The impressive 9000 ft incline beyond the sea level surrounded with oak and deodar trees reduce the velocity of the breeze which help the skiers to get pleasure from their journey naturally. The best time to visit Auli is at some stage in the November. The icy coldness of the time escorted with snow a ski can be best enjoyed than any other month of the year. A particular training is carried out by the Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam for both amateurs and specialists. The history of this place is older and beautiful.
The Himalayan beauties in Auli would definitely amaze one. So, the moments adorned on the trip can be cherished everlastingly. Thus, a visit is must to Auli, and on an expedition, one can find Hotel Shail Shikhar Heritage, which is famed for its services and facilities.
There are bounty of places of tourist intrest that include Joshimath, Nandaprayag, Parasailing and Rudraprayag. Joshimath, or the adobe of the Jyotirlinga of Shiva, is a famous pilgrim center in Auli. The well-liked conviction is that the famous theorist of the Hindu creed, Sri Sankaracharya, discovered this place. Nandaprayag is a holy place at the meeting of two divine rivers. It also serves as the beautiful doorway to the greatly respected pilgrim centers like Badarinath and Kedarnath. Hotels are of both premium and reasonable class and cover all the facilities and luxuries a tourist can expect. The weather is soothing during summer and hovers around fifteen degree centigrade. Monsoon showers decrease the humidity and winters are freezing with temperature almost dropping into minus eight degree centigrade.
Auli means 'Bugyal' in local talking which literally suggests meadows. The snow-covered hill station of Auli was populated by the partly nomadic Bhotiya tribes and was a center for trade and business. For centuries, the Bhotiya community used to trade on the exchange system with the neighboring country of Tibet (now a part of China).
The Bhotiyas used to go across on horses and on foot to deal with Tibet and the close by tribes. They used the ski slopes for training the soldiers, who used to serve in the ruling king's army. Afterward , these slopes were used to train the forces of Indo-Tibetan boarder police and now it has changed to ski slopes for travelers.
Winter Sports in Auli
Although winter sports in India hold huge appeal among travellers and adventure lovers but the availability of information to a fresher is limited to an extent. Here are some of the adventure activities which you can indulge in this winter:
Mountaineering - this is a perfect adventure for the climber enthusiast. But for beginners it might take a lot of energy and stamina to reach the desired point. Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Manali, Sikkim and Uttaranchal offer mountaineering opportunities in the vast Himalayan ranges. The ranges of Lahaul, Spiti, Kinnaur, Garhwal, Kumaon, Assam, Meghalaya have much mountaineering scope.
Snow Boarding - This is a relatively new winter sport wherein one rides a fibreglass board, with the feet strapped on it, and sliding down a ski slope or a particularly designed pipe. It's a grownup version of skateboarding and surfing. Snowboarding is fast developing into foremost adventure sports among the die-hard snow enthusiasts. Mainly 3 leading styles of competition exist in snowboarding - Alpine, Freestyle and Boarder cross. Some of the places with snow boarding facilities in India are Garhwal Himalayas, in the Chamoli district, Auli, Gulmarg.
Trekking - This is one of those adventure activities which you can participate in almost in all season and at almost all hill stations. Some of the famous treks are Chadar(Frozen River) Trek in Ladakh, Valley of Flower Trek, Sikkim and Kanchenjunga Trek, Nanda Devi Trek, Har ki Dun Trek etc.
Skiing - In the summer, Auli is inviting but in winters it becomes irresistible for skiers with the snow-white slopes and skiing facilities. It provides an excellent panoramic view of the giant mountain peaks like Nanda Devi, Kamet and Dunagiri. A 500m ski-lift system, the longest cable car in Asia, connects Joshimath with Gorson, above Auli. From Gorson, Auli's only chair lift travels to the base lodge, that marks the starting point of all the ski runs.
Tourist Attractions in and around Auli
In addition to enjoying amidst snowfall, Skiers can get around the many places of attractions, like Gurso Bugyal (3 kms from Auli), Joshimath (16 kms from Auli), Chenab Lake(near Dang Village near Joshimath), Vanishinarayan Kalpeshwar (12 kms from Joshimath), Chattrakund, Kwani Bugyal, Bhavishya Badri etc.
How To Reach Auli
By Air: Jolly Grant Airport located at Dehradun is the nearest aerodrome. It is just 273 kms away from Joshimath.
By Rail: The railway station at Haridwar is developed 270 kms away from Joshimath.
By Road: Auli is situated 16 kms away from Joshimath. Tourist can hire private/local four-wheelers and explore the charming adventure place.