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Auli has one of the best ski slopes in the world facilitating snow skiing during winters from beginning of January to end of March. The 3km long slope ranges from 2500 meters to 3050 meters offering a magnificent panoramic view of central Himalayan peak like the Nanda Devi(7817mtrs), Kamet(7756 mts), Mana Parvat(7273 mts) and Dronagiri(7066 mts) etc.

The skiing centre was set up in Auli in 1984. Professionally trained staff have been employed for skiing. The Deodar and Oak forests cover the slopes and reduce the velocity of the chilly winds to the minimum thus helping the skiers. The slopes of Auli and surrounding areas seem to beckon all adventure seekers for winter sports enthusiast during the winters and trekkers during the summers.

Auli is ready for South Asian Federation (SAF) games 2010 with artificial snow making system, Ski lift, Pump house and viewpoints. One can also enjoy beautiful lake beside the 500 mtrs long chair lift linking the lower and upper slopes.

How to Reach

  • Air: The closest airport for Auli is at Jolly Grant, Dehradun. The airport is at a distance of 298km.
  • Rail: The nearest railhead is at Rishikesh, about 276km from Auli.
  • Road: Frequent buses run for Joshimath from Dehradun, Rishikesh and Haridwar. One can also get Auli by hired jeep or taxis from these places.

What to see

Chattrakund: 1km from Gorsoin Bugyal, in the middle of the jungle is a small lake of sweet water called Chattrakund.

Gorson Bugyal: 3km from Auli, Gorson Bugyal is a huge meadow spread amidst a mixed forest of oaks and conifers. Gorson Bugyal is at 3056 meters above sea level.

Beyond Auli

Vanshinarayan Kalpeshwar: 12 km from Joshimath and 10 km from a village called Helang, this is a beautiful valley where there is a cave called Kalpeshwar. 10 km further down the road is a spot called Vanshinarayan, which is unmatched in its beauty.

Kunwari Pass: 12 km from Gorsoin Bugyal is a very fascinating place for trekkers at a elevation of 3350 meters above sea level.

Joshimath: 14 km from Auli, Joshimath Town has many temples and memorials. It's gateway to Badrinath and the Valley of Flowers/Hemkund Sahib.

Tapovan (Hot Spring): At a distance of 30km from Auli(by road) Tapovan is situated at a height of 1829 meters on the banks of Dhauli Ganga. It is known for its thermal springs which are believed to posses miraculous healing power. It is a quite popular picnic spot and are trekking route to Kunwari Pass also leads from here.

Bhavishya Pass: At 40km from Auli a place called Saildar Road heads to Bhavishya Badri, through a 8km trek. An ancient temple, it is one of the panch Badari in the region.

Valley of Flowers: Stretching over an expanse of 87 sq. km the valley is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and carpeted with some 500 rare species of flowers. Frank S, Smith - mountaineer, explorer, botanist who camped here for several weeks in the monsoon of 1937 and did valuable exploratory work, introduced the valley to the world as the valley of Flowers.

Bridha Badri: The temple of the Vriddha(old) Badri is located at Animath, 7km from Joshimath in the direction of Pipalikoti.