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Clifftop Club
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Auli
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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“My Travel To Auli”
Reviewed May 13, 2013

Auli is a great place. You can spend few days in peace looking at Himalayas. The Cliff Top Club is I would say falls into average type. The charges are too much. Since this club is a member of RCI and for the location, I would recommend to avoid it as such the prices are very very expensive.
It does not have centralizsed Heater / Air Conditioner which is expected for such a type of resort. The heater they provided us took lot of time to warm the room. In between if power goes, it is back to square one.
Food also, if you are eating roti, dal is fine, but we did try eating rice and curds, but found rice was not cooked fully though we had informed them that we need rice to be cooked twice.
Overall except for the good views of Himalayas (Nanda devi Peak), we can easily avoid this place.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 13, 2013

Getting to Auli Cliff Top Resort is as much fun as being there, finally. The road is hairpin as can be, and pretty much non-existent inth elast couple of kms. Its a full 4X4 expereince and then some, as when we went there was slippery ice on the road too. The resort is huge, and thankfully the rooms are cosy and well heated even though common areas like reception and dining are really cold. The food is excellent and there is enough variety to keep everyone happy. the service is good, though the staff is not of the level one finds in other club Mahindra properties, of which this too is a member.
The sking is good or ok depending on the snow on the ground, and the instructors are rather good though rustic. Equipment is also ok, nothing very great. But the guides and instructors are very patient and caring, and help you all the way, specailly with smll kids and people who are not able to take the uphill climbs. spend at least 3 days to get your ski legs and if you already ski then enjoy the fun in the snow.
The location is superb, with nice high altitude treks within easy distance. The tree lines ends just around the resort and there are lovely alpine meadows sloping all around.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed May 12, 2013

Cliff Top Club seems to ride high on having netted a fantastic location overlooking the fabulous Nanda Devi biosphere. For the good part, in the summers you can plan some amazing day treks to nearby points (about 3-4 of them) with the help of a resident guide; while in the winters you have the ski slope right next to the resort.

Other than that, it is a pretty run down place. One might wonder if it has ever been maintained since it was built over 10-12yrs ago. Rooms are dingy with old carpets that cry for replacement; kitchenette is just passable - with missing utensils and need to be asked for specifically.

Room heaters (your lifesavers in that cold climate) are noisy and might just work if coaxed. Floors are creaky and announce your movement across the hotel. Bear in mind, as of this date the resort has no lifts/elevators so you might face issues if mobility is a concern.

To be fair to the staff there, they are eager to help out but given the lack of interest from the resort management, they are pretty short-changed in what they can do for you. Room service is good and quality of food is decent. You can try the handful of local dhabas that are in the vicinity of this resort. You can also request them to procure groceries/fruit for you from Joshimath - but that comes at a premium. Attribute this to the remote location of this resort where access is difficult.

Reaching the resort - road access to the resort is limited to hotel staff traffic only as the army has sealed off and controls thoroughfare. There is a cable car tower close to the resort would've been your best bet had the govt. not dragged its feet in getting it fixed. So your best bet is the ski lift (9AM to 5PM) that starts from the GMVN resort downhill and takes you right up to the ski slope. You need to walk to the resort from that point.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 16, 2013

We really had a very bad experience regarding the hotel. Do not accept any food package as there was always food shortage in the hotel which could have been solved by the management. First of all there is nothing to do there for more than 3 days, other than you are going there for rest. And the lodging package was very expensive booking online.

  • Stayed April 2013
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Travelers are raving about these Auli hotels

Pune, Maharashtra, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed February 21, 2013

First, about Auli. Its probably one of the only two proper skiing destinations in india. There is a ski lift and plenty of snow in Feb and March and the ski slope is great. Its kinda hard to reach, but we felt it all worthwhile when we reached and saw a hotel draped in snow. The temperatures here are quite cold and someone unable to bear sub zero temperatures should rethink about visiting.

About the hotel, Reaching there is the most difficult part since the last 2 km road was not paved atleast in 2010 winter. The rooms are nice, fairly big. Not very ostentatious but clean with a decent bed and not bad to look. The bathrooms were quite clean as well. They also have a games room with Table Tennis and Snooker and its a nice place to kill time when its snowing around. The food was quite good with decent variety. Considering the effort it must take for the staff to get the food to our table I would rate it excellent.

It does get quite cold in the night and despite the room heater and the hot water bags and blankets, some people might still feel the cold. The big rooms are disadvantageous in this regard as otherwise their smallish heater would probably have sufficed. The electricity was flaky atleast when we visited, and it kept going on/off throughout the day. Expect atleast 3-4 hours of outage a day.

We planned to stay for 3 days and ended up staying for 4 days because there was a snow storm on our 3 rd day and it snowed 7 feet! The road to the hotel closed down, they had to call a snow groomer to get us down to the next ski-lift stop (the lift was not working) and we had to trek 2 hours from there ( tipped a waiter to help with the luggage) to get to a reach where our driver ( driving Indica) could come and pick us.. But before that we had the time of our life playing in the snow, skiing and trekking near by. The ski instructor from the hotel was a great guy and put in genuine efforts to help us teach skiing. The hotel staff were all quite helpful and the hotel did not charge us for the extra day that we were stuck there.

Please Note that there are a few things that one needs to be prepared for.
1. could get extremely cold, people who don't like cold weather will definitely not enjoy it
2. The skii lift is sometimes not in working condition, which means that in that case you need a vehicle to reach auli from joshimath. If you have a driver with you, he is better of staying in Joshimath, there is less cold and more options for him to buy his meals.
3. the road leading to hotel is not paved, its paved upto the GMVN resort. from there its just about 1.5 km, a smallish trek. But its difficult to carry your luggage up there. A SUV can reach upto the top in normal conditions and if it has recently snowed, you'll need a vehicle with snow chains. So if you are coming in a normal car, call up the hotel from Joshimath and ask them to send their vehicle down to pick you (atleast from GMVN).
4. The weather is finicky at these heights and a snow storm could start which would last more than a day and keep you stuck. Plan you trip keeping this in mind.

In my book its an absolute NO-NO for anyone with health issues (non-basic medical help may not be handy), and for young kids and old people.

Overall, I think, for a group of healthy people who have an adventurous streak, its a great place to visit. It has its own set of issues and a Frenchman would definitely be better off skiing in the Alps. But for someone in South Asia and especially India who is fascinated by snow and interested in skiing, its an unforgettable experience without burning a hole in your pocket.

Room Tip: There are some rooms that have individual water heaters. They would be really handy.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Hampton-in-Arden, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 20, 2013

The Hotel...

This was colder than the Snow Hotel in Kirkenes. The problem being that the Snow Hotel is intentionally cold, were as the Cliff Top Club is not. We slept in our salopettes and ski jackets with hot water bottles. We experienced lots of power cuts, some lengthy and there’s no water of any kind between about 7pm to 9am as the whole system freezes. A small two bar heater was provided, but this obviously didn't work during the power cuts. Huge, very shabby rooms and a corrugated tin roof. Bed linen is old, ragged and looked filthy (we took sleeping bag liners) and our toilet was broken. The restaurant was closed because it was too cold. We ate in our room.

The only reason we didn’t check out after one night was the hassle of getting to and from the hotel back to Joshimath – that’s another problem which other people have already covered in these reviews.

The only redeeming features of this hotel are the staff – who really do try valiantly (but in total futility) to make your stay enjoyable, the food, which tasted great (but which was cold by the time it reached us) and the views, which were spectacular.

We were supposed to stay in this dump for three nights but fortunately we arrived too late on our first day and missed the last transportation. We found some excellent home-stay accommodation in a village near Joshimath for our first night, so we only had to endure this nightmare for two nights instead of three. Still, we can look back and laugh now.

The resort...

The ‘resort’ is very poor, and is nothing like a European or North American ski resort – even a bad one. It’s got about 4km (being generous) of slopes and a small cross-country circuit. Three lifts, one chair and two buttons, only one of which was working so that left us with less than 3km of runs. There’s an ancient ‘piste basher’ which churns up the snow making the conditions worse.

Equipment available to hire is utter rubbish, (seriously, you’ll probably find better in a skip in Bulgaria) we struggled to find carving skis! When we got them, it was obvious that they hadn’t been waxed or edged since they arrived after serving in an Andorran ski school for about five seasons around ten years ago, from the look and feel of them. Boots were ‘rear entry’.

If you want to tick the box that says ‘I’ve been skiing in the Himalayas’ try Gulmarg way over in the West which is supposed to be good, I can’t comment as I haven’t been.

If it has to be here, then you can cover it in a morning at most, I don’t know what to recommend regarding equipment – obviously not worth taking your own for such a poor and tiny mound, which turns to slush in the afternoons. Travel to Joshimath avoiding roads for a long as you can, get a taxi to Auli – about 25 to 30 minutes, ski the wretched hillock for a couple of hours and then get back to civilization (not Joshimath) as quickly as possible (probably Rishikesh or Haridwar at least a 9 or 10 hour drive) and then enjoy the rest of your holiday.

Après ski? Hip flask and an iPod!

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Surat, Gujarat, India
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Reviewed February 16, 2013

Let me begin by stating only 1 negative thing abt the hotel i.e, food could be lot better.. we there for 3 days and view didn bore us even for a second. the ideal time to visit would be when the place is covered with snow( mid jan to march). The rooms are extremely luxirous nd romantic.. we really wished that there was central heating in the room, excellent skiing instructors though. we are definetly visiting again..

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Clifftop Club
Address: Auli Skiing Village | Distt. Chamoli, Auli 246443, India
Location: India > Uttarakhand > Auli
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Ski-In / Ski-Out Suites
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Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Auli
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Clifftop Club 3*
Number of rooms: 42
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Clifftop Club is a premium high altitude holday destination located at over 10000 ft in the Garhwal Himalayas in proximity to Badrinath, Valley of Flowers and Gorson Reserve Forest, on the outer fringes of the Nanda Devi National Park. A magnificent 270 degree view of the surrounding peaks of Nanda Devi, Kamet, Hathi Parvat, etc are enjoyed from the resort rooms and deck. Holiday on cloud 9 here, while you relax in fresh mountain environs. ... more   less 
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