Auli is a small town in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand India. It lies in the Garhwal Himalayas, 40kms on the way to Badrinath.
Auli is surrounded by coniferous and oak forests, and also offers a fantastic view of mountain peaks of Nanda Devi, Mana Parbat Dunagiri, Beethartoli, Neelkanth, Hathi Parbat and Komet.
Auli is considered as one of the best places for skiing and snow boarding in India during the winters. The picturesque Auli is also one of the best summer vacation resort for all nature lovers, honeymooners and tourist during the summers.
This marvellous hill station is also a training ground for the proud ITBP and one of the best places to visit for a relaxed vacation.
Auli spreads over 3.5 sq km at an altitude of approx 3,050 meters from sea level.
The population of Chamoli according to the 2011 census was 391,605 in which Auli of 299 of which 254 are males while 45 are females as per Population Census 2011 and a sex ratio of 177 female per 1000 male. The literacy rate of is about 90 percent. Tibetan and Hindus form the majority of people in Auli and Tibetan and Garhwali and the major languages spoken by the people. Other languages spoken in the region are Kumaoni, English and Nepali. People of all religion live together in peace and close harmony with each other.
Almost all Hindu and Tibetan festivals are celebrated together here in Auli.
Auli is around 580 km from Delhi, 290 km from Rishikesh and 315 km from Haridwar and 340 kms from Dehradun city. The town is practically tourist resort and tourism is the main occupation of the people there.
Auli has a favourable climate so summers are cool and winters colder. Auli receive snowfall during the winter during the months between December and February. Auli can be visited any time of the year..
Auli is a famous skiing destination in India. It has natural hill slopes and offers perfect skiing conditions and ample opportunities for the skiers, such as - ski-touring, cross-country runs of 10-20 km and downhill skiing.
The snow is kept perfectly safe and smooth for skiing by snow beater machines of the GMVN. Ski-lifts are used to carry the skiers back to the slope top.
Trainers, skiing equipments facilities and skiing courses are made available here at Auli by the GVMN and is also provided on rent by local shops here.
Legends believe that Hanuman of Ramayana epic took a rest here in Auli while on his way to the Sanjivini Mountains.
Auli is one of the few places in the world that can be visited any time of the year-round.
Joshimath is on the way to Auli. The Kaya Kalph tree a ( 2500 yr old tree ) and The Narsingha Temple - The winter home of Lord Badrinath are one of the must visit during your trip to Auli.
Take the highest altitude Auli - Rope way way in the world to reach Auli from Joshimath. The rope way travels at a speed of 4 kms / hr and takes about 25 minutes to cover a distance of about 15kms to reach Auli. It is a unique experience and a must do in Auli.
The Auli - Artificial Lake is a huge man made artificial lake of water storage capacity of 25000 m3 mostly used to create man made snow during less snowfall. The view from this lake is awesome.
The Hanuman Temple holds a legendary belief as a resting place for Hanuman during his travel from Lanka ( Sri Lanka ) in search for the Sanjivini herbs in the Sanjivini Mountains.
Garson Bugyal 3km from Auli, Gorson Bugyal is a huge meadow spread amidst a mixed forest of oaks and conifers. Gorson Bugyal is at 3056 mt above sea level.
Chattarkund ( 4 kms ) trek from Auli and 1kms trek from Garson Bugyal is a small sweet water lake in between the Garson Bugyal.
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Kaunwari Pass Trek - Take a 12 Km medium grade trek from from Gorson Bugyal to Kunwari Pass. It is a fascinating place to trek at around 3350 mt above sea level backed by some of the most beautiful views of the world..
The Panch Badri temples are also a must visit when visiting Auli. The Panch Badri are the extended form of the Badrinath Yatra consisting of Yog Dhyan Badri, Vriddha Badri, Bhavishya Badri and Adi Badri
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Not much of shopping options is available in Auli. Most of the shopping can be done in Joshimath
Auli has a few hotels and restaurants which serve good Indian and Chinese foods. You can find both veg and non veg options here. Kachmoli a local non veg dish made of goat intestines is a try once. If you are in Garhwal you should definitely try authentic Garhwali food listed on the menus there.
Bal Mithai and Singhori are the local sweet delicacies that you would want to saviour to satisfy your sweet urges here in Auli.
Badrinath ( approx 85 kms ) is a well known temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. People from all over the world come here to perform shraddha of their dead parents and ancestors.
The Valley of Flowers ( approx 60 kms from Auli ) : is a world heritage site with awesome natural beauty and a must visit during your travel to Auli during July and August.
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