Auli Artificial Lake
Auli Artificial Lake is one of the world's highest manmade lake. This lake was developed by the government in view of creating artificial snow on the new ski slopes at the time of low snow fall. Water from the lake is used to feed the snow guns stationed along the ski slopes. It assists in providing an apt skiing surface to help extend the ski season.
Walk into this stunning watershed of crystal clear blue waters, the lake of Chattarkund is located just minutes ahead of Gurso Bugyal. This fairytale place of picturesque views will enchant you to no end as it will enchant you with its peace and serenity. Put this place on your map of Auli Sightseeing and feel the calm and placid landscape.
Chenab Lake is located in the Dang Village, which is the last village of Joshimath. Travellers need to walk through an unpaved path, in order to reach this beautiful lake.The least discovered and not so visited It is an off-beaten destination that lies close to Dang Village, the last rural settlement of Joshimath. There is no motorable way to access the lake and that's what may have contributed towards Chenab Lake to be still deemed as a virgin territory with only few tourists heading to this picturesque waterbody..
Perched at an elevationn of 3,056mts above sea level Gurso Bugyal is a picturesque location from where you can view imposing Himalayas like Nanda Devi, Trishul and Dron. 3 km trek from Auli will lead you to this scenic location. You can also trek towards Chattarkund which is just one km away.Situated at a distance of 3 km from Auli, Gurso Bugyal is a beautiful meadow that transforms into an eye-catching green beauty during spring and wears a white look during winters. The place offers imposing views of Nanda Devi, Trishul and Dron Parbat peaks. Tourists can also trek down this lovely picnic spot from Auli.
It is around 13km from Auli and you can take a cab or trek your way to this place. Situated 12 km from Gurso Bugyal at an elevation of 3380mts above sea level Kwani Bugyal is a very popular destination with trekkers. It is best to visit Kawani Bugyal from June to September. It is a popular destination with trekkers
Trishul Peak in the Auli region is the place where tourists gather for skiing Located at an elevation of around 23,490 feet above sea level. Situated in the Kumaon region, this peak is popular for providing skiing slopes to those who are enthused about the sport. This is one of the only places in India where skiing is practiced in a professional scale. Trishul Peak is Famous for its skiing slopes and the Nanda Devi National Park, Roopkund lake, popularly known as the ‘Mystery Lake situated on the foot of this peak.
The panoramic view in Auli can be astonishing as it is surrounded by very high peaks including Nanda Devi (7817 m). There is also a Hanuman Temple which is supposed to be the place where Hanuman took some rest when he had come to the Himalayas to procure Sanjivani to rescue Laxman, the younger brother of Rama. Visitors can also enjoy a cable car here which can give them a beautiful view of the surroundings. There is an artificial lake as well in Auli which is the world's highest man-made lake.
Winter Ski Resort
Auli is an ideal winter resort run by Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN). Auli is in the Chamoli district of Uttaranchal, Uttar Pradesh. Auli, 16 km from Joshimath is an ideal winter resort run by Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN). A 3 km long slope ranging from a height of 2519 to 3049 m is a major attraction. The Auli resort run by GMVN has snow beaters which beat the snow to keep the slopes fit for skiing at all times. A 500 m long ski-lift carries skiers back to the slope top, thus saving them the trouble and time to bridge up wearing long skis.
Govindghat, located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand is beautifully situated at the convergence of the Rivers Alaknanda and Lakshman Ganga. It is located at a distance of just 22 Kms from Joshimath on National Highway 58. Govindghat travel guide is full of references to the exciting sceneries and serene spots in and around the area. It is widely famous for the Gurudwara Hemkund Sahib and the Valley of Flowers. Thousands of Sikh pilgrims visit the pious Hemkund Sahib round the year. The Gurudwara is situated on the right side of the majestic River Alaknanda.
Kuari Pass Trek
Kuari Pass trek is the most famous trek which starts from Auli. Kuari which means “doorway” is a Himalayan high mountain pass on the western rim of the “Nanda Devi Sanctuary” Biosphere Reserve and falls in the Chamoli district. The Kuari Pass Trek found fame in the early 1900’s when Lord Curzon, Eric Shipton and Bill Tilman used the passage in their pioneering explorations of the region.The Kuari Pass trek is also known as The Curzon Trail (named after the former British Viceroy Of India “Lord Curzon”). Winter Kuari Pass trek is also can be undertaken to enjoy the snow trekking.
'Tapo' meaning meditation, 'van' means forest in Sanskrit. The place is 15 km from Joshimath and has a temple and a natural hot water spring.
Auli Hanuman Temple
In Auli there is a small Hanuman temple, legand says when Laxman, younger brother of Lord Rama got injured fighting in Lanka (Sri Lanka).Hanuman flew from Lanka to fetch Sanjeevani Booty and during his way to Sanjivani mountain he took some rest in Auli before continuing his journey.
Indo Tibetan Police Training Centre
There is a training facility of Indo Tibetan Border Police. This force is responsible for guarding Indian borders at high altitude. They are subjected to hard training and it’s amazing to see their stamina and skiing skills. This center is equipped with best medical team for any emergency and tourist can use their help. If tourist gets trapped then the chopper service can be requested for rescue or transfer to city medical facilities.
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.