Auli is one of the less explored hill stations of India, surrounded with the snow-capped peaks of Garwhal Himalayas in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. Auli is 15 kms from Joshimath and situated at an altitude of 2590 mts-3049 mts above sea level. The place offers a panoramic view of Himalayan peaks like Nanda Devi (7817 m), Kamet (7756 m), Mana Parvat (7273 m) and Dunagiri (7066 m). For those who are passionate for skiing, no other place matches Auli. The vast snow-covered landscape of Auli is a paradise for skiing. While its slopes attracts daring and passionate skiing enthusiasts, its pristine natural beauty and its alpine atmosphere lure many tourists. Essentially a small and serene hill station, Auli is a skier’s paradise and heaven for nature lovers. In summers, Auli Bugyal (Meadow) provide excellent sights for trekkers.
The 500m ski-lift system, the longest cable car in Asia, locally known as trolley, connects Joshimath with Gorson Bugyal, 3 kms above Auli. A short distance beyond Gorson lies the hill of Gorson Top, which provides excellent mountain vistas and is on the 24-km trek to kauri Pass. From Gorson, Auli’s only chair lift travels to the base lodge, which is a small building that marks the starting point of all the ski runs.
Places of Interest:
Artificial lake: The world’s highest man-made lake is at Auli, right next to the private hotel, Clifftop Club. The government has developed this in view of creating artificial snow on the new ski slopes in the event of low snow fall. The water from this lake will be used to feed the snow guns stationed along the ski slopes and thus provide a good skiing surface and exend the ski season.
Gorson Bugyal: It is situated 3 kms above Auli. Though the Climb is steep, you can do it easily by trekking ‘slowly’, taking regular breaks when you run out of breath. Towards Gorson, the altitude shall increase with every step and you shall view panaromic view of ranges of mountains, with nice views of Nanda Devi Range. Badrinath Dham: One of the four Dhaams situated un Uttarakhand. Very important for Hindus and who worships God Vishnu. Its closed in winter.
How to Reach Auli:
By Air: Jolly Grant Airport (Dehradun) is the nearest airport, 279 kms from Auli.
By Rail: Haridwar (272 kms from Auli) is the nearest major railhead connecting Auli with the outer world.
By Road: Auli is easily accessible by local trnsport union and state transport buses that are operated regularly between Joishimath to Rishikesh (248 kms), Haridwar (272kms), and Delhi (480kms).
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