Located in

Chamoli, Garhwal

Recommended stay

2 days

Best time to visit

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

Railway Station

Rishikesh, 264 kms

Nearest Airport

Jolly Grant Airport, 286 kms

Famous for

Winter Adventure Sports, Skiing, Trekking, Himalayan Views, Camping, Hiking, Snowboarding, Snow Trekking

Auli | Uttarakhand

Auli is a Himalayan ski resort and hill station in the north Indian state of Uttarakhand. It’s surrounded by coniferous and oak forests, plus the Nanda Devi and Nar Parvat mountains. A long cable car links Auli to the town of Joshimath. North of Auli are the colorful Badrinath Temple, a Hindu pilgrimage site, and the Valley of Flowers National Park, with its alpine flora and wildlife like snow leopards and red foxes.

Top 10 places to visit in Auli – Divine Travels

Auli is a hill station located in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand state in India. It has rightly derived its name Auli – meaning meadows, from the characteristics of its topography. The hill station is located on slopes and has far stretching meadows that look stunning to the eyes. Auli is fondly referred to as a place where nature comes alive in all its glory and splendour. It is rich in natural resources and offers a stunning landscape of the surrounding hills.

The hill station has a plethora of wildflowers and trees like deodars, oaks, coniferous and pine forests. The slopes here that are as high as 9000 feet above sea level offer stunning views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks; like that of Nanda Devi, Kamet, Dunagiri and Mana Parvat. There are a number of attractions here at the hill station. The most famous one amongst tourists is the ropeway.

It is the highest and the longest one not just in India but the whole of Asia and it offers magnificent views of the Himalayan peaks. Auli’s artificial lake is another attraction which is one of the world’s highest man-made lakes. Similarly, Chattrakund and Chenab lake are also two other lakes worth visiting in Auli. Auli is also known as the skiing capital of India which explains how well the activity can truly be enjoyed here.

The winter months offer this thrilling experience and invite enthusiasts from across the globe. Other activities in Auli include trekking to nearby hills like Guarso and Kwani Bugyal. There is also a great scope for camping in and around Auli. The cherry on top is the weather in Auli. The hill station being located on a slope is high in altitude but is also surrounded by dense vegetation of deodars and oaks. This controls the pace of the wind blowing here and thus, giving Auli a pleasant environment.

Auli Tourism

Auli in Uttarakhand has had the honor of hosting the first South Asian Winter Games in 2011. The French and Austrian experts who hosted these games addressed Auli as the best ski resorts in the world. If you are staying here for a week then you must enroll yourself in the GMVN 7 days or 14 days ski course that will be held under the guidance of the experts. You will surely love this deal as there are special provisions for the day tourists. 

Slopes are covered with Deodar and Oak forests helping the skiers by reducing the velocity of the chilling winds. It is a perfect place for all adventure skiers and people who have enthusiasm for sports in winter.

To entice the biking lovers, Auli offers some of the enchanting mountain biking trails that can be dirt-off in summers. You can also enjoy the scintillating 4 km Gondola or the cable car journey at Auli which offers the magical views of the resort. To entice the visitors, Auli boasts numerous tourist places that are located in and around the hill station such as the Artificial lake of Auli, Gurso Bugyal, Chattrakund, Kuari Pass, Chenab Lake, Vishnu Prayag, Joshimath, Badrinath, Tapovan, etc.  

Auli is an ideal winter destination and hill station to welcome the new year. Thousands of tourist throng to Auli during the year-end to celebrate Christmas and New Year.

Best Time to Visit Auli

However, visiting Auli throughout the year is always delightful but as the destination is famous for its skiing slopes and snow-covered vistas so months of winters from November to March are the best time to visit Auli.

Top 10 Best hill station and places to visit in Auli by The Best Tour and Travel Agency in Rishikesh – Divine Travels

Activities in Auli

With stunning landscape and an interesting topography, Auli is a haven for nature and adventure lovers. 

      • Skiing:  Skiing in Auli is one of the most sought-after winter activities tourists indulge in Auli. Only a handful of ski resorts exist in India and Auli is one of them, which offers various snow activities to tourists. 
      • Trekking & Camping: There are numerous trekking options from Auli. Trekking is another options for tourists, as there are numerous trekking routes that commences from Auli. These treks take one through alluring meadows, green pastures, rivulets and verdant valleys. Some treks are shorter while other takes more than a week to complete. Here is the list of few treks that can be completed within a day: Auli – Gorson (7 km), Gorson – Tali (6 km) and Khulara – Tapovan (9 km).
      • Cable car Ride: If you are planning to ski, you will have to take the cable car. Almost all ski destinations are connected by a cable car and that adds to the amazing experience of traveling in Auli. You will see outstanding views of Audi from the ropeway and enjoy your journey as you ride.
      • Auli Artificial Lake: As one of the highest artificial lake in the world, Auli Artificial Lake offers a calm and a peaceful place to spend time with your friends and family and with yourself. The Himalayas in the backdrop of the lake and the surrounding environment give a picturesque view, getting away from which is something not-so-easy.
      • Explore: Apart from adventures, you can spend your time exploring Auli. Check out the local villages, visit popular places & learn local culture,  talk to the locals, and breathe in the fresh Auli air.   
      • Helicopter Himalaya Darshan:- Now tourist can take a 10 – 12 minutes Helicopter himalaya darshan tour in Auli. The tourism department of Uttarakhand takes the great initiative of Helicopter Himalaya Darshan in Auli.

Auli Festivals

Mata Murti Ka Mela: During the breezy month of September, the place is drenched in a spiritual aura as the ‘Mata Murti Ka Mela’ is organized in Badrinath, located nearby.

History of Auli

Auli means ‘Bugyal’ in local language which literally suggests meadows. The snow-shrouded hill station of Auli was inhabited by the semi-nomadic Bhotiya tribes and was a hub for trade and business. For centuries, the Bhotiya people used to trade on the barter system with the neighboring country of Tibet (now a part of China). 

The Bhotiyas used to traverse on horses and on foot to trade with Tibet and the nearby tribes. They used the ski slopes for training the soldiers, who used to serve in the ruling king’s army. Later on, these slopes were used to train the forces of Indo-Tibetan boarder police and now it has converted to ski slopes for tourists.

What is Auli famous for?

Auli is famous among tourist as Winter Adventure Sports, Skiing, Trekking, Himalayan Views, Camping, Hiking, Snowboarding, Snow Trekking.

Auli is recommended destination for Couples, Family and Kids, Foreigners, Groups, Solo.

Auli is popular destination for following activities/ interests – Adventure, Base Camps (Trek), Camping, Char Dham Route, Christmas and New Year, Hill Station, Honeymoon Destination, Meadows, Romantic, Ropeways, Skiing.