Nestled in the lap of snow-capped peaks of Garhwal Himalayas, near the world famous religious shrine of Badrinath, Auli is renowned for the fascinating ski resorts and stunning natural vistas. At an average height of 2800 meters above the sea level , Auli well-dressed slopes are flanked by coniferous and oak forests, which offer a panoramic view of mountains. Auli is also known as a ‘bugyal’ in the regional language which means meadow. Weather of the region is highly unpredictable.
Auli have a credible past that dates back to the 8th century. It is believed that this pretty locale is blessed with the sacred visit of Sankaracharya. Auli lies on the way of Badrinath chardham Pilgrimage Destination in Uttarakhand.
The most Superior time to visit the Auli is fall between the month of mid February to mid March, when it is snow covered. Tourists in Auli can avail accommodation options, ranging from budget hotels to 5 star hotels. Some hotels in Auli offer spectacular view of peaks of the Himalayas. Gurso Bugyal, Chattrakund, Kwani Bugyal, Hot Spring Point and Chenab Lake are the other popular attractions of Auli. Excursions to Hemkund and Valley of Flowers are also popular among the wayfarers visiting Auli.
History and Legends
Auli is a lesser known hill station when compared to its counterparts – Shimla, Gulmarg and Manali. The slopes of Auli were the training ground for the Indian Paramilitary Forces and Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force. Today, Auli is known for its snow covered slopes and panoramic views of the surrounding lofty peaks of the Himalayas like Trishul, Nanda Devi, Kamet, Mana Parvat, Beethartoli, Nilkanth, Hathi Parbat, Ghori Parbat and Dunagiri. According to legend, the revered Guru Adi Shankaracharya visited Auli during 8th century AD. He built a math at Joshimath, which still is intact and is known by the name Sankaracharya Tapastali.
Char Dham Yatra and Auli
Besides these snowy miracles, the boulevards through the slopes offers marvelous views of gorgeous apple orchards and fine deodar trees, which make Char Dham Yatra, stride a precious experience. You can visit Auli from Joshimath, you can either take taxi or visit there by Ropeway. The place also has the highest and longest cable car that stretches up to 4 km and is called Gondola.
How to Reach Auli
By Air : Jolly Grant Airport Dehradun is the nearest Airport located at the distance of about 17 km from Rishikesh and 273 km from Joshimath.
By Train : Haridwar Railway Junction is the nearest Rail-head located at the distance of about 299 km away from Auli
By Bus : Auli is only 16 km drive from Joshimath. State transport and Union buses ply regularly between Joshimath and Rishikesh (253 km). Local Transport Union Buses and State Transport buses operate between Joshimath and Rishikesh (253 km), Haridwar (277 km), Dehradun (298 km) and Delhi (500 km).