The town of Auli, which is located at the higher reaches of Chamoli district, is situated at a breathtaking elevation of 3049 mts. Also known as the winter capital of Uttarakhand, the famous little town of Auli attracts tourist crowd year wide. Auli or Auli Bugyal (grassland) is perfect to visit year wide. This town has a lot to offer for someone who is in love with winter and adventure sports such as skiing and snowboarding. Auli is home to the Annual Winter Sports and National Winter Games that are organized by the state government. Participants are included from all parts of India and everyone loves to see this little town fill with joy during winters.
Travellers who are just in for the fun of winters and snow will surely find their delights with snow showering throughout the winter months of the year. Talking about the beautiful landscaped terrains and the surrounding environment, Auli enchants travellers with breathtaking panoramic views of the giant Himalayan Peaks and other huge snow covered mountains. Trekkers would also love this place as Auli is the starting point for trekking destinations like Gorson forest and Kauri Pass. The best thing about Auli is that it is in close proximity with famous nearby tourist destinations like Chamoli, Badrinath and Mana.
Government and private organizations ensure the best facilities with availability of all snow skiing equipment and certificate courses for the young. There are a lot of options for accommodation options in Auli like tourist rest house, camps and hotels. For cheap accommodation travellers can also stay in Joshimath which is 15 kms away from the town.
How to Reach
By Road: Travellers can reach Auli through Dehradun and Haldwani. One can get Taxis and buses through Dehradun towards Joshimath, 15 kms from Auli. From Joshimath one can use the ropeway to get to Auli or use the road, which is mostly snow covered in winters. People having their own private vehicle can also use Haldwani - Kathgodam route as they won’t find any taxis or buses available from there.
By Train: The nearest Railway station is Dehradun and Kathgodam. Dehradun railway station is located 290 km away from the town and Kathgodam is at a distance of 316 kms. Both are well linked to major Indian cities.
By Air: Closest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport at Dehradun which is 310 kms away from Auli. Taxis are available from Jolly Grant Airport to Rishikesh, Devprayag and Pauri.