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Auli Hillstation

Place : Chamoli district, Uttarakhand
Altitude : 2895 m above sea level
Temperature : Winter - Min -9 degrees C
Max - 2 degrees C.
Significance : A popular ski resorts in India
Best Season : December End to March
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A popular ski resorts in India, Auli, is nestled in the peak of Garhwal hills in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. Situated 16 kms from Joshimath, at an altitude of 2895 m above sea level, Auli offers commanding views of the surrounding ranges which soar well over 23,000 ft.. Auli means meadow in the regional language. Considered as the best skiing slope found in Asia, Auli is the kind of place that a traveler looks for. Auli is blessed with all the natural generosity with breathtaking scenery, delightful climate and snowy peak, beautiful valleys with wild flowers etc. Besides these, treks and nature walks in Auli are some of the other exciting activities to try. There are a number of major attractions to check out for tourists as well. 

Auli Attractions

Skiing is the major tourist attraction in Auli. The Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam Auli skiing resort was set up here by Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam to promote Auli as a skiing destination. With a vertical drop of 500 metres and snow fields inviting skiers from all over the country, Auli has emerged as a major skiing destination. All the facilities for skiing are available here on hire. Fees: Adults Rs 475, child Rs 250 per day, Lessons Rs 125-175 per day, gloves Rs 175, goggles Rs 100. 7-day course fee: Indians Rs 4,710; Foreigners Rs 5,890, 14-day course fee : Indians Rs 9,440; Foreigners Rs 11,800. To know more Auli Skiing Click here... 

Below listed are some of the tourist places to see in Auli.

Trishul Peak  (7100m)

One of the most ski-friendly ranges of Auli, Trishul Peak is 23,490 feet hig h. Before Auli was developed as a ski resort, Trishul and other Auli peaks were the training ground for men of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force. It is said that in a 1958 expedition to scale the Trishul Peak, the mountaineers took four days to climb and only 90 minutes to ski down to the base camp. The peak boast with beautiful landscapes, ponds and some of the largest meadows in Garhwal. There is a lake, Roopkand, lies between the slopes of the Trishul peak and Nanda Ghunti (6310m). Also known as the Mystery Lake because over 600 skeletal remains of humans and horses were discovered from here. 


Situated 16 kms from Auli, Joshinath, or the place of the Jyotirlinga of Shiva has several ancient temples which dates back to 8th century. Joshinath serves as the base for the pilgrimage to the well known Badrinath Temple. The great sage Adi Shankaracharya is believed to have wandered and gained enlightenment in Joshimath. The temple built by him at Joshimath still exists. Besides this temple, there are temples of Naudevi, Ganesh, Hanuman, Gaurishankar and Surya. Another attractions near to this are the Amar Kalp tree which is believed to be over 2,500 years old and the Joshimath caves. One can also check out the hot springs of Tapovan located at a distance of 14 kms from Joshimath and 32 kms from Auli.

Nanda Devi National Park

The Nanda Devi National park is located at a distance of 41 kms from Auli. Inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1988, this park is adorned with beautiful environs and abundant flora and fauna including Brahma- kamal and Bharal. The park is dominated by the Peak Nanda Devi (second highest peak in India ) which rises to over 7,800 m. Only groups of 6 persons per day, not including accompanying staff, are permitted to enter into the park. The terrain is hilly and tough, so, visitors should take care. To know more about Nanda Devi National Park Click here...