Top 4 Places in Auli, Temperature, Best Time to Visit, Hotels etc. – A Complete Guide
A key guide to Auli: Ski resort of India
When Skiing is on the mind, you can not resist Auli. It is nicknamed a Himalayan Ski resort, a winter paradise, and a quaint hill station of North India, and many more. It is a beautiful tourist spot which is famous for skiing all across the globe.
Elevated at 2,800 meters above sea level, this scenic place is perched as a floral paradise. Between June to October, the valley has one of the highest number of flower species found anywhere in the world, with 520 species of high altitude plants, 498 of which are flowering plants with significant populations of endangered species.
Auli offers you the best of both worlds- Snowy peaks, high mountains, and mouth-watering apple orchards and lush pine trees. During winters you can enjoy snow all around the place and during summers you can get lost amidst the picturesque mountains.
The history of Auli can be traced back to the 8th century. According to certain beliefs, Guru Adi Shankaracharya visited this sacred place. This place is also known as ‘Bugyal’, which means ‘meadow’ in the regional language.
How to reach Auli
Being a popular destination, Auli is an easily accessible destination. Auli is situated in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It is nestled in the northern part of the state and forms a portion of the Garhwal region. There are several means of transport with the help of which you can easily reach the hill station without any worries.
The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, about 270 kilometers from Auli. The airport operates daily flights to Delhi, the nearest International airport is Indira Gandhi International Airport (Delhi) about 480 kilometers from Auli.
The nearest railway stations are Rishikesh railway station, away 250 kilometers from the destination, and Dehradun railway station 290 kilometers, off from Auli.
Auli is well connected by motorable roads with major destinations of Uttarakhand state from Rishikesh, Srinagar, Rudraprayag, Chamoli, Joshimath, and many other destinations to Auli. Private Cabs and Bus facilities are also available from many states.
By Cable Car
Many people are unaware of the fact that the Joshimath to Auli Gorson ropeway system is one of India’s longest ropeway services to date covering a 4.15-kilometer distance in only 22 minutes. This ropeway system is a fun way to travel to Auli from Joshimath which also allows a great view of the Himalayan peaks.
What to see
If you think Auli is only meant for skiing, you must be mistaken. Auli gives you some mesmerizing and amazing sights and views from where you never want to come back. Here are some key attractions of this amazing place:
1. Gorson Bugyal: Gorson Bugyal is a colossal land of lush green pastures surrounded by oak trees and coniferous forests. This place in Auli is the best for all trekkers. It is truly one of the best places to visit in Auli.
2. Trishul peak: The snow-capped mountains are quite alluring, the combination of white snow and brown mountain peak is simply gorgeous. One such deadly combo of peaks at Auli is known as the Trishul peak. It is a combination of three Himalayan peaks of western Kumaun. Closer to the Nanda Devi Sanctuary, this peak is one of the best Auli tourist places to see.
3. Joshimath: It is one of the four ‘math’ created by spiritual leaders and holy figures of Hinduism Adi Shankaracharya. Joshimath is the home of Shri Badrinath during winters. Joshimath is connected with Auli by the highest cable car in Asia. Joshimath is situated at an elevation of 1,890mts above sea level. Do visit Kalpavriksha and Narsingh temple while visiting Joshimath.
4. Valley of flowers: Auli to Valley of Flowers is not an entirely motor-able route. The motorable journey starting from Auli comes to an end at Govindghat. It is 36 km long, and you can go via bus, hire a private taxi or take your vehicle. En route, you will cross holy place Joshimath
Things to do
Auli is a ski resort and it also provides many other things to do and visit while you stay in the town. There are so many different and exciting things that one can easily enjoy without any risks or worries.
1. Camping: If you’re an outdoor enthusiast you shouldn’t miss the opportunity of camping in Auli. Who wouldn’t love waking up to a beautiful sunrise and snow-covered mountains? The cold, chilly climate, lush greenery, and the warmth of the bonfire paint a picture-perfect camping set. There are many places in Auli to hike up and set a night camp.
2. Trekking: The tourists and travelers who love adventures, the Auli to Gorson trek is a must go on their list. It is a fun-filled challenge walking on the snow-covered mountains and camping on the snow. There are a lot of other things to do in Auli but these four things are a must-try.
3. Skiing: Auli offers a skiing experience in one of the finest man-made skiing grounds. You can also get skiing instruments on rent from thereby only. It will also cost you around Rs 800 – 1000 including Entry Fees, skiing clothes, shoes, and goggles, etc.
For Shopaholics and Foodies:
Auli is a rare destination, where shopping takes the back seat. People visit the city to have loads of fun in the snow. The nearest place to shop is in Joshimath which is 13 km away from Auli. There in the marketplace, you can easily get hold of some woolen things like scarves, blankets, shawls, and many more.
The availability of food choices in Auli is limited so one can find different cuisines in the hotels they are staying in or any other restaurant around the town. The local cuisine of the town is Garhwali which includes varieties of dals, leafy vegetables, and rice.
When to go
Although Auli is accessible all year round, it totally depends on the purpose of going that determines the best time to visit. The winter months of January and February are perfect for winter sports due to the thick snow cover but the weather is highly unpredictable
A typical year in Auli starts a very cold temperature around 7 degrees and can drop down to minus 4 degrees. December to February remains the best choice for winter sports enthusiasts due to its snow cover. The months of July and August are the most pleasant as they experience mild showers. Winters start again from the month of September.
The month of March provides some refuge from the freezing cold as temperatures rise to around 14 degrees and drop to around 4 degrees at night and the climate remains pretty much the same except for a minor rise in the temperatures in the months of April and May.
The best time to visit Auli if you want to enjoy some getting around and tourist activities are between May and June. June is the hottest time of the year when temperatures range between 10 degrees to 20 degrees Celsius. Due to its location in the snow-capped Himalayas, the climate stays temperate and pleasant.
For a perfect stay in Auli, you might want to book the alpine cottages or the log huts with all the arrangements like heating and hot water along with catering services. There are also several other luxury and budget hotels that serve all types of budgets.
Things to Remember
Keep light jackets, even if you are visiting in the summer months. Heavy woolens and jackets are to be worn in the winter months. Keep comfortable shoes and footwear for you. Sunscreen is not to be forgotten. Do Carry with you a necessary first aid kit. Always carry with you a copy of your necessary documents like ID, passport, or license.