Located as it is on the important Hindu pilgrimage route of Badrinath, Auli is well connected by road, rail and air from several major cities across India. However to reach the town physically, it need quite a long ride from nearest airport and or the railway station.
Jolly Grant Airport located 220 km in Dehradun and railhead located 287 km in Haridwar is the nearest airport and railway stations respectively to reach Auli from other major cities in India.
As most of the onward journey, either from the airport or the railway station require arduous drive through the winding mountain roads, it is advisable to keep a full day up your sleeve to arrive at Joshimath/Auli and retire to comfort of your hotel/resort to relax and rejuvenate.
1. How to reach Auli by Air
If you are flying directly to Jolly Grant Airport to reach Auli from anywhere in India, you’ll get plenty of options of hiring private cabs or get a shared cab to reach Auli from Dehradun. Regular flights from Mumbai, Jaipur, Bangalore, Indore, Chennai, Nashik, Railpr, Vadodara, Surat, Ahmedabad and Delhi are operated to reach Auli. Major operators like Indigo, Vistara, Air India and Spice jet have regular flights to reach Auli by air.
However, second part of reaching Auli requires that you either pre-book a private cab or ask the hotel/resort you are staying in, to arrange for the transfer or else, book a private/rented cab on the spot and drive to Auli by road. The distance from Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun to Auli is 277 km approx. and will take close to 12 hours drive to reach there.
Similarly, if you are arriving Auli from Delhi airport, you need to pre-consider your mode of transportation and timings from where and when to start your onward journey to reach Auli as Haridwar railway station is your last major connection to reach Auli.
It is advisable to plan your trip accordingly as it is quite a tiring and difficult ride to Joshimath/Auli from both Dehradun and Delhi/Haridwar and Rishikesh side. Irrespective of from where you chose to conclude you’re flight journey and resume further travel, plan to leave very early in the morning, whether it be state bus, private cab or shared taxi. Once the sun disappears in the evening, it’s get dark and dangerous on the mountains as the roads are not lit up. Keep in mind that it takes approx. 11-12 hours to reach Auli from either side.
2. How to reach Auli by Rail
Nearest major railhead to reach Auli is located at Haridwar/Rishikesh which is located 263 kilometers away. Major cities from India are connected more with Haridwar than Rishikesh so a night halt or onward journey from Delhi/Haridwar/Rihkiseh should be planned accordingly for the onward journey considering it will be a tiring and long ride to reach Auli or Joshimath. Joshimath offers quite affordable accommodation opens as compared to Auli, so budget of your trip should be an important consideration when you are planning how to reach Auli and where to stay.
3. How to Reach Auli by Road
Auli is well connected by bus from Dehradun and Haridwar. State run buses, privately owned buses ply regularly on this route to reach Auli from Delhi and Dehradun.
Another ways to reach Auli Private Cabs and shared taxis could be used to reach Auli along this route.
Route to reach Auli by Road from Rishikesh:
Rishikesh – Devprayag (74 kms/ 2 hr 10 min) – Srinagar (36.8 kms/ 54 min) – Rudraprayag (33.3 kms/ 1hr 2 min) – Joshimath (115 kms/ 4 hr 16 min) – Auli (9 km/ 25 min).
The total distance travelled from Rishikesh to Auli by road without any diversions is approximately 263 kilometres. The journey on winding often bumpy ride takes at least 9-10 hr by road and usually turn up 2 hours or say upwards.
As mentioned earlier, plan very carefully how to decide to reach Auli from Dehradun or Delhi by air, rail or road as all preferred modes of transportation will require this long tiresome journey by road to finally reach Auli. Other factor that may be under your consideration is the budget for stay. Auli is mostly about deluxe accommodations and luxury resorts which is pricier to stay whereas nearby Joshimath has a lot of budget and affordable options.
How to reach Auli from Delhi by road & by flight
From Delhi to Auli
- By Road: The best way to reach Auli from Delhi is to take a bus from Delhi to Rishikesh. This is an overnight journey. From Rishikesh, either you can take a private cab direct to Auli (8-9 hours) or a shared taxi till Joshimath). From Joshimath get on the cable car to reach Auli.
- By Fligth: You can also take a flight from Delhi to Dehradun and from Dehradun, you can avail of a cab or catch a bus to Joshimath.
How to reach Auli from Rishikesh
By Road is the best way to reach auli From Rishikesh, you can catch a bus which will take almost 9 to 10 hours or hire a taxi which will take 8 hours to reach Joshimath. From Joshimath, take a cable car (ropeway) to Auli.
How to reach Auli from Joshimath by Cable Car
Cable car (Ropeway) is the best way to reach beautiful hill town Auli from Joshimath. Name among the the highest ropeways of India, the ride makes it possible to cover the difficult track distance of 4.15 kms in 22 minutes.
The base of the ropeway is in the town of Joshimath at an altitude of 6254 ft. where there are more options of hotels and tourist services. There are two cable cars and 10 towers, ending at the height of Auli is at 9896 ft. The cable car ride take visitors through mesmerizing views of the Himalayan peaks - Nanda Devi, Mana Parbat, Dungagri, and more.
|Travel by Road||Distance||Routes||Travel Time|
|Delhi to Auli||520 km||Delhi - Haridwar - Rishikesh - Joshimath - Auli||12 hr|
Joshimath to Auli
|2 km||Use cable car or By on foot||2hr|
|Rishikesh to Auli||263 km||Rishikesh - Joshimath - Auli||7hr|
Frequently asked questions on how to reach Auli
Ans: Irrespective of the fact weather you fly by air to Dehradun or Delhi, take a train from Haridwar or Delhi, all road leads to Rishikesh when it comes to reach Auli by road. From Dehradun, Rishikesh is located 21 km away whereas from Haridwar, it is 28 km away.
Ans: Jolly Grant Airport located in Dehradun, Uttarakhand is the nearest airport from Auli. However, keep in mind that even if you take a Delhi to Auli flight and arrive in Dehradun, you still need to travel the same route from Rishikesh to reach Auli by road.
Ans: Direct bus service to reach Auli from Delhi should be avoided as the journey as the distance from Delhi to Auli is over 520 kilometres and the traveling time will be upward of 12-14 hrs and the fatigue that would set in might be too much to enjoy your trip even on next day.
This is all the more true if you are traveling from Delhi to Auli with family or kids and elderly. The not-so-well-maintained roads and curvy mountain roads that go on and on for hours and the bumpy ride; all makes for the perfect recipe for motion & body sickness, a lot of vomiting and severe headaches especially for those who are not used to traveling on mountains. These conditions are more likely to occur when you are covering more road during day time.
Ans: The best way for Delhi to Auli would be to break your journey in two parts. Catch a train or bus to Haridwar, If you are a first timer or traveling with family, visit the famous Har Ki Pauri ghat and temples, take refershments if you are hungry then head to Rishikesh and book a hotel to stay overnight. For the rest of the day and evening, you could visit ghats, temples, ashrams etc. in Rishikesh to spend some time. There are a lot of things to do in Rishikesh, Laxman Jhula and Ram Jhula among some of them.
Now with two places covered and you having some good time, it’s time to relax and reenergize with a good night’s sleep. Don’t remember to book your tickets for the earliest morning bus leaving for Joshimath/Auli. The benefit of breaking your journey into two parts from Delhi to Auli is that your body gets enough rest to cope with a long, arduous ride which lasts from morning till sunset, sometimes even more.
Ans: You can go directly to Auli or book accommodation in Joshimath itself. The reason why you should book your stay in Joshimath over Auli is that there are lot of options to choose from in Joshimath as opposed to Auli which is a lot more expensive. In Joshimath booking options range from budget, economy to very affordable.
From Joshimath, Auli is easily accessible with a cable car ride or by road on shared taxis or private cab. If you are a couple or solo, you can also hire a bike or scooty to travel to and from Auli to Josimathv which is an adventurous and fun way to explore Auli.
Ans: July marks the early period of monsoon in Uttarakhand. In the mountains, weather can be unpredictable and heavy rain might also trigger occasional landslides. Road condition also degrades quickly during rainy season so it is advisable to travel to Auli in July. In fact, most of the tourist destinations located in the mountains in Uttarakhand should be avoided during monsoon if you are traveling especially to have fun times with family or friends.
Ans: No, you should avoid planning your family holiday in Auli in monsoon. Not just there is much to do in Auli at that time, the roads leading to Auli get severely affected due to heavy rainfall and the mountains are also more prone to landslides due to continuous rain.