Uttarakhand State in India is blessed with scenic beauty as well as worship places like Auli. People from all over the world visit Uttarakhand every year. Some used to come to see the adorn beauty of various places and others come with hope and faith to worship their God.
Auli is one of the ravishing places located in Uttrakhand state, is a picturesque hill station which attracts lots of travelers every year. This place is still not really well explored, but its scenic beauty is mesmerizing. It is a paradise for the skiing lovers in India. If you are daring and love adventures, then you must visit Auli Hill station.
Located on the side of snow capped Garhwal Himalayas near the famous religious Shrine Badrinath, Auli stands being the most stunning natural vistas and amazing ski resort. Owned by an unpredictable climate, the site offers a panoramic view of the mountains. It is the place of historical importance that resembles the visit of the sacred sage Shankaracharya.
Auli is the place that lies on the way to Chardham Pilgrimage Tour. Pilgrims often visit Auli Tour to turn out their journey into a precious experience with the marvelous view of gorgeous apple orchards and deodar tress that ropes across the way to Chardham Yatra.
Legendary History Of Auli:
Compared to other hill station counterparts such as Shimla or Manali, Auli is lesser famous. Its history beholds the importance of its slopes that are used to test the valor and courage of the trainees appointed in the Indian Paramilitary forces and Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force.
Today, Auli is known to be the source to view the beautiful and captivating mountains surrounding its slopes such as Trishul, Nanda Devi, Mana Parvet, Hathi Parvat and Ghori Parbhat and Dunagiri.
The legendary history of the place reveals the arrival of revered Guru Adi Shankaracharya, who visited this place during 8th century AD. He built a math known as Joshimath in the present time, which was renowned by the name Shankaracharya Tapasthali.
Tourist Places Around Auli Are:
There are many tourist places around Auli hill station such as Chenab Lake, Saildhar Tapovan, Chaatarkund, Gurso Bugyal. These places are also worth watching.
Ropeway: The major attraction in Auli that offers a majestic view of the Himalayan Mountains. It starts from Joshimath and ends in Auli and it offers captivating view of the Himalayas from the front and in between the oak forests. After Gulmarg, it is the highest and longest ropeway in Asia.
Gurson Bugyal: It is the picturesque location that offers a mesmerized view of the imposing mountains of Himalayas such as Dron, Trishul and Nanda Devi. The trek to Auli will offers you a marvelous view of the scenic location.
Kwani Bugyal: Located at a distance of mere 12km from Gurso Bugyal, this place offers the most popular destination to the trekkers. Every year, a large number of trekkers come to explore this site between June and September.
Chattrakund: Quench your thirst with the sweetest water flown in the mid of the jungle with the Chattrakund lake that flows at a distance of around 4km from Auli and around 3Km from Gurso Bugyal. It is one of the favored and romantic treks that is opted by many trekkers away from the crowded slopes.
Narsingh Temple: A famous temple in Joshimath devoted to the Lord Vishnu’s fourth incarnation Lord Narsingh. It is a sacred place in Joshimath which is also known as Narsingh Badri Temple.
Vhabishya Badri (Future Home of BadrinathJi): Located at an unexplored site at the Dhauliganga River, the temple is one of the Panch Badri Temples and assumed to be the future seat of Badrinath.
Tapovan: A very popular tourist spot that offers view to green mountains and pleasure to enjoy the most attractive thing, the hot springs. Also, it is the prime destination that offers trek to Bhavishya Badri and to Kauri Pass that offers close and clear view to some renowned mountains such as Nanda Devi and Dronagiri Chaukhmba.
Sri Shankracharya Math: Also, known as Jyotirmath or Jyotir Pith, this math is established with the purpose to teach the monastic life through Vedas, Brahma Sutras and Upanishads. Inside the math, a beautiful Laxmi Narayan Temple carrying the beautiful idols of Badrinarayan and Rajrajeshwari Devi is located.
Vhabishya Kedar (Future Home of Kedarnathji): A small temple in Joshimath that is devoted to Lord Shiva and Mata Parvati. Expected to be the future home of Kedarnath, this temple carries beautiful idols of Lord Shiva and Mata Parvati.
Nanda Devi National Park: The most beautiful and spectacular wilderness accommodated within the highest peaks of Himalayas through the Nanda Devi National Park. It carries the beautiful and pleasant surroundings of flora and fauna among which Brahma Kamal, the flower and Bharal, the blue mountain goat are the major attractions.
Kalpavriksha: The old Mulberry tree that holds both religious and historical importance. It is believed that this tree hadn’t shed any of the leaves by itself and standing since last many years as intact as it was.
Yogdhayan Badri: It is one of the Sapta Badri or seven Badri’s temple that is dedicated to Utsava Murti during winters. It is believed that this temple carries the image of Lord in the posture of Yog dhyan.
Chenab Lake: Another wonderful site to visit while visiting Auli that offers a clam and serene atmosphere to the visitor.
Niti Village: It is a small village located in the Joshimath’s Niti Valley. During winters, the village and the whole Niti Valley get covered with heavy snow.
Sleeping Beauty Mountain: Those who love the Himalayas will surely love the place. This place offer a rejuvenating holiday to the people that is felt only be heart. The place offers fresh air, long treks and picturesque portrays that will blow away your senses.
Laxhman Ganga River: It is the small river that flows from the Hemkund Lake and merged with Pashupati River in Ghangaria.
Joshimath: It is the renowned pilgrims centre founded by the Guru Adi Shankaracharya. It is one of the four piths founded by him. It holds a number of temples.
Things To Do In Auli:
Skiing: Auli offered the visitors the marvelous place to enjoy skiing between evergreen conifers and oak forest. It offers the best skiing grounds to the visitors all over the world.
Trekking: Auli offers some of the amazing and finest slopes in the Himalayan range that is used by the visitors for trekking. Some of the peaks are there that offers finest trekking routes for the trekking enthusiasts.
Shopping: Shopaholics could not be able to find any market in Auli for shopping. Travelers can find a good market in Joshimath and can buy good winter clothes and accessories from that market.
When to Visit Auli?
For the adventure seekers, ideal time to visit Auli is March to November. If you want to go for National Winter Games, then you must go in February and March. If you want to enjoy the pleasant Auli Weather then you must visit the place in winters. There are so many places around Auli, which travelers can visit easily during their trip.
How to Reach Auli?
By Air: You can reach by air as it has nearest airport in Dehradun. Dehradun is about 298 km away from Auli.
By Road: From Dehradun you can go by road by hiring car or jeep. You can also cover the distance from Joshimath to Auli by trekking.
By Train: Nearest railway station is Dehradun as well as in Haridwar. Taxes, cars and jeeps on hire are easily available from these places.
Hotels in Auli
Good range of hotels is easily available in Auli. One of the marvelous and renowned hotels located in Joshimath is Hotel Audi D. Here, you can find a comfortable stay accommodated in a luxurious suite. Advance booking is always recommended to all the travelers. One can easily book a hotel within their budgets. Prices are comparatively high in the peak months of skiing and in the month of national games festival in Auli.
You can easily rejuvenate the beauty of the picturesque hills and slopes of Auli with the help of a good travel guide as well.
Things To Know Before Visiting Auli
You can avoid your travel plan to Auli especially in Monsoon season.
One must to know point is there is no ATM as well as petrol pump in Auli, so you must carry enough cash with you for your trip.
Must have complete details of places to visit nearby such as Joshimath, Dehradun, Mussourie, Haridwar, Badrinath etc…
Your trip should be well planned and must accompany all the necessary stuff with you like winter clothes, cap, gloves, wind sheeter, etc…
Traveller Must read about the forecast of the weather in advance before starting the trip.
In winters, roads might get blocked due to snowfall, only cable cars can be available to reach Auli.
This is to inform you that due to non-completion of re-tendering process managed by Uttarakhand Civil Aviation Development Authority, the Helicopter shuttle services to Kedarnath Ji is on hold till the new development. Once the re-tendering process will be completed, tickets will be issued & flying will start accordingly.