Auli Tourism
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Auli Tourism

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Auli Info

  • 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 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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Kamal Singh
  • Kamal Singh
  • 4 Reviews

"Fun at the top" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
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
  • Tapish Maheshwari
  • Lives in Dehradun
  • 10 Reviews

"An awesome place"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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.

Recommendations-

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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Vasudev Singh
  • Vasudev Singh
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  • 1 Review

"Auli - Snow destination of India"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
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
  • Vj Dorby
  • Lives in Bareilly
  • 4 photos
  • 4 Reviews

"A beautiful place"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
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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Siddhartha Mohta
  • Siddhartha Mohta
  • 3 Reviews

"Skii Paradise of India"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Feb 3, 2015
Auli certainly provides the best skiing and snow boarding experience in India, Nestled between beautiful nanda devi, it gives an amazing 270 degrees view. This place is kinda remote, but all efforts to reach the place is worth it, prices are a bit on the higher side, but considering its remoteness i have no complaints. One can see a lot of folks from defence here, apart from skiing, one can go for beautiful treks. In Feb the temp reached -10 and it was a real good experience. A highly recommended place for travel enthusiasts.
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Akshay Kutumbale
  • Akshay Kutumbale
  • Lives in Indore
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  • 2 Reviews

"A perfect stress breaker"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Jan 31, 2015
Longest ice ski track, its only place in India where Asia's winter sports were held. Gods own place. Scars place. Were touch of god can sense, road to reach auli is highly thrilled, we encounter leopard, and leopard cub along side road, leopard brief us in calm way, what an encounter, Auli destination full of virgin snow, and hell of adventure, normal woolen cloths wont be useful before reaching Auli, prefer to buy heavy woolen clothes from Dehradun market or nearby to AULI.
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Barkha Narwani
  • Barkha Narwani
  • Lives in Ghaziabad
  • 1 Review

"Good place but beware"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Jan 27, 2015
I would suggest all the tourist who are planning to visit Auli that they should beware of the localites. Auli is full of SNOW with MINIMUM population and hence people have their MONOPOLY. They will force u to spend your money on them and you will because you will have no other option so play SMART. The place is awesome. One must visit Auli during winters only i. E JAN, FEB. You will love that place.
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Ayush
  • Ayush
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 4 Reviews

"A good place to see the snow"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Nov 7, 2014
Auli is very nice place to see snowfall and enjoy skiing in Uttarakhand at an height of around 35000 fts. I enjoy with my friend for six days and five nights. Its a must watching, its very relax kind of a place to see. The nature and pure ice is amazing. Its a good place for adventure sports like skydiving or paragliding etc.
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Akt Sgh
  • Akt Sgh
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 1 Review

"The longest ice skiing track of India"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Oct 18, 2014
It has the longest ice skiing track of india. Its fun to watch mountain ranges all around and take little sips of whiskey or rum. It has only one government hotel it is good and cheaper in case of cost. No special food items are famous at this place, just keep eating non-veg and hot-based food to keep you feel thrilling. Ice skiing, trekking, view points, and snow lake are awesome points here. Must go place.
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This'is Aakash
  • This'is Aakash
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 1 Review

"A smaller version of Switzerland in India"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Aug 19, 2014
The place is awesome and the trip was amazing. I Love Auli. It is one of the best tourist destination In India. You can call it a small Switzerland in India.
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