Auli is one of the India best kept secrets, now, it’s famous as Auli – A Ski Destination. It is located in the Chamoli district of Uttarkhand. Auli is definitely one of the less explored hill stations in India, a skier’s paradise and heaven for nature lovers. This is the only spot where the visitors would get unusual opportunity of a nice promenade.
Auli – A Ski Destination, is surrounded by the snowy peaks of the mighty Himalayas, this hilly terrain offers the enchanting scenes of oak fringed slopes and coniferous forests. The slope of the lofty mountain ranges like Nanda Devi, Mana Paravat and Kamat Kamet are intended for both professional skiers and novices. Besides these snowy miracles, the boulevards through the slopes offers marvelous views of gorgeous apple orchards and fine deodar trees, which make ones morning, stride a precious experience.
Auli has an old-world charm with its religious destinations and is believed that Shakracharya has blessed this place with his visit. No doubt, Auli gives you an unspoiled ambiance.
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How to Reach Auli – A Ski Destination from Delhi ?
The best way to reach Auli from Delhi is Delhi-Modinagar- Merrut Bye Pass-Roorkee-Haridwar-Rishikesh-Srinagar-Rudryaprayag-Chamoli-Joshimath-Auli.
From Joshimath, you could opt for Asia’s largest Rope Way to reach Auli – A Ski Destination. Believe me, this would be an amazing experience to view the snow covered surroundings.
By Bus – There are no direct buses from Delhi to Auli. Buses to Rishikesh and Srinagar are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate. For next phase of travel, you can easily get Buses and Taxis to Auli from major destinations of Uttarakhand like Rishikesh, Pauri, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Ukhimath, Srinagar, Chamoli etc. Auli is only 14kms away from Joshimath..
By Train – The nearest railway station to Auli is Rishikesh. Rishikesh is well connected by railway networks with major destinations of India. Taxis and buses are available from Rishikesh, Srinagar, Rudraprayag, Chamoli, Joshimath and many other destinations to Auli.
By Flight –Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun is the nearest Airport to Auli, at a distance of 286kms from Auli. Daily flights are available from Delhi to Dehradun. Taxis are available from Jolly Grant Airport to Auli.
By Cab or Own Conveyance– Delhi to Auli distance is about 487 kilometres. Travelling from Delhi to Auli by car would take you about 15 hours, Traffic and hilly roads may add few more moments to these hours. So, it’s good, if you take a halt while travelling to Auli – A Ski Destination, from Delhi. You could plan overnight stay at Srinagar or could stay at Rudraprayag. Rudryaprayag is famous as it is a meeting point of two major rivers Alaknanda and Mandakini.
Best time to visit Auli:
The best season to visit Auli – A Ski Destination, is through out the year. However, the Tourist attraction in Auli is Snow Skiing and is best during November to March.
May to November, it’s cool and pleasant climate at Auli. Hence, this is the correct time to spend relaxing moments in the outdoors. However, monsoon are accompanied with scanty rains; and, a temperature drop down to 12°C.
December to February, Auli – A Ski Destination, has chilly days with average minimum temperature about 4°C. Probability of dropping of minimum temperature to sub zero levels such as -8°C, is very much there. You could enjoy the Snow fall seen very often during winters. These months are perfect for travelers liking chilly climates. Keep winter clothes to cover up the body, if you opt for a visit during this period. This period is ideal for snow skiing.
March and April very pleasant with moderate climate, and average temperature about 15°C. Summer is ideal for all sight seeing, skiing; and, also for visiting nearby attractions.
Attraction of Auli – A Ski Destination:
- Gurso Bugyal : 3km trek from Auli will lead you to the picturesque Gurso Bugyal. Here, you could enjoy the huge meadow.
- Chattrakund : a small lake holding crystal clear water, located amidst jungle this mysterious lake.
- Kwani Bugyal : a popular destination with trekkers situated 12kms from Gurso Bugyal.
- Chenab Lake : The place is still unknown with most number of tourists and it is quite inaccessible by motorable roads. Therefore, Chenab Lake does not see much of tourists, but the virginity of this place makes it an enchanting spot.