Auli is a
popular ski resort located in the cradle of the
snow-capped Himalayas of Uttarakhand. A paradise
for ski enthusiasts, Auli is blessed with a
panoramic view of the greatest mountain range in
the world. Zipping through the snow while the
landscape passes by, Auli offers an enthralling
experience for professional skiers and novices
Auli is comparable to the best ski resorts in
the world. It also boasts of having one of the
longest ropeway - 4km - in Asia. It also has a
Chair Lift and a Ski-Lift. Apart from Skiing
there is an interesting trek route also. Auli is
close to 16 km by road from Joshimath. The road
route is usually closed from January to March
due to heavy snowfall in the region.
considered the best skiing slope in Asia. Both
sides of the slope are covered with oak and
coniferous trees which break the speed of the
wind and this makes it ideal for skiing.
Another attraction here is a sight-seeing trip
between Joshimath and Auli by a ropeway. This
ropeway is 4 km long one and is called the Rajju
and is at a height of 1917 mts to 3027 mts above
sea level. This is the longest and the second
highest ropeway in Asia. Two passenger cabins
are used in this. Each cabin can accommodate
from 20 to 25 people. This whole trip passes
through ten towers. On the eighth tower of the
ropeway one can stop because this is where one
gets off for skiing and looking in and around
Auli. It takes about half an hour to complete
this trip. This service operates from morning to
Places to Visit >>
3 kms from Auli, Gurso Bugyal is a huge meadow
spread amidst a mixed forest of oaks and
conifers. Gurso Bugyal is at 3056 mts above
sea-level. One can reach Joshimath via the
ropeway. It is barely 1.5 kms from the last
tower of the ropeway.As there is no
accommodation available here one can only admire
the scenery during the day and return to Auli by
1 km from Gurso Bugyal, in the
middle of the jungle is a small lake
of sweet water called Chattrakund.
This place can be visited when
visiting Gurso Bugyal.
15 kms on the Joshimath road is a
small village where there are many
hot-water springs. 3 kms ahead in
Saildhar are hot water fountains
where the water is almost at a
12 kms from Gurso Bugyal Kwanri is a
very interesting place for trekkers.
Its at 3350 mts above sea-level.
Many tourists camp here in summer.
Nanda Devi hotel in Joshimath
organises such camps where porters,
guides, cooks and camping equipment
are available. June and September
months are the best time visit.
The last village from Joshimath is
Dang which has to be passed to reach
this beautiful lake. The road is
rough, because of which this lake is
not very popular with the tourists.
12 kms from Joshimath, 10 kms from a
village called Helang, this is a
beautiful valley where there is a
cave called Kalpeshwar. 10 kms
further down the road is a spot
called Vanshinarayan which is
unmatched in its beauty.
By Air :
Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport to
Auli situated at a distance of 286kms. Jolly
Grant Airport is well connected to Delhi with
By Rail :
The nearest railway
station to Auli is Rishikesh. Rishikesh railway
station is situated 264kms before Auli on NH58.
Rishikesh is well connected by railway networks
with major destinations of India.
By Road :
Auli is well connected by
motorable roads with major destinations of
Uttarakhand state. Buses and Taxis to Auli are
easily available from major destinations of
Uttarakhand state like Rishikesh, Pauri,
Rudraprayag, etc. Auli is situated only
14kms from Joshimath