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Skiing in India is no more confined to the slopes of Shimla, Manali and Gulmarg. Auli, a hill station in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand in a very short period of time has become a world-famous ski resort. Located in the Chamoli District in the close proximity of char dham of India, Auli boasts of some distinct attractions that are adding to the place’s popularity day by day. Earlier a training venue for Indo-Tibetan border force, the place now welcomes nature lovers, honeymoon couples as well as pilgrims on Badrinath and Kedarnath yatra.

Fun Facts about Auli
The word ‘Auli’ in the regional language of Garhwal region translates to ‘bugyal’ meaning meadow. True to its name, the hill resort has some truly striking meadows with captivating beauty. Another exciting fact about the place is that it claims Asia’s longest and highest Gondola (cable car). It is also believed that Adi Guru Shankaracharya visited and blessed the place when he established one of the four Mathas (monasteries) at Joshimath which is in the neighbour of Auli.

Ski slopes and ski chair lifts at Auli are of international standards. Skiers, from beginners to experts, can find ideal skiing settings at this place. SAF Winter Games of 2010 were held at Auli, further confirming its growing popularity. The skiing courses organized by GMVN have further helped Auli in attracting more number of tourists.

How to Reach?
Auli can be accessed from Joshimath by road or by having a thrilling ride on the cable car connecting the two places. Joshimath, a pilgrimage centre included in do dham yatra package, is connected by road to Rishikesh, Haridwar, Dehradun and further to Delhi. No direct flights or trains reach the region. You must travel from Delhi to Dehradun by air or to Haridwar or Rishikesh by train and travel the remaining distance by road. Public transport buses or private taxis, cabs, tempos and coaches can be used for this purpose.

Auli, due to its soaring popularity since a couple of years, has come up with accommodations in the form of hotels, cottages and huts. You can book any of these accommodations with the help of a tour operator.

Places in and Around
  • Auli Slopes : Auli’s slopes dressed with snow are admired by skiers who hail from different parts of the world to conquer these thrilling skiing trails. The lengths of these slopes vary from about 400 m. to around 3 km. Standing pole and sitting chair ski lifts are extremely useful for the skiers who wish to spend hours in the adventurous activity. Slopes flanked by dense forests offers the perfect views of nature at its best.
  • Mountain Views : An equally exciting activity in Auli is to watch the glorious snow-covered peaks like Nanda Devi, Kamet, Dunagiri and Mana Parvat. The 360 degree views of these natural vistas can take you to a different world altogether.
  • Auli Ropeway : A trip to Auli is incomplete without riding the 4 km. long car cable from Auli to Joshimath. Don’t miss the chance if you wish to capture the mesmerizing beauty of snow-capped peaks and alpine forests.
  • Joshimath : The nearby city of Joshimath, the seat of Lord Badri in winters, is well-known for its ancient temples and many closely located attractions like Vishnuprayag and Hanuman Ghat. The place is also a stopover for Uttaranchal char dham yatra pilgrims, many of whom love to visit Auli.
  • Gurso Bugyal : As mentioned earlier, Auli is home to many meadows, Gurso Bugyal being one of them. Stunning landscapes showcasing greenery all over are the highlights of the place in spring season. One can also have fascinating views of the closely situated Himalayan peaks from here.
  • Chattarkund : Located close to Gurso Bugyal is Chattarkund, a lake with crystal clear water which is sweet in taste. With dense forests all around, the lake has a mysterious appeal and unadulterated beauty.
  • Chenab Lake : Located near to Dana Village is the lesser known Chenab Lake with heart-warming tranquillity and an amazing facet of nature’s glory. The best part of this spot is that it is not visited by many tourists and thus offers some great moments to enjoy.
  • Kwani Bugyal : Exciting trekking routes near Auli help the tourists explore many beautiful places, Kwani Bugyal being one of them. For offering breathtaking views of the surroundings, the place is fast gaining attention.
  • Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Saheb : Gobindghat and Ghangaria are two popular places nearby, from where the respective treks to Hemkund Saheb and Valley of Flowers National Park begin. While Hemkund Saheb is a Sikh pilgrimage site with a holy shrine, Valley of Flowers offers astonishing wealth of flora and fauna. The town of Gopeshwar is also located nearby.
  • Badrinath : One of the four destinations of char dham pilgrimage tour, Badrinath has a holy temple dedicated to Lord Badri. Near to the town is a village called Mana, another worthwhile place visited by the tourists.
  • Nandaprayag : Nandaprayag is set on one of the five holy confluences (known as Panch Prayag) of River Alaknanda, where rivers Alaknanda and Nandakini meet.
No matter whether you plan a honeymoon tour, a family tour, an adventure tour or a char dham tour, Auli is capable of drawing your attention. Make it one of the best expeditions of your life with proper planning.

 

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