AULI AKA The Skiing capital of INDIA

Auli is a quiet snow-clad town, in the valleys of the Himalayan range. 
In this town, all over you will see Apple orchards, Oak, and pine trees with their eye-pleasing beauty and panoramic view of the famous mountains like Nanda Devi and Mana Parvat.


Auli is in the Chamoli district of Uttrakhand state, and it is popularly known as the Skiing capital of India. The snow-topped rocky slopes are ideal for both beginners and professional skiers. 

Auli is developed by the Tourism Authority of State Government of Uttrakhand as a skiing destination. And they are very successful in conducting competitions and tournaments here that have resulted in the vast popularity of this hill station both domestically as well as Internationally. 

A mix of government and private resort are present in this town. They provide a comfortable and luxurious stay to the visitors and to the participants who visit the town in the spine chilling winters of India from November to February. 

Skiing in Auli

Apart from promoting itself as a skiing destination in India. Auli is also known to have one of the highest species of flowers found in the world. It has approx 520 plants, in which the majority of them are endangered species and grown here in the months between June to October.

Auli is also getting its name listed in the bucket list of trekkers, with numerous spots nearby, this hill station serves as a base camp.  Due to its peace and calmness, a year-round, it can also be termed as the Maldives in Hills.

Auli is a Favorite destination for 10 months in a year and, it is not advisable to visit in the monsoon season of July and August. 

Places to Visit near Auli 

These are some of the places around Auli to Visit

Artificial Lake

Auli Artificial Lake ,Arial view with cottages
Auli Artificial Lake

It is one of the Worlds highest manmade lakes, settled between the breath-taking views of mountains, it serves as a perfect place to spend some quiet time strolling around it. 

Auli Ropeway 

Also known as Gondola locally. This is one of the major attractions in Auli, as it offers an aerial view of the slopes. 
This cable car is one of the longest ropeways in Asia. It covers a distance of 4KM and connects Auli with Joshimath. 

You can enjoy this rope-way round trip in INR 1000.

Auli Chair Lift 

couple enjoying Auli chairlift

Even a daring adventure lover will spike an eerie in him after having an experience of this lift. Unlike the Gondola, this one is open and gives access to reach skiing slopes near the Auli Artificial Lake. 

This lift charges INR 500 for a round trip. 

Gorson Bugyal

Trekking in lush green meadows in Gorson Bugyal, Auli
Gorson Bugyal Trek, Auli

3Km of trekking from Auli, this place is popular as a trekking and camping site. GORSON transforms from lush green field in summer to a white powdery land in winters.

Tip – it is advisable to visit this place in the morning and return before sunset as there are no accommodation options available. 


Chattrakund- a crystal clear lake

If you read above in the description, I have mentioned it as the Maldives in Hills and one the reason being Chattrakund. 

A crystal clear lake shadowed by lush green forest, and is also called the emerald lake. Take this romantic 4Km trek to spend some quality time with your better half.

Narsingh Temple

Narsingh Temple, Auli
Narsingh Temple, Auli

A famous Temple located in Joshimath district is the 4th Incarnation of Lord Vishnu (Narasimha Avatar).

The Badrinath Idol descends to Joshimath during winters due to the unbearable climate in Badrinath. And in this place, the idol rests in winter alongside Narasimha Idol.

How to Reach to Auli

Reach Joshimath from any of the below means and you can opt for Cable cars, Buses, Jeeps, Tempo Traveller to reach Auli. 

  • Railways – Nearest Railway station is Rishikesh (230KM)
  • Airways – The nearest domestic airport is Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun (188KM), Nearest International Airport is IGI Delhi (390KM).
  • Road – Nearest popular bus stand is Joshimath (16Kms)

Gadgets to carry

  • Tents 
  • Stick 
  • Eyewears 
  • Boots 
  • Water container
  • Gaslighter 
  • Garbage bag 

Thank you for staying with us on this journey, next time don’t forget to visit Lotus Temple, Delhi

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