Auli Tourism
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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 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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Rahul Soni

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  • Lives in Hisar
  • 1 Review
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  32 readers

"Best place to visit in winters" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
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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  • 2 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  358 readers

"It was an amazing place to go" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
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
  • Lives in Dehradun
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  • 7 Reviews
  •  11 helpful votes
  •  1108 readers

"Youthful Spirit of Auli" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
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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Roopika Srinivas

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  • Roopika Srinivas
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 14 Reviews
  •  12 helpful votes
  •  5119 readers

"Its a nice place to go with friends"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
A place close by to Joshimath. You can get here by trek or cable car (rope way) from Joshimath. Famous for its mountain view and skiing. This place is must for all nature lovers. You can have hot snacks on hill top which is a plus. Rs 750 for rope way ride per head. If you have contacts and if there are many in your gang, you can get it for half rate.
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Paresh Deshmukh

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  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 4 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
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"Natural scenery & skiing is fun here"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
This is the only place in India where we can ice skiing and it was fun. Mountains covered with snow, weather is awesome. People here are sweet and lovely. Food is nice. Affordable hotels around. Overall this is perfect place to have fun. Recommended for adventure lovers.
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Sahil Sharma

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  • Sahil Sharma
  • Lives in Chandigarh
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  •  5 helpful votes
  •  1315 readers

"Chilling experience at Auli"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Overall a great place to be. The temperature was 9 degrees. So you should carry warm clothes and an important suggestion pre book your hotel so that you don't have to sleep in a car. And never travel at night because in between there was patchy roads and you won't get any help at night. And if you want to drive on snow carry chains so that you can tie it with your car tires and car chair is must.
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Affan Ali

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  • Affan Ali
  • Lives in Kolkata
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  •  46 readers

"Legendary experience"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Amazing weather, sights that awestruck you, friendly people, finger licking food, totally worth a visit. The best time to visit would be post winter, as the tourist spots at high altitudes open up by then, and if you want to see snowfall the winter time is the best time.
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Priyanka Varma

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  • Priyanka Varma
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review
  •  6 helpful votes
  •  1436 readers

"Overall a best destination!"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Great site and climate, many places to visit and at the people are very helpful. You will never feel you are away from the home. Will strongly recommend you to visit once. There are many historic places near by and need to carry proper water or will recommend you to purchase the mineral water so that you don't spoil your enjoyment.
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Prabal Jain

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"A nice place to be-Auli"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I was in Auli last year. This place is amazing. If we call it mini Switzerland that will be a perfect name for this place. The place is awesome for every seasons. If you really wanna relaxed and see the beauty of nature then you surely go to Auli.
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Abhishek Rai

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  • Abhishek Rai
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"Beautiful place for all seasons, its like a heaven"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I went to Auli before 5 years, but I still remember that place and amazing experience I had. First of all, if you like adventures, don't miss this place at any cost. While going to Auli you can go for river rafting also in between at Rishikesh. There are only 2 places in India where ice-skiing in taught, this is one of them and another is Kashmir. Season to visit this place is Jan- march. This place is located at Joshimath district. To reach there, you need to catch a bus or hire car from Rishikesh which will take about 10 hours. As soon as you'll reach place, you wont believe this place is located in India.
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