five brothers that is Bheem, constructed a rock bridge to cross the Sarasvati river. Apart from this, a small cave named Vyas Guha is commonly believed to be the place where sage Veda Vyasa resided and composed the whole Mahabharata.

Best Time to Visit Auli

The best time to visit Auli is during the winter season. The period from late November to late March is mostly considered ideal for skiers.

How to reach Auli

How to reach Auli by Air: Dehradun is the nearest airport distancing almost 300km from Auli. Again you will have to reach Dehradun to Auli by road, following the above instruction.

How to reach Auli by Train : The nearest railway station is Rishikesh, approximately 250 km away. You can avail a bus or tourist cars to get there. Again you have to follow the above route to reach Auli.

How to reach Auli by Road : If you're choosing the road route, you canarrive at Rishikesh by road from any part of India (preferably Delhi to Rishikesh). You have to reach Joshimath, approximately 250 km from Rishikesh on the way to Badrinath, prior to evening. On the way to Badrinath the surroundings begin to change for the Auli guests in Kaudiyala, somewhat 200 km ahead of the destination.

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