Auli is a picturesque Himalayan destination located in Chamoli district within the hill state of Uttarakhand in India. Situated between altitude range of 2, 500 – 3, 050 meters above the sea level, Auli offers breathtaking 180 degree views of surrounding higher Himalayan peaks like Nanda Devi (7, 817 m), Kamet (7, 756 m), Mana Parvat (7, 273 m) and Dunagiri (7, 066 m).
Auli, cradled in snow white Garhwal Himalayas, is amongst the most well known skiing resorts of India. The skiing slopes of Auli are comparable to the best in the world. Besides, the natural splendor of coniferous high altitude vegetation that dresses its slopes is sure to compel you to fall in love with Auli.
During the months of January – March, Auli is packed with skiing enthusiast. National championships apart from the various skiing courses are conducted here. The entire skiing resort of Auli is maintained by the Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN), an autonomous body of Garhwal region in Uttarakhand state.
The beautifully snow blanketed sopped of Auli are dotted with coniferous vegetation that cut wind velocity to a minimum, thus promising the skiers a thrilling experience. Skiers at Auli, enjoy almost 20 km of virgin slopes, which provide excellent opportunities for cross-country, slalom and down-hill events.
How To Reach
By road, Auli is about 16 Km drive from Joshimath which is well connected with major destinations of the region. Regular bus and taxi services are available from Haridwar which is 299 Km from Auli. Nearest railhead is Haridwar and nearest airport is Jolly Grant of Dehradun which is about 289 Km from Auli.
Joshimath – Auli Cable Car / Ropeway
Apart from driving to Auli, one can choose to take the cable car from Joshimath to Auli. The ropeway journey cuts the distance to 4 km only. The journey by cable car offers breathtaking views of snow capped Garhwal Himalayas. It is a thrilling experience not to be missed.
The cable car services are provided by the GMVN. A round trip journey fare is Rs. 400. The car covers the 4 km length of the ropeway in about 20 minutes. The exciting journey starts from an altitude of 6254 ft. in Joshimath and ends at 9896 ft. in Auli.