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1Ski your way down at this Himalyan Ski Resort
Ski your way down at this Himalyan Ski Resort

HolidayIQ Reviewer Akhil Chaudhary adds “I have been the 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” 

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2Skiing in Auli
Skiing in Auli

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.

HolidayIQ Traveller Prajakta says, "You need to carry heavy woolens while stay in Auli. Our journey was from Nainital by road to Auli. 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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3The vast Stretches Of Snow-Covered Slopes Are Perfect For Skiing
The vast Stretches Of Snow-Covered Slopes Are Perfect For Skiing

At an altitude of 2500 – 3000m above the sea level, Auli is high enough to offer thick blankets of snow but not too isolated to be unaccessible. The 4km-long ropeway – one of the highest in Asia –between Auli and Joshimath is another reason why you should be here this winter. There are a number of skiing tracks, ranging from 400m to more than 3 km, interspersed with conifers.  The breath-taking panoramic view of several mountain peaks – Beethartoli, Dunagiri, Ghori Parbat, Hathi Parbat, Kamet, Mana Parwat, Nanda Devi, Nar Parbat and Nikanth –makes skiing even more an adrenaline-pumping activity in Auli. This is a once in a lifetime must experience kind of a place.

HolidayIQ Traveller Siddhartha Mohta shares, “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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4The Spectacular 180-Degree Views Of The Nanda Devi Range
The Spectacular 180-Degree Views Of The Nanda Devi Range

The panoramic view in Auli can be astonishing as it is surrounded by very high peaks including Nanda Devi (7817 m). At an elevation of 23,490 ft, Trishul peak is famous for its skiing slopes and the Nanda Devi National Park. Roopkund lake, popularly known as the 'Mystery Lake', situated on the foot of the peak is famous for the 600 skeletal remains of humans and horses found in the lake.

HolidayIQ Traveller Tushar Arora shares, “ls remember to take winter cloths even if you are going in May as nights are really cold. Most of the rooms are mountain facing with awesome view, you can also choose room with a view of Nanda Devi (2nd highest peak of INDIA) with a great view of great mountain. Auli is very beautiful and most quiet place, so if you want to relax with very less mobile network coverage suggest to be there once in a lifetime.”

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5Trek To The Picturesque Gurso Bugyal Where You Can See Three Peaks!
Trek To The Picturesque Gurso Bugyal Where You Can See Three Peaks!

Perched at an elevation of 3,056mts above sea level Gurso Bugyal is a picturesque location from where you can view imposing Himalayas like Nanda Devi, Trishul and Dron. 3 km trek from Auli will lead you to this scenic location.

HolidayIQ Traveller Donarun Das shares, “ A winter trek to Garso, is completely different from the one in the summers. With amazing views of Nanda Devi, Trishul and Hathi Ghoda, amongst the rest, the trek is absolutely wonderful. It is advised not to trek alone without any experienced guide, as it is very easy to lose track of the location. The hills of Garso offer almost 360 degree panoramic view of the Shivalik mountain range. You can start any time of the day, but as with all treks its best to start as early as possible. If you want to avoid the initial climb (by taking the chair lift) you can only start after 9 AM.”

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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

35 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 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.

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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