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Reasons to go to Auli

1Ski at the coldest place in India in Summer
Ski at the coldest place in India in Summer

HolidayIQ traveller Rajan Kochhar says "Auli was one of the best travel experience of my life. At night, the temperature fell down to -4 C, so make sure to pack woolens. World class skiing and snowboarding experience here."

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2Blossom your love at Auli
Blossom your love at Auli

HolidayIQ Reviewer Swati shares, “There are few places which is beautiful in all the seasons, Auli is one of them! The title speaks 50% of the story. As it was summer so there was no snow, the ski field was all green but the oak trees and the green land was eye pleasing. Staying here for 2 days is more than enough to explore Auli and other 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. While coming back see the circular roads which will thrill you and bring a sensation to your stomach too. Keep chewing something if who have a problem with circular roads. Halt at Rishikesh and enjoy the place for some time, then leave for Delhi.” 


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3A beautiful trekking and skiing resort in the Himalayas
A beautiful trekking and skiing resort in the Himalayas

HolidayIQ Reviewer Sumit Kumar shares, “An awesome skiing and sightseeing destination We visited Auli in the first week of February. Sightseeing- You get beautiful panoramic views of the Himalayas from the top. Trekking- There is a separate route for trekking so you will enjoy trekking if you are up to it :) Advice to travellers: Temperature may dip as low as -1deg to 0 deg, so go prepared with your winter gear. Those who like visiting hills, trekking, adventure sports will like this place. This place is not crowded as Shimla or Manali but you will definitely like it here. Avoid carrying heavy bags as you will have to go up the hill from Joshimath, so just carry a light bag with essentials like a water bottle, eateries. Overall it was a nice place to visit and moreover the road trip experience was rejuvenating.” 


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4Nordic skiing in Auli
Nordic skiing in Auli

Imagine the breath-taking panoramic view of several mountain peaks as you swish past, cutting across the snow in large curves. Everything together pumps up the adrenaline when you are in Auli. HolidayIQ reviewer Siddhartha shares, “Auli certainly provides the best skiing and snowboarding experience in India. Nestled between beautiful Nanda Devi, it gives an amazing 270 degrees view. One can see a lot of folks from defence here, apart from skiing, one can go for beautiful treks. A highly recommended place.”


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5Heli Skiing in
Heli Skiing in

HolidayIQ Traveller Donarun Das, “We went snowboarding and skiing in Auli recently. GMVN organises a 7-day or a 14-day ski workshop and it is a good option for people who want to learn skiing. The best part is there is no restriction on any of the slopes.”

HolidayIQ reviewer Prajakta says, “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."


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Reviews (75)

Akhil Chaudhary

Akhil Chaudhary5.0/5

4 reviews

Auli the best place to be in snow - A must go place

I have been first time to a place like Auli.. If you are seeking for snow games and you are a snow lover... Auli is a must go place.. Go there either with your family, friends or a couple.. Anyone can enjoy the beauty and elegance of this place.. The best season of going to this place is near to February or March..

Rohith Sivashankar

Rohith Sivashankar3.6/5

33 reviews

Qualified ..

Auli is located at about 11 kms from the town of Joshimath which is the main stop during the badrinath and hemkind sahib pilgimage. One can reach Auli either by cable cars operated by the costing about 600 rs per head or hire a cab for the same amount. There is a guesthouse at Auli which would cost upwards 1800 per single room however cheaper dorms are also available. Auli needs to be visited during the months before summers as it is known for the snow clad top and winter sports. One can go for skiing or tr eking from the Auli top which is also a base camp for the Kuari pass trek. The summit of Nanda devi peak which is the one of the highest peak in India can be seen from Auli. One can also do a short trek towards Gorson meado .. Was from Auli top from where we can see that Nanda devi as well as trishul peak as well.

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Auli Overview

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.

Photos of Auli

Auli, Uttarakhand

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Jayshree Vasavada

View of the hills
Winter Ski Resort, Auli

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Atit Doshi

Wow...what a view so majestic!!!
Winter Ski Resort, Auli

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Atit Doshi

Snow Everywhere
Winter Ski Resort, Auli

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Bhavesh Pipaliya

Chilling weather at Auli

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