Auli is among the best skiing destinations of India. The slopes of Auli are reputed internationally for its thrilling skiing, adventure spots and spectacular views of the snowcapped Himalayas. Snuggled in the Chamoli district in Uttarakhand, the "Bugyal" which means meadow in the regional language is truly breathtaking. The meadow is located at heights ranging from 2,519 m to 3,050 m above sea level. The lofty peaks of Nanda Devi, Mana Parvat and Kamat can be easily seen from here.
Not only is the surroundings otherworldly, the history of Auli is also spiritual. Its roots dates back to 8th century. It is said that this beautiful place is blessed by the holy Adi Shankaracharya, who is said to have mediated here. Now Auli is visited by thrill seekers and people who want to enjoy the bliss of mountains.
The slopes of Auli are known for providing a thrilling ski experience for professional skiers as well as learners. The Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN) is responsible for the maintenance of the slopes. An imported snowbeater machine does the job. There are separate slopes for beginners and the more experienced skiers. GMVN conducts various skiing courses for duration of 7-14 days. Snow gear, guides and other tourist services are also provided. The slopes are covered with Deodar and Oak forests appearing lush green in summers and carpeted in fine layer of snow in winters. Especially from January to March it is a snow wonderland.
Auli is also the home of Asia's longest and one of the world’s highest cable cars covering a distance of 4km. The Chair Lift and Ski-Lift of cable car have remote-controlled hydraulic and pneumatic braking system, with a storm warning device. The ropeway connects Auli with Joshimath in a ride of 25 minutes. The round cable car ticket costs around 500 INR. Skiers with their ski gear can reach to the highest top of the mountain and make their way down. Other visitors can simply enjoy the enchanting views of Himalayas distinctly visible from the Gondola.
The best time to visit Auli is throughout the year, except the monsoons. Summers are ideal for camping, trekking and mountain bliss. But if you want to enjoy snow and try out skiing then visit Auli from December end to March. After the First SAF Winter Games in the year 2011, every March, there is a Skiing festival and National Championships organized in the meadow.
Clifftop Club Resort is the thrilling ski resort in Auli. For other accommodations, check out listed resorts and hotels with us. Find holiday packages for Auli and the other tourist attractions of Uttarakhand.