Auli is located in Garhwal Himalays, about 250km away from Rishikesh and can be easily accessed by a 3.5km long cable car to Joshimath that offers panoramic views of peaks Nanda Devi, Kamet and Dronagiri. Auli offers immense opportunities to indulge in adventure activities like such as skiing, trekking, sightseeing:
Auli is blessed with invigorating views of the splendid mountain range, Himalayas. The conditions for skiing are perfect at Auli. A 500 m long ski-lift and an 800 m long chair-lift link the upper and lower slopes. Walking through the misty slope provides one with the imposing spectacles of some of the lofty mountain ranges like Nanda Devi, Mana Paravat and Kamat. Auli skiing being the most desired one. When in Auli, exhilarate your senses by skiing from 3km high-rise slopes with a drop in elevation of 500m from peak-high altitudes during the period between January and April.
Auli has some well defined trekking routes for trekking enthusiasts. You can trek up to Himalayan peaks such as Nanda Devi Kamet, Mana Parvat, Dunagiri, and Joshimath from Auli. Gorson trek of Garhwal Himalayas, the intimidation doesn’t seem to cross mind due to its easy level. Staring from the Rishikesh to Joshimath to begin the trekking tour is the first step. Every trekker has to take this in order to accomplish Auli Gorson Bugyal trekking. The Indian trekking scene is abuzz with trekkers all year round with varied options for all seasons and expeditions for the beginners and the seasoned climbers alike.
Auli Ropeway / Cable Car
Auli boasts the Asia’s highest and longest cable car covering a distance of 4km. This cable car wonder is named as Gondola. It also has a Chair Lift and a Ski-Lift. The ropeway of Auli connects Auli with Joshimath and it would take 15-20 minutes to reach Auli from Joshimath. Auli ropeway has ten towers of self-supporting steel structures. The enchanting Himalayas are distinctly visible while you are travelling in Gondola. Auli also offers the luxury of an blong chair lift linking the lower ski slopes with the upper region. This Chair Lift has remote-controlled hydraulic and pneumatic braking system, making it safe to travel. A storm warning device is also attached with it. The ropeway of Auli helps tourists to explore the region with unique and unsurpassed experience.
Blissful sunrise in Himalayas and enjoy the spectacular views of Himalayan Peaks, experience camping in Auli is the best thing. Auli and nearby areas offer magnificent views of mighty Himalayan peaks like Nanda Devi (2nd Highest Himalayan Peak in India), Barmal, Hathi parbat, Nilgiri, Sleeping beauty mountain, Hathi Ghodi Palkhi,Kamet, Dronagiri and more. Lush green meadows, sprawling fields, carpet of wild flowers, streams & waterfalls, crisp blue skies, dewy cloud-engulfed peaks in spring and summer and a pure-white, powdered snowfields in winter. Enjoy bonfire, feel one with nature and retire in cozy comforts of your tent. Camp sites are well-equipped with kitchen to serve delicious hot meals, comfortable tents suitable for each season, mattresses, sleeping bags, camping chairs and other facilities including toilet tents.
River Rafting on Alaknanda River is a unique and thrilling way of experiencing the beauty of Himalayas and its pristine rivers. Alaknanda is one of the main tributaries of the Ganges and it provides great opportunities for rafting. Alaknanda is one of India’s most popular rivers for rafting and attracts rafters from all over the world. The lush green surroundings and the majestic Himalayas around the rafting route offer a scenic and energetic experience. Recommended for rafting enthusiasts, adventure lovers, offbeat and inbound travelers.
How to Reach Auli
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 daily flights. Auli is well connected by motorable roads with Jolly Grant Airport. Taxis are available from Jolly Grant Airport to Auli.
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. Trains to Rishikesh are frequent. Auli is well connected by motorable roads with Rishikesh. Taxis and buses are available from Rishikesh, Srinagar, Rudraprayag, Chamoli, Joshimath and many other destinations to Auli.
By Road: Auli is well connected by motorable roads with major destinations of Uttarakhand state. Buses to Haridwar, Rishikesh and Srinagar are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate. Buses and Taxis to Auli are easily available from major destinations of Uttarakhand state like Rishikesh, Pauri, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Ukhimath, Srinagar, Chamoli etc. Auli is situated only 14kms from Joshimath which lies on NH58.
Best Season / Best time to visit Auli
Auli has a cool climate all through the seasons.
Summers (March to June) are very pleasant with moderate climate, with average around 15°C. Summers is ideal for all sight seeing, skiing and also for visiting nearby attractions.
Monsoons (July to October) are accompanied with scanty rains and also temperature drops down to 12°C.
Winters (November to February) are chilly days with average minimum touching near 4°C. Minimum can touch sub zero levels (-8°C). Snow falling seen very often during winters. These months are perfect for travelers liking chilly climates.
The best season to visit Auli is all through the year. Tourist attraction in Auli is Snow Skiing and is best during November to March.
May to November offers cool and pleasant climate and the right period to spend relaxing moments in the outdoors.
December to February is snow bound and chilly. Keep winter clothes to cover up the body if opt for a visit during this period. This period is ideal for snow skiing.
March and April are very pleasant and perfect for all sight seeing and outings.
Places to See in Auli
Gurso Bugyal: 3km trek from Auli will lead you to the picturesque Gurso Bugyal. Views of the imposing Himalayas like Nanda Devi, Trishul and Dron parvat are invigorating from Gurso Bugyal. Gurso Bugyal transforms to a green pastureland during spring season and wears sheets of snow during the winters. Perched at an elevation of 3,056mts above sea level Gurso Bugyal has mixed forest of oak and conifer. Gurso bugyal is only 1.5km from the last tower of Gondola ropeway.
Chattrakund: It is small lake holding crystal clear water. Chattrakund is situated just 1km ahead of Gurso Bugyal. Located amidst jungle this mysterious lake showers us with fairy tale surroundings.
Kwani Bugyal: It is a popular destination with trekkers situated 12kms from Gurso Bugyal at an elevation of 3,380mts above sea level. The best time to visit Kwani Bugyal is June and September.
Chenab Lake: One must pass through the last village of Joshimath, Dang Village to reach 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.
Joshimath: Joshimath is one of the four ‘math’ created by Adi Shankaracharya. Joshimath is the home of Shri Badrinath during winters. Joshimath is connected with Auli by highest cable car of Asia. Joshimath is situated at an elevation of 1,890mts above sea level. Do visit Kalpavriksha and Narsingh temple while a visit to Joshimath. It is situated 14kms from Joshimath.
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Day 1: Delhi - Rishikesh (6 hour)
Morning drive to Rishikesh, Check in to your hotel and rest of the day at leisure. Later start to procced sightseeing Laxman Jhula, Gita Bhavan,etc. Night stay in Rishikesh.
Day 2: Rishikesh - Auli
After breakfast, drive to Auli. Upon arrival proceed to your mountain resort by a rope trolley. Rest of the evening is at leisure for individual activities, night stay in Auli.
Day 3: Auli
After breakfast, this day is at leisure to get mesmerized by the breath taking views of the western Himalayas. Night stay in Auli.
Day 4: Auli - Delhi
After breakfast, check out from hotel and drive to Delhi.