Auli Tourism

Auli Tourism

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  • State: Uttarakhand
  • Famous for/as: Hill

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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  • Scout
  • Swati
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 45 photos
  • 3 Reviews
  •  26 helpful votes
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"There are few places which is beautiful in all the seasons, Auli is one of them!"

  • 6.0 / 7
  • Posted Jul 25, 2015
The title speaks 50% of the story. I went to this amazing place in October 2014 when the climate there was in its own pleasure. Neither hot nor cold. It was just as pleasant as watching the reflection of moon shedding within the clouds in water. You may call it off season but it was on. The beauty was completely on its nerves and I was taking a 360 degree every time to capture every frame. My camera lenses enjoyed it more than any eagle.


1. 3050 meters above sea level.
2. Situated in Chamoli district of Garhwal.
3. Among the best skiing destination of India with best ski resorts.
4. Ropeway- Asia's longest & World's highest cable car ride of 4 KM also called Gondola ride. Price would be around 150 as I don't remember it but this price is for both sides. You get to see all views of mountains, birds and snow capes. The grasses below (Bugyal) and the jungly plants gives an amazing view below from the cable car. The open cables let's you enjoy this ride to the fullest and is completely safe.
5. Slopes for SKI: Here you can find 2 International level ski slopes. Adventure lovers and ski lovers will have the best time here.

Pointers to travel:

1. It is 600 Km's from Delhi. Hire a car or traveler when in group. For a relaxing trip halt either at Rishikesh or somewhere near to Joshimath as per your preference of travelling at one time.

2. Don't miss the sunrise here as it the peak while travelling you will get mesmerizing views. Take light winter clothes as at height the temperature keeps changing.

3. It will take you around 2 days to Reach Auli including Halt at night. The roads are thrilling and you need to take a pass from Rishikesh to travel beyond. Also make sure to know about the route before leaving so that you don't face any blockage or route change.

4. There are two best options to stay here. One is Clifftop club resort which is at the top from where you can see Tibet border and hear the activities of border. To reach here you need to use the cable car which is open from 9 AM to 5 or 6 PM. After that you need to trek. Wooden made and gives you amazing view or say best view of the place. Second is The Auli Resort, very beautiful, happening and natural. Camps with flowers around and equipped with all basic amenities. But you can anytime go to Cliff top resort place through cable car. So this is cheaper and best option to enjoy the aroma of the place.

5. Hot water spring in Joshimath- It is towards Badrinath. Very near from Chamoli.

6. At top where Clifftop resort is made, you can trek till the jungle and as per your adventurous mind even inside it as in there is a beautiful lake. We could not dare to get in as we were just two.

7. Do not expect to get variety of food or drinks and it is at height. But you can enjoy fresh juices and fruits to the fullest. Do take a nap in the open on grass. Will give a pleasure and memory.

8. As it was summer so there was no snow, the ski field was all green but the Oak trees and green land was eye pleasing.

Staying here for 2 days is more than enough to explore Auli and around places like Valley of Flowers, Hemkunt Sahib. Rest you can relax for more days and reach out more places. You may also visit the famous temples and above all Badrinath which is around 50 to 60 Km's from Joshimath. You can hire taxi or take government cabs which is available from Joshimath.

While coming back see the circular roads which will thrill you and bring a sensation in your stomach too. Keep chewing something who have problem in circular roads. Halt at Rishikesh enjoy the place for sometime and leave for Delhi.
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  • Prajakta baikar
  • Lives in Agra
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"Mesmerizing for nature lovers"

  • 7.0 / 7
  • Posted Jul 2, 2015
You need to carry heavy woolens while stay in Auli. Our journey was from Nainital by road to Auli. It takes 10 to 12 hrs from Nainital to reach Auli. It's a long journey but the nature sights on our way makes it worth. The massive mountains, silky routs, trees chilling weather and snow clad peaks makes the journey awesome.

Our stay was at Joshimath, a place at the feet of Auli where you get many hotels and local shops. Auli is at 13 km from Joshimath by rope way. The shops and restaurants in this area get closed by 8pm. Therefore you need to reach before 8pm in the evening or can carry food. In Joshimath you do not get much for shopping. There are also few good hotels in Auli if we love to stay in the place surrounded with snow.

Rope way costs you rs. 700 per person return pass to Joshimath. Auli is also known for skiing. There are arrangements for learning skiing and enjoying the sport. But for that you need to stay for at least 7 days in Auli. On reaching Auli you feel like top of the world. Surrounded with snow mountains and can view nanda devi peak. It's mesmerizing for nature lovers.
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Tushar Arora

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  • Tushar Arora
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 9 Reviews
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"Heaven on Earth, go find Yourself"

  • 7.0 / 7
  • Posted Jul 1, 2015
Its very Quite and away from all the Hassles of city. The Places you can visit is Gorson Top, RR point and Artificial Lake. You can enjoy the Beauty of Nanda devi, Dronagiri top and Trishul (Highest mountain peaks of India). Skiing is the best sport if you are visiting in Winters and if in Summers trekking is the best option. The Cellphone you are carrying will be just a dummy on some points.
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Atit Doshi

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  • Atit Doshi
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Heaven on earth"

  • 7.0 / 7
  • Posted Jun 14, 2015
Auli is one of the most beautiful places to visit in India. Very less commercial as compared to Manali or Leh but far more beautiful I guess. The absolutely stunning sunrise and sunset view from the balcony of Clifftop Club is something to die for!! Skiing being the best activity there. The temperature is amazingly cold in winters.
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Subodh Bisht

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  • Subodh Bisht
  • Lives in Gurgaon
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"Beauty on it's peak"

  • 7.0 / 7
  • Posted Jun 12, 2015
Here I am with my new experience of beautiful place "Auli". The destination is famous for National skiing championship every year and obviously for it's beauty. Two times i have been there. Auli one can go by two way one is by ropeway and other one is by Road. When i had been first times, we reached Joshimath while coming back from Badrinath. We purchased tickets and reached by ropeway. You can visit from Joshimath by Ropeway if you are looking to visit Auli. It will take 20 Minute to be there. And other option is to make a plan to stay there. It is 14 km from joshimath by road. My experience of staying there was good one. We stayed at GMVN resort. Nice property of Garhwal mandal vikas nigam. You will see views of Himalayan mountain range from Auli. And Auli itself a beautiful destination as well as one of the famous ski destination in India. You can see Elephant Mountain too from Joshimath and Auli. Plan to visit once if you are planning to visit Uttarakhand. This destination will surprise you definitely, I am sure.
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  • Tanvi Mestry
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Best place to learn skiing"

  • 6.0 / 7
  • Posted May 28, 2015
My main purpose for visiting Auli was my strong desire to learn skiing. Prior to Auli I had tried a cheaper option to learn skiing in Manali but it wasn't worth it. Post that, my past 2 visits to Auli in consecutive winters have given me the best experience of skiing. I opted to enrol for a 7 day course at GMVN (Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam). The cost was worth every bit of the service provided. The slopes are beautiful! and the sight of Nanda Devi is breathtaking.

Besides skiing, I had a wonderful opportunity to interact with some high authorities from ITBP (Indo-tibetan border police) ITBP is just next door to GMVN. I had the privilege of interacting with Loveraj Singh (An avid mountaineer and Padma shri winner). Besides, the stay at GMVN was very pleasant. Thanks to their overwhelming staff and trainers.
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Kamal Singh

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  • Kamal Singh
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"Fun at the top"

  • 7.0 / 7
  • Posted May 9, 2015
I got to know about Auli over FB and googling, it was last on My wishlist but when I actually did some R&D, it just didnt become My first but ONLY one within a year. Being from India & relocated to Macau (China), I wasn't even knowing that this hotspot falls actually close to Tibetan Plateau (erstwhile Chines border). Being at so remote location, the outrageous staff proved their Incredible Hospitality over 10500 feet (Mark My words!!! ).

Though it wasn't pocket-Friendly still soul-satisfying. I carry back a bag full of Euphoric Memories & would be Mesmerising forever. May be they are carried away by Myself once I depart from this Planet Earth.

Location, Architecture (although backside doesn't look fine), menu gourmet cuisines, food taste & variety, attitude were beyond outstanding and I don't regret choosing this exotic CliffTop Club for My 2nd Honeymoon venue on X'Mas eve, Hahaha.
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  • Tapish Maheshwari
  • Lives in Dehradun
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"An awesome place"

  • 6.0 / 7
  • Posted Mar 24, 2015
Auli located near joshimath, from here you can use rope way ( India's largest rope way) to climb up to Auli, starting time is 9. 30 am & last at 4. 30 pm, before tram take gloves( Rs 40) boots ( Rs 10). In auli it costs higher.

After reaching auli u can enjoy various sports, & skiing, enjoy maggi & tea in freezing environment.


1). Stay in joshimath (600-2500rs) ( cheaper than auli 3000rs)
2). Rent boot & gloves in joshimath
3). In winter auli looks awesome
4). From haridwar regular bus from near hotel rahi to joshimath start from 4. 30 am till 9. 00 am around Rs 400, time taken 12 hours.
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"Auli - Snow destination of India"

  • 6.0 / 7
  • Posted Feb 24, 2015
Auli is known as Switzerland of India & thats very much true. We had been to Auli on 7 feb 2015 & glad to share that it was an awesome experience. One of the main attractions was Rope Way which was closed for 4 years now activated. Rope way & Chair lift experiences are just which you will never forget.
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  • Vj Dorby
  • Lives in Bareilly
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"A beautiful place"

  • 6.0 / 7
  • Posted Feb 8, 2015
Beautiful place well connected and easily accessible by public transport and by own vehicles too. Whether you owned a motorcycle or car you can reach there within 5-6 hour drive from Srinagar, which is 104km from Rishikesh and can be your transit point for the journey. In Srinagar there are many Hotels, lodges and best of all GMVN's (Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam) guest house with clean and perfect restaurants and rooms.

From Srinagar you have to go through NH 58 surpassing several stops like Rudraprayag, Karnprayag, Nandprayag, Chamoli and Joshimath(147 km from srinagar). From Joshimath you have to discard NH 58 and need to follow different road, from there Auli is about 16 km (approx).

Joshimath is the another beautiful place where you can stay if unable to get accommodation at Auli. Because its expensive for bachelors to stay at Auli I would recommend to stay at Joshimath at GMVN's guest house where dormitories (1140 per bed) are not less then any good hotel with hot water, lockers and good restaurant facilities within the compound. You can visit Auli either by road or by ropeway (it takes 30min. approx.) from Joshimath,

I highly recommend ropeway (1750 for both side) to visit Auli because its longest ropeway of India, less time consuming and you can take a bird eye view of valley. Another reason is roads are not accessible during winters due to snow and its very hard to reach at the highest point of Auli called 10th point where ropeway is the only way to get down.
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