Beautiful Hill Stations In India - Auli

Auli is a beautiful tourist destination in Uttarakhand which is famous for skiing all over the world. This natural site is located at an altitude of 2800 meters above sea level. Auli is a popular hill town with apple orchards, old oak and cedar trees with several ski resorts situated amidst the Himalayan range. Auli is also a popular skiing destination in India due to the slopes and clean environment. Apart from skiing you can go for several treks in the hills of Garhwal Himalayas and enjoy the mesmerizing views of the snow-capped mountains.


Auli is particularly noted for its oak-edged slopes and coniferous forests. The history of Auli dates back to the 8th century. According to some beliefs, Guru Adi Shankaracharya visited this holy place. He had blessed Auli with his journey. This place is also known as 'Bugyal', which means 'plains' in the regional language. Tourists can enjoy amazing views of the Nandadevi, Mana Parbat and Kamat mountain ranges. So let us take you a trip today to Auli, a beautiful tourist destination. There are many places here, where you can go for a walk. Especially if you want to spend the holidays, it would be a good experience to visit the beautiful tourist places here.


TOURIST PLACES IN AULI


SKIING IN AULI

Auli is a snow covered hill station located at an altitude of 2-3 thousand meters above sea level, from where Mount Nanda Devikem, Mana Parvat, Dunagiri, Betharatoli, Neelkanth, Hari Parvat, Ghori Parvat and Nar Parvat are very beautiful The scene appears. Auli is an ideal place for skiing. French and Austrian experts compared the snow-covered slopes of Auli to the best skiing grounds in the world and considered it one of the best.


NANDA DEVI

Nanda Devi is one of the highest hill stations in India. The peak is named for blessing the goddess herself. Surrounding the peak, Nandadevi National Park is also a place where you can see flora and fauna and biodiversity. Featuring mountain grass, oak, cedar, cedar, coniferous, rhododendron and many other tall trees, it has become a part of the world UNESCO heritage. The highest mountain in India, Nandadevi is situated at an altitude of 7,817 meters.


GORSON BUGYAL

Gorson Bugyal located at an altitude of 3,056 meters above sea level is a picturesque place from where you can see the Himalayas like Nanda Devi, Trishul and Drona. 3 km trek from Auli will take you to this captivating place. You can also trek towards Chhatrakund which is just one km away.


TRISHUL PEAK

The three Himalayan mountain peaks of Western Kumaon form the Trishul peak. Its height is 7120 meters. In 1907, Trisul  became the first such peak with a height of 7 thousand meters where one climbed for the first time. The peak can be best seen from Kausani or during the Roopkund trek.


CHENAB  LAKE

To see Chenab Lake, you have to climb very high. If you can climb, then definitely visit this place, because you do not get a chance to see the panoramic view here.


JOSHIMATHA

A major pilgrimage center among Hindus, Joshimath hosts many temples. According to history, Adi Guru Shankaracharya established one of the four Pithas (centers) for ascetics here. Among all the temples of Joshimath, the Narsingh Temple is the most popular. Joshimath is the resting place for pilgrims going to Badrinath.


NANDPRAYAG

Situated at the confluence of two sacred rivers - Nandakini and Alaknanda, Nandprayag is the entry point to the pilgrimage sites of Badrinath and Kedarnath. Devotees visit the Gopalji temple on the banks of Alaknanda in large numbers every year. Nandprayag is located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand at the confluence of the Alaknanda and Nandakini rivers. Many devotees take a dip at the confluence to wash away their sins. According to mythology, Nandprayag was the capital of the Yaduvansh. Other Prayag are Vishnuprayag, Karnaprayag, Rudraprayag and Devprayag. Nandprayag is known for its panoramic views of snow-capped mountains.


CABLE CAR RIDE

One of the most exciting things in Auli is the cable car ride. The ride covers a distance of 3.96 km and has 2 cable cars on 10 towers. During the ropeway ride you can have a panoramic view of the ghats below and the mountains above. The cable car ride starts from Joshimath and ends at Auli.


CHATTRAKUND LAKE

This scenic spot succeeds in attracting more tourists. Beautiful views of nature can be seen from here. This place is situated amidst dense forest, so traveling here will be a different experience.


SAILDHAR TAPOVAN

Saildhar Tapovan is the main tourist destination of Auli. The hot water fountains operating here are worth seeing. But to get here, tourists need to be very careful. It is said that tourists who are mentally and physically strong, can easily visit this place.


AULI ARTIFICIAL LAKE

Auli Artificial Lake is situated at an elevation above sea level. This lake was created by the government to provide artificial ice on the sky slopes. It is said that the water of this lake is filled in snow guns laid along the ski slopes.


BHAVYA BADRI

Tapovan can be reached on foot from Bhavya Badri. This place is situated in the center of dense forest. Located at an altitude of 2744 meters above sea level, the site is one of the five Badri temples. Other places of pilgrimage are Badrinath, Yoga Dhyan Badri, Adi Badri, and Old Age Badri. As per beliefs, Badrinath temple will not be accessible in future due to bad climate. Therefore, it is believed that this site will be worshiped as an alternative to Badrinath. An image of Narasimha, an avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu, is enshrined in the temple located here. Tourists can reach this place by trekking route from Tapovan all the way to Dhauliganga river.


VISHNUPRAYAG

Vishnuprayag is located in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand and is situated at an altitude of 1,372 meters above sea level. On this majestic coast you can also see a famous Vishnu temple which was built by the Queen of Indore in 1889. Here the two tributaries of Alaknanda and Dahliganga can be clearly seen together. Vishnuprayag is actually one of the five places (Panchaprayag) where the river meets its sister tributaries before turning into the mighty Ganges River.


Auli is a place that can be visited both in summers and winters. The best time to plan a trip to Auli is between April to June or October to February. If you are going exclusively for skiing, then January-March is the time to go - when there are skiing festivals and championships all over the city. However, Auli is covered in snow throughout the year and hence skiing can be enjoyed at any time of the year.


HOW TO REACH

BY AIR
The nearest airport to Auli is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun. From Dehradun, it is most convenient to travel by taxi or catch a bus to Auli. The bus takes you to Joshimath, from Joshimath you have to reach Auli by ropeway or road. Traveling by ropeway is time saving and more exciting.

BY TRAIN
The nearest railway station of Auli is Haridwar railway station which is located 273 km from Auli. Dehradun and Rishikesh railway stations are also considered to be the nearest railway head of Auli. From Haridwar, you can catch a bus to Auli or you can hire a taxi to Joshimath, from where you will have to go to Auli by cable car or bus.

BY ROAD
To reach Auli, you have to catch a bus or taxi from Joshimath. Joshimath is well connected to major cities of Uttarakhand such as Dehradun, Rishikesh and Haridwar. Buses are also available from Delhi to Joshimath. From Joshimath, Auli is located at a distance of 10 km and you can go here by ropeway or road.

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