Auli Tourism

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 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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  • Ayush
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 4 Reviews

"A good place to see the snow"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
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 3 months ago
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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Donarun Das
  • Donarun Das
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 6 photos
  • 208 Reviews

"Snow Boarding in Auli!"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Apr 4, 2014
We went snowboarding and skiing in Auli in Jan 2014. Although the snow cover was not that great for the 2013-14 season, we had a decent amount of fun. GMVN organizes a 7day or a 14day ski workshop, and is a good option, if anybody wants to learn how to ski. The slopes are decent, with a few international level slopes. The best part is there is no restriction on any of the slopes, provided you are confident enough to attempt them.
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Mansi Mehta
  • Mansi Mehta
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 4 photos
  • 2 Reviews

"Trip to Auli"

  • Posted Jul 12, 2013
Superb for Skiing and enjoy the Himalayas. Nothing much in sight seeing though. Few temples to see at joshimath. But Auli is best for Skiing and enjoying the snow and the climate there.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: doesn't have much of it

Activities & things to do: Skiing, trekking, snow ride, ropeway, snow fights, eat, sleep, enjoy.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Best way is to go by a private vehicle or book a innova/ tavera type cars.
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Yagnadat Reddy
  • Yagnadat Reddy
  • Highlander
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  • 6 Reviews

"Skiing Paradise-Auli"

  • Posted May 18, 2013
Auli is a scenic snow clad hill ideal for skiing and vacation destination in Uttarkhand. It is accessible by road from Rishikesh through the narrow roads that takes 9-10 hours if there are no land slides. Another interesting aspect of the place is its excellent ski slopes that invites athletes and amateurs alike for skiing and ITBP has Skiing and Mountaineering Institute that train individuals in this lovely and thrilling sport. If you are not such a sport loving type, do not worry, the view of the Uttarkhand Himalayas will surely take your breath away. Some of the prominent peaks can be easily identified including India's highest Nanda Devi. Excellent conditions of snow during most part of year, ambient facilities to the visitors, hospitable locals and breathtaking vistas of the Himalayas makes Auli a destination you always dream of!

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Auli Ski resort has good hotels with well furnished rooms and all the basic amenities provided and very well maintained. Hot water geyser and heaters are provided which function very well. North Indian food is available with very fine restaurant at the resort. Auli doesn't offer much for shoppers as there are no shops on its slopes. Have a guide who can show you around and also helps you negotiate with the skiing charges.

Activities & things to do: Undoubtedly Skiing. Try your hand at skiing and there are private operators who have good instructors who can teach you the basic skiing technique. They charge between 500 to 700 for 2 to 3 hours. The slopes are gentle and do not pose any danger. Take the rope way to have a bird's eye view of the entire Auli range, charges 300 per person and it is not to be missed! Trek your way up the slopes to view the beautiful vistas of Uttarkhand Himalayas with its jagged white teeth of snow and rock. Take a night out at Auli at the Ski resort which charges 1500 per room (during February) and it is very well furnished with heaters and geyser and enough quilts. The night temperatures can go below zero during the winters till late February. Carry enough woolen and winter clothing.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Auli is well connected by road. Book a cab/taxi from Rishikesh to Joshimath. It takes 9-10 hours based on the road conditions and might go higher. Auli is just 13 km up from Joshimath, snowfall conditions can make it difficult for vehicles on the upper reaches. So in worst case scenario, you have to trek the route ( it is fun!) Rishikesh- Joshimath_ The road is cut through hill slopes and Alakhnanda passes right down in the valleys. Start early in the morning if you do not want to miss the nature's bounty. Have a safe driver who is accustomed to the roads and it is also highly accident prone area so stay highly alert. High altitude tends to interfere after prolonged driving which might interfere with the driver's motor functions, the best way to beat it to stay enough hydrated and take enough breaks if necessary and most importantly take time to indulge in nature. land slides is a daily phenomenon that obstructs the traffic, BRO has land movers placed at most of these places and in matter of minutes this problem is solved. Also, the width at some of the crossings can be too narrow Tighten your seat belts and yeah pray to God! It helps! Have sufficient winter clothing like Thermals, Gloves, woolen socks and good shoes etc. If you have missed any there are shops along at SriNagar, Nand Prayag along the way. Adequate food joints and Dhabas will come to your rescue at times of need.
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  • Ajay aggarwal Aggarwal
  • 1 Review

"Happy holiday"

  • Posted May 16, 2013
Overall experience was good because only natural beauty was there and my family enjoyed a lot, because one can not go to the resort by there own vehical so a pick and drop facilty was provided by the resort. when you reach there you call the reception of resort to pick you

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: for food we depend only on resort restaurent, no shopping, only natural beauty snow mountains trolly, rope way and other exciting events.

Activities & things to do: walking on the mountains , near by forests , and in winter it was fully covered with snow so a lot of snow games you can enjoy.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: roads are wide and newly made and good to slef drive there.
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Hitesh Khoda
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  • Posted Apr 25, 2013
good lonely place . surronded by snow tip mountains from all the four side.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: not commercial place for restaurant or shopping

Activities & things to do: skiing

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: dont go from mussorie go trough rishikesh...
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Alok Das
  • Alok Das
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Bhubaneswar
  • 3 Reviews

"Heaven on earth"

  • Posted Mar 19, 2013
Simply visit this place to enjoy the snow,the chill and the peace.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Sight seeing is good,food is up to you as you have a preference to cook your own food. You can also order from the limited menu on offer subject to availability of the ingredients. In rough weather you may not get what you want.

Activities & things to do: Not much in this area. You can only learn skiing and walking on the ice.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Please carry enough materials to keep you warm. And extra pairs of shoes and gloves. People traveling with kids should be extra careful. Book your tickets in advance and plan the route properly.
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Abc Xyz
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"Mini switzerland"

  • Posted Feb 23, 2013
Its a dream holiday for those who love to have ice sports activities.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: U will not find any other hotel except some camps & a tea stall cum restaurant which will provide u everything from tea to foodstuff.

Activities & things to do: Nothing but to enjoy ice & skiing

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: It is near badrinath, a way from joshimath leads to auli
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