Nanda Devi National Park
One of the most serene and tranquil of national parks in the country, the Nanda Devi National Park in Uttarakhand is a paradise for nature lovers and those who seek to immerse themselves in the beauty of nature. Covering an area of more than 630 square kilometers, the Nanda Devi park, when combined with the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, is 2,236 square kilometers. Notified as a national park in 1982, Nanda Devi National Park covers the area around the Nanda Devi Peak which is 7,817 meters high. The adjoining Valley of Flowers National Park and this park were recognized as World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988.
Satopnath Lake is one of the difficult trekking spots in Uttarakhand and undoubted the most beautiful trekking routes in the Himalayas. A triangular glacial lake it is located at a height of 14, 300 feet in the Garhwal Himalayas and it is believed that the divine Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh had meditated here and each corner of the triangular lake is named after them. The journey will surely give you that perfect adrenaline rush as the trek is a precarious one.
Vasudhara Falls is a natural waterfall situated near Badrinath, the temple dedicated to Vishnu in Uttarakhand, India. It is a 5 km trek from Mana village (3 km from Badrinath). Mana is accessible by road from Badrinath. The trek starts from Mana village, along a stoned path. The first 2–3 kilometers are comparatively easy to walk but after that the road is quite steep. There are no villages or shops along the route. Closely associated with the legendary Pandavas, Vasundhara Falls in the Mana village is merely four kilometers away from the main town. Encircled by lofty mountain peaks, the falls unfurls a haunting site that lasts for a lifetime
Hemkund Sahib is situated at an altitude of 4,329 mts above sea level in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand state. Hemkund literally suggests lake of snow and the pristine water of this lake is as cold as snow. Numerous waterfalls, dense forest, enchanting view of the Himalayas, crystal clear lake and the holy Hemkund Sahib are the key highlights of this trekking trip. The weather changes very rapidly at Hemkund Sahib.
Joshimath is a popular hill station and a famous centre for pilgrimage at a height of 1,890mts above sea level in Chamoli district of Garhwal division in Uttaranchal. In ancient scriptures Joshimath is described as Kartikeyapura as it has been named after Kartikeya, the God of Katyuri kings. Joshimath is one of the four maths or monasteries established in the 8th century by Adi Guru Sri Shankaracharya.
Badrinath Tourism Sandwiched between Nar and Narayan mountain ranges, Badrinath in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand is naturally bestowed with pristine surroundings.
Gaumukh glacier is the source of Bhagirathi River which is also known as Ganga River before the confluence with Alaknanda River at Devprayag. Gaumukh Glacier is situated 18kms from Gangotri which should be covered on foot. If you carefully observe it, the glacier resembles a cow's mouth..
Valley Of Flowers
Valley of Flowers National Park is an Indian national park, located in West Himalaya, in the state of Uttarakhand and is known for its meadows of endemic alpine flowers and the variety of flora. This richly diverse area is also home to rare and endangered animals, including the Asiatic black bear. Valley Of Flower Stretching over an of 87.50 sq. km. The valley is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and carpeted with some 500 rare species of flowers. Frank S. Smyth – mountaineer, explorer, botanist who camped here for several weeks in the monsoon of 1937 and did valuable exploratory work, introduced the valley to the world as the valley of Flowers.
Govindghat is situated on NH58 at an elevation of 6000 ft above sea level. It is the commencement point of the trek to Hemkund Sahib and Valley of Flowers. Govindghat has good parking space available where you can park your vehicles while a visit to Hemkund Sahib.
Rishikesh, literally means Lord of the Senses, stands for Lord Vishnu and the city is blessed with the flowing of Holy Ganges. The city is a hub of many ancient and new temples, attracting thousands of pilgrims throughout the year. The popular belief of Hindu devotees is that performing austerities in this holy town and offering prayers in the holy temples brings the much needed attainment of , the salvation.
Haridwar meaning Gateway to God is one of the seven holiest places of the Hindus, located on the banks of River Ganges. It is the place where river Ganga descends to the plains. Haridwar is also spelled as Hardwar or Hari- Dwar. Haridwar is often mentioned in ancient scriptures and even referred during the British times. With Ujjain, Nasik and Allahabad, Haridwar forms the four important pilgrimage centres of India where Kumbh Mela is celebrated here after every 3 years rotated over these 4 destinations.
Roorkee is a city in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. One of the oldest cities in India, the city of Roorkee is located along the Ganga canal, and is a very well connected region in Northern India, with good access to all the major cities and towns. Roorkee is mainly famous for its very old cantonment, also called the Roorkee Cantonment. Roorkee is also very famous because this city is the main headquarters of the Bengal Engineer Group.
Mussoorie, a picturesque hill station in the Northern part of India, was discovered in the 18th century by Captain Young. The British officials added to the popularity of this hill station, as they mostly visited it as a getaway from the heat during summer. Mussoorie is located at an altitude of 2000 meters above sea level, on ahorseshoeshaped ridge. This altitude gives the destination cool and pleasant climate conditions.
Dehradun, the capital of Uttarakhand is prettily placed in the centre of the heavenly Doon Valley surrounded by the lower ranges of mountains -n the Himalays to the north and mist clad Shivalik mountain ranges to the south. Because of its geographical location, it is also called Doon Valley. The valley echoes with the soul-stirring numbers played by the two most revered rivers of India -Ganga and Yamuna flowing by its sides.sea level in Uttarakhand India.
New Tehri is the only planned hill township of Uttarakhand which was made during the construction of the Tehri dam. Every month thousands of tourists visit Tehri to see the stagnant water of the massive Tehri Dam. The Dam is situated amidst high mountains many of which are submerged under water. New Tehri is very well connected with motorable roads. Tehri is situated 69kms from Mussoorie. There are many good hotels in New Tehri.
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.