Auli Tourism
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Auli Tourism

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  • 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 www.gmvnl.com 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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Aparajita Ray

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  • Aparajita Ray
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 6 Reviews
  •  9 helpful votes
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"Get Himalaya's"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
It is far beyond feeling the vastness, the snowy warmth and the green carpet welcome that the Himalayas encompasses you with. But Auli is a place to feel mesmerised and enjoy the nature's absolute charisma. We were trekking to pangarchulla peak from Auli. And this was mid of June, just couple of months after we completed a successful tested period of marital life. But this test was most useful for us.
We took a flight to Delhi and a night train to reach Rishikesh early morning. From there, we were picked up by a SUV to start the journey upstream Ganga through Devprayag and the six other Prayags that form the great river of India. And kept opening the eyes to a new height. The colour of the mountains changed slowly and the freshness in the air was increasing, the population was sparse and the chill. Eat lite but keep sipping on some water or fluids while travelling uphill or downhill. And thankfully the driver of Jio Adventures kept telling us all we needed to know about the travel and the place around.
Auli is a good 10-hour travel from Rishikesh and be prepared. But once you reach this small little town through the Army and Air Force bases and townships, it hit me with the sudden change of pace of life up in this HImalayan village. Everywhere people smile at you as the vehicle goes past. People are so humble, hospitable and welcoming. We stayed in a Eco Lodge in Auli away from the main town and the army base.
But through the window of our cottage, I could see the Sleeping Beauty peak of the Himalaya. The tour guides told us that this three peaks are placed such that one can imagine a woman sleeping with her traces falling back. I don't think I need to explain the ecstasy when you open your eyes to this beauty as the golden rays of the sun gleams the Sleeping Beauty.
Food in the lodges are simple but very tasty because they are all grown around in the villages. They don't have to use a lot of spices. Only salt and sugar is bought from the towns downhill. Apples, pears and other fruits are growing on the roadside and June is the time when these are very small. Bright colours of the valley and chirping birds of the mountains refreshed and rejuvenated me from the core. The next day we started to trek to Pangarchulla from Auli.
We travelled light and wore the warm clothes, at least four layers and just took the bare minimum essentials like under garments, a towel, few extra socks, a small hand sanitizer, soap and of course, wet tissue for wiping. At 3000m you will need them the most. Of course, take some cookies, chocolates and Wai noodles that can be eaten dry and will warm you in the biting cold.
Trek slow and footsteps should be small than you take normally so that you don't run out of breath every now and then. The trekking guides will give breaks of 45 seconds to one minute on the first day. But we had to walk for eight hours each day. The night halt was usually in valley amidst woods or in the open, a place called Khullara--as it is covered one side by the mountains and the rest of thethree sides are open. You open your eyes to the starry night and count as many as you can. In the cities, I never seen such a bright starry night. And when you open your eyes in the morning, you see the snow covered Drona peak and others.
While trekking on the ridges, never look down. I did not because when I turned back and saw the gap through which we trekked, I knew I could not have reached up there. The guides take adequate precaution and food is reached at places of night halt with a person and a mule.
You must drink the chilled pure water running through the streams. I kept two bottles of that when I got back. I never tastes such sweet pure water. We were back in Auli on the fourth day and went back on the fifth day morning. But the experience I had in Auli and trekking through the Visual Himalaya is unforgettable.
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Aman Rawat

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  • Aman Rawat
  • Lives in Delhi
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  • 4 Reviews
  •  24 helpful votes
  •  3650 readers

"Snowwwww!!!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted May 26, 2016
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
  •  5235 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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Harish

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  • Harish
  • Lives in Chandigarh
  • 1 Review
  •  2 helpful votes
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"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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Fahad Abdul jaleel

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  • Fahad Abdul jaleel
  • Lives in Tirur
  • 2 Reviews
  •  12 helpful votes
  •  8643 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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Poonam Kelipani bhatia

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  • Poonam Kelipani bhatia
  • Lives in Mumbai
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  • 12 Reviews
  •  19 helpful votes
  •  10520 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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Shashi Bhengra

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  • Shashi Bhengra
  • Lives in Gurgaon
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"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 Jaipur
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"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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Varun Goyal

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  • Varun Goyal
  • Lives in New Delhi
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  •  5 helpful votes
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"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
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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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