North Indian City Guide - Uttarakhand - Auli

The first thought that one would get on mentioning Auli, is the snow covered mountains apt for skiing, hence skiing has become its identity. Auli proves to be a picturesque treat to its visitors, with the snow covered mountains and alpine forests that stand amidst the white snow. One can get a panoramic view of the Himalayan Ranges as Auli lies between 2500 meters and 3000 meters, making it the tourist attraction in itself. It is also popular as a mountain biking destination with its challenging roads.

Auli - The Skiing Capital of India

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One of the major attractions and a must do in Auli is to take the cable car ride of more than 3 kilometers long and around 300 meters above the sea level. It gives us some of the most breath taking views on move. It is also the second longest cable car after the one in Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir. One can also visit ‘Gusro Bugyal’ a beautiful spot for a moderate trek,that lies just 1.5 kilometers from the last point where cable car ends. It is a trail through the valleys between Nanda Devi, Trishul Peak and Dron, which gives great views of majestic mountains.

Another must visit is the serene Chattrakund, a sweet water lake which enchants the visitors with its crystal clear water and surrounding forests. Situated at an elevation of 3300 meters, it makes a beautiful hiking spot as well. Auli also has one of the highest artificial lakes in the world, which despite being man - made, continues to charm people with its surrounding views. It is also planned to be a source for snow when there is less snow otherwise, in order to enable skiing.

We also have the less traversed Chenab Lake which is almost inaccessible by bikes also, hence making it the abode of campers and trekkers who find home amidst the hills. Joshimath is another destination that gets its way through Auli, which is a hub of trekkers and devotees. It has devotees going to the Shrine of Badrinath along with trekkers who want to explore the beautiful hamlet. Hence, Auli becomes the right destination for an adventurous soul, a dream come true for every nature lover and the perfect getaway during summers.

Climatic Condition

Auli offers a perfect touristic climate throughout the year with snow laden mountains during winter, moderate summers and monsoons that turn the place green and beautiful. Summers are from April to June when temperature ranges from 10° C to 20° C with June as the hottest month. July and August have showers which turn the place picturesque and temperature is quite moderate. Winters start from October and goes on till March, with December and January as the coldest months with temperatures between - 4° C and 10°C.

Major Attractions

Skiing, Cable Car Ride, Gusro Bugyal, Auli Artificial Lake, Chattrakund, Chenab Lake, Kwani bugyal, Joshimath.

Best Time to Visit

November to March (for skiing)

April and May

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