Auli is a popular hill station in Uttarakhand, most famous for winter sports. If you love skiing, Auli is your go-to place. Apart from skiing, trekking in Garhwal hills of Himalayas is also famous. The beauty of Auli is in its panoramic views of snow-clad mountains, apple orchards and the oak and pine forests.
The nearest airport in Auli is the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun. While Haridwar is the nearest railhead at a distance of 273 km, Dehradun and Rishikesh railheads can also be considered. You will get plenty of buses from connecting cities to Joshimath. If you go by private vehicle, you can stop to capture
picturesque scenery o the way.
So, to make an ideal itinerary, read this guide of the top 7 places worth visiting in Auli –
1. Auli artificial Lake
Auli artificial lake is a lake looming large on the foothills of the snow-draped mountains. It was
built with a vision of extending the snow season and related activities even in less snow. It is the
highest man-made lake. In winter, the water in the lake gets frozen and looks amazing as the
sheet of ice covers the lake.
2. Ski resort
Auli Ski Resort is operated by GMVNL and will be one of the most fabulous experiences you will
have there. The location of the Auli Ski Resort is itself fantastic and can be reached by Ropeway
or a car from Joshimath. The quality of the Ski Resort is the best among the tourist lodges run by
GMVNL and meet international standards. The restaurant, room service is more than
satisfactory, the food is good and you can even get winter jackets from the Ski Resort on rent.
Located in the Chamoli District of Uttarakhand, Joshimath is a famous pilgrimage destination in
the country. The name is derived from Jyotirmath. It is believed that Adi Shankaracharya had
blessed Auli with his visit. There is a temple of Adi Shankaracharya here. From here you will get
a ropeway to Auli.
4. Auli Ropeway
The Ropeway connects the town of Joshimath to Auli. It costs about 500 bucks, but it’s worth it.
The views are heavenly. This 4 km ride at the height of 3010 meters above the sea level takes
20-25 minutes and is the longest ropeway in Asia.
5. Nanda Devi National Park
Nanda Devi Peak is named after a Goddess showering blessings. One of the highest mountains in
India, Nanda Devi National Park is the highest National Park. It is home to various species of
endemic flora and fauna, like Lime Butterfly, grey langur, and flying squirrels, etc.
Valley of Flowers, a World Heritage Site, is full of flowering plants and medicinal herbs. It is
open from May to October. The site of colorful flowers on rich green meadows is mesmerizing.
6. Gurso Bugyal
Gurso Bugyal is the destination at the end of the brief but adventurous trek of 3km. The trekking
route takes you through valleys between the mountains of Nanda Devi and Trishul. You can get
a stunning view of Nanda Devi and Trishul Peak from here. After Gurso Bugyal, take a walk to
nearby crystal clear blue waters, to the lake of Chattarkund.
7. Chenab Lake
Perfect for trekkers, Chenab Lake can be reached by an easy trek from Joshimath. It is an offbeat
place, just natural beauty. The water of Chenab Lake is crystal clear and surrounded by oak
forests. Unfortunately, there is no motorable road to reach here.
If snow is the objective, go to Auli between December and February. Otherwise, Auli is beautiful in any
season. Auli looks like a dreamland with snow carpet in winter and lush green carpet in spring. If you
wish for a quick getaway, consider Auli for a break from daily life.