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Auli – A Complete Travel Guide

Rachita Saxena

Auli is one of the most picturesque places I have been to. With seeing the mighty ranges to skiing in the fresh snow, Auli had it all. It does not just end here, Auli lies in the upper ranges of Himalayas and even though it is a famous tourist spot, the place does not look crowded.

Below, you will find a complete guide of Auli that you can follow to reach this place, as well as where to stay, things to do and itinerary.

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Best Time to Visit Auli

Auli can be visited anytime during the year. However, since Auli is the skiing destination and is famous for its peaked snow mountains, it is better to visit this beauty during the winter season. Reaching here during the winters might get difficult though due to road blockages, so before leaving for this place do ask for the road conditions.

Below I am listing down the months in which you can expect what kind of weather.

Summers: The summertime in Auli is from March to June. However, you won’t be able to find snow during this time. Since the mountains here are barren, the mountains will have a brown shade, with a little snow on the top of the peaks. The temperature stays about 15 degrees, which is ideal for beating the heat of the city. You can go on many treks and enjoy the sight-seeing activities due to the pleasant weather.

Monsoon: Monsoon stays between July to October in Auli. During this time, the temperature falls a little further and might go down to 10 degrees. While visiting the place during this time, do check if landslides are happening since mountains are prone to this. I would suggest you to avoid visiting Auli during this time since due to rain you might get stuck in the hotel rooms itself and exploring the place might get difficult.

Winters: From November to February, one can expect snowfall and the temperature goes down in negative 8 degrees. This window is the best time when one can experience skiing activities. Many tourists come here during this time due to experience skiing. But again, do check the weather before coming since there are chances of snowstorms in Auli at times which might again be a hindrance to your tour.

View During the Sunset

Lying at the height of 2,800 meters, Auli offers the most captivating views of mighty Himalayas. It lies in Uttarakhand, which in itself offers an abundance of natural beauty. It lies in the Garhwali district and lies in the upper ranges of the Himalayas.

Sightseeing in Auli

Auli offers amazing views with high peaks of the Himalayas. One can see Nanda Devi from here. The mighty Nanda Devi is at the height of 7800 meters. From far you can see the snow-clad mountains, and it is so relaxing to have a cup of tea while watching these mountains. The colors become even more enchanting during the sunset time when the entire sky lit up in a shade of pink color. This time is when you will get the “peace of mind.”

The high peaks can be seen in all the four corners and this panoramic view will always be stuck in your eyes.

Hanuman Temple

One can visit the Hanuman temple here. It is said that Hanuman Ji took rest here while he was taking Sanjivini to Laxman. The mythology says that when Lord Rama was fighting a war in Sri Lanka, his younger brother, Laxman, got injured in it. The only herb that could have cured him was ‘Sanjivini,’ which is only found in the Himalayas. Hanuman Ji flew from Lanka to take the herb and took rest in Auli, the temple that has been built.

This offers spiritual feeling to all those who would like to share the religious vibe along with peace amidst the mountains.

But even for religious beliefs, one can experience it amidst the mountains only. The mighty Himalayas are named after Gods or have some mythological connection. You can also see Mount Neelkant from here, and the Badrinath route can be commenced from Auli.

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Cable Car and Ropeway

Further, enjoy the cable car here. There are two cable cars and one can see the bird’s eye view of the man-made lake from the cable car.

The ropeway in Auli is said to be the longest in Asia. It is about 4 KMs long and runs directly from Joshimath and covers the entire ride in just 25 minutes.

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Auli, in fact, also has a cable car that links the lower slopes of Auli to the upper slopes, and through this, tourists can reach the skiing spot directly, in a matter of ten minutes. Otherwise, tourists would have to hike to this place if the cable chair was not there.

Cable Chair Car in Auli

Artificial Lake

Auli is just not famous for its highest cable car, but as well as for its highest human-made lake. This lake was specially built to create artificial snow, such that skiing can be enjoyed throughout the season.

Hence, when there is a low snowfall in a particular season, the water from this lake is used to make a good skiing surface.

Artificial Lake in Auli

Experience Skiing in Auli

Skiing is a famous sport to experience in Auli. Many tourists come here to experience skiing only. The artificial lake helps in making snow all round the year. One does not have to be necessarily fit or a trained professional to opt for skiing. You can opt for an hour skiing guide and he will give you all the skiing gear and will help you to have the first skiing experience at its best.

Although do consider the weather because during winters there are chances of a snowstorm which can be really frustrating.

You can also make a side trip to Mana village from Auli. 

Trekking Routes that Start from Auli

There are several treks that start from Auli itself; Auli being the base camp. Some of them are the Auli Gorson trail, Gorson – Tali, Tali – Kuari Pass, Kuari Pass – Khulara and Khulara – Tapovan.

Auli is the starting point for most of the treks such as – valley of flowers, Roopkund, Kuari Pass, etc. Apart from this, there are snow treks as well. I am covering the two major treks below –

Gurson Meadows trek

This trek is amidst the apple orchards and you will cross several quaint villages and settlements. You will also come across hot springs at Tapovan.

Trekkers usually camp on this trail beside the river streams. Several peaks are visible from here such as Mt. Kamet and Neelkantha.

Trekkers also witness several other peaks like Lampak Massif, Dronagiri, and Nanda Devi.

Kuari Pass trek

Kuari trek is located near the Tibet border and at the edge of Nanda Devi. Kuari means ‘doorway’ and is surrounded by high mountain ranges.

This trek opens during the winter season and is a challenging little one. During this trek, you will cross meadows and alpine streams. You will also get to witness the Chaukhamba Range at one side and Mana, Kamet, and Abl Gamin on the other.

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4 Day Itinerary for Auli from Delhi

Day 0 – start from delhi.

You can easily get an overnight bus from Delhi to Rishikesh. The private buses leave from Anand Vihar ISBT, while the government ones leave from Kashmiri Gate. You can book your buses online on the government or private websites. However, getting on the spot private buses to Rishikesh won’t be a problem

It is easy to find buses till Rishikesh. You can either book the bus on the spot or either online on the bus booking websites. The bus journey takes about 6 hours.

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Day 1 – Rishikesh to Auli

You will reach Rishikesh early in the morning, and from here, you would be able to find many options to reach Auli. The buses leave early in the morning. You can also ask for shared cabs here since many tourists go to Auli.

If by chance you are not able to find a bus that reached Auli directly, you can either take a bus for Joshimath and from there you can take another bus or a cab for Auli. Those ways it would be cheaper too as Joshimath is near to Auli

You will reach Auli sometime in the evening. Today, take a rest and soak in the surroundings. You will fall in love immediately.

On the way to Auli

Day 2 and 3 – Spend in Auli

The next two days, explore Auli. You can split the days into two. One day you can explore the places near Auli. The next day you can experience skiing as well as take the cable car back and forth to the Joshimath town.

It depends on you what activity you want to opt for and for how long you want to indulge in it. If you are not interested in skiing, you can also go for treks nearby.

Day 4 – Head Back to Delhi

Take an early morning bus that leaves from Auli to Rishikesh. It takes about 10-12 hours to reach Rishikesh from Auli. From Rishikesh, you can again take a bus to Delhi.

How to Reach Auli

There are several ways through which you can reach Auli. Either you can reach Delhi first by taking a flight or reach Dehradun directly.

The nearest airport to Auli is Jolly Grant Airport. From the airport, the distance is about 280 KMs.

On the other hand, you can also use the railway network to reach this place. The nearest railway station to this place is the Haridwar railway station. Many trains run to this place.

You can also take a bus either till Dehradun or Rishikesh. UPRSTC runs buses on a regular basis to this place.

From Rishikesh or Dehradun, you can again take either a bus or a shared taxi to reach Auli. Buses leave early in the morning. There are options for taking a private taxi as well. However, it would cost a lot.

Accommodations in Auli

There are several guest houses and hotels in Auli. One of the most prominent ones is the Auli resort. You can also stay in Joshimath and travel to and fro from this place. Joshimath has a proper market place with many stay options, however, to soak in the surroundings, I would highly recommend you to stay at Auli.

The stay in Auli is comparatively costly when compared to Joshimath. I stayed in ‘Manik hotel’ which was cheaper when compared to other hotels.

If you are traveling to Auli during the peak season, it is better to pre-book the rooms. Otherwise, the best option would be, if the rooms are not available, is staying in Joshimath instead.

Food options are not as much available as compared to other hill stations. There are only a few restaurants and dhabas that you would be able to find in Auli.

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ATM Availability

ATMs – ATMs are not readily available in Auli. You can find 2-3 of them in Joshimath. So it would be best to carry extra cash with you from Dehradun or Rishikesh so that you do not face the cash crisis in Auli.

The main standpoint in Auli

This place is a perfect hill station amidst the upper Himalayas. Not only is it a perfect destination for skiing lovers, but it also offers the most picturesque sites of the mountains. If you visit this place during the winter, you could experience snow, as well as snowfall if the time is right.

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Rachita Saxena is from Delhi, India and has been travel blogging for the past three years. She loves to explore new places, both alone and with friends and then pens down her experiences to share with others. She run her own travel blog and Youtube Channel by the name of Nomllers with her best friend, Radhika Sharma. Their travel blog caters to budget travelers and aims to inspire others to leave their comfort zone and experience the unknown.

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Dotted with the apple orchards, old oaks, and pine trees there is no dearth of natural beauty in Auli. Apart from skiing you can also go for numerous treks in the hills of Garhwal Himalayas and enjoy the spellbinding views of the snow-draped mountains. Auli is a popular hill resort in the Himalayan range dating back to the 8th Century AD. The Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam Limited (GMVL) runs a ski resort and a ski rental shop. 

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Auli’s Secrets: A Beginner’s Guide to the Snow-Capped Haven

Tucked away in the Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand , India, there’s a special place called Auli that’s perfect for adventure lovers and nature enthusiasts. It’s about 2,800 meters above sea level and offers stunning views of snowy mountains, green meadows, and thick forests. Auli is famous for its beauty and lots of snow. You can do many fun things here like skiing, trekking, riding cable cars, and camping. In this guide, we’ll explore Auli’s beauty and all the exciting things you can do there, especially if you’re new to this place.

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Exploring Auli’s Natural Splendor

1. witnessing the magnificence of nanda devi:.

When you’re in Auli, you can’t miss seeing Nanda Devi , the second tallest mountain in India . It’s really huge, standing at 7,816 meters high! This majestic mountain fills the sky and makes the perfect background for all the fun outdoor activities you can do here. You can go trekking to explore it up close or just enjoy the amazing view from different spots around Auli.

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2. Winter Wonderland

When it snows in Auli , it becomes a magical place that skiers love! People come from all over the world to ski here because the slopes are perfect and the snow is soft. Auli is famous for skiing and it’s considered one of the best places to ski in Asia. Whether you’re just starting out or you’re really good at skiing, Auli has slopes for everyone. It’s so much fun to ski here and enjoy the beautiful white scenery.

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3. Gurso Bugyal

If you’re looking for peace and quiet surrounded by nature, Gurso Bugyal is the perfect place. It’s not far from Auli, just a short trek away. This beautiful green meadow has amazing views of the Himalayan mountains like Trishul and Nanda Devi. In the summer, the meadow blooms with colorful flowers, making it even more stunning against the snowy mountains in the background. It’s a great spot to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature.

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Activities in Auli

Auli is famous for its amazing skiing. Whether you’re just starting out or you’re really good, Auli has slopes for everyone. The Auli Ski Resort is the best place to start your skiing adventure. It has all the modern stuff you need like ski lifts and nice facilities. You can practice your skiing skills here or join guided skiing trips to explore more. It’s the perfect place for skiing fun!

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Auli is a starting point for many beautiful treks where you can see lots of different plants and animals and learn about the local culture. There are some popular treks like Kuari Pass, Valley of Flowers, and Nanda Devi Sanctuary. Each trek is special and takes you through forests, rivers, and villages. It’s a great way to explore nature and learn new things about the area.

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Auli is a great place to start your trekking adventures. You can see many plants and animals and learn about the local culture. There are famous treks like Kuari Pass, Valley of Flowers, and Nanda Devi Sanctuary. Each trek is different and takes you through forests, rivers, and villages. It’s a wonderful way to explore nature and discover more about the area.

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Best time to visit.

The best time to visit Auli depends on what you want to do. If you love skiing, then it’s best to go in winter from December to February when there’s lots of snow. But if you prefer trekking and sightseeing, then summer from April to June is perfect because the weather is nice and pleasant.

Accommodation Options

In Auli, you can find a place to stay no matter your budget. There are fancy resorts, simple guesthouses, and even campsites. If you want a comfortable stay near the mountains, you can check out the Auli Ski Resort or the GMVN Tourist Rest House. They’re both popular choices for travelers looking for a nice place to stay.

Getting There

Getting to Auli is easy because it’s connected by road to big cities like Delhi, Dehradun, and Rishikesh. The closest airport is in Dehradun, which is about 280 kilometers away. The nearest train station is in Haridwar, about 270 kilometers from Auli. From a place called Joshimath, you can catch cable cars or taxis regularly to reach Auli.

Savoring the Flavors of Auli

When you’re in Auli, you’ve got to try the delicious local food. There’s lots to choose from, like tasty Garhwali meals and yummy snacks. You can warm up with some Garhwali soups filled with good stuff, or try dishes like Kafuli , made with spinach, and Phaanu, a lentil curry. And for dessert, don’t miss Bal Mithai, a sweet fudge, and Singodi, a coconut treat. Whether you’re eating at a restaurant or having a picnic in the mountains, Auli’s food adds extra flavor to your adventure.

3-Day Travel Guide to Auli

Day 1: arrival and acclimatization.

  • Upon arrival, check into your accommodation at Auli Ski Resort or nearby.
  • Spend the morning acclimatizing to the altitude by taking a leisurely stroll around Auli Ski Resort, admiring the scenic views.
  • Enjoy a cable car ride to Joshimath and explore the town’s ancient temples and monasteries.
  • Have lunch at a local restaurant in Joshimath, sampling Garhwali cuisine.
  • Return to Auli in the evening and indulge in a hearty Garhwali dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 2: Skiing Adventure

  • Wake up early and have breakfast at your accommodation.
  • Head to the slopes for a day of skiing. Rent equipment and consider hiring an instructor if you’re a beginner.
  • Enjoy lunch at a mountainside cafe, savoring hot chai and the stunning views.
  • Spend the afternoon skiing and exploring different trails on the slopes.
  • Return to your accommodation in the evening and relax after an adventurous day.

Day 3: Exploration and Relaxation

  • Have breakfast at your accommodation.
  • Option 1: Trek to Gurso Bugyal, enjoying the natural beauty and panoramic views.
  • Option 2: Take a leisurely nature walk through the pine forests surrounding Auli.
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch amidst nature or at a scenic spot.
  • Spend the afternoon exploring more of Auli or relaxing at your accommodation.
  • Before leaving, shop for souvenirs and local handicrafts.
  • Depart from Auli with unforgettable memories.

As we finish our trip to Auli, it’s clear that this place in the Himalayas is really special. Whether you’re skiing down the snowy slopes or enjoying the amazing views, Auli is a place that captures your heart and stays with you forever. So, get ready, pack your bags, and come explore Auli. It’s a beautiful destination that will leave you spellbound with its timeless beauty and majestic mountains.

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Auli Ski Resort - Winter Travel Guide

Auli is a famous hill station and a popular winter destination as ski resort of India , known for its snowy slopes, Auli has everything that an ideal tourist dreamed for like Himalayan Views, Meadows, adventure activities, romantic vistas, cable cars and much more.

From snow-covered peaks to wooden huts, Auli is not less than a perfect European village. It is situated at an astonishing height of 2505 meter which offers a magnificent view of crescent Himalayas.

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From Auli, one can have a panoramic view of the lofty snow-shrouded Himalayan peaks such as Nanda Devi , Mana Parvat, and Kamat. The slopes of Auli offer the heart-throbbing experience to the professional as well as amateur skiers. The Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN) , a state government agency and the Uttarakhand Tourism Department organizes winter sports in Auli to boost skiing in India.

Auli is a "round the year destination" which offers lush green meadows during summers and monsoons, dry brown vistas during the autumn season and lofty snow-covered slopes during winters in Auli .

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Auli in Uttarakhand has had the honor of hosting the first South Asian Winter Games in 2011. The French and Austrian experts who hosted these games addressed Auli as the best ski resorts in the world. If you are staying here for a week then you must enroll yourself in the GMVN 7 days or 14 days ski course that will be held under the guidance of the experts. You will surely love this deal as there are special provisions for the day tourists. 

Slopes are covered with Deodar and Oak forests helping the skiers by reducing the velocity of the chilling winds. It is a perfect place for all adventure skiers and people who have enthusiasm for sports in winter.

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To entice the biking lovers, Auli offers some of the enchanting mountain biking trails that can be dirt-off in summers. You can also enjoy the scintillating 4 km Gondola or the cable car journey at Auli which offers the magical views of the resort. To entice the visitors, Auli boasts numerous tourist places that are located in and around the hill station such as the Artificial lake of Auli, Gurso Bugyal, Chattrakund, Kuari Pass , Chenab Lake, Vishnu Prayag , Joshimath, Badrinath , Tapovan, etc.  

Auli is an ideal winter destination and hill station to welcome the new year. Thousands of tourist throng to Auli during the year-end to celebrate Christmas and New Year .

Best Time to Visit Auli

However, visiting Auli throughout the year is always delightful but as the destination is famous for its skiing slopes and snow-covered vistas so months of winters from November to March are the best time to visit Auli.

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Activities in Auli

With stunning landscape and an interesting topography, Auli is a haven for nature and adventure lovers. 

  • Skiing:    Skiing in Auli   is one of the most sought-after winter activities tourists indulge in Auli. Only a handful of ski resorts exist in India and Auli is one of them, which offers various snow activities to tourists. 
  • Trekking & Camping:  There are numerous trekking options from Auli.  Trekking is another options for tourists, as there are numerous trekking routes that commences from Auli. These treks take one through alluring meadows, green pastures, rivulets and verdant valleys. Some treks are shorter while other takes more than a week to complete. Here is the list of few treks that can be completed within a day: Auli - Gorson (7 km), Gorson - Tali (6 km) and Khulara - Tapovan (9 km).
  • Cable car Ride: If you are planning to ski, you will have to take the cable car. Almost all ski destinations are connected by a cable car and that adds to the amazing experience of traveling in Auli. You will see outstanding views of Audi from the ropeway and enjoy your journey as you ride.
  • Auli Artificial Lake: As one of the highest artificial lake in the world, Auli Artificial Lake offers a calm and a peaceful place to spend time with your friends and family and with yourself. The Himalayas in the backdrop of the lake and the surrounding environment give a picturesque view, getting away from which is something not-so-easy.
  • Explore: Apart from adventures, you can spend your time exploring Auli. Check out the local villages, visit popular places & learn local culture,  talk to the locals, and breathe in the fresh Auli air.   
  • Helicopter Himalaya Darshan :- Now tourist can take a 10 - 12 minutes Helicopter himalaya darshan tour in Auli. The tourism department of Uttarakhand takes the great initiative of Helicopter Himalaya Darshan in Auli .

Auli Festivals :

Mata Murti Ka Mela: During the breezy month of September, the place is drenched in a spiritual aura as the ‘Mata Murti Ka Mela’ is organized in Badrinath, located nearby.

Auli Travel Tips

  • During winter, Auli witnesses heavy snowfall. Light woolens may prove insufficient. It is advisable to carry heavy woolens when visiting Auli between October and March.
  • If possible, try to find accommodation at Joshimath as pricing would be competitive there as compared to Auli. Also, Joshimath is en-route Badrinath.
  • Avoid traveling in monsoons, as the region is prone to heavy rainfall and landslides that could cause severe roadblocks.
  • There are no ATM or petrol pumps at Auli. One would have to come to Joshimath, which is why Joshimath is preferable in every aspect as mentioned above.

Staying in Auli

One of the very few ski destinations in India, Auli attracts ski aficionados from all over the country and the world. Due to its elevation (3,000m) and relatively remote location, only a handful of accommodations are available at Auli itself. 

A better option would be finding accommodation at Joshimath where they are in abundance. At Joshimath, you’d be able to find a place to stay according to your budget. Joshimath is a few kilometers away from Auli. Check hotels and resorts in Auli .

Auli Food Guide

Being a sparsely populated place, Auli doesn’t offer you many options of restaurants and cafes. The in-house restaurants at the resorts and hotels will be your best options. 

However, if you have opted to stay at Joshimath instead, you would be delighted to know that there are quite a few restaurants to choose from. Some may even serve authentic Garhwali cuisine like Kachmauli (stuffed goat with oil and spice), Bal Mithai (a popular local sweet), and Singhori (a cone shaped sweet wrapped in Malu Leaf).

History of Auli

Auli means ‘ Bugyal ’ in local language which literally suggests meadows. The snow-shrouded hill station of Auli was inhabited by the semi-nomadic Bhotiya tribes and was a hub for trade and business. For centuries, the Bhotiya people used to trade on the barter system with the neighboring country of Tibet (now a part of China). 

The Bhotiyas used to traverse on horses and on foot to trade with Tibet and the nearby tribes. They used the ski slopes for training the soldiers, who used to serve in the ruling king’s army. Later on, these slopes were used to train the forces of Indo-Tibetan boarder police and now it has converted to ski slopes for tourists.

Auli - Day to Day Itinerary & Travel Guide

The nearest airport from Auli is Jolly Grant Airport. The nearest railway station is Rishikesh Railway Station . If you are traveling from Delhi, you can either hire a taxi or take public transport to Auli. There are no direct public transport for Auli from Delhi. This is a detailed itinerary from Delhi to Auli .

Day 0: Delhi- Rishikesh | 232 Kms / 6 Hrs  Buses from Delhi to Rishikesh are easily and frequently available. You can get private buses from Anand Vihar ISBT and government buses from Kashmiri Gate. 

The best way to travel to Rishikesh would be to leave from Delhi at night. so that you reach early in the morning.

Day 1: Rishikesh- Auli | 265 Kms / 9 Hrs Buses for Auli leave early in the morning. You can also take a cab till Auli or you can travel by bus till Joshimath and then take a cab from Joshimath to Auli . The route from Rishikesh to Auli is a scenic one. You’ll reach Auli by. Rest for the day while taking in the spectacular ambience of Auli.

Day 2 & 3: Auli   Height : 7,817mts Highlights :  Auli artificial lake, Chenab lake, Garson Bugyal, Char-lift, Skiing

Today you will have your breakfast and go for skiing. You’ll first take a cable car and ride upwards while enjoying the enchanting backdrop of Auli. After walking for a while, you’ll reach the Skiing point. You’ll be taught the basics of skiing if you are a beginner. Skiing in Auli is one of the most famous activities here. You can visit the breathtaking Auli artificial lake and revel at the marvel of the creation. The next day, you will visit the places around Auli and the temples of Auli. You can interchange the days and tour as per your convenience.

Auli also boasts of Asia's longest and one of the worlds highest cable car Gondola covering a distance of 4km. It also has a Chair Lift and a Ski-Lift. The Auli ropeway connects Auli with Joshimath and it  takes 25 minutes to reach Auli from Joshimath. Auli rope-way has ten towers of self-supporting steel structures. The enchanting Himalayas are distinctly visible when you are traveling in Gondola.

Auli also offers the luxury of an 800mts long chair lift linking the lower ski slopes with the upper region. This Chair Lift has remote-controlled hydraulic and pneumatic braking system, making it safe to travel. A storm warning device is also attached with it. The rope-way of Auli helps tourists to explore the region with unique and unsurpassed experience.

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Day 4: Auli -  Rishikesh - Delhi After having early morning breakfast at Auli, you’ll leave for Rishikesh.  After reaching Rishikesh, you can have your dinner there and leave for Delhi on a night bus.

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The minimun and maximum temperature in May in Auli is 7 ° C and 18 ° C respectively. The weather is generally pleasant and clear in May and you would feel pleasant throughout the day. Light Woolen clothes are recommended for Auli in May.

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What is Auli famous for?

Auli is famous among tourist as Winter Adventure Sports, Skiing, Trekking, Himalayan Views, Camping, Hiking, Snowboarding, Snow Trekking.

Auli is recommended destination for Couples, Family and Kids, Foreigners, Groups, Solo.

Auli is popular destination for following activities/ interests - Adventure , Base Camps (Trek) , Camping , Char Dham Route , Christmas and New Year , Hill Station , Honeymoon Destination , Meadows , Romantic , Ropeways , Skiing .

Auli Highlights

  • World Highest Cable Car from Joshimath to Auli
  • Natural Skiing Slopes perfect for Skiing
  • Majestic view of Himalayan Ranges
  • Open night sky filled with innumerable stars
  • Best Winter Destination of India
  • One of the best Skiing Slopes

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  • Temperature in May 18 /7 °C
  • Best time to visit Auli Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
  • Located in Chamoli, Garhwal
  • Recommended stay 2 days
  • Railway Station Rishikesh, 264 kms
  • Nearest Airport Jolly Grant Airport, 286 kms
  • Famous for Winter Adventure Sports, Skiing, Trekking, Himalayan Views, Camping, Hiking, Snowboarding, Snow Trekking

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Auli, one of the best places to visit in Uttarakhand , rose to prominence as a snow skiing destination after hosting the first South Asian Winter Games in 2011. While Gulmarg in Kashmir is undoubtedly more accessible and has superior facilities, less-commercialized Auli offers serene conifer-lined slopes and spectacular Himalayan mountain views. It's located about 3,000 meters (10,000 feet) above sea level in the Chamoli district of Uttarkhand, on the way to Badrinath . Admittedly, it's not easy to get there (be prepared for a long 10 hour drive from Haridwar or Rishikesh ). The uncrowded, pristine terrain is worth it though! Here's the pick of things to do in Auli, even if you're not a skier. The destination has something for nature-lovers throughout most of the year except the monsoon season , during July and August.

Ski, Of Course!

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Auli's south-facing slopes mean that the ski season is limited to just a month or so, from around mid January to the end of February, each year. Snowfall has become temperamental too, due to global warming. Downhill and cross-country skiing are both possible at Auli, although the skiable area isn't large. There are four downhill runs, with one ideally suited to beginners. A 500-meter J-bar standing surface lift services the beginner run, while the other runs are connected by an 800-meter chairlift. One ride on the chairlift costs 500 rupees per person, while it's 50-100 rupees for the J-bar. Day passes are available for skiers.

There are a range of options for learning how to ski, for all levels. These include freelance instructors, courses by private operators, and seven and 14-day courses conducted by Uttarakhand Tourism's Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (which provides and maintains Auli's infrastructure). Local skiing champion Ajay Bhatt founded Auli Ski and Snowboard School , the recommended private operator. If you enroll in a course, the cost will include accommodations, equipment rental, lift fees, meals and training. Otherwise, you'll need to arrange and pay for everything separately if you get lessons from a freelance instructor,

Ride Asia's Longest Aerial Tramway

During winter, the aerial tramway/ropeway is the easiest way to reach Auli. It runs from Joshimath to Auli, over a distance of 4 kilometers (2.5 miles), and is the only way of getting to Auli if the road is covered in snow. The journey takes about 25 minutes and costs 1,000 rupees per person, return. Tickets can be purchased from the ticket counter at Joshimath. There are fixed departure times every 15-25 minutes throughout the day, with the first departure at 9:15 a.m. and last departure at 4:20 p.m. in winter. However, the aerial tramway will often only run if it's filled to capacity of about 20 people.

Spot the Himalayan Peaks

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One of the things that makes Auli special is that it's surrounded by so many major Himalayan mountain peaks. These include Nanda Devi (7,817 meters), Kamet (7,756 meters), Mana Parvat (7,272 meters), Chaukhamba (7,138 meters), Trishul (7,120 meters), Dunagiri (7,066 meters), Nanda Kot (6,806 meters), Hathi Parbat (6,727 meters), Gauri Parbat (6,719 meters), Neelkanth (6,597 meters), Bethartoli (6,354 meters) and Panchchula (5,904 meters). Nanda Devi is India's highest peak, not taking into account Mount Kanchenjunga (which is partially in Nepal). A panoramic view of these powerful snow-clad peaks, which literally loom over you from some places in Auli, has a profound impact.

Trek to the Highest Point in Auli

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For unsurpassed views of peaks such as Nanda Devi and Dunagiri head up to Gorson Bugyal (meadow). At 3,056 meters above sea level, it's the highest point in Auli. Although it's not very far from the aerial tramway station, the steep incline requires a picturesque 2-hour trek through oak forest to get there. Alternatively, it's possible to ride on a pony at a cost of about 800 rupees. The meadow is particularly attractive during spring, when it's carpeted in lush green vegetation. If you're feeling energetic, you can also include Chattrakund, a pretty sweet water lake, in your day trek around Auli. Do take a guide with you to Chattrakund, to avoid getting lost in the dense forest.

Visit the Temple Where Lord Hanuman Rested

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Auli is even connected to the great Hindu epic, "The Ramayana," which narrates the life story of Lord Ram. Accordingly to mythology, Lord Hanuman rested there for a while when traveling to the Himalayas to get a healing herb called Sanjeevani for Lord Ram's brother Laxman, who was injured while fighting demons in Sri Lanka. The small temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman sits near the Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam hotel at Auli and provides a magnificent view.

Check Out the Artificial Lake

Another of Auli's claims to fame is its artificial lake, which is said to be one of the highest in the world. It's located next to the Clifftop Club . The water from the lake is used to feed the snow-making machines that have been installed to improve snow cover. However, the ability to make snow is dependent on weather conditions, and unfortunately unseasonably high winter temperatures have had a negative impact on this.

Glamp Under the Stars

If you don't care about snow and simply want to enjoy the outdoors, glamping is a fabulous way to do so. Auli Woods is the first luxury campsite in Auli, with just six fully-equipped premium tents nestled into the mountainside. It was set up by mountaineer and skiing champion Ajay Bhatt, who also has a popular luxury homestay (Himalayan Abode) in nearby Joshimath, in addition to founding Auli Ski and Snowboard School and Himalayan Snow Runner adventure trekking company. (Yes, he's done a lot to promote tourism in the area!). Auli Woods is open from April to January, although the weather is best from May to June and September to October. The cost is 7,500 rupees per night for a double, including breakfast and dinner. Plenty of activities are offered including village visits, jungle walks, night trails, day hikes, horse riding, and photography.

Go Bird Watching

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In April and May, after the snow has cleared, birds start venturing to the higher regions of Uttarakhand. Birding enthusiasts will be delighted with the unusual Himalayan species that can be spotted around Auli, such as the Himalayan Monal (a type of pheasant) and Himalayan Griffon vulture. The forests are also home to doves, eagles, tits, jays, woodpeckers, spotted nutcrackers, and sunbirds. Serious birders should consider staying at Devi Darshan Lodge , run by community-owned ecotourism company Mountain Shepherds . Their local staff are qualified mountaineers and conduct outstanding bird watching hikes. They can take you completely off-the-beaten-track to places tourists don't visit.

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T he popular ski destination of India in the Himalayas, Auli, also popular as a ‘Bugyal’, is known for its mesmerizing scenery and the adventure opportunities that it offers.

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Nestled in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, Auli is encompassed by oak and coniferous forests. Owing to its perfect slopes, Auli is among the best skiing destinations in India . The slopes of Auli are reputed internationally for their thrilling skiing, adventure sports, and spectacular views of the snow-capped Himalayas. 

Auli tourism is one of the best forms of tourism as it offers fantastic views of the high peaks of the Himalayas. One can see Nanda Devi from here. You can see the snow-clad mountains from afar, and it is so relaxing to have a cup of tea while watching these mountains. The colors become even more enchanting during the sunset when the sky is lit in pink. This is when you will get “peace of mind.”

Places to visit in Auli

Auli is a soothing place, snowy in the winter and moderately cold in the summer. Several tourist attractions in Auli will capture your attention. In addition, artificial lakes, sacred temples, and trekking spots make for an adventurous stay in the town. So if you are planning your next holiday in Auli , here is a list of top tourist attractions:

  • Gurso Bugyal
  • Nanda Devi Peak
  • Chattrakund
  • Chenab Lake
  • Auli Ski Resort

Things to do in Auli

Auli also offers its travelers tranquil conifer-lined slopes and breathtaking Himalayan mountain vistas. And there are numerous things to do in Auli that you will be spoilt for choice. This place is about 3,000 meters above sea level, and its site in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand makes it a famous place worth visiting to get involved in so many things. A trip to this uncrowded, pristine terrain is worth it for lifetime memories.

  • Adventure At Its Best on Auli Gorson Trek
  • Do camping at Night Under Stars
  • Enjoy Cable Car Ride
  • Treat Your Eyes with bird watching
  • Strolling Around at Chattrakund Lake

Best time to visit Auli

Auli is a year-round destination due to its pleasant climatic conditions. However, the best time to visit Auli is in the summer or winter. Summers are ideal for camping, trekking, and mountain bliss. But if you want to enjoy the snow and try skiing, visit Auli from December to March. 

However, avoiding planning a trip to Auli during the monsoon is advisable as the heavy rainfall leads to landslides. So, plan your trip in the best month of Auli to get a memorable experience.

How to reach Auli

Auli is well connected with other parts of India via flight, train, and road. Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the nearest airport to Auli. Taxis can be hired to reach Auli from the airport. Dehradun Railway Station is the nearest railway station to Auli . 

Also, Auli can be reached by car or taxi. Buses are available from Dehradun, Delhi, Rishikesh, etc., for Joshimath, and from Joshimath, one can take a ropeway or taxi to reach Auli by bus .

Accommodation in Auli

Auli, India's skiing capital, is among India's top hill stations. Hence, there are many options for Auli hotels and resorts , but if you settle for nothing less than the best, you've landed on the right page. 

Many hotels in this area need an online presence. Hence, the properties listed below are wider than Auli and nearby places like Joshimath. Clifftop Club Resort, Nanda Inn Cottage, and The Tattva Resorts are thrilling ski resorts in Auli. 

Where to eat in Auli?

The delicious Garhwali cuisine is a must-try on your visit to this place. The city consists of various authentic restaurants serving food from different cuisines. Auli Café, Auli ‘D’ Food Plaza, Auli Chai, Auli Rishta Dil Ka, Panchvati Inn, Auli Restaurant, The Apple Tree Buffet Corner, The Cliff Top Club, Bawarchi The Family Restaurant, Twenty 3RD Fast Food And Bakery, and many more are some of the best restaurants in Auli.

How to get around in Auli 

When traveling internally in Auli or to nearby places, you can hire a taxi or van or use buses if there is a ropeway connection. There is nothing better than a cable car.

Travel tips

  • Do not entertain the beggars. If you give money to one, many others will follow you back.
  • Though Auli's street food and delicacies are authentic, you must still check for quality before buying anything.
  • You must check for the seal when buying a drinking water bottle. If the seal is broken, you must avoid purchasing that bottle.
  • Buy a bottle of the brand that is known to you. Several replica brands come into play and tend to deceive you.
  • Never leave your cash or valuables in the hotel room.
  • Avoid leaving the room with too much cash in your pocket.

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Auli is a hill station located in the Chamoli district of the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand . It is situated at an altitude of 2,500 to 3,050 meters above sea level, and is known for its beautiful landscapes and skiing opportunities.

The area has a long history, with evidence of human habitation dating back to the 8th century. Auli was originally a part of the kingdom of Garhwal, and later became a part of the British Raj. In the 20th century, it became a popular tourist destination, and ski resorts and other amenities were developed to accommodate visitors.

Auli is located in the western Himalayas and is surrounded by coniferous forests and alpine meadows. It is known for its panoramic views of the Himalayas, including the Nanda Devi and Mana Parbat peaks. The region has a cool and temperate climate, with heavy snowfall in the winter months.

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In recent years, Auli has become a popular destination for both domestic and international tourists, who come to enjoy the skiing and other outdoor activities available in the area. The ski season in Auli typically runs from December to April, and the area is equipped with modern ski lifts and resorts to accommodate visitors. In addition to skiing, tourists can also enjoy trekking, camping, and sightseeing in Auli.

The history and geography of Auli

The skiing experience in auli.

Auli is known for its ski resorts and slopes, and many tourists visit the area specifically for the skiing experience. The ski season in Auli typically runs from December to April, and the area is equipped with modern ski lifts and resorts to accommodate visitors.

There are several ski resorts in Auli that offer a range of amenities and services for skiers. These resorts often have ski runs of varying difficulty levels, as well as equipment rentals and ski lessons for beginners. Some popular ski resorts in Auli include the Auli Leela Ski Resort, the Snowy Heights Hotel, and the Auli Tourist Complex.

Ski equipment rentals are available at many of the resorts in Auli, and typically include skis, boots, and poles. Ski lessons are also available for those who are new to the sport, and are typically offered by experienced instructors who can teach the basics of skiing and provide tips for improving your technique.

In addition to skiing, many of the resorts in Auli also offer other winter sports and activities, such as snowboarding and ice skating. Some resorts also offer après-ski activities and entertainment, such as live music and cultural performances.

Overall, Auli is a great destination for skiers and winter sports enthusiasts, and offers a range of amenities and activities to suit a variety of interests and skill levels.

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  • Gurso Bugyal: This high-altitude meadow is a beautiful spot to visit, and offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. It is located a short distance from Auli and can be reached by a short trek.
  • Auli Artificial Lake: This man-made lake is a popular spot for tourists to visit, and offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains. It is located near the ski slopes and is a great place to relax and take in the beauty of the area.The lake was created to provide a source of water for the ski slopes, and is surrounded by coniferous forests and alpine meadows. It is a popular spot for tourists to visit, and offers boating and picnicking facilities. There are also several cafes and restaurants located near the lake, which offer a range of refreshments and snacks.The Auli Artificial Lake is located a short distance from the ski slopes and is a great place to relax and take in the beauty of the area. It is a popular spot for tourists to visit, and offers a chance to enjoy the fresh air and stunning views of the surrounding mountains.
  • Chenab Lake – This picturesque lake is located at an altitude of 3,658 meters above sea level and is surrounded by dense forests.
  • Trishul Peak – This peak, named after the trident of Lord Shiva, stands at an altitude of 7,120 meters above sea level and offers challenging trekking opportunities.
  • Tapovan – This holy place is located on the banks of the Alaknanda River and is known for its hot springs and natural beauty.
  • Narsingh Temple – This ancient temple is dedicated to Lord Narsingh, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, and is a popular place of pilgrimage.
  • Joshimath: This town is located near Auli and is known for its ancient temples and natural beauty. Tourists can visit the temples and explore the local markets, or take a walk in the surrounding forests and meadows.

In addition to these activities, tourists can also enjoy other outdoor activities such as camping, paragliding, and sightseeing in Auli. The area is known for its beautiful landscapes and there are many opportunities to explore the local flora and fauna.

Accommodation/ Hotel options in Auli

here are several hotels and resorts in Auli that offer accommodations for tourists. Some of the popular options include:

  • Auli Leela Ski Resort: This resort is located near the ski slopes and offers a range of amenities such as a spa, fitness center, and restaurant. It also has a range of room types to suit different budgets, including deluxe rooms, suites, and cottages.
  • Auli Tourist Complex: This complex is run by the Uttarakhand Tourism Development Corporation and offers basic accommodations in the form of rooms and dormitories. It is located near the ski slopes and has a restaurant and a ski equipment rental shop on site.
  • Snowy Heights Hotel: This hotel is located near the ski slopes and offers a range of amenities such as a restaurant, a bar, and a spa. It has a range of room types to suit different budgets, including standard rooms, deluxe rooms, and suites.
  • The Cliff Top Club: This luxury resort is located on a hilltop and offers panoramic views of the Himalayas. It has a range of amenities such as a spa, a fitness center, and a restaurant, and offers a range of room types including cottages and villas.

In general, accommodation options in Auli range from budget options such as guest houses and dormitories, to luxury resorts offering a range of amenities. Prices vary depending on the location, facilities, and room type, and it is recommended to book in advance during peak season.

Packages of auli

There are several tour operators that offer packages for Auli, which include transportation, accommodation, and activities such as skiing and trekking. These packages can be a convenient option for tourists who want a hassle-free trip to Auli.

Some of the popular package options for Auli include:

  • Skiing packages: These packages typically include transportation to Auli, accommodation at a ski resort, and ski equipment rentals. Some packages also include ski lessons for beginners.
  • Trekking packages: These packages typically include transportation to Auli, accommodation, and guided trekking tours to destinations such as the Trishul Peak or the Gurso Bugyal meadow.
  • Sightseeing packages: These packages typically include transportation to Auli, accommodation, and sightseeing tours to nearby attractions such as Joshimath and the Auli Artificial Lake.
  • Customized packages: Many tour operators also offer customized packages that can be tailored to the specific needs and interests of tourists. These packages can include a combination of transportation, accommodation, and activities such as skiing, trekking, and sightseeing.

How to reach auli

Auli is located in a remote area of the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, and there are several ways to get there:

  • By air: The nearest airport to Auli is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, which is approximately 279 kilometers away. From the airport, you can take a taxi or hire a car to reach Auli. The journey takes about 9-10 hours by road.
  • By train: The nearest railway stations to Auli are Dehradun and Haridwar, which are both approximately 280 kilometers away. From Dehradun, you can take a taxi or hire a car to reach Auli, which takes about 9-10 hours by road. From Haridwar, you can take a bus or taxi to reach Auli, which takes about 8-9 hours by road.
  • By bus: There are several bus operators that offer regular services to Auli from major cities in the region, such as Dehradun, Haridwar, and Rishikesh. The journey takes about 8-10 hours by road, depending on the starting point.

What is the best time to visit Auli?

The best time to visit Auli depends on your interests and what you want to do while you are there. If you are interested in skiing or snowboarding, the best time to visit is from December to March, when the slopes are covered in snow and the weather is cold and dry. This is also the peak tourist season, so you can expect larger crowds and higher prices.

If you are not interested in skiing or snowboarding, you may want to visit Auli during the off-season, which is from April to November. During this time, the weather is mild and pleasant, with temperatures ranging from 15°C to 25°C. This is a good time to visit if you want to avoid the crowds and take advantage of lower prices.

Is Auli mini Switzerland of India?

Auli is sometimes referred to as the “mini Switzerland of India,” due to its alpine setting, ski slopes, and stunning mountain views. Auli is known for its ski slopes, which range in elevation from 2,950 to 3,050 meters and offer runs for skiers and snowboarders of all levels. The ski season in Auli lasts from December to March, and the resort offers ski rentals and ski instructors.

In addition to skiing and snowboarding, Auli is also known for its beautiful natural surroundings. The resort is surrounded by coniferous and oak forests, and there are several trekking routes in the area that offer breathtaking views of the Himalayan mountain range.

Overall, Auli is a popular destination for skiing and snowboarding, and is known for its stunning mountain views and beautiful natural surroundings.

Detailed travel itinerary of Auli

Day 1: Arrival in Auli

  • Arrival at Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, followed by a transfer to Auli by taxi or car
  • Check-in at the hotel and rest for a while
  • In the evening, take a walk around the resort and enjoy the beautiful mountain views

Day 2: Skiing or Snowboarding in Auli

  • Spend the day skiing or snowboarding on the slopes of Auli
  • Take a break for lunch at one of the ski resort’s restaurants
  • In the evening, return to the hotel and relax

Day 3: Trekking in Auli

  • Go on a trek to one of the nearby mountain peaks, such as Gurson Top or Kwani Bugyal
  • Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Himalayan mountain range
  • Return to the hotel in the evening

Day 4: Departure from Auli

  • Check-out from the hotel and transfer to Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun for your flight home

Note: This is just a sample itinerary, and the activities can be customized based on your interests and preferences. It is also a good idea to allow for some flexibility in your itinerary, as the weather in Auli can be unpredictable and may affect your plans.

Auli Weather

The weather in Auli can vary significantly throughout the year, depending on the season. Here is a general overview of the weather in Auli month-by-month:

January: January is the coldest month in Auli, with average temperatures ranging from -5°C to 5°C. This is the peak ski season, and the slopes are usually covered in snow.

February: February is also a cold month in Auli, with average temperatures ranging from -5°C to 5°C. The ski season is still in full swing, and the slopes are usually well-covered in snow.

March: March is the last month of the ski season in Auli, and the weather is still cold, with average temperatures ranging from 5°C to 15°C. The slopes may start to lose some of their snow cover towards the end of the month.

April: April is the start of the off-season in Auli, and the weather begins to warm up, with average temperatures ranging from 15°C to 25°C. The ski slopes are no longer open, but the resort is still a beautiful place to visit, with pleasant weather and fewer crowds.

May: May is a warm and pleasant month in Auli, with average temperatures ranging from 15°C to 25°C. This is a good time to visit if you want to avoid the crowds and take advantage of lower prices.

June: June is a warm month in Auli, with average temperatures ranging from 15°C to 25°C. The weather is generally pleasant and sunny, making it a good time to visit.

July: July is a warm and rainy month in Auli, with average temperatures ranging from 15°C to 25°C. The resort may be less crowded during this time, but the weather may not be as pleasant.

August: August is a warm and rainy month in Auli, with average temperatures ranging from 15°C to 25°C. The weather may not be as pleasant, but the resort is likely to be less crowded.

September: September is a warm and pleasant month in Auli, with average temperatures ranging from 15°C to 25°C. The weather is generally sunny and dry, making it a good time to visit.

October: October is a pleasant month in Auli, with average temperatures ranging from 15°C to 25°C. The weather is generally sunny and dry, making it a good time to visit.

November: November is the last month of the off-season in Auli, and the weather begins to cool down, with average temperatures ranging from 10°C to 20°C. The resort is likely to be less crowded during this time.

Overall, the best time to visit Auli depends on your interests and what you want to do while you are there. If you are interested in skiing or snowboarding, the best time to visit is from December to March. If you are not interested in skiing or snowboarding, you may want to visit during the off-season, from April to November, when the weather is mild and pleasant and the resort is less crowded.

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Auli Travel Guide – How to Best Plan your Trip

When you talk about winter destinations in the Himalayas or places where you can enjoy snow sports, the name Auli will always be a part of the list. This small town is one of the best hiking and ski destinations not just in Uttarakhand but in the entire country. It is one of those places where a trip can never go wrong, irrespective of the time of the year. Being a small little hamlet, Auli is almost never crowded and is perfect for anyone looking to visit an offbeat and lesser crowded destination. The natural beauty of the place is like no other and is bound to have its effect on you and leave you charmed. How can you plan a trip to Auli is what we will be discussing in this article, including details like how to reach, where to stay, what to see and things to do.

For a brief overview, Auli is located in Chamoli district in the state of Uttarakhand, at an altitude of 2,505 meters (8,219 ft). It is also known as Auli Bugyal in Garhwali where the word ‘Bugyal’ means a meadow. Actually, the name Auli itself translates as Bugyal and hence a meadow. The whole place turns into a ski resort in the winter season. Between June to October, during and immediately after the monsoon, Auli becomes home to one of the highest number of flower species found anywhere in the world. There have been as many as 520 species of high altitude plants documented here; out of which, several are classified as endangered and about 498 are flowering plants.

skiing in auli

Below is a quick navigation menu of the details we will be covering in this article.

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Where is Auli

Auli is located in Uttarakhand at a distance of about 16 kilometers from Joshimath, 260 kilometers from Rishikesh and 300 kilometers from Dehradun. From Delhi, there are two routes that you can take, either via Bijnor and Lansdowne or via Rishikesh.  The distance in both cases is about 500 kilometers. More information on this is covered further in the article.

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Why Visit Auli

Should you visit Auli or not depends on what kind of a trip you were looking for. It is a premier ski resort that is famous as a winter destination but you do not have to necessarily visit here only in winter to truly enjoy the place. Surrounded by snow-capped high mountains, apple orchards, and pine trees, Auli is one of those year-round magnet destinations that present a different color in each season and continue to attract tourists all year long. India’s longest cable car is between Joshimath and Auli which is one of its main tourist attractions. So if you want to enjoy truly mesmerizing vistas, see some snow, do some skiing and spend time away from the crowd in a peaceful location than Auli is where you should be headed to.

But if your idea of a trip is to party, do a lot of shopping, eat out and enjoy different kinds of foods, spend several days going through a long list of sightseeing then Auli is not the place for you. It is a serene and calm hill station that never gets crowded and gives you the real taste of the beauty of the mighty Himalayas.

skiing in auli

How to reach Auli

It took me about 2 years before I finally was able to plan and visit Auli. There were several reasons behind this but one of them was that it was always a little confusing for me about where Auli exactly was and how to get there (silly, I know). But do not let that confuse you too. There is a motorable road that goes all the way to Auli and there, in fact, is a bus service available as well. Joshimath is where you will be traveling to first which is easily accessible and very well connected. Auli is about 16 kilometers from Joshimath and how you travel this final distance will entirely depend on your time of arrival.

How to reach Auli by Road from Delhi by Car

I will begin by first explaining the journey if you were traveling by road and your own vehicle, either a motorcycle or a car. For the sake of explaining the route, I will assume Delhi as your starting point. Even if you were, however, coming from a different city, the information below should still be able to help you understand the different roads you can take.

One thing I will add here is that there are multiple places by the name of Auli. One is located in Haryana, another in Himachal near Tiuni and Chopta, and the third one in Uttarakhand. So if you were looking for information on Google Maps, please ensure that you are searching for the one near Joshimath.

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Via Haridwar and Rishikesh

Starting from Delhi, the route will be as mentioned below if you went to Auli via Haridwar and Rishikesh. This is the most common way to reach Auli from Delhi.

Delhi – Meerut – Muzaffarnagar – Haridwar – Rishikesh – Devprayag – Srinagar – Rudraprayag – Karnaprayag – Chamoli – Joshimath – Auli

This entire route is about 525 kilometers long and will take you anywhere between 16-18 house depending upon your speed and breaks.  The condition of the road is a mix of good and average (mostly good) until Rishikesh but it is bad between Rishikesh and Joshimath.

Via Lansdowne

The second route that you can take is as mentioned below.

Delhi – Meerut – Khatauli – Bijnor – Najibabad – Kotdwar – Lansdowne – Khirsu – Srinagar – Rudraprayag – Karnaprayag – Chamoli – Joshimath – Auli

The distance by this road will be about 540 kilometers and it will take you 16-18 hours to complete. The road condition till Khatauli is good; Khatauli to Lansdowne is a mix of good, bad and average, Lansdowne to Srinagar is mostly good but narrow; and Srinagar to Joshimath is a mix of bad and average. This is my preferred way to travel because then you can Delhi to Lansdowne on Day 1 and Lansdowne to Auli to Day 2. Lansdowne too is a great hill station and definitely worth a visit. To know more, please How to Plan a Trip to Lansdowne .

I know there can be multiple other ways that the routes mentioned above can be modified or adjusted but either of this will be the best and my suggested way to reach Auli.

having fun in snow in auli

How to reach Auli by Bus

Reaching Auli by Bus will be a little tricky. There is no direct Bus to Auli; hence your journey would have to be broken down in parts, most probably three. Assuming that you started from Delhi, you will first have to board a Bus for either Dehradun or Rishikesh. From both these places, you will then have to board a Bus for Joshimath. I will recommend reaching Rishikesh than Dehradun because finding a Bus for Joshimath from here will be easier.

Rishikesh to Joshimath by Bus

There is a morning Rishikesh to Joshimath Bus that starts at 6 AM from Rishikesh which will be your best bet. It will drop you at Joshimath between 3-4 PM which will give you enough time for your final leg of the journey, Joshimath to Auli.

For your return journey, there is a direct Bus from Joshimath to Rishikesh that starts at 8 AM.

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Dehradun to Joshimath Bus

If you reached Dehradun, then you can get the morning 5.30 AM Dehradun to Joshimath Bus from Mussoorie bus stand, which also goes by the names of hill bus station or Pahaadi bus stand. This Bus stand is very near to Dehradun Railway Station. The bus reaches Joshimath between 4-5 PM.

These are ordinary state transport buses (3×2 seater) and fare for both of them is about Rs. 400–500. Because of the long route, all the buses and shared cabs for Joshimath from either Dehradun or Rishikesh (and return journey as well) start early in the morning, between 4:30 AM to 8:00 AM. After 8.30, finding a mode of commute becomes a struggle. No matter where you were starting from, just be there at the bus stand by 6 AM. Otherwise, your chances of reaching Joshimath by evening become dim.

I am not aware of a direct Bus from Delhi to Chamoli or Joshimath but if you are able to find one, then it will make your life much easier.

If you missed the morning bus, you can board the Dehradun-Gopeshwar-Mandal bus which will drop you at Chamoli and from there you can find a taxi for Joshimath on a sharing basis. A third option is to take the Dehradun-Karnaprayag bus. Then find a taxi from Karnaprayag to Joshimath or Karnaprayag to Chamoli and Chamoli to Joshimath. Both of these options will take much more time. Hence it is advised to take the direct 5.30 AM bus. Keep the latter options only as a backup.

Shared Taxis

If you could not find a Bus for Joshimath direct, then look one for Chamoli. You can also go by shared taxi (Tata Sumo) from Rishikesh to Chamoli and Chamoli to Joshimath which will cost you around Rs. 500-600. The same Sumo service is available from Dehradun as well at 5 am which will cost you Rs. 600. From Dehradun, you can find shared cabs from Parade ground and Rispana taxi stand for Chamoli, Karnaprayag, and Joshimath on a sharing basis. In Rishikesh, you will get shared taxis at the taxi stand near Natraj chowk.

The problem, however, is that these taxis start really early in the morning so you will have to be there on time. My advice would be that if you reached either Dehradun or Rishikesh by evening, then find some time to reach the Taxi stand, inquire and get contact details of drivers who are going to Joshimath the next day.

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Private Taxi

A private taxi from either Rishikesh or Dehradun will cost about Rs. 5000 per day. This will also depend on the type of cab you chose, the duration, taxi operator and how well you were able to negotiate.

snowfall in auli

How to reach Auli by Train

Dehradun, Haridwar, and Rishikesh are the nearest railway stations to Auli. You can get a train for either of these places and then get to Joshimath from there as I explained above.

How to reach Auli by Flight

The nearest airport to Auli is located in Dehradun, the Jolly Grant airport. Once you land here, you can actually get a cab directly for Auli from the airport itself or look for a mode of public transport as I explained above.

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How to reach Auli from Joshimath

Now all the choices I explained above were on reaching Joshimath which really becomes your base for traveling to Auli. But the next question is how does a person travel from Joshimath to Auli? The options are two, either by road or a cable car.

Auli is at a distance of 16 kilometers from Joshimath and a motorable road goes all the way. If you arrived by your own vehicle then you can just continue driving to get to Auli. But keep in mind that this final section of the road is a difficult and steep one. There are also local buses and taxi services available for Auli but the frequency of cabs is better than a Bus. It will cost about Rs. 800 to hire a personal cab from Joshimath for Auli.

The next option is of the cable car. This is by far the most popular way to reach Auli. This cable holds a record of being the longest one in Asia, running a total length of 4.15 kilometers; and takes around 15 minutes to complete the. More option is provided further in the article.

There are three ways to do this. The first one is that you reach Joshimath, check into a hotel and stay for the night. The next day, you can go for a cable car ride, reach Auli, have some fun, walk around and reach Joshimath back. The second option is that you drive all the way to Auli and stay at a hotel there only.

The third option is that you reach Joshimath in time before the last cable car. There is a parking area near the Rope Way Park at Joshimath where travelers can safely leave their vehicles. You park your car or motorcycle here and board the cable car with all your luggage to reach Auli for the night. The last cable car leaves Joshimath at 4.30 PM in winters and 5.30 PM in the summer season.

How to reach Auli in Winter

In winters, the road from Joshimath to Auli gets blocked completely due to all the snow. Only the cable car remains operational.

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Best Vehicle for Auli

There is really no best vehicle as such for a trip here. You can even travel by a hatchback or a Sedan. The only thing you need to keep in mind is to get your vehicle serviced and ready to handle the steep climbs. If traveling by a light engine motorcycle, please make sure that you are traveling light and solo.

camping in auli

Where to stay in Auli

There are several hotels, resorts and guest houses in Auli. But the thing with them is that they are all on the costlier side. Finding accommodation here for about Rs. 2000 per day as well can be considered a cheap deal and a bit tough to find. If budget is not a problem, then staying in Auli itself for a couple of days will be an awesome experience. I will also highly recommend booking your stay here in advance.

For a budget hotel, look for accommodation in Joshimath and do not stay overnight in Auli. Joshimath has numerous hotels that will fit in every budget.

There is also a government-run hotel by GMVN (Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam) which can be a good choice of stay.

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What & Where to Eat

There are no fancy restaurants here, just a few small restaurants and dhabas. All the hotels have their own menu and kitchens so you can order room service as well if you do not want to step out.

Nanda Devi Peak

What to see in Auli

There is really no long list of tourist places in Auli. The place is best known for its wondrous natural beauty and amazing ski slopes and that is what you visit here for. Reach here, relax for a couple of days in the lap of Mother Nature, see stunning views all around and rejuvenate yourself. With that being said, there are a couple of places to visit in Auli that definitely deserve a mention.

Auli Ropeway

This is the biggest attraction in Auli offering magnificent and majestic Himalayan views. After the Gondola in Gulmarg, it is the highest and the longest ropeway in Asia, running a total length of over 4 kilometers. It is also known as ‘Auli Gondola’. The entire 4.4 kilometers long ride takes about 20 minutes to complete and costs Rs. 1000 per person, for a round trip. The ropeway starts from Joshimath and ends at Auli.

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Auli Chair Lift

The difference between a Gondola and Chair Lift is that the Gondola is an enclosed cabin hanging by the cable. On the other hand, the chair lift is just a bench, long enough for 4 people to sit, and hanging by the cable. It is mostly used to transport skiers but you can try this too if you want a more adventurous experience. The chair lift starts from Joshimath and drops you near Auli Lake.

This is a small body of water that was made by the government to provide artificial snow on the ski slopes. The water from the lake is used to feed the snow on the ski slopes to offer a good surface for skiing and extend the ski season. There is not much to it really, just a small pond sitting at such a height but with the mighty Himalayan peaks in its backdrop, it does look stunning and provide a great view to get some good photographs. I am not sure if this is true but it is believed to be the highest man-made lake in India.

Gorson Bugyal

This is another meadow located about 2 – 3 kilometers from Auli. At an altitude of 3056 meters, it is a large land covered with grass and other low plants suitable for grazing animals. It can only be reached by trekking which can actually become impossible in winter after the route gets buried under snow.

Chattrakund Lake

This is another small lake located about a kilometer ahead of Gurson Bugyal (also known as Gorson Bugyal). Trekking from Auli, you will first reach the Bugyal and then continue walking to the lake. Unlike Auli Lake, this is actually a natural one and I found it to be much more scenic. The route, however, was not marked well and I will recommend that you take help from a local rather than attempting it on your own. Just talk to your hotel owner and they can arrange a guide for a couple of hundred bucks. It will make the trek easier and he can also click pictures for you.

Hanuman Temple

There is also a Hanuman Temple in Auli that is visited by numerous devotees. As per the legend, while Lord Hanuman was flying to get the ‘Sanjivani Buti’ for Laxman, he landed in Auli and rested for a while. The spot where he sat down is where the temple is built.

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Amazing views of Peaks

On a clear day from Auli, you can get views of peaks like Nanda Devi (India’s second-highest peak at (7817 meters), Kamet (7756 meters), Mana Parvat (7273 meters) and Dunagiri (7066 meters). From Gorson Bugyal, you can also catch a glimpse of Dron Parvat and Trishul Peak.

Nanda Devi Peak

What to do in Auli

Apart from sightseeing at all of the above-mentioned tourist attractions in Auli, listed below are some other fun and exciting things to do in Auli.

Skiing in Auli

Skiing is what drives the majority of tourism in Auli. Being a premier ski resort, the slopes here invite winter sports enthusiasts from all over the country. Skiing competitions are also held by the authorities. There is a small cabin next to the chairlift station where you can rent skiing equipment. Trainers and instructors can be hired for a few hundred bucks for a crash course in training. For someone more serious, you can also enrol yourself in training modules of 7 and 14 days.

There are several trek routes starting from Auli; Tali, Chitrakantha, Kuari Pass and Tapovan being the most known ones. There is also a trail starting from Auli leading to Badrinath. The Gorson meadow and Chattrakund Lake are more of an easy walk.

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Photography

Irrespective of whether you were traveling with just your camera phone or were more of a serious photographer with a huge DSLR, a trip to Auli will present you with ample opportunities to click loads of pictures. The pollution-free skies at night are suitable to capture star trails.

Shopping in Auli

You can buy some small stuff as souvenirs of the trip but shopping in Auli is not much of an option. You are better off visiting the market in Joshimath for better details and greater options.

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Best time to visit Auli

Since Auli is best known as a Skiing destination, the best time to visit here would be in winter. You get to see snow-covered peaks all around and the entire region gets covered under a thick sheet of snow. The only catch is that it gets terribly cold at this time and may even feel a little crowded to some people. Being the peak tourist season, accommodation as well will be a bit costlier.

But it does not mean that you cannot come here for the rest of the year. Auli is really a year-round destination and it has a different color in each season. In winters, it is white; green during spring and monsoon; and orange in autumn. If you are a photography enthusiast, plan a trip sometime in April, July, August, September or early October. For a family trip, April and May would be best. For budget travel, plan between July to November. This is the off-season time and you stand a better chance of getting cheaper accommodation.

If you did not like the monsoon season or did not want to risk the rain, then avoid a trip from late June to early September. If cold weather bothers you then avoid visiting between October to March. November is a bad month overall because the scenery at this time is very dull and dry. The weather will be very cold and there won’t even be much snow around.

Due to its high altitude, the weather of Auli ranges from being very cold to pleasant. It seldom gets hot here actually. Let me break down the weather information by different times of the year.

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The summer season in Auli starts in March and lasts till June. March and April is actually the Spring season but the weather starts to get a little warm in March itself. Snow will be all gone except for small patches at the top of distant peaks. The average temperature in these months is about 15 degrees Celsius and is a great time to beat the heat of the plains. Auli in May and June is best for a family trip. The entire region will be open at this time and you can go sightseeing and even trekking if you wished to.

Monsoon arrives here towards the end of June and lasts till mid-September. It is not really considered to be a safe time to visit Auli because it rains here a lot; sometimes enough to keep you indoors throughout the duration of your trip. Landslides too in Uttarakhand in monsoon are common so it would be wise to check the weather before you leave home. The upside, however, is that the vistas are best in the months of July and August. The incessant rains bring the hills and the valleys to life covering them under a green carpet. September is a great month to get amazing photographs. It doesn’t rain so much in September but you will get amazing lush green vistas. The average temperature in monsoon ranges from 10 to 15 degrees Celsius.

Autumn arrives in October and all that was green now turns to orange, giving a golden touch to the hills. The weather also starts turning cold and by November, winter is all settled in. It can snow here anytime after this but the snow starts sticking to the ground only after December. So if you wanted to go skiing, better plan in January or February. Do keep in mind however that the temperature in these months can drop way below 0 at nights.

Clothes to Pack

What kind of clothes you would pack will entirely depend on your time of travel. If visiting in winter, pack heavy woolen clothes, windproof jacket and snow boots (or water-resistant shoes). Ensure that your jacket has a hood to it to protect your head and neck. If not, then please pack a cap and muffler as well. Gloves too would be required at this time. A pair of thermals can also be of help.

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If visiting in summer, pack your regular cotton clothes; accompanied with few light woolens and a jacket. If visiting in monsoon, pack clothes that can dry faster, like polyester. Auli is best explored on foot so please pack a comfortable pair of shoes with good grip.

clothes for auli

Itinerary for Auli

Below is an example of 5 days itinerary that you can follow for your trip to Auli. Once again, for the sake of explaining the journey, I will assume Delhi as your starting point.

Day 1 – Delhi to Devprayag / Rishikesh

Start early from Delhi and travel as far as either Srinagar or Devprayag. It will take you about 8 to 9 hours to reach either of the two places. Both of these towns have a lot of hotels that you can stay at for the night.

If you were traveling by public transport, then I will recommend that you first board a Bus for Rishikesh on Day 1. You can actually also take an overnight bus that can drop you in Rishikesh by 5 in the morning.

Day 2 – Devprayag / Rishikesh to Auli

Drive from Devprayag to Joshimath and leave your car here in the parking area. Board the Gondola with your luggage, reach Auli and check into a hotel. If you were traveling by Bus, then board the morning 5.30 Bus for Joshimath; and then reach Auli from there.

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Day 3 & 4 – Sightseeing in Auli

Enjoy your time in Auli. Try your hand at Skiing if visiting in winter. Trek to Gorson Bugyal and Chattrakund Lake. On Day 4, take the last Gondola back to Joshimath and stay there for the night.

Day 5 – Joshimath to Delhi

Start as early as you can from Joshimath and drive back straight to Delhi. Depending on the traffic, it will take you about 16 hours to get back home. If traveling by Bus, board the morning Bus for Rishikesh from Joshimath. After reaching Rishikesh, find the next Bus for Delhi and travel back home.

Auli Chopta Lansdowne Itinerary

Another way to do this journey can be as mentioned below.

  • Delhi to Lansdowne – Day 1
  • Lansdowne to Auli – Day 2
  • Auli – Day 3& 4
  • Auli to Chopta – Day 5
  • Chopta – Day 6
  • Chopta to Delhi – Day 7

To know more about Chopta and what you can do here, please read How to Plan a Trip to Chopta.

snow covered views

Mentioned below are some other tips that can be of help in planning a visit to Auli.

Is Auli safe?

Yes, Auli is a very safe place to visit provided that you do not take any unnecessary risks; act like a responsible tourist; drive carefully; and do not put yourself in harm’s way. The locals here are very humble and simple people.

Bank / ATMs

There are no Banks or ATMs in Auli. The nearest ATM is in Joshimath. Please do not also depend on credit or debit cards as well and withdraw plenty of cash to last for a few days in Auli.

Petrol Pumps / Mechanics

The nearest petrol pump and mechanic is available in Joshimath only.

Medical assistance too is available only in Joshimath. It is of utmost importance that you carry some basic medicines like for flu, headache, upset stomach, fever, etc with you.

Mobile Network in Auli

Auli has excellent mobile connectivity. BSNL, Jio, Airtel, and Vodafone had good reception. But if you go beyond the skiing area or on any of the trek routes, you may not remain connected.

When does it snow in Auli?

Most of the snowfall in Auli happens between the months of Late December to Mid-February.

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Auli at a Glance

To wrap up the article, below is a brief overview of Auli.

  • Location: 16 kilometers from Joshimath, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand
  • Altitude: 2,500 metres (8,200 ft) to 3,050 metres (10,010 ft)
  • Best time to visit: Throughout the year with an exception of July and August
  • Suggested minimum time for a trip: 5 Days from Delhi or any other city at the same distance
  • Nearest Railway Station: Rishikesh
  • Nearest Airport: Dehradun
  • Famous for: Cable Car, Skiing Slopes, Amazing Views, winter destination
  • When is Auli Open? : Auli is open for tourist throughout the year.

I do hope that the information above on visiting Auli was of help. If you have any questions; or need any other details; please feel free to ask in the comments section below; or at our Community Forum ; and I will be glad to answer.

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  Auli – The Skiing Paradise of Garhwal

Auli, India’s leading ski resort destination, is a small but picture-perfect village in Uttarakhand. Because of its gleaming slopes and clean environment, it is popular among tourists and professionals. It is surrounded by apple orchards, oaks, and deodar trees and has numerous resorts nestled in the Himalayan range. Besides skiing, there are multiple jungle treks in the hills of the Garhwal Himalayas that offer the stunning scenery of the snow-draped mountains.

The ideal time to travel for snowboarders is from January to March. While for nature enthusiasts, October and March will be the best time.

History of Auli

History of medieval auli:-.

Adiguru Shri Shankaracharya first set foot in Joshimath, 6.6 km from Auli in the 8th century AD . He established a temple (Shri Shankaracharya Math) here, which still exists today. Semi-nomadic tribes of Tibetans, Mongolians and Bhotias conducted trade and communication between Tibet (China) and India from here. They took the help of their long haired yaks and horses to cross the snowy mountains of the Himalayas.

History of Modern Auli:-

Before being developed as a ski resort, the slopes of Auli were a training ground for Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force personnel. The 23,490 feet high Trishul is also visible amidst the snow-clad peaks around Auli. Mount Trishul is said to have been part of an adventurous expedition in 1958 by a unique mountaineering team.

Auli and Joshimath are in the high Himalayas bordering China. Since the Sino-Indian War of 1962 , there have been periodic attempts by Chinese troops to transgress into Indian territory by violating the border. Even during the war, the villagers of the border village supported the Indian Army. To promote tourism in Auli, a ropeway was built in September 1993 , which takes tourists from Joshimath to Auli at an altitude of about 10,000 feet, amidst dense forests of lush green deodar.

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Major Places to visit:

Auli Artificial Chenab Lake

1. Auli Lake – The Artificial Lake is one of the best and top places to visit in Auli. It is the only man-made lake across Joshimath. It is located near the Clifftop Club resort. The Uttarakhand government created this lake to fill the ski slopes with artificial snow so that people could enjoy skiing in monsoons too. It would be best if you did not miss visiting this beautiful destination on your Auli trip. 

Distance:  12km from bus stand

Chattrakund in Laga Salude, Chattrakund Trek, Chattrakund Uttarakhand

2. Chhatrakund: Chhatrakund is a beautiful lake near Joshimath. It is one of the best tourist places in Auli. It is situated at an altitude of 3300 meters above sea level. To enjoy this beautiful place, you have to cover a distance of about 4 km. The beautiful dense, tall trees around this lake will give you a breathtaking view. It is a peaceful place to hang out with family and friends.

Distance:  1 km from Gurson Bugyal

Gurson Bugyal - Laga Salude Gorson Bugyal Trekking Guide Information

3. Gurson Bugyal: Gurson Bugyal is a mesmerizing bugyal near Auli and a beautiful skiing destination. It is a very famous tourist spot here. After reaching the top, one can also catch sight of the Nanda Devi, Trishul, and Drona mountain ranges. It is just a 3 km trek from  Gmvn Ski resort. 

Best Time to visit – March to October

Things to do – Trekking

Narsingh Devta Temple Joshimath Uttarakhand - Nar singh Devta Mandir Joshimath

4. Narsingh Temple: Narsingh Temple is a very popular place in Joshimath. It is a beautiful and sacred place to explore on your  Auli trip . This temple is also famously known as the Narsingh Badri temple. It is a famous destination because the Badrivishal idol is rested here during winters.

Location:  Joshimath

Badrinath Temple Darshan In Uttarakhand

5. Badrinath Temple: Badrinath is one of the dhams of the Char Dhams in India. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, this temple is also famously known as Badrinarayan Temple. Badrinath temple, located in the Garhwal Himalayas, serves beautiful and mesmerizing scenic views. 

Best Time to visit:  May to November

Gaumukh Tapovan Valley Trek Uttarakhand

6. Tapovan: Tapovan is a very famous tourist destination near Auli. This is a worth-visiting spot near Joshimath. You can have a great time at the Tapovan hot springs too. This place is a natural wonder you should not miss visiting while exploring Here. 

Best Time to Visit – October to February (Summer) & May to July (Winter)

Best Things to do

Best Things to do in Auli

1. Skiing on the slopes of Mountain: Auli is the best skiing destination in India. This destination is a snowy paradise to visit in winter. Skiing is one of the best things to do here in December. This place attracts a huge crowd of tourists to enjoy skiing.

Best time: December to February

Trek to Valley of Flowers near by Laga Salude

2. Valley of Flower Trek: Valley of flowers is a must-visit place in Auli. It is located in the Nanda Devi National Park, the second-highest peak of India – Nanda Devi. You have to complete a trek of 10 km to reach here. Read more .

  • Duration: 5 Nights / 6 Days

Difficulty : Moderate

Chair Lift In laga salude Joshimath

3. Chair Lift: You should not miss the exciting and thrilling experience of enjoying a chair lift ride on your Auli Trip. You can enjoy chair lift services for reaching the Skiing Slopes of Laga salude from the main Joshimath. 

Entry: INR 500 (two-way ticket)

Distance: 800 m

Trekking to Kuari Pass Trek

4. Kuari Pass Trek: Kuari Pass Trek is a very famous trail that starts from Gurson Bugyal in Auli. It is a trek at the altitude of 12,516 feet and offers magnificent views of Nanda Devi & Kedarnath Peak along with breathtaking Dronagiri, Chaukhamba, Tali, and Chitrakantha top. Kuari Pass is a 4-day moderate trek ideal for beginners starting their trekking journey. Book Now!

Duration: 3 Nights / 4 Days

Gurson Bugyal - Gorson Bugyal Trekking

5. Trek to Gurson Bugyal: The trek from Auli to Gursan Bugyal is an exciting and adventurous experience. Adventure enthusiasts should take advantage of this exciting experience of their trip. If you visit this place in January, Gursan Bugyal Trek will be the main attraction for trekking here. You will be mesmerized by the views and clear views of Nanda Devi, Drona, and Trishul peak.

Distance: 4.7 km

Best Time: March to June 

Camping in Auli | Best Inside Activities to do in Auli

6. Camping: Camping is one of the most famous and adventurous activities you can experience in Auli. It will help if you don’t miss spending a night in the lap of nature. Sleep under the stars, enjoy a night of bonfires, relish local food, play fun games, and much more while camping under the beautiful skies here.

Recommended Campsites – Laga Salude woods & Nanda View

Price – 3500 – 4500 rupees per person

Best Time To Visit:

In Summer:  April to June is the perfect season for visiting Auli if you are not fond of snow. The weather is quite pleasant during this season. The temperature mostly ranges between 7-20 degree Celsius. Badri Kedar Festival is the main reason for tourists visiting here in June.

In Winter:  October to February is the best season to visit Auli if you want to enjoy snowy holidays. There is heavy snowfall in this season, which makes the place a paradise on earth. On the other hand, the temperature usually drops to -2 °C. January is the best month to enjoy major skiing festivals and championships here.

How To Reach:

By Bus:  To reach Auli, you must first reach Rishikesh by bus. From there, you can take a bus or a private cab to reach Joshimath. It will be a journey of 8-10 hours. You can take a cable car (ropeway) to reach here from Joshimath.

By Air:  The nearest airport is Dehradun Jollygrant Airport. From here, one can take state-run buses to reach Rishikesh. From Rishikesh, you can hire a private taxi or take a bus to reach Joshimath. Cabs go to Auli easily in the summer. In winter, the ropeway is the only transport to reach here from Joshimath.

By Train:  Yog Nagri Railway Station Rishikesh is the nearest railway station to Auli. Cabs and buses are the means of travel from here to Joshimath. And take a ropeway to reach here from Joshimath.

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Auli Travel Guide – Everything you need to know about visiting Auli

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Before we get into details about Auli, let’s first let you know that there are multiple Auli’s in India. The most common ones you will come across are the two shown in Uttarakhand in the map below.

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If you are looking for the Auli that’s a popular skiing destination then it’s the one on the right on the map above. Now, with that cleared, let’s talk about everything you need to know about Auli through this Auli travel guide.

Auli is a small hill station in the Chamoli district in the  Himalayan mountains of Uttarakhand. It is also known as Auli Bugyal, in Garhwali, which means “meadow”, and is located at an elevation of 2,800 meters (9,200 ft) above sea level. From June to October, the Auli valley becomes home to one of the highest number of flower species found anywhere in the world, with 520 species of high-altitude plants, 498 of which are flowering plants with significant populations of endangered species.

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Surrounded by oak and other coniferous trees, Auli has always been marketed as a ski destination by the local government. GMVNL or The Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam Limited runs a popular ski resort, a ski rental shop and the tourism department runs a cable car, a chairlift, and a ski lift, along with a maintained trek route.

Auli is one of the most picturesque hill stations, more so because it is relatively still unexploited and untouched by commercialization. The views of the snow-covered Himalayas combined with pristine lakes, dense forests, and lush green meadows are a treat to the eyes.

Our comprehensive Auli travel guide will give you detailed information about the best sites to see, places to stay along with information about skiing adventures in the serene hill destination. If you are planning a ride to Uttarakhand, you can check our amazing motorcycle tours here .

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How to reach Auli

To get to Auli, you will first have to reach either Delhi or Dehradun as they are the best transit points to the hill station. 

From Dehradun – The Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the closest airport to Auli. Once you are at the airport, you can take a private cab to Auli. However, since Auli is about 300 kms from there, it will cost you a bomb to travel by cab. Alternatively, you can book a bus to Joshimath which is just 15 kms from Auli. Once you are there, you can hire a cab to get to Auli. Alternatively, you can board a bus or a shared cab to reach Auli from Dehradun.

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If you are traveling by road then here are a couple of routes you can take.

Through Haridwar and Rishikesh

Delhi – Meerut – Haridwar – Rishikesh – Devprayag – Rudraprayag – Chamoli – Joshimath – Auli

Through Lansdowne

Delhi – Meerut – Bijnor – Najibabad – Lansdowne – Khirsu – Srinagar – Rudraprayag – Chamoli – Joshimath – Auli

Cable car from Joshimath to Auli

Now, this is a truly unique and adventurous experience. You can travel to Auli from Joshimath by cable car that is the longest gondola ride in Asia. The ride will cost you INR 700 per person but it’s definitely worth the money!

How to travel inside Auli

Auli doesn’t have a public transportation system and since it’s an offbeat destination the app-based transportation services aren’t available as well. The only way to travel within Auli and to neighboring areas is via a private cab. There are a few cab providers in Auli and you can book their services with the help of your hotel.

Best places to visit in Auli

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Gorson Bugyal

Situated at an altitude of 3,056 meters, Gorson Bugyal is an expansive green meadow surrounded by beautiful oak and coniferous trees. From Auli, you can reach there by a half-hour easy trek and will be awestruck by the magnificent views of the Himalayan range. However, if you want to keep exploring you can trek 1 km further towards Chattarkund which is famous for its sweet water and is located inside a dense forest. 

Hanuman Temple

As is with legends, sources say that Lord Hanuman took a break here during his quest for the Sanjeevani booti. The temple has stunning views of Mount Neelkanth from here and it’s a great spot to spend a couple of hours. If you are into religious tourism, then you could also explore many other temples located in and around Auli.

Did you know that the world’s highest man-made lake is located in Auli? Situated in the mountains the lake was developed to produce snow even during summers. The artificial snow is used to aid skiing and snowboarding sports all throughout the year.

Things to do in Auli

If developed the right way, Auli has the potential to become an Aspen like destination. But at this time, tourism in Auli is still in its nascent stages but attracting a lot of tourists at the same time. Facilities are at a bare minimum but you can enjoy the natural environments through some interesting activities. Our Auli travel guide highlights some of the must-do activities in Auli.

Trekking and hiking enthusiasts will love visiting Auli as this mountainous town has plenty of trails to offer. From breathtaking meadows to pristine lakes in forests – Auli has a magnitude of hidden beauties to explore. However, the most popular trekking spots in Auli are Chattrakund Lake, Gorson Bugyal, Tali, Kuari Pass, Khulara, and Tapovan. 

However, if you crave something more challenging then you can book guided trekking tours to Nanda Devi, Kamet, Mana Parvat, Dunagiri, and Joshimath from Auli.

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Auli is on track to become one of the top ski destinations in India and is slowly featuring on the world map as well. Each year Winter sports and skiing championships are organized which attracts lots of tourists not only from India but from all over the world. After the first snowfall of winter in December, skiing starts here. The skiing season lasts till March and you can book a resort with skiing facilities in Auli. Our Auli travel guide highlights where to get the skiing equipment along with details about travel, accommodation, and food for your ski trip.

Auli travel guide

The Auli ropeway and cable car is one of the major attractions in the mountain town and offers a panoramic view of the Himalayas. It is the second-highest and longest ropeway after Gulmarg Gondola Cable Car in Asia. You can get on it from either Auli or Joshimath and travel 4 kms. The cost of the ticket is INR 500 to INR 1000 per person for a round trip. 

Where to rent Ski equipment in Auli

Inside Auli, there are many places where you can rent ski equipment and our Auli travel guide highlights some of these options below.

GMVNL ski resort in Auli is a winter ski resort that has an integrated ski equipment rental shop as well. The shop is inside the GMVNL campus and you will need to rent the complete set from them. For the complete set, the pricing is around INR 1,200 per day and it includes the ski with bindings, boots, and ski poles. 

Another option is to rent the equipment from Auli Ski and Snowboarding school. You can pick up the equipment from their shop in Auli and make an advance booking online as well. This is a great option since during peak season it’s difficult to find spare equipment. There are a few local shops in Joshimath and Auli that rent out skiing equipment. However, while renting from them do check their quality and fitment.

What to eat in Auli

The Garhwali cuisine isn’t as popular as other Himalayan foods but it has its own distinct flavor and needs to be experienced. But the food options in Auli are very limited and chances are that the restaurants won’t serve local food. As is the case with every tourist destination in India, most of the food will be geared towards North Indian cuisines. 

However, there are a few homestays and local restaurants that serve Garhwali food. Garhwali cuisine comprises of dals, leafy vegetables, and rice. Some of the local delicacies include Kachmauli (stuffed goat with oil and spice), Bal Mithai, Singhori (a cone-shaped sweet wrapped in Malu Leaf), and many other delicacies.

Mobile network in Auli

With the advancement of technology and multiple players entering the market, there is no dearth of mobile connectivity in Auli. All major mobile network providers have good connectivity in Auli. However, if you go into the skiing areas, you might face low network coverage or no network at all. Most of the top hotels and resorts provide Wi-Fi coverage so you should be connected at all times.

ATM’s in Auli

Auli doesn’t have an ATM network yet so it is advisable to carry plenty of cash or make online payments. However, if you are in dire need of cash, then you will need to drive to Joshimath to use the ATMs.

Best time to visit Auli

Auli travel guide

Since it’s a hill station, Auli can be visited anytime during the year. However, most travelers come to see white Auli, covered in snow therefore it is better to visit during the winter season. But if there is excessive snowfall or landslides then getting here in the winters can be a bit challenging. So do your research and read our Auli travel guide before you book a winter vacation there.

Summers:  From March till June, Auli experiences is summer season. The absence of snow will reveal the barren side of the mountains that look like mounds of dirt! But the weather is ideal for outdoor activities as you can spend the whole day out in cool 15-degree temperatures. Many trekking enthusiasts flock to Auli during summers to explore trekking routes in the valley.

Monsoon:  The rainy season lasts from July to October in Auli. During this time, the temperature falls a little further and might go down to 10 degrees. It can rain quite a bit in Auli so if you plan to spend maximum time outdoors then this isn’t the best time to be there. Hence, I would recommend that you avoid traveling here during the rainy season.

Winters : The weather starts to cool down further from November onwards and the winter season continues till the beginning of March. Snowfall is a common occurrence during this time, attracting hordes of tourists from all over India.  Auli is famous for being a skiing destination and winters are the ideal time to enjoy this thrilling sport.

Festivals in Auli

Mata Murti Ka Mela

Celebrated in the month of September, the Mata Murti Ka Mela is a religious festival for the Hindus. On this day, Shri Badrinath’s mother is worshipped and a large procession is held at the Badrinath temple. According to legends, the holy river Ganges descended on earth from heaven. In Auli, this festival is celebrated with much fervor.

Auli Winter Carnival

During peak winters, Auli comes to life as it celebrates its snow day in January or February. The icy slopes in Auli start to buzz with skiers and snowboarders allowing them to indulge in this extremely fun sport. The main attraction of the winter games celebration is the skiing demonstration by the ITBP. This is usually the opening ceremony post which the skiing championship begins. People from different age groups and skill levels can take part in the competition. And if you are a spectator, you can enjoy the snowboarding challenge where participants from all over the world compete.

Hotels in Auli

Auli aims to be a world-class ski destination and travelers from all over the world come here to experience its ski slopes. Due to the influx of ski tourists, the hotel infrastructure has been built accordingly. Hotel prices in Auli aren’t as economical as other Himalayan destinations across India and average room prices are between INR 2,500 to INR 5,000 for two people. This is exclusive of meals and for 3 meals you will have to shell out INR 1,000 per person. For hotels and B&Bs in Auli, you can visit sites like Booking , MMT , ClearTrip , Yatra , and Airbnb , etc.

However, if you do want to stay money on accommodation, you can camp in Auli. The best way to do so would be to tie up with a camping service provider who will take care of tent stay and food for your camping adventure. 

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Auli Tourism- Best Places to Visit & Things to Do in Auli

Auli is a mind-blowing Himalayan retreat and an enchanting Hill Station destination of Uttarakhand. It is also known as the Skiing Capital of India. Due to heavy snowfall in winters, the entire landscape of Auli turned into a snow wonderland. Delightful to the romantic couples, best fairytale type views for nature lovers – the bliss of the Holidays in Auli will last in your senses for several years. In its great depth of beauty, you will rejuvenate your mind with the serene views. Snow is this landscape’s most expressive highlight. Tourists from all over the world come to Auli to witness the most beautiful snowfall in India. It is a beautiful winter destination of India. Families often plan their vacation in a hill station when the schools are closed – why not consider Auli this time for an amazing Himalayan holiday?

Special Highlights of Auli Tourism – The Snow Wonderland of India

  • Auli’s most beautiful feature is Snowfall. It’s a winter paradise and India’s best ski resort destination. Skiing is one of the best adventure activities to do in Auli.
  • You will see beautiful Oak and Coniferous forests most of the time in Auli.
  • It is also a gateway to Nanda Devi and the Valley of Flowers National Park. Don’t miss it, it’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its exquisite wildlife adventures and exotic floral species.
  • The cable car ride between Joshimath and Gurson will show you the best views of Snow-capped mountains and lush green landscapes of Garhwal region.

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Skiing in Uttarakhand

Auli is one of the best adventure tourism destinations in Uttarakhand. In fact, it is known as the Ski capital of India. You must indulge in this adventure once in a lifetime. The best time to ski in Auli is from the months of December to February.

Auli Artificial Lake

Artificial Lake Auli in Winter

Do you want the best views to pose for mind blowing photographs with your loved ones? Or do you want to experience delightful snowfall even when there is less snowfall? Don’t worry you will get to see everything awesome in Auli Artificial Lake. Adjacent to Cliff Top Hotel in Auli, This Lake is a very popular tourist attraction in Auli. Best for honeymoon couples and family day trips in Auli, you will see stunning views of Himalayan mountains. It is constructed by the government for tourism purposes. When there is less snowfall, this place offers the best snowfall views in Auli.  Photography becomes a blissful activity here. Also witness the scenic sunset.

Nanda Devi & Valley of Flowers National Park

Valley of Flowers National Park

One of the must visit tourist places near Auli. Enjoy the exotic wildlife and floral species of High-altitude Himalayan mountains at Nanda Devi & Valley of Flowers National Park . It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is the best place to add meaning to your adventures in Auli. It is blessed with an outstanding collection of endemic alpine flowers and rare endangered animal species such the Asiatic black bear, snow leopard, brown bear and blue sheep etc. In the month of August and September you will see the flowers in full bloom and glory. The captivating wilderness, beautiful serene streams and exotic flora and fauna makes this place one of the best reasons to explore Auli.

Ropeway Ride

Auli Ropeway

Enjoy a thrilling and captivating adventurous Ropeway ride from Auli’s GMVN Top to Joshimath. You will be mesmerized to see the beauty of Nanda Devi Peaks and all the greenery of the dense forests surrounding it.

Auli Meadows

The greenery of the meadows of Auli will enchant your mind. In summer camping is one of the best things to do in Auli. Camping in meadows amidst the hills and forests is a pleasure of a kind which cannot be explained in words.

Birdwatching

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You will see a lot of blissful Himalayan birds if you visit Govindghat, Pandukeshwar and Joshimath. Birds such as eagles, doves, woodpeckers, finch and Thrush Grey Bushchat etc. will make your birdwatching venture awesome.

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Trekking Delights for More Adventure Loving Tourists in Auli

Trekking in Uttarakhand

Holidays in Uttarakhand Himalayas will not be boring if you add some thrill to it. If you are not faint hearted and love to explore awesome treks, then you must do Trekking in and around Auli. Auli is blessed with absolutely gorgeous Himalayan slopes for trekking enthusiasts. Some Pleasurable and Challenging Treks to Do in & Around Auli are –

Beautiful views of Mt Kamet and Vasundhara tal Glacial Lake and embrace the lifestyle of quaint mountain villages. The trek is a challenging one. As it is the second highest mountain of Uttarakhand.

Kuari Pass Trek

It’s every mountain lover’s dream destination. Beautiful Oaks, Rhododendrons, stunning forests of Chitrkantha, the breathtaking Khullara meadow and mind-blowing views of Mt Dronagiri. You will get the most amazing views of the Himalayas here.  It is absolutely perfect for Beginners.

Gorson Bugyal Trek

Absolutely stunning alpine forests, small serene lakes and verdant green meadows – Gorson Bugyal Trek is a wonderful short trekking Trail in Auli. It’s nature’s paradise. You will see the magnificent Nanda Devi Peak, Mana Parvat, Kamet Peak, Hathi Ghoda and Nar Parvat etc. The jaw dropping beauty of this Himalayan paradise will make your adventure thrilling and memorable in Auli. Moreover, indulging in Gurson Bugyal Trek will be the most memorable trek journey to cherish for romantic honeymoon couples in Auli. Spend some romantic moments with your loved ones amidst the beauty of nature.

Chenab Lake Trek

Chenab Lake is a delightful crystalline water lake in Auli. It’s a reservoir and lifeline of the people living in Auli. It’s one of the most popular tourist attractions to visit in Auli. Adventure lovers loves to visit Chenab Lake for a thrilling trekking experience. You will be able to reach here after reaching Dang Village. The area surrounding Chenab Lake is a treasure trove of natural beauty. Lush green meadows, Oak and Deodar forests will surely soothe your eyes. This lake can only be reached by trekking journey from Dang Village due to bad road condition. The best time to enjoy Chenab Lake trek is from the months of May to October. Perfect for a family trip, capture the best views of nature in your lens for delightful memories.

“A walk-in nature walks the soul back home” – Mary Davis

Auli is worth visiting if you explore these trekking trails for the best adventurous Himalayan holidays in Uttarakhand.

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Other Top Tourist Attractions & Places to Visit in and around Auli

Jyotirmath Joshimath

You will absolutely fall in love with the divine aura of this place. Tourists visit here for a delightful winter Char Dham Yatra . Here the idol of Lord Badrinath is kept at Vasudev Temple in the Winter season. Joshimath is also one of the four Mathas established by Guru Shankaracharya in the 8th century. There are many temples such as Hanuman Mandir, the Gaurishankar Temple, the Ganesh Temple, the Naudevi Temple, Narsimha Temple and the Surya Temple.

Gopeshwar - Gopinath Mandir

Not very far from Auli and located in the district headquarters of Chamoli, Gopeshwar is a serene nature paradise to spend some amazing moments with your family and friends. It’s an offbeat gem of Uttarakhand.  Decked with majestic mountains, soothing streams, and breathtaking terrace farms, the ambiance of Gopeshwar will delight any nature loving soul. Don’t forget to visit Lord Gopeshwar Temple as it’s a landmark destination of Gopeshwar. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is said that Lord Shiva transformed into a Gopi to attend the Maha raas of Lord Krishna in Gopeshwar. He had to transform himself into a Gopi as only Krishna was allowed to enter the Maharaas. Which is also the reason why he is known as Gopeshwar. Devotees from all across India come here to get divine blessings of Lord Shiva.

Chattrakund

Situated in Joshimath, Chattrakund is a beautiful tourist attraction to explore near Auli. It is perfect for a day trip with family and friends. Absorb the peaceful ambiance of the lake and capture beautiful pictures of nature in your lens.

Saildhar Tapovan

Presence of a hot spring nearby makes this place a blissful refreshing paradise for the travelers. It is believed by the locals that the hot spring can cure a lot of skin diseases and has medicinal properties. Bathing in it would be beneficial. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions to explore near Auli.

Bhavishya Badri

Located in subhain Village, Bhavishya Badri is a small temple of Lord Vishnu. It is also known to be the future seat of Lord Badrinath after the end of Kalyug.  The immense natural beauty and peaceful ambiance will captivate your soul. It is one of the best places near Auli for spiritual rejuvenation.

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Best Time to Visit Auli in Uttarakhand

Auli in Winters

Every season in India has its own charm but if you really care about the best season and time then Winter Season (December to March) is the best time to enjoy a vacation in Auli hill station.

Reasons to Visit Auli in Winter

Best snowfall destination in uttarakhand.

True enchantment can only be found in Auli’s snow. Skiing is one of the best things to enjoy here. Beautiful Ski stretches will blow your heart away and you will not be able to resist yourself for skiing.

Nature’s Captivating Views

In winter you will get the best views of Joshimath, Pandukeshwar, and Gopeshwar. The hills and beautiful sunrises and sunsets are awesome. You will also get the mesmerizing views of Nanda Devi, Hathi Parvat, Mana Parvat, Neelkanth, Dunagiri and Nar Parvat etc.

Fun filled Gondola Ride

It is one of the longest Asian ropeway rides in India. Entire snow-covered white landscape of Auli can be seen from around 10,000ft. What a spine chilling yet a mesmerizing experience it would be?

Trekking to Gorson Bugyal

If you love adventures, then Trekking at Gurson Bugyal would be the best thing to do in Auli. During winter, the beautiful landscape of this amazing trekking trail is entirely covered in snow. The majestic peaks of Nanda Devi, Hathi Parvat, golden sunsets, dense forests with white snow patches – the views are awesome.

Important Note for Winter Season Travelers – If you wish to travel to Auli in Winter season, then you must know this fact that Auli receives heavy rainfall due to which the roads are not accessible for travel. The Only mode of transport is by ropeway ride from Joshimath. So, please set the ropeway ride timings for winter and plan your trip accordingly. If you reach late you will have to stay at the guest houses of Joshimath. The last Cable car leaves Joshimath at 4:30pm in winter season.

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Visiting Auli in Summer Season

Auli in Summer

Summer (March to June) in Auli can be equally blissful like winters if your preferences are different. A snow lover would visit Auli in Winter but If you are a nature lover you must visit Auli in Summer. Auli’s weather is outstanding if you want to enjoy a wonderful hill station vacation with family in Auli. For adventure lovers, trekking is one of the best activities to enjoy in Auli. The green landscapes and meadows of Auli will blow your mind and soul.

Summer Highlights for Auli Holidays

Gurson bugyal trek.

Gurson Bugyal Trek in summer offers amazing views of lush green meadows and alluring refreshing vibes of nature. It is a perfect spot for nature lovers. The nature here will become your real world and you will never want to reach the shore of the real world of plains.

In summer you will really enjoy snowfall views and the thrill of skiing if you visit Auli’s artificial Lake.  Built by the government it is the highest man-made artificial lake in India to extend the skiing season in Auli. It’s one of the best places to explore in summer in Auli.

Camping in Auli

In summer you can try camping with your near and dear ones in the beautiful landscapes and meadows of Auli. Just imagine a night under the starlit sky, lush greenery all around and bonfire! What a mind-blowing experience it would be.

Cable Car Ride

Of Course, you must enjoy cable car rides in Auli. It is one of the longest cable car rides in Asia which offers stunning nature views of Garhwal region and the entire serene landscape of Auli. It’s a complete visual treat.

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Visiting Auli in Monsoon Season

Auli Uttarakhand Himalaya

Monsoon (July to September) in Auli will refresh your spirit with its natural vistas. It receives moderate rainfall. If you want to enjoy the best of nature, then Monsoon is the season and the reason to visit Auli.

Monsoon Highlights for Auli Trip

Valley of Flowers is one of the most popular tourist attractions to visit if you are in Auli in monsoon season. Monsoon is the best time to explore this beautiful place. In the month of August to September the flowers in this valley will be in full bloom. Trekkers love this place for breathtaking views of nature, it’s the best place for nature photography.  September is also a time to see Mata Murti Ka Mela at Badrinath Temple.

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How to Reach Auli?

Nanda Devi Peak View from Auli

  • By Air – The best medium to reach Auli is by air. Jolly Grant Airport of Dehradun is the nearest airport to reach Auli. It is also well connected to all the other major cities. From the airport you will easily get a bus, taxi or cab to reach Joshimath. From Joshimath you will have to either go by a ropeway ride or by road to reach Auli. You will get a bus for Auli from Joshimath.
  • By Train- On NH58, Rishikesh Railway Station is the best mode to reach Auli if you wish to go by train. It is also connected to all the motorable roads of India. You will get a cab or bus to reach Joshimath and from Joshimath Auli is not very far. You will reach Auli from Joshimath by a ropeway ride or by Bus. Haridwar is also one of the nearest places to reach Auli. You can also get buses from Haridwar for Joshimath.
  • By Road – Auli is a very popular hill station destination of Uttarakhand. So, it is well connected to all the major cities of Uttarakhand such as Haridwar, Rishikesh and Dehradun. You will easily get a bus or cab from Joshimath to reach Auli. Auli is 14km away from Joshimath.

Note – Finding a bus would be lot easier in Rishikesh and Haridwar than Dehradun for Joshimath. From Joshimath if you are booking a taxi to Auli would be very costly So you should book taxis from Haridwar or Rishikesh to Auli Directly instead of Joshimath.

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Where to Stay in Auli?

Auli Resort Uttarakhand

When it comes to the stay options in Auli, you will find the best adobe to relax and rejuvenate your senses. Auli is one of the most popular hill Station destinations of India. Be it a snow lover, backpacker, couples or family, Auli touches the soul of all and gives them the best travel experiences to cherish for a lifetime. There are so many accommodation options in Auli which will make your holiday trip at Auli one of the best.  From budget, 5-star hotels and resorts to decent homestays, you will get every kind of stay option according to your needs and preferences. In terms of tourist destination Auli is already a wonderful place but in accommodation options – it will give you a mesmerizing stay experience.

If you want to enjoy the best holidays in Auli the here is a list of some of the best stay places to look for –

Accommodation Category – Budget

  • The Himalayan Abode – Bliss for Budget as well as Luxury Travelers. Here rooms are gorgeous with mountain and river side views.
  • Hotel Manik Resort – Experience their local Himalayan village lifestyle. The rooms are well furnished, and the staff is friendly to the tourists. You will get deluxe as well as dormitory rooms for comfortable stay.

Accommodation Category – Luxury

  • Blue Poppy Resorts – It has 24 Beautiful huts with modern facilities. You will get the best views of Hathi Ghoda, Nanda Devi Peaks etc. You will also get trekking and camping facilities. For bird watchers it is one of the best places to stay. You will see a lot of Himalayan rare birds around the locality.
  • Cliff Top Club Resort – Very scenic location. Waking up to the views of Enchanting Garhwal Himalayas surrounded with mesmerizing dense forests makes life blissful when you are in Auli.
  • The Royal Village – You will see the most picturesque location of Auli if you book The Royal Village. The awesome views of Himalayan peaks will blow your heart away. You will also get the experience of living in a fully equipped log huts and cottages if you want.

Accommodation Category – Homestays

  • Dream Mountain Resort – It offers all necessities to the tourists for a comfortable stay. Mesmerizing views of nature can be enjoyed in private balconies. It is absolutely pocket friendly.
  • Nanda View Resort – It is a perfect place for spending a relaxing time with family and friends. If you are a couple, then you will get the best views of beautiful snowcapped Nanda Devi. The rooms are very clean and equipped with decent facilities. Delightful food and friendly staff make this place quite blissful to stay.

Note – July to November is the best time to get budget stay options in Auli.

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Let’s Make Your Travel Comfortable and Enjoyable! Wonderful Travel Tips for Auli

Huts Resort in Auli Uttarakhand

  • If you are traveling to Auli in peak tourist season then it is better to book your stay in advance. You will get budget hotels in Joshimath and it also has a proper marketplace. But if you really want to enjoy the views of nature and mountains, Auli’s GMVN houses are best. You will also find cheap hotels at Karanprayag, Pipalkoti and Chamoli.
  • There are no ATMs in Auli. You will get ATM’s in Joshimath. So, it is better to keep extra cash.
  • Always carry necessary documents such as ID proof, license and passport etc.
  • In winter, only cable cars are operational. So, note the timing of cable cars to reach Auli. The cable Car Ride will cost you around INR-500/-. You will reach Auli within an hour. Another option is to get a horse to reach Auli Bugyal. This will cost you around INR-400 to 500/-.
  • Do not expect very fancy hotels and restaurants in Auli. You will get the best food in decent Dhabas and small restaurants. Also, you will get good food from your booked hotel. Most Of the hotels here have their own menu.
  • If you love shopping, then Joshimath would be the best option. In Auli you will only get small shops of souvenirs and small stuff.
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Auli’s magical charm has been captivating the souls of wanderers for decades. It’s universally acknowledged that if a person visits Auli for once, he or she will definitely resist going back to their town. So, be the one. Plan an awesome vacation to Auli.

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Auli Tourism And Travel Guide

Auli is the dream of Yash Chopra films; a mountainous town known for its specially maintained ski routes. Adjudged one of the best skiing grounds, Auli is situated in Uttarakhand , India , and lies lazing in the lap of the Himalayas. The best time to visit Auli for ski-enthusiasts is from January to April, while leisure seekers are welcome in summer for great sightseeing. The place is well connected and can be reached by air, rail and road. Cable Cars are also one of their special modes of transport.

When in Auli, you will find yourself spoilt for choice for the variety of things to do. From Cable Car rides and treks up Trishul Peaks, traipsing through Nanda Devi National Park for a glimpse of Snow Leopards and Foxes to pilgrim trips to Joshimath and Rudraprayag ; a long itinerary awaits you. And of course, there is skiing too! Read on to get an overview of Auli.

How to Reach

How to Reach:  Auli Tourism And Travel Guide

Auli may be nestled in the hills, but with its world-renowned ski grounds and such enthralling views, the place has been well connected by major modes of transport. Joshimath is the nearest destination which is connected to Auli by road and ropeway (cable cars). Although air, rail and road, all three will take you to Auli, the cable car rides are thrilling to no end. 

The Jolly Grant Airport ( Dehradun ) is 149 km away from Auli and the nearest airport. Buses, coaches, taxis or cars can be taken from here to Joshimath, from where either a remote road is taken or cable car ride to Auli.

By  Rail:

Haridwar is the nearest railway station to Auli, located 273 km away. Again, there are buses plying from Haridwar to Joshimath or you can hire a car. 

By  Road:

Major cities of Uttarakhand like Dehradun, Rishikesh and Haridwar ply regular buses to Joshimath. You can hire a car from Joshimath or take the cable car ride up to Auli, which is only 10 km away.

  • How To Reach Auli

Weather and Best Time to Visit

Weather and Best Time to Visit:  Auli Tourism And Travel Guide

Auli has a beautifully pleasant weather almost all year round. Equipped with artificially distributed snow to maintain ski tracks in off season months, Auli becomes a coveted destination all year round. However, January to April becomes ideal for skiing and the summer season from April to June for sightseeing.

Summer (April-June):

Temperatures range anywhere between 7-20°C, and never go above 20°C. The season is warm and sightseeing at its best. The Badri Kedar festival also falls in June, which means a crowd of pilgrims stopping over on their way to Kedarnath .

Monsoon (July-September):

Auli is blessed with moderate amount of rain each year and this rain brings the blooming of flowers in the region. The Valley Of Flowers , a famous trek, opens its arms in this season. This season is mainly dominated by pilgrim tourists for the Mata Murti ka mela at Badrinath Temple, which takes place in September.

Winter (October-February):

Winters are mildly cold for a town at this height. With temperatures dropping to -2°C, Auli is tucked under a blanket of snow. By January though, the texture of snow becomes powdered and thick, a perfect combination for skiing. Hence the major skiing season begins then and lasts until April, with skiing competitions and tournaments taking place.

  • Auli Weather And Best Time To Visit Auli

Things to Do

Things to Do:  Auli Tourism And Travel Guide

Auli is a skiing paradise, but that does not mean it doesn't have much else to do. For nature enthusiasts, leisure seekers as well as pilgrims, this hill station caters to all.

Auli is known for its trekking routes as well as it is for skiing. You can hike up Nanda Devi, Trishul Peaks or Dron mountain. Trishul is a collection of three peaks, one of them being the first peak over 7000 m to be conquered in 1907. Gurson Bugyal is another famous trek that rewards you with a breathtaking view from the top.

Nature Walks:

The Gorson Reserve Forest in Nanda Devi makes for an enchanting nature walk. You are sure to spot musk deer, rabbits, foxes, hyenas and jackals. On lucky days, there are also bound to be snow leopards. Take this nature walk through the natural wildlife of Himalayas.

Sightseeing:

Auli boasts of some great sights. How could it not? With its ice-capped mountains, slashed curves of hills and lines of oaks and deodars, Auli offers a lot of tourist places to soak your eyes.

Go to the Gurson Bugyal, a spot at 3056 m above sea level offering the view of Trishul peaks. The Auli Artificial Lake is another beauty. Though man-made in nature, it is a marvel no less, for its use as a source of artificial snow for maintaining ski tracks during off season. 

Chenab Lake is another marvel, natural. It is difficult to reach this lake and one is required to trek across inhospitable roads, cross Joshimath and Dang village. But the peace here is worth every effort.

Pilgrimage:

Uttarakhand is home to many a pilgrimages of India , including Haridwar . Auli is situated very near to some of the prayags (confluence of two rivers) which are considered very sacred in Hinduism. Visit Nandaprayag for the famous Gopal (Krishna as a cowherd) temple and Joshimath for Narsimha Temple. This temple is supposed to house the deity of Badrivishal during the winter months when Badrinath freezes.

Cable Car Rides:

Aside from its use as a local mode of transport in Auli, the cable cars are a thrilling adventure ride. Especially the ride from Auli to Joshimath, which is 4 km long and one of the highest and longest in the country. 

It is essential you take the cable car ride here, at least once. If you are doing so in the skiing season then the view is all the more beautiful with tiny human-ants zooming zig zag on the white that is a sheet of snow.

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Skiing:  Auli Tourism And Travel Guide

Skiing should be an unmissable item on your list in the land known for skiing. The two main resorts, namely GMVN (owned by Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam) and Cliff Top Resort are the best holiday destinations for skiing.

The snow covered grounds of Auli are perfect for skiing and if you don’t know it, you have ample opportunities to learn at their schools. The mountains of Kamat, Mana parvat, Ghori and Nanda Devi have some of the best ski routes. Hikers are also very fascinated with these routes, which are smooth and well-cleared, with powdered snow almost 3 m deep.

GMVN also has snow beaters that keep the snow prepped for skiing all year round. In summers or in times of dearth of snow, the Auli Artificial Lake supplies snow to these routes.

The best time to go skiing in Auli is between January and April; with perfect weather, perfectly textured snow and festivals and championships organised by the locals.

Food:  Auli Tourism And Travel Guide

Auli boasts of rich Garhwali cuisine, filled with dals, leafy greens and rice. A speciality is Kachmauli, goat stuffed and tempered in mustard oil. The sweets of Garhwal are also famous and do good to the body in cold, dry air. Bal mithai and singhori are famous sweetmeats of this region.

You must also try the Bhotiya (green tea), specially concocted only in this region of Garhwal. It may not be easily available but is served at tea stalls on special request.

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Auli is a city in the Indian state of Uttarakhand . Auli is nestled in the lap of snow-capped peaks of Garhwal Himalayas, in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand , near the religious shrine of Badrinath. At an altitude of 2,500 to 3,050 m above sea level, Auli’s slopes are flanked by coniferous and oak forests, which offer a panoramic view of mountains such as Nanda Devi and Mana Parbat.

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By plane [ edit ].

For those travelling by air, the nearest airport is Jolly Grant, Dehradun, 17 km from Rishikesh, 273 km from Joshimath.

By train [ edit ]

Coming from any part of India, the nearest rail head is Haridwar 299 km from Auli. Catch a train to New Delhi Station. From New Delhi one can catch a train for Haridwar. It takes more than 7 hours to reach Haridwar (Shatabdi/JanShatabdi takes 6 hours).

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Auli is only a 13 km drive from Joshimath. State transport and Union buses play regularly between Joshimath and Rishikesh (253 km). Local Transport Union Buses and State Transport buses operate between Joshimath and Rishikesh (253 km), Haridwar (277 km), Dehradun (298 km) and Delhi (500 km). From Joshimath onwards, both bus and taxi services are available for Auli. Deluxe coaches can also be arranged with prior notice for the group of 15 people or more. If you are dropping at New Delhi and want to go by Bus then take a Metro Train to ISBT - Kashmere Gate. From there one can catch Bus of DTC/UPSRTC/UTC. Only problem is that there are no fixed timetable and every person in charge will promise you many things. Don't fall in the trap of private tour operator. They all will say bus is just leaving and what not. So be prepared for confusion. You may loose your temper. Check the bus condition before boarding as road from New Delhi to Haridwar is long [7-8 hrs] and some patches are in very bad conditions, comfortable seats are must. Once you are at Haridwar stay overnight and catch a bus leaving bus stand opposite railway station at around 3:30AM. This bus is the only way to reach Joshimath in 10 or more hours if you are planning to catch Cable Car (last ride 3:30PM). Other option is to book Car from the Car Union Off opposite Bus stand they normally charge ₹3000 or more for Joshimath Dropping for Ambassador which is best for 4 people. Whether in bus or car please sit on right hand side window for magnificent view, road to Joshimath runs parallel to holy river Ganga and Alaknanda which falls on right side.

Get around [ edit ]

By cable car [ edit ].

The most popular way to drop in at Auli is by the cable car service which runs for 3 km. This cable holds a record of longest in Asia with total length of 4.15 km. Its lower tower is at 1906 m from MSL and the upper tower is at 3016 m. It takes around 15 minutes to complete this ride at a speed of 5 m/sec. Charges are ₹1000 for round trip. The chair lift operates from Tower 8 of ropeway all the way down to GMVN Ski Resort. Charges are ₹500 for round trip.

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Gurson Bugyal - around 3 km from Auli, Gurso Bugyal or Gorson Bugyal is a spectacular meadow surrounded by dense forest of oaks and conifers. Situated at an elevation of 3,056 m, the high-altitude grassland is a brilliant green carpet in summer and a snow-covered magical land in winter. It's a good trek for beginners and offers spectacular views of Nanda Devi, Trishul and Dron Parvat peaks. This place is only about 1.5 km away from the last ropeway tower in Auli.

Chattrakund - Chattrakund is at a distance of 4 km from Auli – just one km beyond Gurson bugyal. Situated as an altitude of 3,300 m, this small lake is surrounded by verdant greenery and this place offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. Visitors are enthralled by the picturesque settings and tranquility of this place,

Auli Lake - The highest artificial lake in the world, it provides a serene and calm atmosphere. The flawless turquoise lake bordered by lush green slopes, looks picture-perfect and can be accessed through the cable car. In winter, when snow carpets the grass, the lake shines like a jewel embedded in the white. Located approximately 15 km from Auli, it is a small village known for natural hot-water spring and temple. Explore the traditional handicrafts of the region here and feel at home among the warm local residents

Tapovan - approximately 15 km from Auli, it is a small village known for natural hot-water spring and temple. Explore the traditional handicrafts of the region here and feel at home among the warm local residents.

16 km from Joshimath and accessible by a good motorable road is the ski resort of Auli. The season extends from January to March, during this time skiing festivals and the National Championships are held. The Auli slopes, descending from 3049 to 2915 m, are flanked by conifers and oaks, which cut wind velocity. You get a 180-degree view of Himalayan peaks, which include Nanda Devi (7817 m), Kamet (7756 m), Mana Parvat (7273 m) and Dunagiri (7066 m).

A 500 m long ski-lift and an 800 m long chair-lift link the upper and lower slopes, and snow beaters and snow-packing machines maintain the smoothness of the slopes. Skiers can enjoy almost 20 km of virgin slopes, which provide excellent opportunities for cross-country, slalom and down-hill skiing events.

Bring woollen clothing, cap, socks, dark glasses, gloves, mufflers, pullovers, wind-proof jacket, gum/snow boots and a torch light. At Auli where the temperatures drop to as low as -8° C in winters, although it is moderately cold in the summers.

Joshimath - Joshimath is an ancient town settled in 8th century AD. This town is 10 km before the Auli hill station and is an important town for the Indian Army. Joshimath Cantonment is one of the important military stations of Indian Army, present in Uttarakhand. In winters, when Badrinath become inaccessible by tourists, the idol of Badri Vishal resides in the Narsingh Temple of Joshimath.

Do [ edit ]

Training courses in skiing: training courses are conducted in modules of 7 and 14 days. Training is imparted to the enrolled persons in modern skiing techniques by qualified instructors from Skiing and Tourist Resorts, Auli and Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering, Gulmarg.

Best option for those who want to learn basic skiing and save money enrol with the GMVNL basic course as the cost of the package is inclusive of chair-lift (₹100 return) and accommodation (better than the ₹750 wooden hut) and food (casual eating will cost ₹60/pp each time) and gear.

Trekking - From Auli, one can trek up to Himalayan peaks such as Nanda Devi, Kamat, Mana Parvat and Dunagiri. Joshimath to Auli is about 14 km. Walking on snow-laden paths in winters or lush alpine meadows during summers, the offbeat trails of Auli are an unparalleled attraction for trekkers and nature lovers. The green expanse of Gurson (Gorson) bugyal meadow is just 3 km from Auli and it connects with the trekking trail to Kuari Pass.

Eat [ edit ]

There is a government-run small café where you can find coffee, tea or some snacks like Maggi Noodles. Other than this, there are hardly any eating places nearby. Even at this café the prices are highly inflated mainly because there are few modes of transport to move the stock from Joshimath.

  • The Alpine Restaurant ( Alpine Restaurant ). The Alpine Restaurant creates an inviting atmosphere, perfect for both intimate dinners and casual gatherings with the option of open-air dining overlooking the mighty mountain. Whether you're dining solo, with a loved one, or with friends, our restaurant provides a tranquil escape from the outside world. ( updated Sep 2023 )

Sleep [ edit ]

Alpine cottages and log huts prove to be a more exciting choice. Also available are catering services, adequate heating arrangements, a round-the-clock hot water supply and, of course, warm hospitality, all of which ensure a comfortable and memorable stay. The above modes of accommodation are supplemented by a wide network of luxurious yet affordable hotels and rest-houses all along the route (at Dehradun, Rishikesh, Devprayag, Srinagar, Rudraprayag, Gauchar, Karanprayag, Nand-Prayag, Pipalkoti and Joshimath).

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Royal village, Auli

  • BlackBerry Cottages & Resort Auli ( Blackberry Cottages ), Jhangriya Band Near TV Tower, Auli Road ( 5-10 min drive from Joshimath ), ☏ +91 9555934279 , [email protected] . Check-in: 1:00 PM , check-out: 11:00 AM . Blackberry Cottage and Resort, Auli offers options of A-shaped cottages and Family Suite. The cottages and rooms are well furnished with comfortable rooms offering panoramic views of the mountains and easy access to the skiing slopes. 4500 . ( updated Sep 2023 )

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  • Badrinath , one of the most holy towns in Hinduism , is only 57 km (35 mi) north of Auli.
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One interesting thing about Auli is that over here you will get the best of both the words – snow peaked high mountains and also apple orchards and pine trees. During winters you can enjoy snow all around the place and during summers you can get lost amidst the picturesque mountains.

This guide will answer all your questions about this place, from Auli’s weather, how to reach from Delhi, best to visit it and accommodation.

Auli is famous as a skiing spot of India, which is connected with two cable cars running – one from Joshimath and another one in Auli itself. In here, you will be able to see the snow-capped beauty of Garhwal Himalayas, along with Nanda Devi, Mana Parvat and Kamat Kamet.

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5 Interesting Things to Know About Auli

There are several places to see and experience in Auli. It is a really small place and reaching from one location to another is easy. It also offers a breathtaking view of several mountains so it is easy to sit and have tea and relax. Below you will find all the details of the places you can visit in Auli. 

Highest Man Made Lake

Auli has the world’s highest man-made lake. It is so picturesque and beautiful, lying right in the middle of the slopes and high mountains. The reason behind the construction of this lake was to produce snow even during the summer time which makes it the perfect place for skiing as well as for the winter games.

360-degree view of the Himalayas, Nanda Devi

Auli provides beautiful panoramic views of the mountains from wherever you look. From here, you can see the second tallest mountain of India – Nanda Devi (the sleeping beauty), along with Mana Parbat and Dronagiri. The best part would be if you experience these hill station during the winters as the mountains are painted beautifully with snow, making it glisten amidst the sun rays.

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Asia’s Longest Gondola Ride, Chair Car Ride

So there are two ropeways running in Auli. One is known as Gondola – Asia’s longest ropeway that stretches from Joshimath to the skiing spot, covering a track distance of 4.15 KMs in 22 minutes and costs around INR 1000/-. The other one is the chair car ride of INR 300/- which stretches from GMNV to Auli. Another difference between the two is that Gondola is a small cubicle which is covered with glass windows; tourists stand inside it and covers a stretch of 5 KMs, however, chair car is an open stack of chairs (literally).

How thrilling, floating midair and seeing patches of snow and greenery down below you in open.

Experience Skiing amidst stunning views 

Auli is regarded as the best destination for skiing in India and one can ski here all around the season as the artificial lake here helps in making the snow during summers as well. One can ski here as a professional or as a tandem. The tandem ski costs around INR 400/- per hour per person. A person can also take a ski training program which is a 15-day program.

The best part is if you are skiing for the first time, don’t worry, you can come here and trying skiing as the trainers are always with you guiding you on how to ski.

If you wish to ski, the best place to do so would be in Gulmarg, Kashmir. Also read –  Is It Safe to Travel Solo to Kashmir?

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Go Trekking on well-known routes 

If you are a trek lover, you can also trek through the hidden pathways to explore the real beauty of the Garhwal hills. Below is a list of trekking spots one can go on to –

  • Auli – Gorson (3 KMs)
  • Gorson – Tali (6 KMs)
  • Tali – Chitrakantha (4 KMs)
  • Chitrakantha – Gailgarh (3 KMs)
  • Gailgarh – Kuari Pass (5 KMs)
  • Kuari Pass – Khulara (12 KMs)
  • Khulara – Tapovan (9 KMs)
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Best Time to Visit Auli

Auli’s weather month by month-

  • Winters : November to February 
  • Summers : March to June
  • Monssons : July to October

Auli can be visited all around the year, however, if you want to experience snow and cold, January and February are the best time for this. During these months Auli’s weather is colder as compared to the rest of the years. The temperature can also go in negative during the night time.

Although if you want to escape the heat of your city, you can go in May and June to this location, however, snow will be dire at this time. The other months will give you pleasant weather and picturesque sites. The temperature is moderate as well. Basically, you can go to Auli any time, it will totally depend on the purpose and kind of weather you are looking for.

But I would highly recommend you to avoid going here during the rainy season. Not only because Himalchal is prone to landslides, but also because you might be stuck in your hotel rooms due to rain showers.

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How to Reach Auli

The most economical and easiest way to reach Auli is from Delhi if you are coming from far off places. A flight to Delhi from other states would be cheaper compared to the nearest airport which is Jolly Grant airport. I am discussing all the possible routes though, from Delhi or otherwise 🙂

By flight, if you are coming from outside Delhi

The nearest airport to Auli is Dehradun – Jolly Grant Airport and from here one can either take a cab to Auli or follow the bus route that I have mentioned below. A side note though, the distance between Dehradun and Auli is around 300 KMs away. So I would strongly recommend taking a flight till Delhi itself as the commute is easily available from Delhi for Uttarakhand. You can travel through the night and cover major distance till Auli.

Delhi to Auli by Road

There is no direct transportation to Auli from Delhi until you have hired your own private vehicle. Best is to reach either Rishikesh or Dehradun and take another mode of transportation from here.

Ways to Reach Rishikesh from Delhi

By train and bus.

If you want to reach Dehradun via train, take Dehradun Shatabdi Express that reaches Rishikesh early in the morning. From here you can take a bus or a tourist car. I would suggest booking the train well in advance on the irctc website since the seats on trains book fast.

Buses are the best option if you are on a budget. There are no direct buses from Delhi to Auli, however, you can travel to Rishikesh overnight and then take a bus from Rishikesh to Auli which starts early in the morning.

Ways to Reach Auli from Rishikesh/Dehradun

By shared taxi.

The start point to take a shared taxi is Rishikesh. You can take any mode of transport to reach Rishikesh – either a train or a bus and from here you can opt for a shared taxi. We opted for a shared cab as well from Rishikesh to Auli that cost us INR 700/- per person. However, the price can vary between INR 300/- to INR 1,000/- depending on how good you are at bargaining.

The bus leaves some time between 5-7 AM and costs somewhere around INR 300/-.

Another option could be to take a bus to Joshimath which runs more frequently from Rishikesh. Further, then from Joshimath, there are numerous routes that you can opt – bus or a cab or a cable car. The distance between Joshimath and Auli is around 16 KMs.

Joshimath to Auli by cable car

If you want the best of both the worlds, one option is to reach Joshimath from Rishikesh by following any of the routes – car, shared taxi, buses (as mentioned above). From Joshimath, you can take a cable car that costs INR 700/-. The gandola ride is the longest in the whole of Asia and definitely worth the experience.

Where to Stay

You can stay in Joshimath and travel from this place to Auli. But to really soak in the surroundings of Auli, best is to stay in Auli itself.

We booked ‘ Manik hotel ‘ on the spot and got a room for INR 1500/-. You will also find resorts and other expensive hotels here. However, since Auli has a limited option to stay, it is best to book beforehand during peak seasons, as well as, during extended holidays.

The best thing about this website is that you do not have to pay any amount in advance. Just reserve the room through them 🙂

Auli’s 4 Days Itinerary

While the number of days can be extended as per your preference and things you want to do. If you want to commence on treks, you will be needing more days of course. Below, I am providing the itinerary for those who want to explore only the areas in Auli.

Day 0: Begin Your Journey From Delhi

Board an overnight bus from any of the two points – ISBT Kashmiri Gate or Anand Vihar ISBT. The bus usually takes about 6 to 7 hours to reach till Rishikesh

Day 1: Rishikesh to Joshimath to Auli

Like I said above, you can follow several routes to reach Auli. You would be able to find a shared taxi easily. Buses leave early in the morning. Once we reached Rishikesh bus stand, we had a cup of tea and snacks at the dhaba which was right outside the bus stand. Although buses were available for Joshimath, we took a shared cab since it would have been faster to reach.

Note that, you will only be able to reach Auli by afternoon. So today, it would be best to relax in your hotel and soak in the surrounding viewpoints which are absolutely gorgeous.

Day 2: Cable Chair and Skiing

Today, after breakfast, go to the cable chair for a ride which will take you to a little height. From here, you will be able to see the man made lake. Walk a little towards the left and you will reach the skiing point of Auli. Even if you are not a pro at skiing, there will be guides to help you with your first experience.

Remember , it gets a little cold as you reach a height. Do carry warm clothes and jackets. You will also be able to find 2-3 food joints that serve snacks and tea.

Alternatively , if you are in Joshimath, you can take the gandola ride that takes 25 minutes to reach Auli. It directly stops at the skiing point itself.

Day 3: Explore the town and the temples

Auli is famous for its spiritual presence as well. There is a Hanuman temple here and it is believed that in Auli, Hanuman Ji rested here when he was carrying ‘Sanjvini’ herb for Laxman. Mythology says, while fighting a war in Sri Lanka, Lord Rama’s younger brother Laxman was badly hurt. Only the ‘Sanjivini’ herb would have been able to cure him and this herb was only found in the Himalayan region.

Day 4: Auli to Delhi

The bus leaves early in the morning from Auli for Rishikesh. However, here is a pro tip : If you are comfortable in a shared taxi only, best is to take the number of the driver that dropped you off to Auli on the first day and make arrangements with him to drop you off till Rishikesh as well.

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Clothes to Wear – Checklist

Well if you are travelling here during winters the temperature goes down to as low as -8° C, thus it is essential to keep all these during that seasons, however, in summers the temperature goes up till 20° C. Below, I am providing a checklist that you should take with you in Auli, whether winters or summers.

  • Thermal Inners : This should be your base layer as it traps your body heat and keeps you warm. Although during the summer season the need for thermals is not that much. A sweater and a jacket would suffice, but during the winter season, I highly suggest you invest in this. Further, they do not take that much space as well in your backpack
  • Down Jacket: Have a good warm down jacket that is water resistant as well as withstands negative temperatures. This helps in further trapping of the heat
  • Gloves/Muffler/Woollen Cap:  All these are essential, especially in winters. In colder areas, it is important to keep your head covered. Consider buying the below one – 
  • Socks : Merino wool is the best and the warmest socks that I have tried lately. You can buy merino socks from the link below –
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Paper Soaps
  • Tooth Paste/Tooth Brush
  • Towel/Toilet Paper
  • Moisturizer
  • Day Pack Bag
  • UV Sunglasses
  • Water Bottle
  • Snow boots/trekking shoes – You can get snow boots and equipment for skiing from the operators only

Also read – Chadar Trek Essentials

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I think Auli is the best place to go to for four days, and especially during the winters. It is not only picturesque but a perfect getaway for adventurous activities like skiing. If you are planning to go here, just go ahead with the plan without giving a second thought.

Do let us know if this guide helps you in any way, and comment below your queries, we will get back to you! 🙂

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Shruti

Very useful and detailed post..Thanks for this 🙂

Radhika Sharma

Thank you Shruti. Do let us know how your trip went 🙂

Mohit

How much time does it takes from Rishikesh to auli via bus or cab?

nomllers

Hi Mohit, It takes around 7-8 hours via cab and 9-10 hours via bus.

Dipika

Dates plzz..

Hi Dipika, Could you please elaborate the dates part?

Pamela Mukherjee

Beautiful and detailed post Rads.. Loved to read 😊

Thank you Pamela. Glad you liked the post! 🙂

Urmil Thacker

It’s very useful.

Thanks a lot Urmil. 🙂

Rajahmani

Its amazing information provided . Thank you.

Thank you so much Rajahmani. Glad that you found it amazing 🙂

A bright Spot

Loved the post. Need some advice on the travel piece.. We are planning for the 1st week of Dec and want minimum travel since travelling from Delhi.

What route is better? Delhi – Dehrarun (Train) – Auli Delhi – rishikesh – joshimath – auli ( cabs)

I’m little confused. Thanks in advance 🙂

Hey There 🙂

You can opt for both the routes. From Rishikesh you can directly get a bus/cab to Auli, you don’t have to worry about that 🙂

Purusharth Jain

Do we have option to carry our own tents ?

Hey Purusharth, where exactly do you want to camp? 🙂

surbhid

hi ! loved this blog, i’am planning a trip to auli soon, just wanted to know where do you stay?

Thank you! Delhi 🙂

Ramit Sengupta

Well drafted write-up and nice capture.

Thank you Ramit 🙂

Aradhya

Hey… Was there an option of camping?? And if yes then which place in auli

Hi Aradhya,

I am sorry I did not camp in Auli so won’t be able to help. Maybe at the base where skiing slopes are there, it might be possible in that area as it is a great spot for pitching a tent.

.Tariz Ansari

Thank you very much this information is very helpful for me

Glad Tariz. I hope you have an amazing time 🙂

Ramya

Hi nice and useful article, we are planning to go to auli in november from delhi . we stay in hyderabad. Can you please help me out with some travel agencies to plan our trip.

Rishav Bhutra

Hi. That is really a nice and useful article and great pictures. I had a query. I want to go Auli for Skiing and Snow. What would be the best month.

Ranjith V

How will be the place during Mid December?

Amazing. It just snowed there today 🙂

rahul bhutani

Hey could there be an issue travelling to auli with my parents during December? They are in mid-50s.

I do not think so. It is just at 2,500 metres. But take clothes and all as it will be very cold!

Also, could you recommend some mid to high range hotels in Auli? I am looking for something near the chaircar stations.

Btw great post

You can check the search tool of Booking.com 🙂 It is given in the post. It will suggest everything!

shakti singh

Can i go sola

Anupama

Hey Radhika! Your guide was very useful when I was planning my Auli trip. Just wanted to let you know that the gandola ride is for Rs 1000 now, so you can update the cost in your guide 🙂 love your blog!

Devdutta

Can u provide the hotel details in auli need it for booking

Vats palan

hey Radhika it was very usefull …. i got all the details i wanted except for one….. can we pitch our own private tents in auli…..

deep rana

Its such good article! For sharing content and such nice information for me. I hope you will share some more content about. Please keep sharing!

Sanjay

Do we need to take permission if we are going on trekking in AULI..??

Tan

Thank you for the details

Nash

Hey Is it possible to travel to Auli or Joshimath with our own car, with an experienced driver ofcourse? How is the route?? Any travel restrictions? Anything to worry about?

Jessica

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Best time to visit Auli

Best Time to Visit Auli

You can be sure that anyone planning a summer holiday in Auli will have an amazing time surrounded by snow, rugged mountains, beautiful landscapes, and sheer happiness at all times. Only in this winter paradise can one make the most of the sun, snow, and slopes in the summertime. One of India's greatest hill stations, Auli is well-known for being a ski resort. Travel here in the summer to escape the heat. 

Auli is enclosed by famous Himalayan peaks including Nanda Devi, Mana Parvat, and Kamat Kamat and sits at an elevation of around 2,800 meters (9,200 ft) above sea level. Being a popular location for winter activities, the area is well-known for its ski resorts and slopes. Beyond that, the jaw-dropping grasslands of Auli, referred to as Bugyals, provide majestic views and are excellent for hiking and nature adventures. For those looking for both action and leisure, Auli's natural beauty and quiet make it the perfect location.

This charming location appeals to both nature lovers and adventure seekers. Choosing the correct month to visit Auli trip matters most if you want to get the most out of your vacation. We'll go over the best times to visit Auli in this in-depth guide, along with the special experiences that each season has to offer and some useful advice for itinerary planning.

Auli During Summer (March to June)

One of the best times to visit Auli is in the summer, especially if you like warmer temperatures. The snow starts to melt between March and June, revealing beautiful green meadows and blossoming flowers. It's the perfect time of year for outdoor activities because it's not too chilly for winter, with temperatures ranging from 7°C to 20°C. 

Summertime Activities And Attractions

Hiking & trekking:.

Trekking at this time of year is a great experience, and routes like the Auli to Gorson Bugyal and the Kuari Pass climb provide stunning views of the Himalayan peaks and flowering vegetation.

Nature Trails:

The Auli grasslands, called Bugyals, are excellent for leisurely walks in the surrounding countryside. It is quite mesmerizing to see wildflowers in full bloom with the gorgeous mountains in the background. 

Going camping:

Camping in Auli is best in the spring. Campsites such as Gorson Bugyal provide a unique sense of being in the middle of nature under bright sky and comfortable weather.

Auli Artificial Lake:

One of the highest artificial lakes in the world, this particular lake is a peaceful place for outings and picnics. The lake is filled with snowmelt, creating a stunning scene in the spring. 

Tips and Tricks

  • Clothes: Bring comfortable trekking shoes and lightweight sweaters. Since the weather could shift during the day, layering is essential.
  • Activities: Spring is a great time to enjoy activities without the usual bustle of the winter since it is less crowded.
  • Equipment: For a successful trekking experience, make sure you have the required equipment and may want to hire a local guide.

Auli During Monsoon (July to September)

In Auli, the monsoon season runs from July to September. Due to the rain, it's not the most popular time of year for travelers, but it still has a vibe on its own. As the area gets less populated and the scenery gets more verdant, it becomes a relaxing getaway. 

Monsoon Activities And Attractions

Picture snapshots:.

Auli's natural beauty gets improved by the monsoon showers, which turn the city into a photographer's dream destination. Magnificent photographic opportunities are offered by the bright vegetation and mist-covered mountains.

Short Treks & Outdoor Walks:

Even while slick trails can make heavy walking difficult, small treks and nature walks are enjoyable. The surroundings are energizing due to the recent rain.

Ropeway Auli:

During the monsoon, the Auli Ropeway ride is especially magnificent, with mist and clouds offering the trip a magical air. 

Tips and Tricks 

  • Clothes: To deal with the damp circumstances, pack rain gear, waterproof clothes, and sturdy footwear.
  • Take precautions: Keep an eye out for landslides and routinely consult weather predictions. Avoid going into landslide-prone zones.
  • Rest: Make the most of your opportunity to relax and take in Auli's tranquil beauty without the usual crowds of tourists. 

Auli During Autumn (October to November)

Another great time to visit Auli is in the autumn season, which runs from October to November. With the monsoon over, the sky is clear and the air is fresh and chilly. The range of temperatures from 4°C to 15°C makes it pleasant to engage in outdoor activities.

Autumn Activities and attractions

Trekking is best done in the fall, when routes like Gorson Bugyal and Kuari Pass provide a good perspective of the Himalayan peaks. Trekking is more pleasant and pleasurable in the chilly weather.

Watching birds:

Many bird species may be found in Auli, and fall is a fantastic season to see them. The warm weather and clear skies make for great conditions for seeing and taking pictures of birds.

In autumn, the Auli Ropeway ride provides a clear perspective of the surrounding mountains and valleys. It's a perfect moment to capture the area's natural beauty.

Tips and tricks

  • Clothes: Bring lighter layers for activities throughout the day and warm garments for the evenings.
  • Crowds: Autumn is a quieter season to visit because there are less visitors than there are in the winter.
  • Reservations: Since Auli may draw domestic visitors during holiday seasons like Diwali, it is best to make hotel reservations in advance. 

Auli During Winter (December to February)

Auli is most frequently visited in the winter, most especially for skiing and other winter activities. Travelers from all over the world gather in Auli during its transformation into a frosty bliss from December to February. These months have temperatures between -4°C and 10°C, which makes them perfect for snow-related activities.

Winter Activities and Attractions

Snowboarding and skiing:.

Ski resorts in Auli are highly known for their maintenance and for having slopes that are appropriate for all skill levels. With its skiing lessons and equipment rentals, the Auli Ski Resort is a big attraction. One of the biggest events that draws skiers from all over the world is the Auli Skiing Festival, which takes place in January. It's an exciting time to visit, with a variety of skiing competitions and activities. 

One of Asia's longest cable cars, the Auli Ropeway, provides incredible views of the mountains covered in snow while providing a thrilling ride. The journey, which links Joshimath and Auli, is an absolute must.

Skiing or snowboarding:

Trekkers who enjoy the outdoors may enjoy stunning scenery covered in snow and an exhilarating experience on winter treks to destinations such as Tali and Gorson Bugyal. 

  • Clothes: To be warm, bring thick sweaters, thermal underwear, gloves, and waterproof boots.
  • Reservations: Because skiing is so popular, it's best to reserve your lodging and ski instruction well in advance.
  • Health: If you're sensitive to altitude sickness, be ready for the cold and think about packing medicine.

Conclusion 

Auli is an all year long tourist spot, with activities and charm that are unique to each season. Auli has plenty to offer whether you're looking for the thrill of skiing in the winter, the colorful blossoms of spring, the lush vegetation of the monsoon, or the fresh, clean air of autumn. Consider the things you like to do and the kind of experience you want to have as you plan your vacation. Auli guarantees an amazing experience amid the jaw-dropping Himalayan glory, no matter when you visit.

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Auli is a secret jewel poised to enthral any traveler who wanders into its embrace, nestled amid the breathtaking mountains of Uttarakhand. This interesting location offers a fascinating tour through one of the greatest foggy regions in the area, serving as a tribute to the unbridled majesty of nature. Auli draws both nature lovers and thrill seekers with its unspoiled natural beauty, snow-capped peaks, and an array of exhilarating adventure sports.

It is a place where the mountains seem to touch the sky, and the clouds dance in harmony with the undulating terrain. It's a destination where the soul finds solace in the serene surroundings and the heart races with excitement during adventure-filled escapades. Auli offers to go above and beyond your expectations, whether you're a ski fanatic looking for the ideal slopes or a nature enthusiast seeking peace amidst the allure of the Himalayas.

Auli emerges as the ultimate vacation for those looking for an exceptional experience in this hidden paradise, where every sight is a picture-perfect scenario. Join us as we travel around the beautiful landscapes of Auli, exploring its mysteries and learning about the many activities it has to offer. Get the best Delhi to Auli tour package and ensure your moment amidst of nature .

Auli Hill Station: A Paradise in the Himalayas

Auli is a charming hill station located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, India. Situated at an elevation of around 2,800 meters above sea level, it is often referred to as the "Skiing Capital of India." The captivating landscapes of Auli are characterized by lush green meadows, dense coniferous forests, and a panoramic view of the mighty Himalayan peaks, including Nanda Devi, Kamet, and Trishul.

A Winter Wonderland

While Auli is a year-round destination, it truly comes alive during the winter months. From late October to early March, Auli gets blanketed in a thick layer of snow, making it a paradise for winter sports enthusiasts. The snow-covered slopes of Auli are perfect for skiing, snowboarding, and snow trekking. The Auli Ski Resort offers world-class facilities for skiing, making it a popular destination for both beginners and experienced skiers.

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Adventure Beyond Skiing

Apart from skiing, Auli offers a plethora of adventure activities like trekking, camping, and cable car rides. The Auli Ropeway, also known as the Gondola, is one of the longest and highest cable car rides in Asia, providing visitors with breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks. Trekking enthusiasts can explore the nearby trails like the Kuari Pass trek and the Gorson Bugyal trek, offering mesmerizing views of the surrounding landscapes. Getting the best Delhi to Auli tour package, you can relish your time with unforgettable moments.

Best Time to Visit Auli; Winter Wonderland

If you are a winter sports enthusiast or simply want to witness Auli's magical transformation into a snowy wonderland, the best time to visit is during the winter months, from late November to early March. This is when you can enjoy skiing, snowboarding, and other snow-related activities to your heart's content.

Spring Blooms: April to June

In Auli, the spring season, which lasts from April to June, is a genuine sight of how nature changes. A dramatic transformation occurs in the landscape as winter's ice hold loosens over time. The stunning emerald fields concealed behind the snow's pure white cover start to give way. It's a particular period that both photographers and nature lovers adore.

Auli shines in its brightest hues during this time of year. Alpine flowers bloom, painting the slopes in hues of pink, purple, and yellow in a stunning tapestry of color. It feels like you are moving through an artist's palette with each step you take across these meadows. You can get the best Auli packages from Delhi in this session and enjoy your time.

The weather in Auli during spring is nothing short of delightful. The temperature is comfortably cool, making it the perfect time for outdoor activities. The crisp mountain air invigorates your senses, and the clear skies offer stunning views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks.

Monsoon Interlude: July to September

Auli experiences monsoon from July to September, making it the least recommended time for a visit. Heavy rainfall can disrupt travel plans and lead to landslides in the hilly terrain. However, the monsoon does bring out the region's natural beauty in its own unique way.

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Autumn Splendor: October to Early November

As the monsoon recedes, Auli starts to regain its charm from October to early November. The skies are clear, and the weather is cool and refreshing. This is an excellent time for trekkers and adventure seekers who want to explore the surrounding hills and valleys. The vibrant autumn foliage paints the landscape in hues of red, orange, and gold, creating a breathtaking natural canvas.

The crisp mountain air carries a hint of pine and cedar, making every hike a sensory delight. The tranquil ambiance of this season allows visitors to immerse themselves fully in the serenity of Auli, away from the hustle and bustle of urban life. Whether you're an avid hiker or simply seeking a peaceful getaway, get this Auli packages from Delhi , Auli in October and early November promises an unforgettable experience.

How to Reach Auli from Delhi?

Auli is well-connected by road, and you can choose one of the best traveling agencies to move from Delhi to Auli by busy if you prefer a road trip. The distance between Delhi and Auli is approximately 500 kilometers, and the journey takes around 12-14 hours by bus. We will take the NH7 route via Haridwar and Joshi math to reach Auli.

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Auli is not just a destination; it's an experience that will stay with you forever. Whether you are an adventure seeker, a nature lover, or someone looking for a peaceful escape from the city's hustle and bustle, Auli has something to offer to everyone. With its pristine beauty, thrilling activities, and Enlivetrips' reliable tour packages, your Delhi to Auli trip is bound to be a memorable one.

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Peak season: Auli can be visited throughout the year but if you are interested in snow skiing the best season is from November to March.

Shoulder season: May to November is the ideal time if you want to relax in the mountains as the weather is cool and pleasant.

Budget For Auli

For Budget Travellers:  INR 500 - 800 a day

  • Accommodation in hostels and guesthouses: INR 500 - 700
  • Food in local cafes and street eateries: INR 25 - 150
  • Public Transport in buses and auto rickshaws: INR 15 - 80
  • Sightseeing: INR 10 - 50

For Mid-range Travellers:  INR 1000 to INR 2500 a day

  • Accommodation in mid-range hotels and resorts: INR 900 - 1200
  • Food in mid-range cafes and restaurants: INR 250 - 500
  • Local transport in local taxis or car rentals: INR 150 - 300
  • Treks and Hiking packages: INR 1000 and upwards.

For Luxury Travellers:  INR 4000 and upwards

  • Accommodation in 4* or 5* hotels: INR 3000 and upwards
  • Food in upscale restaurants and bars: INR 800 and upwards
  • Local transport in private taxis: INR 2000 and upwards
  • Guided tours: INR 1500 and upwards

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Drive through the roads offering magnificent mountain views on way to Auli

Take blessings from the god in Maa Dhari Devi Temple

Witness the aesthetically appealing beauty of the Auli lake

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Stroll around the streets of the ever so gorgeous land of Auli

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Splendid Auli 3 Days Package

Trip Location: Auli Destinations Covered: 2N Auli Start Point: Dehradun Airport/ Dehradun Railway Station/Haridwar Railway Station End Point: Dehradun Airport/ Dehradun Railway Station/Haridwar Railway Station Accommodation: Hotel/Resorts/Guesthouses Things to do: Shopping, Sightseeing, Sledging, Hiking, Skiing

About the Package:

Witness Auli like never before with our Auli 3 day package . Cover all the major sight-seeing and have all the fun that you need on a trip. Auli Bugyal famously known as Auli is situated in the Uttarakhand state of Northern India. It is one of the hidden jewels in terms of hill stations of India. With an altitude of over 2,500 meters above sea level, the place has numerous scenic wonders. Being at such an ideal location, Auli is perfect for summer getaways and to experience some adventures on the slopes of the Himalayas.

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Places to visit, 1. valley of flowers.

The Valley of Flowers National Park is a beautiful natural sphere located in the Auli in the North Chamoli area. It is well-known for its vast open meadows of alpine flowers and a flora that touches the heart. What is another great thing about this park is that it has lots of options for taking a trek. It’s an easy trek which has lots of open meadows that are worth watching.

What's special: The beautiful charm of the place

Entry Fee: INR 150

Timings: 7 am to 5 pm

Distance from City Centre: 36 km

2. Auli Ropeway

The Auli Ropeway is a major attraction in Auli offering charming and magnificent Himalayan views. It is the highest as well as the longest ropeway in Asia after the one in Gulmarg, The cable car covers a total distance of around 4 km. It is locally known as Gondola and is responsible for connecting Auli with Joshimath. 

What's special: The mesmerizing views

Entry Fee: INR 1000

Timings: 8 am to 7 pm

Distance from City Centre: 10 km

3. Auli Lake

Perhaps the most beautiful attraction in Auli is the Auli lake. It is situated at an elevation of 2,800 metres above sea level and is the highest lake in the world. In winter, when it freezes completely, snow is spread across the lake to pave the way for an amazing ski rink which is the most popular place in Auli in winters.

What's special: The beautiful mountains around

Entry Fee: No entry fee

Timings: Always open

Distance from City Centre: 5 km

Is This Trip Right For Me?

Here are a few exciting reasons why this package is ideal for your vacation and serves to get the best out of it:

  • You get plenty of opportunity to spend leisure time and go for adventure activities
  • You will be able to see Auli Lake, Auli Ropeway and the magnificent Valley of Flowers
  • There are plenty of options to explore the religious side of Chikmagalur Auli with attractions like Devprayag and Maa Dhari Devi Temple
  • You will also get the opportunity to witness many viewpoints which seem to be a perfect way to enjoy a photography session or get some calm amidst the rolling hills
  • You can spend some time in the vast open meadows
  • This trip is highly safe and recommended for post corona travel as we ensure a 100% safety assurance to all our travelers looking to have a fun experience
  • There are a lot of inclusions in the itinerary making your trip more hassle-free and basically contactless
  • Best of all, you can customize this trip according to your requirements by contacting our representative who will dedicatedly sit with you to modify your trip making it better with every other modification

Some of the scenic wonders that Auli has in store for its tourists as part of this Auli trip plan for 3 days are the Auli Lake, Auli Ropeway - which is used to reach the top of the slope in a cable car, The Valley of Flowers, Devprayag and Maa Dhari Devi Temple to name a few. Do not miss the opportunity of being amongst the mountains and witnessing the beauty of nature, when on this Auli Itinerary for 3 days .

Our package of Auli includes breakfast for all the 3 days and dinner for 2 nights. Accommodation will be provided at a 3-star hotel or resort for the entire duration of the trip. We will be taking care of all the travel arrangements to the places covered in the sightseeing itinerary and transfers from and to the airport/railway station on your arrival and for your departure. Cherish the time away from home with this Auli 3 day package .

We are sure you will go back with the memories of a lifetime after finishing off this 3 days trip to Auli . Grab the chance of being amongst the mountains with your family or friends or even solo and have the perfect getaway that will not only refresh you but leave you with many moments that you will never forget. Make sure you make the best use of the chance that you have and get this Auli trip package for 3 days before time runs out.

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  • Visit the Wonders of Nature at wonderful town of Auli
  • Witness the beautiful snow-capped mountains
  • Experience a once in a lifetime chance of cable cars and ski resort
  • Relax yourself in these scenic valleys
  • Go on Auli Ropeway and absorb the scenic views around
  • Breathe in the beauty of Auli Lake

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Catch some tourist attractions on the way to Auli

Once you arrive in Dehradun/Haridwar, our representatives will pick you up at the airport/railway station. You can then start your journey to the wonderful town of Auli. Enjoy the beautiful valleys, fresh air and tall mountains on your long drive through the winding roads of the Himalayas towards Auli. Visit some famous tourists attractions like - Devprayag, Maa Dhari Devi Temple and Sri Nagar Dam on your way to Auli. Reach Auli and check-in to your hotel rooms. The rest of the day is left for your leisure to rest and to wake-up fresh the next day.

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Start your journey to explore the wonderful city of Auli.

Today, you will begin to explore the city of Auli. First, you will be taken to Auli Lake which is one of the world's highest human-made lake. It is located at a unique location and is one of its kind when it comes to aesthetic beauty. You will next visit the Auli Ropeway. Get ready to witness the flagship tourist attraction of Auli. Auli is a famous skiing spot which attracts tourist from all over the world. The ropeway has cable cars which allow you to have a panoramic view of the Himalayan landscape and the forest cover surrounding it. You are left to explore the place for the rest of the day.

Return to the hotel to stay at night.

Auli - Haridwar / Dehradun

Say goodbye to the snow-covered landscape of Auli

Complete breakfast and check-out from the hotel to begin your journey to Dehradun/Haridwar. Our representative will drop you at the airport/railway station of your desired location.

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How much does a trip to auli cost.

If you are planning a 3 days trip to Auli then the cost will depend upon the number of people travelling, the type of accommodation (luxury, budget, family), and the places you intend to explore. Once your craft your Auli itinerary for 3 days you will get a rough estimate of the cost. However, to save some time and energy you can have a look at our Auli 3 days package which ranges from INR 9,000 to INR 13,450. If you wish to explore Auli for a longer period of time then we offer packages for 3 night and 4 days and more as well.

How can I reach Auli from Dehradun?

The nearest airport to Auli is Jolly Grant airport of Dehradun. After reaching the airport, you can book a taxi or even catch a bus to Auli. The bus route will take you to Joshimath and from there you are required to reach Auli by ropeway or you can continue your journey through the road. We suggest ropeway as it is both time-saving and adventurous. When booking the 3 days trip to Auli you can avail assistance from our travel agents for the same.

Which is better Auli or Manali?

Manali is a place to enjoy some sightseeing and have leisure time while Auli is known for adventure, winter sports like skiing or water activities. Thus if you are making an Auli trip plan then gear up to explore some rip-roaring fun with our customizable Auli 3 days package .

Which is the best time to visit Auli?

Best time to visit Auli would be during the winter season for skiing from Mid-November through March. However, April through June is also a good time to visit during summers for trekking and other activities.

Is the Auli package customizable?

Yes, one can change the number of days and the places one wants to leave your mark on. Check out all the places that you can visit through other Auli Packages .

What are the nearest airports from Auli?

For flights coming from Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Lucknow and Varanasi the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the nearest one. For cities such as Chandigarh, Chennai and Kolkata, a change of flights at either Delhi or any of the other cities is required.

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A first-timer’s guide to using the Eurotunnel

Claire Naylor

May 30, 2024 • 6 min read

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In May 1994, the Eurotunnel – linking England and France under the English Channel – was opened in a ceremony led by French President François Mitterrand and Queen Elizabeth II. In the 30 years since then, the network, which shares its tunnel with the Eurostar service , has carried nearly 10 million passengers per year between England and mainland Europe. 

For drivers, Eurotunnel – now branding itself as LeShuttle – competes with the cross-Channel ferries by offering a journey time of just 35 minutes, in contrast to a 90-minute crossing on the fastest car ferry.

From tickets and terminals to queues and border crossings, here’s everything a first-time Eurotunnel user needs to know.

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What is the Eurotunnel and where does it go?

The Eurotunnel, or LeShuttle, is a train that carries vehicles and travels under the English Channel, going between Folkestone in Kent , just off the M20, to Coquelles near Calais in France, on the A16 and near the A26. It serves vehicles only – no foot passengers are allowed on board.

How does it compare with the ferry?

Both services give the convenience of being able to take multiple passengers for the price of one vehicle, and to pack as much luggage as you can fit in the car. Both also allow pets on board.

LeShuttle’s claim to fame is the speed of the crossing. For people heading off on a long drive on the other side of the Channel, that shorter 35-minute journey can be worth the usually more expensive price point. However, if you’re hoping to hop out of your car during the ride to take a stroll or pick up some food, the Eurotunnel is not for you.

Don’t want to drive much further? Here’s our guide to Calais and the nearby Côte d’Opale

Where do I buy tickets?

Book tickets online in advance. You will need to provide “Advance Passenger Information” (API) – name, date of birth, passport details etc – online ahead of travel for everyone riding in your vehicle. 

Many cars are lined up, awaiting their turn to board the Eurotunnel trains. Overhead signs direct drivers in French and English.

How does it work?

Aim to arrive one to two hours ahead of your booked crossing time. Follow signs off the main roads and onto the Eurotunnel site. Lanes are clearly marked, guiding you to the check-in kiosks. Most kiosks are automatic, but signs will indicate which lanes have staff if you’d prefer to deal with a human. The system uses license plate recognition so, as you pull up at the barrier, your booking will appear on-screen.

Depending on the volume of traffic, you might be offered an earlier crossing time. You have the choice to accept it or stick with your booked train. Unless you’re particularly keen to hang around at the terminal, I recommend taking that gift. 

A letter or letter/number combo is assigned to your car and printed out on a piece of paper. Tear it at the top so that it’s shaped like a hanger and hang it from your rear-view mirror so that Eurotunnel staff can see it as you approach them. If your crossing is imminent, staff may wave you straight through, bypassing the terminals. If they don’t, park up and keep an eye on the large screens in the parking lot and within the terminal – they show when you’re likely to be called forward. 

Top tip: In Calais, don’t be surprised to be sent on a detour! You may find yourself following signs that appear to be taking you off site. This is a simply a way to manage traffic and you will be directed to check in as soon as possible. 

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What happens if I arrive late?

Usually, if you’re late you will be bumped onto the next available service, which might mean hanging around the terminal until the very end of the day. In some cases, you might be asked to buy a new ticket.

What’s in each terminus?

Don’t expect much. Both terminals have restrooms and water fountains, a couple of fast food restaurants and cafes, a newsagent and a relatively small duty-free shop. There’s a little play area for kids too.

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What if I’m traveling with pets?

Traveling with animals requires a bit more planning. Anyone with cats, dogs or ferrets must stop and visit the Pet Reception . The animal must be microchipped and carry an Animal Health Certificate or EU Pet Passport, and dogs must have had tapeworm treatment in advance. There is a dedicated exercise area for dogs near the Pet Reception.

If you’re traveling with rabbits, rodents or reptiles, you must show a certificate that has been approved by a vet to border control.

When do passports get checked?

Once your assigned letter is called, drive on to passport control. Sometimes this is a very smooth process; other times, you might be waiting for hours, shuffling forward one car at a time. You pass through both the UK and French borders at this point – there are no further immigration checks upon arrival.

What about security checks?

Cars are randomly selected for security checks after passport control and you may be asked to pull over while an inspection takes place, including swabbing your steering wheel. 

How do you board the train?

Once passports and security are cleared, you are essentially in one massive queue waiting to board a train. You will be allocated a lane to wait in, and you could be sitting there a while. There are toilets here, a few vending machines and an information screen. When a train is ready to board (usually 25 minutes before its scheduled departure time), barriers rise at the front of the lanes and cars proceed from there.

Staff will indicate where on the train they want you to board depending on the size of your vehicle. The train has an upper level in places, so you will need to drive up a ramp to board the top deck. Follow the vehicle in front – you might drive through a lot of carriages – and keep on going until staff indicate you should stop. You will be directed to park up bumper to bumper, then asked to put on your handbrake and apply first gear, and leave your window halfway down.

Pro tip: The barriers can seem to open in a somewhat random order in the stacking area. As you see one lane departing, you might be tempted to sneak across. Don’t. Staff will stop you and send you back to the section you’re meant to be in.

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What’s on the train?

Don't get your hopes up for a well-stocked dining car or a gift shop. Even a working toilet is a bit of a stretch on some crossings. Expect bare-bones carriages, with four to five vehicles in each section, and literally nothing else. 

Following departure, there are various safety announcements and a member of the train crew will pass through carriages scanning hangers. You’re free to move around outside your vehicle, but there’s really nowhere to go.

What happens on arrival?

As the train approaches its destination, you will be asked to return to your vehicle. Internal doors will open but don’t start your engine until the cars in front of you are on the move so you don’t pump the carriage full of exhaust fumes.

Drive straight off the train and head for the motorways – your road trip has begun.

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On the Brazilian Coast, a Tropical Town Beloved by Artists and Makers

A guide to Paraty, on the Costa Verde, with tips on where to stay, shop and island hop from the artist Vik Muniz and four other insiders.

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Roughly halfway between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, the coastal town of Paraty (population 45,000) isn’t the easiest place to reach. It requires a four-hour, mostly mountainous drive from either city, a 45-minute helicopter charter or arrival by sea. It’s that relative seclusion that keeps the tourist hordes and unbridled development at bay, despite the town’s obvious appeal. Set on Brazil’s Costa Verde, with mountains covered in rainforest on one side and the emerald green waters of Ilha Grande Bay on the other, Paraty (pronounced para-CHEE by locals), preserves more than 30 blocks as its historic quarter, a grid of pedestrian-only cobblestone streets lined with whitewashed 18th- and 19th-century facades, many of them remnants of the Portuguese colonial era.

Starting in the mid-1600s, the town grew prosperous as a seaport during the country’s gold rush (many of the biggest gold mines were in the neighboring inland state Minas Gerais) — and as a hub for the slave trade. African slaves not only worked in the mines but built much of the town’s early infrastructure, such as its roads. Once the gold stopped coming through Paraty for export in the early 1700s, the town continued to harvest sugar cane and produce cachaça, the national spirit, before shifting its economic focus to the coffee trade. At the end of the 19th century, Santos, 190 miles to the south, supplanted Paraty as the country’s primary coffee-exporting port, and the town began to languish. “It fell off the map,” says Luana Assunção, the owner of the Rio-based travel company Free Walker Tours. “It became isolated and poor. Many houses were abandoned.”

By the 1970s, a new highway and an influx of urban transplants had given Paraty an infusion of new life. Lured by the area’s affordability, a number of artists, designers and other creative types began renovating the old mansions and opening a handful of galleries, boutiques, cafes and small hotels, turning the long-forgotten town into an alluring vacation destination.

“I was worried that mass tourism would endanger the future of the culture and the nature in Paraty, but it didn’t happen,” says the nature photographer Dom João de Orleans e Bragança, who has been visiting Paraty since 1968 and now lives there most of the year. He credits the strict building codes for imbuing the town with a certain timeless quality, even after the pandemic when the area’s second-home owners began spending more time in Paraty. “You’ll never see a skyscraper, and we don’t have big resorts or hotels here.”

What Paraty does have is easy access to the dozens of small islands and sandy coves across the bay (local traineiras , renovated wooden fishing boats; large schooners; and speedboats are all available for visitors to rent for daylong outings), and the countless hiking trails, waterfalls and beaches that are part of the massive Serra da Bocaina National Park. Visitors can also make day trips to a handful of villages home to Indigenous and historic Black settlements that have maintained a strong cultural identity. “There’s layer upon layer here,” said Lena Santana, a Brazilian costume and fashion designer who has been living in Paraty for the last decade. “It creates a certain kind of depth that makes people want to stay.” Here, Santana and four other locals and longtime Paraty visitors share their recommendations for where to stay, eat and explore.

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Silvia Furmanovich , a fine-jewelry designer based between São Paulo and New York City, has been traveling to Paraty every other year for the past three decades.

The artist and photographer Vik Muniz , who lives in Rio de Janeiro and New York City, has been visiting Paraty since 1999.

Diana Radomysler is a partner and director of the interiors and design department at the São Paulo-based architecture firm Studio MK27. She travels to Paraty annually with her family.

Lena Santana , who was born in Salvador, Brazil, and moved to Paraty a decade ago after 15 years in London, owns a boutique, Atelier Napele, in the historic center, and Bus Stop Paraty, a guesthouse, 12 miles outside of town in Playa Grande.

Gisela Schmitt , originally from São Paulo, is the chef and owner of Paraty’s Gastromar restaurant and a boat-catering company.

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“I love to stay at Casa Turquesa , built on the ruins of an 18th-century mansion in the old town. Everything in the Turquoise Suite is white and turquoise, from the fabrics to the artwork. One room has prints from the British botanical artist Margaret Mee, who spent decades traveling to the Amazon documenting flora, which have inspired my work in the past.” (Rooms from about $520 a night.) — Silvia Furmanovich

“I always suggest that friends stay at the Pousada Literária de Paraty, a cozy hotel within a cluster of historic mansions that surround a tropical garden — they return enchanted by both the hotel and its restaurant.” (Rooms from about $350 a night.) — Diana Radomysler

“The Brazilian travel company Matueté has a selection of villas. You can rent the interior designer Linda Pinto’s house in the historic quarter close to the waterfront. It has a beautiful courtyard, so the house is flooded with natural light.” (Rentals from about $1,500 a night, with a three-night minimum.) — Gisela Schmitt

Eat and Drink

“At Banana da Terra , the chef Ana Bueno cooks contemporary Caiçara [the main Indigenous community of the area] cuisine in a charming restaurant in the historic quarter. She offers things like mango and shrimp salad and a hamburger made with crab meat. After dinner, go to Gelateria Miracolo for ice cream and try the flavor made with cupuaçu, an Amazonian fruit that’s closely related to cacao.” — S.F.

“Head to Graúna [about 12 miles north of Paraty], a beautiful valley in the Atlantic Forest, for lunch at Le Gite d’Indaiatiba . The chef is like a wizard of the forest. She makes her ravioli with taioba, an edible plant from the jungle [similar to collard greens]. Call ahead and ask them to prepare the sauna, which is next to a swimmable waterfall on the property.” — G.S.

“ Fugu Japanese Food is a new restaurant that only serves fish that’s been caught fresh the same day, like sororoca [a white local fish] and prejereba [tripletail]. Don’t miss the tuna starter with locally grown shiitake mushrooms or the teishoku, a wooden box with 12 different small portions of menu items, including the day’s fresh catch. There’s also a great sake selection. For dessert, have the wasabi ice cream.” — D.R.

“Recently, one of my favorite designers from São Paulo, Flavia Aranha , opened a store in Paraty. Her pieces are timeless, produced in organic fabrics or natural fibers dyed with Brazilian plants and herbs.” — D.R.

“For handwoven baskets, go to Cestarias Regio Paraty in the historic center. They come in all sizes and are made by local communities. I love the ones made from covo, a fiber extracted from bamboo, that are used to go fishing.” — G.S.

“Visit the village of Cunha in the Paraíba Valley, where the Japanese couple Mieko and Toshiyuki Ukeseki started firing ceramics in a noborigama [a traditional Japanese wood-fired chamber kiln] in the 1970s. A small community of ceramists joined them, and you can buy their pieces at their ateliers or at the ceramics festivals that Cunha hosts throughout the year.” — L.S.

“To pick up authentic Indigenous arts and crafts, such as vases and musical instruments, go to Canoa Arte Indígena . I bought several baskets from there that now decorate my office in São Paulo.” — S.F.

“Paraty has some of the best cachaça in Brazil. My favorite brand is Cachaça Maria Izabel . [Maria Izabel] and her daughters own a sugar cane plantation in Sítio Santo Antônio, about six miles north of Paraty, where they still produce the spirit by hand. You can do a tasting at the distillery and buy bottles there, or at shops in town.” — V.M.

“The Livraria das Marés is a big-city bookstore in a small town. It’s a contemporary space designed by the architect Bel Lobo with black metal shelves and a wood-paneled floor and ceiling. There’s a delightful cafe at the back.” — D.R.

“Don’t miss Saco do Mamanguá, which is the world’s only tropical fjord. You can only get there by boat, and you’ll pass Caiçara villages along small beaches. From there, you can hike to the peak of Mamanguá’s Pão de Açúcar for dramatic views of the entire Ilha Grande Bay. Another option is to rent kayaks at one of the beaches and paddle deep into the mangroves at the very end of the fjord.” — G.S.

“ Fazenda Bananal is a great place to take children. It’s a nature preserve in the forest with a farmhouse. There are walking trails, farm animals and a restaurant called Ninho that’s absolutely incredible. Many of the ingredients come from the farm. I had the best slow-cooked pork of my life there.” — V.M.

“Visit Quilombo do Campinho [a settlement about 10 miles south of Paraty founded at the end of the 19th century by formerly enslaved people]. There’s a restaurant that serves fresh grilled fish and a shop with beautiful wooden animal sculptures, rugs made of straw, bamboo furniture and jewelry made from local tropical seeds. On the way home, stop at the village of Paraty-Mirim, where you can buy artisanal wares from the Guaraní tribe; then swim at its gorgeous beach, which is bordered by mountains and a river.” — L.S.

“One of the best ways to enjoy Paraty by sea is to book Gisela Schmitt’s Sem Pressa boat tour, which takes you to the surrounding coves and swimming spots (my favorite is Saco da Velha) while offering delicious local plates like cachaça- and beet-cured prejereba [tripletail fish], fresh oysters and mussels.” — V.M.

Practical Matters

“It’s fun to be in Paraty during one of its festivals. There’s FLIP [Festa Literária Internacional de Paraty], a large and influential literary festival [this year it will be held in October] and loads of other events throughout the town.” — L.S.

“The best time to visit is from May to August, when there’s less rain, the sky is beautiful and the sea is wonderful.” — G.S.

These interviews have been edited and condensed.

A picture caption with an earlier version of this article misstated the types of crafts that are sold at Canoa Arte Indígena; they include baskets, ceramics and beaded jewelry, not feather headdresses.

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An Insider's Guide to Puglia, Italy — Incredible Pasta, Beautiful Beach Towns, and Boutique Hotels Included

This sun-drenched southern region offers the best of Italy with fewer crowds — at least in the offseason.

Elizabeth Heath is a writer and editor living on a hill in Umbria, from where she writes about travel in Italy, the rest of Europe, and farther afield.

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Best things to do, best restaurants, what to buy in puglia, cities and areas to visit, best time to visit, how to get there, how to get around.

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Word is definitely out on Puglia, the long, narrow coastal region that forms the heel of Italy’s boot. No longer a hidden gem or best-kept secret, Puglia’s dramatic beaches, Baroque cities, and whitewashed trulli are splashed over many an Instagram feed. 

Yet compared to other regions of Italy, Puglia — pronounced pool-yah — still offers travelers the Italian vacation experiences they seek, while skipping much of the crowds and chaos of better-known destinations. “It’s definitely less-visited compared to iconic Italian regions like Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast,” says Madeline Jhawar, owner and custom travel planner with Italy Beyond the Obvious . “And Puglia really does have it all: fantastic food and wine, spectacular countryside and beach scenery, and a deep and fascinating history.”

Our guide highlights Puglia’s appealing mix of scenery, history, cuisine — and let’s not forget the agreeable weather most of the year — and maps out how to make the most of a trip to this sunny region. 

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  • At a hotel like Le Alcove in Alberobello, you can sleep in a trullo, a cozy, cocoon-like conical dwelling.
  • Sample orecchiette, Puglia’s signature ear-shaped pasta, at a traditional eatery like Osteria Le Arpie in Bari.
  • Make like an Italian at the mare (sea) and head to a lido (beach club) like the chic Pettolecchia near Torre Canne.
  • Buy Puglia’s prized olive oil directly from the source, at a family mill like L’Acropoli di Puglia in Martina Franca.
  • Take in the Baroque architecture of Lecce and prepare to be overwhelmed by its exuberant facades, altarpieces, and piazzas.

Borgo Egnazia

The established go-to luxury spot in Puglia, Borgo Egnazia is a sprawling and impeccably curated compound that ranks among Travel + Leisure ’s best resorts in Italy . T+L travel advisor Keith Waldon , founder and director of Departure Lounge , praises the outstanding service, where “privacy is guaranteed,” as well as the setting between the sea and the Valle d’Itria. 

The six suites at this boutique hotel each occupy a whitewashed trulli, with cool stone floors, eclectic decor, and modern bathrooms. We love the almost mystical feeling of comfort these spaces convey, as well as the homemade breakfast and the location in the heart of Alberobello town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Masseria Torre Maizza

A 2020 standout for best new hotels , Masseria Torre Maizza owes its polish to Rocco Forte — expect the brand’s unmatched service and serene, Olga Polizzi-designed interiors that seem to embody a cool breeze. Waldon says the feeling here is of “living in a real luxury masseria like at home, and it’s the only property with its own golf course.”

Palazzo Sant’Anna

Set in Lecce’s historic center, Palazzo Sant'Anna is curated to zen-like perfection. Puglia travel advisor Ylenia Sambati refers guests here for the light-filled suites, many with exposed stone and wood beams, as well as balconies. “Wake up to birds singing and a colorful and bountiful breakfast prepared with love by owner Beatrice and her team,” she says.

Take a cooking class.

Yes, cooking classes are ubiquitous in Italy, but the traditional cuisine of Puglia stands out, even in a country of great food. Waldon says to “take a pasta-focused cooking class in a local masseria with a mama” and go home with some new skills. Sambati likes the friendly vibe and easy instructions offered by Cook In Puglia in Lecce.

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Relax at a lido.

Beaches in Puglia can be crowded in the summertime. Escape the ruckus at a beach club, or lido , such as Pettolecchia Il Lido , a luxury spot between Bari and Brindisi. Lounge beds, linen-clad gazebos, Frette towels, and waiter service set this one apart in a sea of beach umbrellas.

For families, try a trullo.

The cone-shaped trulli of Puglia’s Itria Valley are certainly unique, and according to Cherrye Moore of My Bella Vita Travel , they’re a hit with kids. “Families should rent a trullo villa and use it as a base for day trips to Alberobello, Ostuni, Locorotondo, and Monopoli. Many have pools and outside areas where the kids can run around.”

Head to the sea.

Puglia’s Adriatic coast is dramatic, especially between Polignano a Mare and Monopoli, where clear waters lap undulating cliffs and flow into the occasional sea cave. Both Waldon and Moore recommend chartering a private boat ( Cataurora is a good choice), either for a sunset cruise or a half-day tour with stops for swimming and snorkeling. 

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LaltroBaffo 

Puglia’s seafood is almost as famous as its orecchiette, and both Sambati and Waldon heartily recommend trying it at LaltroBaffo , an Otranto restaurant helmed by chef Cristina Conte, who, with her young, passionate team, turns out sophisticated takes on traditional Salento recipes.

Taverna della Gelosia

Sambati loves this rustic tavern in Ostuni’s old town. “It’s a bohemian, Salento-style trattoria serving local recipes that are lightly revisited.” Taverna della Gelosia is tucked away amid a jumble of alleys and stairways, which makes its vine-covered courtyard all the more romantic on a summer night.

Osteria Le Arpie

Handmade, ear-shaped orecchiette is the archetypal pasta of Puglia, and its production centers around Bari’s centro storico . Osteria Le Arpie is about as old-school as it gets, and its seasonal orecchiette con le cime di rapa (turnip greens) is Puglian comfort food epitomized. Also look for dishes served with pane di Altamura , Puglia’s heritage bread.

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Leather Sandals

“Puglia is famous for leather sandals, which you can find everywhere in local shops,” says Waldon. Erredibi is a top choice for handmade, locally made products, and they have stores in Brindisi, Ostuni, Lecce, and Otranto.

Primitivo Wine 

“Puglia’s red primitivo wine, even when it’s just table wine quality, can stand up to reds from across the world,” says Moore. Combine some souvenir shopping with a winery tour and tasting at Masseria Li Veli , or just pop into a little grocery or enoteca to buy a few bottles to bring home.

“Ancient olive groves define the landscape of Puglia, and buying newly pressed EVOO straight from a producer is something special,” says Moore. “ Savoia offers well-organized tours and great oil, but don’t overlook smaller producers like L’Acropoli di Puglia in Martina Franca.”

“We always tell our travelers not to miss the incredible small city of Lecce ,” says Jhawar. “It’s referred to as the ‘Florence of the South’ because of its rich Baroque architecture.” Lecce’s soft limestone meant easy carving for 17th-century artisans and well, they went to town , as evidenced at Basilica di Santa Croce, the Basilica del Rosario, and the Duomo of Lecce.

Alberobello

“It's hard to recommend people skip a visit to the town of Alberobello, with its iconic trulli houses,” says Jhawar. But a lot of travelers have the same idea. “We always encourage our guests to combine Alberobello with less touristy nearby towns such as Locorotondo or Martina Franca.”

While much of the tourist buzz centers around the Adriatic coast and the trulli area, don’t sleep on Gallipoli, which Waldon calls “ the beach town of Puglia.” The Ionian coast town has ancient history, a quiet old town, a newer town brimming with life, and a nonstop Italian party scene in the summertime. 

The Gargano

This picturesque promontory on Puglia’s northernmost coastline is dominated by Gargano National Park, where the scenery changes from beaches to mountains in just a few miles. For smaller towns, incredible biodiversity, more natural beaches, plus some dramatic sea stacks and cliffs, this is the region’s wilder side. 

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Waldon recommends visiting Puglia in the shoulder seasons of April to June and September to mid-November in order to avoid the summer heat and crowds, as Puglia is a major holiday destination for Italians. Jhawar agrees, but adds that “Puglia is very lively during the height of summer, with many local festivals.” The takeaway? If you plan a summer visit, book your accommodations and rental car well in advance, and brace yourself for crowded — albeit gorgeous — beaches and towns.

The airports at Bari and Brindisi serve flights from within Italy and Europe, though many incoming travelers opt to fly into Rome’s Fiumicino airport and arrange a rental car or transfer from there. Both Trenitalia and Italo trains serve Puglia, though be aware that with historic hill towns, train stations are usually in the lower town, which might be several miles away from the centro .

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You can get between Puglia’s major tourist centers via Trenitalia’s regional trains and a few private lines. But getting to smaller, rural destinations and more remote coastal areas is trickier by train. “We typically book private drivers or rental cars for our travelers,” says Jhawar. “Booking a rental car in Puglia is a decent approach — just make sure you know where to park in order to avoid the limited traffic zones found in most Italian cities.”

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Africa Safari Trip: A Comprehensive Guide To Crafting Unforgettable Memories

H ave you witnessed a lion’s roar echo across the savanna or watched a herd of elephants lumber by? An Africa safari trip is an otherworldly experience, but where do you even begin? This guide will equip you with all the essentials to plan your unforgettable adventure . Even though it can seem overwhelming at times, if you’re equipped with the right guidance and information, the procedure is rather easy.

To help you plan the perfect safari tour in Africa, in addition to answering the majority of your frequently asked questions, we’re put together some of the greatest tips and useful suggestions.

Choosing the Location of Your African Safari Trip

An Africa safari trip promises an enchanted world of discovery, where each expedition and place holds the potential to reveal a captivating tale. Every area of this enormous continent, from the lush deltas of the south to the brilliant savannahs of the east, offers a different fabric of fauna and culture. This is more than just a journey—it’s an exploration of the core of nature, where opportunity abounds at every turn.

African safaris are unique among travel experiences because of the authentic, natural spectacle of the wild. These excursions aim to fully immerse you in the world of animals, not just observe them. Planning your destination is among the most crucial aspects of preparation for any holiday, including this one. Africa is vast, so it’d be helpful to start with a “where to go on an Africa safari trip” Google search if you have no idea what to do.

To select the ideal safari destination, you must consider the things you wish to see. Are there any specific animals or cultural events you would like to see? Kenya and Tanzania from July to October are your best choices if you’ve always wanted to see the Great Wildebeest Migration. Visit either Botswana or South Africa to see a huge herd of African elephants throughout the year.

In East Africa and the majority of Southern African nations, the “Big Five” are also widely distributed. Travel to Uganda, Rwanda or the Congo for gorilla trekking; these countries are all in Central Africa. If you want to see chimpanzees on your Africa safari tour, Uganda is the ideal place to do it.

Top 5 Choice Destinations for Your Africa Safari Trip

Here are our top five African wildlife safari destinations to help you plan your trip.

Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve

At the Maasai Mara Reserves, the Big Five roam free, and boundless plains extend into the horizon on a wildlife safari. Traveling off-road and appreciating the lack of fences and lodging at any of the Mara conservation areas allows you to experience the breathtaking sight of countless wildebeests roaring across the East African savanna around the Great Migration.

From open safari vehicles, watch as lions hunt their prey with unparalleled subtlety. Elephants socialize within their close-knit groups, and elegant giraffes peruse acacia trees with grace. A fascinating insight into the Maasai people’s dynamic local culture, which is entwined with the land, its profusion of wildlife, and the natural beauties of the wildness itself, is provided by Maasai Mara.

Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park

Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park is home to a large environment that is brimming with life. See the boundless plains packed with antelopes, zebras, and wildebeests as they migrate in a never-ending dance of survival throughout your Africa safari trip. It’s what you anticipate seeing on game drives following your viewing of National Geographic or PBS programs. You might be amazed watching the big cats lounging in the shade following a good hunt, or you might experience the exhilaration of seeing a cheetah racing across the landscape in a flurry of speed.

There are other methods to observe wildlife, such as taking a hot-air balloon flight across the savanna for breath-inspiring, all-encompassing views of this iconic African terrain. Seasonality is essential when thinking about visiting the Serengeti; never schedule an unplanned online vacation.

Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park

You can feel the African wilderness in Zambia, not just see it. In contrast to safaris that are limited to metal enclosures, South Luangwa encourages you to stroll among the animals rather than drive by them. Imagine your heart racing as you make your way through verdant riverine forests full of leopards hiding in their disguises, only to be astounded by vast herds of buffalo crossing wide-open savannas.

As you approach elephants bathing, listen to the Luangwa River’s rushing waters, which will lead you to the echoes of night safaris. You can unwind in the unexpected comfort of fly tents or treehouse retreats when the stars adorn the sky.

South Africa’s Greater Kruger National Park

You can journey across acacia woodlands and tour places with sun-filled savannas along the rushing waters of the Sabi River in South Africa’s Greater Kruger National Park. Hear the echoes of prehistoric existence and see the exhilarating dance of adventures amidst the rare species. Renowned for its almost assured Big Five meetings, you get to experience the exhilarating thrill of seeing elephants trumpeting by a waterhole or lions relaxing in golden light—you don’t have to imagine it.

There is more to Kruger’s artistry than the Big Five. Higher populations of predators and a more varied array of species can be found in the superb private game reserves found in the Greater Kruger National Park. Wander along the river where crocodiles and hippos sunbathe before becoming lost in the rainbow of more than 500 different bird species.

Botswana’s Okavango Delta

Emerald islands emerge from the reflecting waters of the spreading waterways of Botswana’s Okavango Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A mokoro is a native dugout canoe in which you may sail softly and intimately while spotting sleeping hippos afar and thirsty elephants sipping at the riverbanks .

Search among the trees for one of the greatest spots to see leopards or take in the aerial views of storks, eagles, and pelicans.

In such a distant location, the Okavango Delta boasts one of the largest concentrations of upscale safari resorts in Southern Africa, providing you with exclusive access to convenience and uncrowded rivers for a singular embrace of unspoiled wildlife.

Tips For An Outstanding African Safari Adventure

The foundation of a great African safari is effective communication. It makes sure you get the best possible experience out of your trip by bridging the gap between what you expect and the actual conditions of the environment. There are three communication techniques to help you receive the experience you want by interacting with an Africa safari trip guide or travel advisor .

Clearly state your demands and desires. Tell us about your ideal speed, cultural attractions, the wildlife you hope to see, and any unique interests you may have, such as birdwatching or photography. This enables your guide to customize your safari adventures based on your interests and budget. Mention any possible restrictions. Any physical restrictions or sensitivity should be disclosed to your guide to guarantee a fun and safe trip.

Pose inquiries. Never be afraid to ask questions about anything that piques your curiosity, be it local customs or the behavior of animals. Your guide holds a wealth of information that is just waiting to be discovered.

African safaris are an ode to the diversity and grandeur of nature. Every excursion offers a chance for a profound and intimate connection with nature. However, in a world full of breathtaking locations, the real art of travel is in how you take in each one. Each destination has a spirit of its own, and you can make transforming vacation experiences with the correct itinerary in addition to ones that are simply memorable.

Whether you’re traveling to the wild African savannahs or the charming countryside of Tuscany, creating a one-of-a-kind, dreamlike trip requires careful planning and vital information. It all comes down to creating a seamless, stress-free, and uniquely personalized tapestry of memories.

People Also Ask

How far should my Africa safari trip be scheduled? It’s advisable to make reservations eight to twelve months in advance of when you wish to go or depart for your selected African safari location. Enough time guarantees availability and your place at the top of the line for the most desirable experiences that Africa presents. It is always better to schedule your safari trip earlier than undergo a last-minute rush.

When is the ideal time to go on an Africa safari trip? The dry season, which runs from June to October, is the ideal time to go on a safari. Since it’s a warmer period of the year, there’s a greater chance that you’ll spot creatures looking for water. You can also witness the famous Masai Mara migration during these months.

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