Auli- Famous Skiing Destination Of Uttarakhand
Uttarakhand is bestowed with plenty of natural splendor and Auli is one of the most beautiful places in all of Uttarakhand. Auli is situated in the lap of snow covered peaks of Garhwal Himalayas, in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, Auli is known for its engrossing ski resorts and natural atmosphere. Surrounded by snow-covered mountain of the grand Himalayas, this hilly land brags charming scenes of oak-fringed incline and fascinating deepness of coniferous forests. At a standard altitude of 2800 meters, this is one of the globally famous ski resorts in India. Enjoying through the foggy slant one feels captivated with the striking sight of the lofty mount ranges like Nanda Devi, Mana Paravat and Kamat.
Other than these white wonders, the means through the slopes give breathtaking views of dazzling apple orchards and finest deodar trees creating it for a perfect day. Auli has a magnificent history that dates back to 8th century. It is supposed that this gorgeous place is sanctified by the holy Adi Sankaracharya, who is said to have visited this place. Tourists are recommended to bring woolen clothes as the temperatures drop to as low as -8° C in winters although it is fairly cold in the summers.
Auli is a must travelled destination if skiing is your fervor. The slopes are situated at an altitude of almost 2500 to 3000 m. thus being a nice method to begin on your skiing expeditions. The absolute height and stretch of the snow clad mountains, with the added benefit of powdered snow are alluring enough to draw the exploratory spirits of the avid skier, providing all the thrill and enthusiasm attached to the game. It is connected to Joshimath by a 3.5 km long cable car provides an exceptional panoramic sight of the mountain peaks like Nanda Devi, Kamet and Dronagiri.
Training courses are conducted in elements of 7 and 14 days. Training is conveyed to the enrolled persons in modern skiing method by qualified instructors from Skiing and Tourist Resorts, Auli and Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering, Gulmarg.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
You can have a trip to Auli anytime except in monsoons. But if you want to enjoy the eternal ecstasy of the snow, stop over this place from December to March. The skiing season begins form 1st December to march.
Skiing festival: This is the crucial event in Auli from January to March. An exclusive Skiing festival and National Championships of Snow Skiing are observed that magnetize a large amount of sports enthusiasts. People from different parts of the country arrive here at this time either to enjoy the happening or to take part in it.
Mata Mruti Ka Mela: In the month of September, the place becomes very vigorous because of the ‘Mata Mruti Ka Mela’. It is performed in Badrinath which is located nearby. This is among the many festivals in Auli.
Auli rests on the way to Badrinath. It is bestowed with a breathtaking panoramic view of the lofty peaks of the greatest mountain range in the world, the Himalayas. From Dehradun It is 290 km and 252 km from Rishikesh. There are plenty number of hotels in Dehradun and Hotels in Haridwar which are homely and laced with modern amenities.
HOW TO REACH
Air: Nearest Airport is Jolly Grant near Dehradun (280 Km). Air Deccan and Kingfisher Airlines operate daily flights to Dehradun from New Delhi.
Rail: Nearest railhead are Rishikesh / Haridwar which is linked from Delhi by Shatabdi Express from Bombay by Bandra-Dehradun Exp. from Calcutta by Howrah-Doon Exp. and from Lucknow by Gorakhanath/Doon Exp. Rishikesh to Joshimath by road.
Road: Auli is well linked with road through Joshimath. The best option is to travel from Delhi by road. Delhi to Haridwar is 229 kms on NH-47. The climb from Haridwar to Joshimath is 257 kms and it takes about 13 to 15 hours. The ascent to Joshimath breezes through Rishikesh, Srinagar, Karnaprayag, and Chamoli. Joshimath to Cliff top Club Resort is 17 km by road.