Auli is a breathtaking skiing destination that ranks among the best in the world! Charmingly located in the snow-laden secrecy of the Garhwal Himalayas, it’s a perfect place for adventure enthusiasts for its positioning amid Alpine vegetation, lofty mountains and spectacular slopes. Rising upwards of the sea level to an imposing altitude of 2,500 to 3,050 meters, it has, of late, emerged as a high-flying ski-hotspot of the global standard.
Situated in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, Auli is locally called as 'Bugyal' or ‘meadows’, and rated highly by some French and Australian experts for its skiing capabilities. That apart, adventure seekers here also find joy in activities like treks and nature walks. Initially a lesser known ski destination of the region, it has, over the years, gained huge popularity to join the elite club of Shimla, Gulmarg or Manali.
Lying on the way to Badrinath, Auli presents a panoramic view of the lofty Himalayan peaks and looks stunning for its dotted ambience of coniferous and oak forests. Thrills and adrenalin moments are par for course here for professional as well as novice skiers – thanks to the presence of meandering slopes. Winter sports competitions are held annually to further boost the skiing, and also to draw in more tourists from all parts of the globe.
Not only Auli prides for owning the longest cable car in Asia, but also takes delights for a Chair Lift and a Ski-Lift. The availability of a charming trek route further adds value to this already crowd-pulling skiing resort. Similarly, it has quite a few other tourist places to spend some quality time. The Nanda Devi National Park, at an hour drive, is full of attractive environs and rich flora and fauna.
Joshimath has religious connection with the venerated sage Adi Shankaracharya, has two popular temples, and also a 2500-years old Amar Kalp tree. The Trishul Peak is considered legendary, and can be visited for folklores. Visit Auli to get the feel of a world-class Winter Ski Resort where thick carpets of snow are visible. Come here to feel the sheer joy of skiing on pristine clean stretches of snow-covered slopes!
The Jolly Grant Airport ( Dehradun) is the nearest at some 280 km from Auli that connects this skiing destination to the rest of India with regular flights.
The nearest railhead is at Haridwar, at some 270 km away that connects Auli to rest of India. Tourists can take bus, taxi or cab from Haridwar station to get Auli.
Joshimath, at some 15 km distance, is the nearest town from Auli that has a good network of state-run buses to connect the ski resort to rest of India. Taxi and cabs are available that enhance the connectivity via road.