There aren't too many places to head out to, so you’re best dining option would be in the resorts you stay in. GMVN Complex and Cliff Top Resort both have good in-house restaurants that serve Indian and continental cuisine.
The restaurant at the Cliff Top Resort has an excellent choice of non-veg cuisine at reasonable rates. You can always try out the local eateries for a quick bite and a chance to try out local Garhwali delicacies.
Pindari is a place that serves local cuisine, a must try are there delicious vegetarian thalis. The Garhwali cuisine consists of a large number of dals, green leafy vegetables and rice. The traditional meat dish available today is the kachmauli, which is stuffed goat seasoned with mustard oil, chilly, and turmeric. At Joshimath, there is an abundance of smaller eating joints.
The Bhotiya concoction of green tea with butter can still be savored by special request at a few chai shops in Joshimath. For sweet lovers, head out to the local bakeries and confectionaries for a bite of the sweet kheer, Chocolate and Bal Mithai. Or if you can find, try some cone-shaped Singhori sweet.
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.