is nestled in the lap of snow-capped peaks of the
Garhwal Himalayas, in the Chamoli district of
Uttaranchal india, and near the world-famous religious shrine
of Badrinath. At an altitude of 2,500 to 3,050 meters
above sea level, Auliís well-dressed slopes are
flanked by coniferous and oak forests, which offer a
panoramic view of Mountains If
you are out for adventure, fun and frolic this winter,
find yourself in Auli, in the vicinity of the
peaks Nanda Devi and Mana Parbat.
Feel the rush of air on your face, blaze a defiant trail
as you go skiing on the well-dressed snow slopes. Or
pelt each other with snow-balls on a blanket of snow.
And if youíre a lover of natural splendour let your
eyes feast on the breathtaking
view of snow-capped peaks all around you. A16
km from Joshimath and accessible by a good motorable
road, is the ideal ski resort of Auli with its slopes
comparable to the best in the world. The resort is run
by GMVN, which, apart from providing
accommodation also provides all
facilities for skiing. The season extends from January to
March during which time
skiing festivals and the National
Championships are held. he Auli slopes, descending from
3049 meters to 2915 meters are flanked by stately conifers
and oaks, which cut wind velocity to the minimum. Adding
to the thrill of skiing is a 180 degree view of Himalayan
peaks,which include Nanda Devi
| (7817 meters), Kamet (7756 meters), Mana
Parvat (7273 meters) and Dunagiri (7066 meters),
seemingly only a snowballs throw away.
conditions for skiing are perfect at Auli. A 500 meters
long ski-lift and an 800 meters 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 kms of virgin slopes,
which provide excellent opportunities for cross-country,
slalom and down-hill skiing events.
Auli has now
become a leading tourist spot. While its slopes beckon
daring and gallant skiing enthusiasts, its pristine
natural beauty and its alpine atmosphere lure many
tourists. A haven for those who want to escape the
humdrum of everyday life, conquer their fear of heights,
savour nature in its purest form or just throw snowballs
at each other.
End December to March
those travelling by air, the nearest airport is at Jolly
Grant Airport (Dehradun) 273 km from Joshimath, 17 km
Coming from any part of India, the nearest rail head is
Haridwar 299 km from Auli.
Auli is only a13 km drive from Joshimath. State
transport and Union buses play regularly between
Joshimath and Rishikesh (253 kms). 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.
The most popular way to drop in at Auli is by the famed
cable car service which runs for 3 kms. Travelling by
the rope-way, it is impossible to resist the captive
beauty of the snow covered peaks, the alpine forest and
the bracing climate.