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Auli - The Destination

Auli Skiing Sports

At 9000 feet above sea level, Auli is the perfect setting for a family holiday as much as for the adventure lover. The meadows slope downwards in shades of fresh green, with the occasional wild flower adding colour. In the winter, the terrain transforms itself into perfect skiing slopes.

Auli is 16 km from Josimath and easily accessible by a good motorable road. The season for skiing extends from January to March during which  time  skiing  festivals and the  national championships are held.

Adding to the excitement is a 180 degrees view of Himalayan peaks which include Nanda Devi, Kamet, Mana Paravat and Dunagiri.

The conditions for skiing are perfect. Skiers can enjoy almost 20 km of virgin slopes which provide excellent opportunities for cross-country, slalom and down hill skiing events. Both sides of the slope are covered with oak and coniferous trees which break the speed of the wind and this makes it ideal for skiing.

Auli is one of the less explored hill stations in India. Today it is growing like other hill station in India. The bitter cold winds, the vast snow-covered landscape, the sylvan mountains, all add up to make Auli a skier's paradise. Revealing man's constant efforts to triumph over nature, Auli proves to be an ideal locale for the daring.


Auli - Facts at a Glance

State : Uttaranchal
Area : 5 sq. kms
Temperature : 13 C – 9 C (Summer)
-8 C – 7 C (Winter)
Altitude : 2915 – 3049 mts
Language : Garhwali, Hindi, English
Best Season : December – March
History of Auli

In the 8th century AD, the great Guru Adi Shankaracharya is said to have walked on these fields. The temple built by him at Joshimath still exists. For hundreds of years, the colorful semi-nomadic tribes of the Bhotiyas, of the Mongolian stock, traveled on the trails at Auli, locally called Thatauli. Their longhaired yaks, laden with an assortment of goods, assisted them in conducting a flourishing trade with the nearby situated Tibet.

Before Auli was developed as a ski resort, its slopes were the training ground for men of valor and courage-the ski-equipped men of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force. Among the awesome, legendary peaks ranged round Auli the 23,490-feet-high Trishul (literally meaning, the strident of Lord Shiva) was the sight of a unique expedition in 1958. The mountaineers took four days to climb the peak and only 90 minutes to ski down to the base camp.
 
Auli Attractions

Skiing in Auli

Skiers are provided with clean stretches of 10-20 km of snow-covered mountain slopes. Besides, there is a descent of 500 m from the ridge over a stretch of 3 km. The forests along the slopes help the skiers by reducing the wind velocity. In the months of February and March, Auli often hosts the National Winter Games.

By eight in the morning, one can see the first of the skiers and other adventure seekers. Until about four o'clock in the evening, when it gets chilly, cold and dark, the skiers make most of the slopes. For  the

best part of the winter season, Auli is blessed by an unusually large number of sunny days, but there are times when it snows heavily. In the evenings, the activity shifts from the slopes to the bukhari-warmed huts and resorts (bukhari: a quaint, wooden stove). People then generally pass their time listening to folklore and relishing the local music of Garhwal in the lamp-lit rooms or beside the bonfires.

Getting There & Away

Airlines to Auli If you want fly down, the nearest airport is Dehradun, about 298 km away.
Trains to Auli
Rishikesh, about 235 km away, is the nearest railhead. Joshimath is 13 kms away from Auli and can be easily reached from Delhi (500 kms), Rishikesh (250 kms), Haridwar (275 kms) and Dehradun (295 kms).
Car Bus Service to Auli Taxis, buses and jeeps frequently run from Joshimath for Auli.

The cable car service seems to be the most popular way to reach Auli. This offers some spectacular views of the peaks and the forests below.
Travel Guide Auli

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