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AULI (Uttarakhand)

An ideal winter resort, Auli has a 3 km long slope which can attract you the most. Being one of the few world class ski resorts in India, Auli is on an average altitude of 2,800 metres. For the skiers, there is a 500 m long ski-lift. This carries them back to the slope top, saving them the time and trouble to bridge up after wearing long skis.

Auli is also popularly known as ‘Dev- Bhoomi’ because of the various temples which are located in and around Auli.

Uttarakhand is proud of Auli with its abundance of natural beauty, making it one of the most beautiful places in the state. Its enthralling ski resorts and natural surroundings encircled by snow-covered peaks of the great Himalayas can capture your mind. The captivating scenes with oak-fringed slopes and intriguing dense coniferous forests all around are a divine experience.

Location: Chamoli District, Uttarakhand

Climate: Moderately cool in summers, extremely cold winters with the temperature dropping down to minus 8 Degrees Celsius.

Pack your bag with some light clothes and many woollen clothes, jackets, mufflers and caps.

Best time to visit:

From March to June, best time for skiing is from November-March

How to reach:

By Air: Jolly Grant Airport. From there, you can hire taxi cabs

By Train: Nearest railway station is Raiwala. Then hire any public transport

By Road: Local transport or private vehicles

By Cable Car: From Joshimath to Auli-Ropeway

Places of interest

Auli Artificial Lake

Location: Next to the Cliff Top Club Hotel

Timings: Best during winters for skiing, or otherwise round the year

How to reach: A short trip on foot by road

The Auli Artificial Lake is the highest manmade lake in the world that was built to create lasting artificial ski slopes for unforgettable adventure experience. With an impeccable experience, it is considered to be one of the best places to visit in Auli.

The snow guns stationed along the ski slopes to provide an even surface is fuelled by the water from this freshwater reservoir, extending the season of skiing even if there is less snowfall. It is a pioneering effort to encourage tourism. At the base of the mountains like Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers, the sight of the lake looming large is truly spellbinding. The sights you can see undoubtedly justify the term ‘Switzerland of India’ here.

Trisul Peak Overview

Location: West of Kumaon District, Uttarakhand, 15 kms from Nanda Devi

Timings: Best time is from September-November

How to reach: You can enjoy its beauty, best from Kausani and the Roopkund trek.

Trishul Peak is a combination of three Himalayan mountain peaks of western Kumaun. The three peaks look like a trident (trishul), the weapon of Lord Shiva. The main peak, Trishul I is the first peak over 7,000 m to have ever been climbed by someone in 1907. The beauty of the peak during sunrise and sunset is outstanding and divine.

Chattrakund

Location: 4 kms from Auli, 3 kms from Gurso Bugyal

Timings: March-June

How to reach: On foot from Auli

Located in the heart of a dense forest, Chattrakund is a small lake that holds clear sparkling water. The beautiful lake is a popular natural beauty spot, fetching visitors during the Auli trip from all around. It is considered to be a romantic and quiet place for the honeymooners or peace-loving people, away from the hustle and bustle of main Auli.

Auli Ropeway

Location: From Joshimath to Auli

Timings: In summers- last cable car trip- 4.20 p.m., in winters- 5.30 p.m. You must reach Joshimath before the last trip, or you will have to spend the night there.

How to reach: Easily reachable by air, rail or road.

One of the topmost attraction when it comes to the top-notch places to visit in Auli is the Auli Ropeway. It is the highest and the longest ropeway in India, after the one at Gulmarg in Jammu and Kashmir. Being called ‘Gondola’, it connects  the hill stations of Joshimath and Auli covering an approximate distance of 4 km with gaping views of the snowy valleys and verdant meadows below. Operating with a ski lift and a chair lift on 10 steel towers, the Auli Ropeway’s bi-cable contraption was built in order to present travellers to Auli with a scintillating experience.

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