Auli Tourism

Auli Tourism

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Auli Info

  • State: Uttarakhand
  • Famous for/as: Hill
  • District: Chamoli

Auli, located in the Chamoli District of Uttarakhand, is a sylvan ski destination frequented by skiing enthusiasts from all over the world. Considered among the world’s top skiing destinations, Auli is nestled in the Garhwal Himalayan ranges, at an average altitude of 2800 meters above sea level.

History of Auli

Auli is a lesser known hill station when compared to its counterparts - Shimla, Gulmarg and Manali. It gained prominence in the tourist map of India only after the formation of Uttarakhand in the year 2000. The slopes of Auli were the training ground for the Indian Paramilitary Forces and Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force. Today, Auli is known for its snow covered slopes and panoramic views of the surrounding lofty peaks of the Himalayas like Trishul, Nanda Devi, Kamet, Mana Parvat, Beethartoli, Nilkanth, Hathi Parbat, Ghori Parbat and Dunagiri.

The word Auli stands for ‘Bugyal’ which means meadow in the regional language. Hindi and English are the languages spoken here. Auli, in its initial days, was a prominent trade centre. The trails of Auli were frequently traversed by the semi-nomadic Bhotiya tribes who maintained barter trading with Tibet for centuries. According to legend, the revered Guru Adi Shankaracharya visited Auli during 8th century AD. He built a math at Joshimath, which still is intact and is known by the name Sankaracharya Tapastali. 

Things to do in Auli

Though Auli is a lesser known hill station, it has gained significance as a ski resort and a winter resort. Auli was the venue of Skiing Festivals since 1986. Today it also hosts National Championships, under the aegis of Winter Games Federation of India, in the months of February and March. Skiing events of the 1st South Asian Winter Games were held in January 2011, in Auli.

For adventure lovers, especially skiers, late November to March is the ideal time to visit Auli. The Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam Limited (GMVNL), a government agency in charge of maintenance of this ski resort, provides courses for beginners and professionals at Auli, which are held for 7 to 14 days from December to March.

Details of the course can be obtained at or by contacting the General Manager of GMVNL at 0135-656817. Ski equipments are provided by GMVNL. However, participants need to bring their own clothing. Heavy woollens, gloves, wind cheaters, snow jackets, snow boots, etc. are required.

Long stretches of 10-20 km of snow is the highlight of Auli’s ski slopes. Ski lifts cost around INR50 and operate from the months of November to March. Those not into skiing can opt for the cable car which costs around INR200 (free for children below 5) and operates from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (November to April).

Besides being a snow sports destination, Auli is also nearby to famous pilgrimage spots. Narsimh Mandir and Sankaracharya Tapastali of Joshimath, Nandaprayag, Rudraprayag and Pandukeshwar Badrinath Mandir are the pilgrimage destinations in and around Auli.

Gurso Bugyal, Chattrakund, Kwani Bugyal, Hot Spring Point and Chenab Lake are the other popular attractions of Auli. Excursions to Hemkund and Valley of Flowers are also popular among the wayfarers visiting Auli.

If planning to go during the winter months, in a hilly region like Auli, it is best to stay updated on weather conditions during the period of travel.

Travelling to Auli

Auli is well connected to all the major destinations in Uttarakhand. Auli is accessible by roads from places like Joshimath, Rishikesh, Pauri, Nandaprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Ukhimath, Chamoli, Srinagar, etc.  Jolly Grant, which is situated nearby Dehradun, has the nearest airport at 280 km to Auli.

Rishikesh railway station is situated at 264 km, serves as the nearest railway station to Auli. Taxis and buses are available from Rishikesh to reach Auli,

Travelling within Auli

Tourists can opt for buses or cable cars for to travel around Auli.  Cabs can be hired from other cities and to travel in Auli.

Accommodation in Auli

Tourists in Auli can avail accommodation options, ranging from budget hotels to 5 star hotels. Some hotels in Auli offer spectacular view of peaks of the Himalayas.

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Auli Traveller Reviews

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Aman Rawat

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  • Aman Rawat
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 4 photos
  • 4 Reviews
  •  24 helpful votes
  •  2571 readers


  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
When it comes to snow clad mountains, nothing can compete to Auli. With the mystical view of Nanda Devi mountain this place appears to magical.

Snow activities include skiing and there is the biggest ropeway of the Asia joining Auli to Joshimath and trust me that too gives a heavenly feel.
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Vikas Kathed

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  • Vikas Kathed
  • Lives in Indore
  • 1 Review
  •  5 helpful votes
  •  4200 readers

"Excellent destination"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 10, 2016
Auli is awesome destination it's an India's Switzerland. Flower valley is one of excellent point of attraction. Adventure sports and activities are main attraction of this destination. Auli is one of the best India's traveling experience. Reaching to the destination is also an awesome experience.
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  • 5 votes


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  • Harish
  • Lives in Chandigarh
  • 1 Review
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  4200 readers

"A lovely place specially in winter"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 10, 2016
Auli is a strategic point specially in winter when there is full of snow most overseas tourist visit this place to enjoy ski. During winter we visited there but all of sudden clouds came and drizzling started. But after some time weather became wonderful and we enjoyed the winter. All type of Indian food is available. However, other food is also made available on demand. There is not much for shopping other than winter clothes and local herbs. A place to visit at least once.
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  • 2 votes

Fahad Abdul jaleel

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  • Fahad Abdul jaleel
  • Lives in Tirur
  • 2 Reviews
  •  11 helpful votes
  •  7009 readers

"Natural beauty lies here-Auli"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Feb 28, 2016
It was a great pleasure to visit Auli as of its natural beauty and calm atmosphere. We feel that we are in another world of joy. The wind there blows is filled with healthy oxygen which purified ourselves from pollution. If I get another chance to visit there. I will never miss it.
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  • 9 votes

Poonam Kelipani bhatia

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  • Poonam Kelipani bhatia
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 4 photos
  • 12 Reviews
  •  18 helpful votes
  •  8877 readers

"It was an amazing place to go"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Feb 25, 2016
Auli is a lovely place to go with your partner. I had gone with my husband for our honeymoon. The weather was amazing. I really enjoyed the snow and than in the night it was raining. We had gone for trekking also. We were there in Auli for almost 5days and it was fun. If I get a chance it would prefer to go to Auli.
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  • 8 votes

Shashi Bhengra

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  • Shashi Bhengra
  • Lives in Gurgaon
  • 3 photos
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  5409 readers

"Among best winter destination"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 19, 2016
Auli is catching up as a skiing destination, though we couldn't ski due to less snow, the scenery and beauty of Auli was worth the long distance we travelled. People are friendly. If you are into shedding some sweat, good place for trekking. View of Nanda Devi nd other mountain from the top of the hill is magnificent.
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Rahul Soni

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  • Rahul Soni
  • Lives in Hisar
  • 1 Review
  •  9 helpful votes
  •  6175 readers

"Best place to visit in winters"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 7, 2016
A long way journey starts from Haridwar to take you to a world that can't be even imagine in dreams. Few hotels but they are best. A lot of trekking options are available. Skiing is one of the best things to do in auli. Surrounded by snow capped peaks. You all will definitely love this place.
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  • 9 votes

Varun Goyal

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  • Varun Goyal
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 11 photos
  • 2 Reviews
  •  5 helpful votes
  •  6880 readers

"It was an amazing place to go"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 1, 2016
Auli is very popular place at Uttarakhand in India. There are many people came at the time of summer because at the time of summer there maximum temperature only 25 degree Celsius. And night temperature falls to minimum 5-10 degree Celsius. So this is only reason many people come here. And there are various place for wandering.
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Kiran sood Sood

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  • Kiran sood Sood
  • Lives in Dehradun
  • 28 photos
  • 62 Reviews
  •  57 helpful votes
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"Youthful Spirit of Auli"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 31, 2016
Green attracts me always. I love bugyals of Chopta. This is an experience beyond words. Always admired white-clad Himalayan peaks from distance. Just zooming and capturing in camera frames gave me tremendous delight. All white around has touched or must say captured my soul. Auli is ready with good snowfall to celebrate international skiing festival on February 12. This is a place for rejuvenation. Age is just number for the one who comes here in winters. This is ultimate destination for adventurers' unending journey. Am out in open covering myself with heavy toe touching weather coat to enjoy hot sips of huge cuppa coffee. Yup! The elephant mountain is majestically magnificent.
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  • 6 votes

Swati Mahawar

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  • Swati Mahawar
  • 1 Review
  •  5435 readers

"Nice trip"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 18, 2016
nice place. auli is a must go place with friends or family. weather was ultimate. people are so good. hotel was also very good. everything was superb. but choose hotel carefully. it should be near the places you visit. a very nice place.
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