This dreamlike winter wonderland is one of the handful resorts in India where you can go Skiing, one of the most sought-out winter activities! Thick oak and coniferous fauna edging the beautiful slopes and meadows is what Auli is lying in the midst of snow sheeted mountains of the Garhwal Himalayan Range. It’s quite aptly considered as a mini-Switzerland resting in this Himalayan Range. Auli translates to ‘Bugyal’ in the local language which literally means meadows. The view is absolutely drop dead gorgeous considering the range touching the skies all around which hide beneath the copious amount of snow… Auli Travel Guide.
How To Reach
By Air: Closest airport to Auli at a distance of 286 km is the Jolly Grant Airport. This airport fairly well-connected to Delhi with flights traversing daily. From the airport, cabs are available to reach Auli via road.
By Rail: Rishikesh provides the nearest railway station to Auli. 264 kilometers from Auli on NH58, this railway station is well connected to prominent destinations. Cabs and Buses are available from the station to Auli.
By Road: On the exception of being non-operational from December till mid-March, Auli is well connected via roads to prominent places in Uttarakhand. Buses from ISBT Kashmiri Gate are available to reach destinations such as Rishikesh, Pauri, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Karnaprayag, Ukimath, Srinagar, Chamoli etc. From Joshimath, Auli is only 14 km via NH58.
Places To See in Auli
The Artificial Lake
At an amazing eminence, this immaculate lake is one of the world’s highest man-made lakes. Its frozen near the Clifftop Club Hotel in Auli and has a spectacular view of the mountains in front with fog settling through them.
For tourists visiting Badrinath Dham, this hill station is a major stop elevating at 6,150 ft. above sea level. Also, a trailhead for various trekking trails and climbing missions in the Garhwal Range of the Himalayas. The road route from Rudraprayag to Joshimath is particularly memorable due to the sweet aroma of the air throughout the route.
Gurson Bugyal (or Gorso Bugyal)
A minor 3-kilometer trek from Auli, at a height of 10,026 ft. is an expansive land of captivating green pastures amidst a coniferous forest during spring and it’s just as alluring in the winters cladded entirely by a sheet of snow. Embrace the view of Nanda Devi, Trishul and Dron Parbat peaks. You also have an option to trek a kilometer towards Chattarkund which is well known for its sweet water. For it being located in the middle of a dense forest, it’s advisable to ask directions from locals.