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AULI

 

Auli Also known as a skier’s paradise, Auli has one of the best slopes in the world facilitating Himalayan Trekking in India. The 3km long slope ranges from 2519 m to 3049 m offers a magnificent panoramic view of great Himalayan peaks like the Nanda Devi(7817m), Kamet(7756m), Mana Parvat(7273m) and Dunagiri(7066m). You could reach Auli from Joshimath(1890m) by taking an enchanting 3 km ride on the world’s most highly situated and longest ropeway(cable car). A round trip costs Rs 200/- per person.

Adiguru Shankaracharya on his visit to Uttarakhand had founded Joshimath which is 47 kms from Badrinath and this snow-covered mountainous region is well known for its winter sports, especially skiing. The third most famous skiing spot in the country is Auli which is just 12 kms away from Joshimath. There are dozens of areas for trekking where a tourists can take a walk and the scenery is extraordinary.
One road from here leads to the famous Valley of Flowers. The hot water springs are also wonderful.

The skiing center was set up in Auli in 1984. The Uttar Pradesh State Government has a branch called Garhwal Mandal Corporation which runs this center. Professionally trained people have been employed for teaching. This spot was discovered by the Indian Army which was posted on the Tibetan border. The army has its own skiing center here. Right in front of Auli, is one of the highest peak, Nanda Devi. Along with it can be seen the Hathigauri, Neelkanth, Comet and Eravath mountains.

Auli is a grazing land spread over 6 kms. In the local language they call this "Byugal". In summer, in the old days, the local villagers used to graze their cattle here. During monsoons thousands of different variety of flowers bloom here.
 

 

HOW TO REACH
By Air - The closest airport for Auli is at Dehradun, the capital of Uttaranchal. The airport is at a distance of 298 kms.

By Rail - The nearest railhead is at Rishikesh, about 235 kms from Auli.

By Road - Frequent buses run for Auli from Dehradun, Rishikesh, Haridwar and Delhi, so road is a good option too.  one can also get to Auli by hired jeeps or taxi.

WHEN TO GO

Auli can be traveled round the year. but its better to plan your tour between, December to March as this is the most ideal time for all visitors.

WHAT TO SEE

 

Chattrakund - 1 km from Gurso Bugyal, in the middle of the jungle is a small lake of sweet water called Chattrakund. This place can be visited when visiting Gurso Bugyal.
 

Vanshinarayan Kalpeshwar - 12 kms from Joshimath, 10 kms from a village called Helang, this is a beautiful valley where there is a cave called Kalpeshwar. 10 kms further down the road is a spot called Vanshinarayan which is unmatched in its beauty.
 

Gurso Bugyal -  3 kms from Auli, Gurso Bugyal is a huge meadow spread amidst a mixed forest of oaks and conifers. Gurso Bugyal is at 3056 mts above sea-level. One can reach Joshimath via the ropeway. It is barely 1.5 kms from the last tower of the ropeway.As there is no accommodation available here one can only admire the scenery during the day and return to Auli by night.
 


 

Saildhar Tapovan - 15 kms on the Joshimath road is a small village where there are many hot-water springs. 3 kms ahead in Saildhar are hot water fountains where the water is almost at a boiling point.
 

Kwanri Bugyal - 12 kms from Gurso Bugyal Kwanri is a very interesting place for trekkers. Its at 3350 mts above sea-level. Many tourists camp here in summer. Nanda Devi hotel in Joshimath organises such camps where porters, guides, cooks and camping equipment are available. June and September months are the best time visit.
 

Joshimath -  12 kms from Auli in the Chamoli District is this town with many temples and memorials. It is a gateway to Badrinath and the Valley of Flowers.
 


 

Chenab Lake -  The last village from Joshimath is Dang which has to be passed to reach this beautiful lake. The road is rough, because of which this lake is not very popular with the tourists.
 

 

Bhavishya Badri -  3 kms by foot from Tapovan this spot is situated in the midst of a dense deodar forest.The temple of Bhavishya Badri is at an elevation of 2744 m and is surrounded by dense forests.

 


 

Valley of Flower - Way back in 1931, English mountaineer Frank Smythe, on his way back from an expedition to Mt Kamet, literally stumbled across the paradisal Bhyundar Valley, an 8-km long glacial corridor in Chamoli Garhwal. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains and carpeted with flowers- some 500 species, including the elusive brahmakamal, the cobra lily, the Himalayan edelweiss and the ethereal Himalayan blue poppy- the Valley forms one of India's most unusual protected areas. Declared a National Park in 1982, the Valley of Flowers stretches over an expanse of 87.50 sq km- an area which has steadily gained in popularity, not just among nature lovers, but also among eager-beaver trekkers over the past few years.
 


 

Yogdhyan Badri - Every so often in the Garhwal Himalayas, tales from the Mahabharata spring magically to life. Yogdhyan Badri, 1,920 mts, is located at Pandukeshwar, named after the Pandvas King.According to the myth, the Pandavas, victorious after their battle against Kauravas, but emotionally scarred, came to Himalayas for penance and before seeking out the highway to heaven, handed over their capital Hastinapur to king Parikshit.
 


 

Bridha Badri - the image was found by Adi Guru Shankaracharya at Narad Kund, and restored, though part of it remains damaged. The climb to the temple is through cultivated land and past Malta Groves.The temple of the Bridha (old) Badri is located at Animath, 7 km from Joshimath in the direction of Pipalkoti.
 


 

WHERE TO EAT
There are few good restaurants which serves delicious pure vegetarian food.