Engulfed with white snow blanket Auli Hill Stations is one of the preferred destinations of ski lovers around the world. Nestled in the lap of Garhwal Himalayan range, this enthralling hill station of Uttarakhand is popular as Auli Bugyal or meadow among the tribal natives. The dense forest of old oaks, pines, deodars and apple orchards along with snow-capped Himalayan ranges create a mesmerizing beauty that attracts thousands of tourists round the year. Situated at almost 2800 meters from sea label, this popular hill station blesses you with the breath-taking beauty of Mana Parvat, Kamet peak and Nanda Debi, the famous Hindu pilgrimage.
How To Reach:
- By Air: You can take a flight to Jolly Grant Airport of Dehradun to reach Auli. Both taxi and bus services are available from the airport. From Indira Gandhi International Airport of New Delhi, the second nearest airport of Auli, buses are available that drop you in Rishikesh. If you are from any foreign country, the airport in Delhi is convenient for you. Hire a cab or book a seat on a bus. Bus services are available up to Joshimath while taxis will take you to your preferred destination. You can either board on a cab or get on a cable car to Auli. Joshimath to Auli cable car service is the second-largest cable car of a nation that you allows you to enjoy the breath-taking beauty of Garhwal Himalayan range. In winter it is the only mode of communication between Joshimath and Auli as roads are blocked due to heavy snowfall. Click Here To Book Cheap Flight Ticket
- By Train: Haridwar, Dehradun, Rishikesh are the railway heads to reach Auli. These railway stations share good connectivity with all the major cities of India. Taxi and services are available from all the stations.
- By Road: Taxis and cabs are available both in share or hire options that will bring you to Auli directly whereas bus services are available up to Joshimath only. Joshimath is well connected through road with the major surroundings. If you are tight on schedule and want an offbeat experience, the cable car is the perfect choice for you.
Where To Stay:
being one of the best hill stations, Auli hill station comes with ample of options for your night stay
The Himalayan Abode: This famous hotel of skiing capital of India is able to the meet needs of every traveler irrespective of their budget. They offer three types of room for their customers. The Himalayan backpacker room is ideal for those tight on budget whereas the Himalayan Abode room and Nandan Kanan room or Nanda Devi room offer luxurious staying. Located in Badrinath highway this hotel will let you enjoy the stunning beauty of hilly vista from the cosy bed.
Hotel Manik Resort: It is another preferred choice of travellers. Situated in Auli Road Manik Resort offers excellent service to their guests. Surrounded by amazing Himalayan views, it is well known for offering outstanding services. They even offer free breakfast.
Hotel Auli D: It is a three-star hotel situated in Badrinath Road, Near Joshimath petrol pump. This hotel is only 3 kilometres away from the famous ropeway of Auli. If you are in search of a spacious room from where you can enjoy the untouched natural beauty and taste delicious vegetarian food it is your stoppage.
The clifftop Club Auli: If you wish to enjoy the peaceful serenity of this Hill region to the most, Clifftop Club Auli is the perfect choice for you. Nestled in the Garhwal Himalayan range, this three-star hotel rent ski equipment to its borders. Free parking and free Wi-Fi are some of the amenities offered by them.
Blue poppy resorts: Blue poppy Resorts satisfies its customers with their amazing service and delicious food that give you feelings of home away from home. Unmatched view of the surroundings makes it a preferred choice of visitors.
Best Time To Visit :
Auli attracts tourists throughout the year for its pristine natural beauty. If you wish to escape from the humdrum of regular routine and rest amidst blankets of snow and enjoy the adventures of skiing, prefer to visit between December and February. Regular snowfall during this time makes Auli perfect for skiing. Skiing festivals and skiing championship are organized all around this hill station. To enjoy the pleasant climate and visit the nearby attractions, summer months are suitable. Visiting between March to June allow you to enjoy the natural beauty of this picturesque destination to the fullest. It is advisable to avoid Monsoons that lasts from July to October as heavy rain along with related calamities makes Auli hostile.
What To See :
Gurson Bugyal: Nestled at 3056 meters above the level of sea Gurson Bugyal is a vast land of greenery. This the centre of attraction of Auli is surrounded by a wide variety of natural vegetation that includes oak, pine, deodar etc. A trek of 3 km from Auli will allow you to reach this stunning destination. A picturesque view of Dron, Nanda Devi and Trishul can be observed from this point.
Chattrakund: You can even head towards Chattrakund that is just a kilometre away from Gurson Bugyal. Nestled almost 3300 meters high from sea level this lake is famous for its sweet and crystal clear water. Untouched greenery around the lake creates the perfect combination to rejuvenate your mind.
Kwani Bugyal: Kwani Bugyal is another favourite Auli tourist place of trekkers. Situated at an altitude of 3380 meters, this place is popular for amazing scenic beauty. Located nearly 12 km away from Gurson Baguyal, it is better to visit between June and September to enjoy the heavenly ambience.
Auli artificial lake: It is considered as one of the highest manmade lakes in the world. Situated near Clifftop Auli, this lake serves as the supplier of artificial snow to extend the season of ski-in Auli.
Nandaprayag: Nandaprayag is one of the five famous prayags. It is the point where River Alaknanda meet Nandakini. It is the point that coupled with religious and natural significance. The stunning landscape of its surrounding leaves you spellbound. Here you can find the popular Nanda Temple that is built by the king of Yadu Kingdom. Years back, this was the capital of Yadu Kingdom.
About Visa :
Foreigners need to apply for an Indian tourist visa to visit this charming Himalayan hill station. Fill up the application online along with the required documents and fees. Tourist visa for India is valid for six months. Keep in mind that you cannot extend the same.
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