Auli is a heavenly destination mainly known for skiing sport also known as Mini Switzerland Of India, covered with pine trees, old oaks and apple orchards, and the incredible view of Nanda Devi peak makes the place not less than heaven.
Apart from skiing, you can trek to Gurso Bugyal village enjoy the fresh snow in winters and watch a beautiful view of Himalayan ranges.
Auli is a small and famous hill town which is situated at an altitude of 9,200 ft (2800metres) is a peaceful destination with iconic Himalayan views and is named one of the best skiing resort in the world due to its glittering slopes and clean environment.
In this blog, I’m going to tell you how to reach an Auli, what are the things you can do in Auli and how much the trip to this beautiful ski resort cost to me.
How to Visit Auli?
If you are travelling from Delhi, the distance from Delhi to Auli is 497 km and will take around 14-15 hours to reach Auli if you are travelling by your own vehicle.
If you are travelling from bus then you have to take a bus from Kashmere Gate Bus Terminal for Haridwar, Rishikesh and Dehradun as there is no direct bus available and afterwards you will state transport and Union buses from these places till Joshimath. After reaching Joshimath you can opt both buses and taxi to reach Auli. The distance between Auli and Joshimath is just 16 km and in no time you can the place.
Bus fares are reasonable and you will enjoy the time with beautiful mountain view which comes in between the route.
The nearest railway station is Rishikesh, which is approx. 250 km away from Auli. From there you can take a state bus or taxi and start your journey early morning so you can reach Auli by evening. You can take Dehradun Shatabdi Express to reach Rishikesh early in the morning.
If you want to visit Auli by air then the nearest Airport is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun located 20 Km away from the main city centre of Dehradun. Taxi or cabs are available directly from the airport and if you want to enjoy the ride of the local state bus then you have to reach the city bus terminal and then you can Auli.
Things to do in Auli
The most important thing for which this place is famous for is Skiing. The cost of skiing in Auli ranges between ₹20,000- ₹50,000 which includes accommodation in the packages depending upon the length of stay. The best time to do Skiing is between December to February.
Uttarakhand Joshimath to Auli Gorson Ropeway is the
highest ropeway system in India and even in Asia, starting at the altitude of 6254 ft and ends at an altitude of 9896 ft. The length of the ropeway is 4.15 km in 22 minutes and has two cable cars and 10 towers. You will find amazing views from the cable car and I must say, it’s worth it.
Joshimath is a prominent centre among the Hindu as you will find several temples. Its a place where Adi Guru founded one of the four piths (Centers) for sanyasis here. Lord Badri is shifted from Badrinath to Joshimath during winters and we can call this place as the second home for Lord Badri.
Gurso Bugyal Village
Nearly a 3 km trek from Auli will be worth with iconic Nanda Devi peak views and other mountains range like Dron and Trishul. You will love the trek with pine trees and old oak in the route to this beautiful village, Gurso Bugyal.
Things to remember
1. If you are going with your own transport, you must know that the BRO (Border Road Organization) block the road after 8 in the evening and open at 4 in the morning. So try to start your journey early in the morning so you can reach Joshimath/Auli by evening.
2. Those who have a booking in Auli resort to Tower 8 will be allowed to pick ticket anytime till 4 in the evening and for others, you can not be able to take tickets after 2 PM.
3. In winter, the temperature goes below 0℃ so you should have good warm cloths to be safe in freezing weather.
My review and Expense of my Trip
I visited this beautiful place to celebrate the New year of 2019. the breathtaking view and sunrise took my heart and I can say it was one of the most beautiful sunrises of my any trip. I travelled in my own car with my two friends, we had our own tents to stay and incurred the expense from Delhi to Joshimath and back to Delhi was around ₹4500 per person.
If you want to visit the place then I would strongly recommend this place and coming here is worth it.
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