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“Heaven on earth!!!!”
Review of Auli

Auli
Ranked #2 of 14 things to do in Chamoli
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Bengaluru, India
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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“Heaven on earth!!!!”
Reviewed May 9, 2014

One of the most hectic travels we had till date is the one to Auli. The majestic garhwal makes you feel so insignificant that it melts your ego in no time; the beauty of kumaon makes you feel how lucky you are to get to see it in real. We started from Bangalore on the 1st of jan 2010. The feel of actual journey started from delhi on the innova we hired. We reached Rishikesh by 6pm, the temperature was about 8.The next day morning we left rishikesh to auli. The route we took was rudraprayag, karnaprayag, Chamoli, Joshimath then Auli. I think once u pass Chamoli you have many views of the snow peaks. Our driver Aravind was a bit rough on the wheels or it might be the untamed roads of garhwal that makes you think so. we passed many villages and most of the time the river Ganges was beside us, different names though. The best part of this journey was that you get to witness the different colors and moods of the river Ganga merge to a new branch each time supporting new settlements on its banks. We reached Joshimath by 3, narrow roads and old looking shops and tea stalls. Once we started the climb to Auli our driver told us that the snow fall looks very less, almost nil. I had already been in terms with the fact as the journey itself was more that what i expected. Our driver left us till the limit where vehicles were allowed. We walked from there to our resort 'cliff top'. We reached the resort which is on the slopes, just before the sunset. I had read in the reviews of Auli that you should be very lucky to have fresh snow at the slopes. The slopes were almost like barren land, my wife was a bit disappointed. The beauty of Himalayan peaks was beyond words. The sunset the best. Tired to the bone. Don’t even remember the night the sleep was sound and deep. The next day we trekked to gorsen. The first step on snow was on our way. The snow was not fresh but a few weeks old, but then it started to snow slowly. we were all exited, the snowflakes touching your nose was something new for all of us. There was an army camp at the top. My son was shivering inside his jacket, the army men took him to the warmth of the kitchen. On our way back it was still snowing. We reached our room before it was too late. I couldn’t sleep that night. I was too exited like a kid, it was snowing like hell. I was the first to wake up and get out of the resort, it was a white carpet spread along the land and the roofs. The first glimpse of sun shine across the Nanda devi peak. It was heaven on earth. We really had a good time. The view was mesmerizing. All the effort was worth. The cable car to Joshimath was not operational. We had to vacate the room. The road was closed, our only option was to trek down the slopes to a place where our driver can pick us. We started the next day morning. The resort gave us two Sherpa’s who helped us with our luggage and our kid. The snow was your knee deep. The clear blue sky sinking into the white landscape was something i have never ever seen. We crossed few army camps. It was almost 4pm when we reached our vehicle. All exhausted and exited we drove to chamoli checked in to a small motel in the valley. Getting ready to embrace the beauty of kumaon.

Visited June 2013
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Bengaluru, India
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“Skiing and breathtaking view of the Himalayas”
Reviewed April 8, 2014

We were a group of 15 member team went in February mid. Chilly but bearable weather.

Location, accessibilty: We stayed at Joshimath in a lodge. From Joshimath, Auli is 15 kms. drive in snow covered roads. Drive takes 40 minutes and it is advisable to hire a SUV to reach Auli from there as roads are very slippery.Lots of vehicles are availbale on hire from local taxi stand, though you need to bargain a lot.
We started early morning around 8 am and reached by 9 am at Auli base camp.

View: If you are a traveller and don't have skiing experience, you can contact the office there or small groups who have personal equipments and trainers to teach you basic skiing techniques.They will approach you and ask for very high prices.
However, being in a large group we bargained and got a deal for 150 INR per person. They gave each one helmet, skiing equipments and trained us for around 1-2 hour. It was great fun to fall and learn. We were trained in the foothill of the snow covered hill. However, there are more such trainer groups on hilltop which we found out when we reached there.
After our skiing expperience, we started for the top. You can either climb(which is very difficult) or use the ropeway. Ropeway is again one of its kind at such a height and view while going up is breathtaking.

After reaching there, we saw everything in white and feet was covered with knee-length snow. It is a vast area covered with snow and surrounded by snow-covered peaks. the view is amazing. There are tea stalls who serve maggi as well(though a bit expensive).

We walked up to the frozen artificial lake and took some snaps there. The fresh cold air fills your lungs with new energy.

You can spend as much time as you want and also take skiing lessons there.
We played in snow, made snowmen and enjoyed there the rest of the day.

At around 1:30 pm, we started back for Joshimath. In Joshimath, you can see the sunrise and also visit the Aadi Shankaracharya ashram.
Though we started back to Rishikesh the same day, it is advisable to spend more than one day in the place to enjoy properly. Have fun.

Visited February 2014
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Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Level 5 Contributor
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“Mindblowing place”
Reviewed February 19, 2014

Auli is one of the best ski resort in India. It gets plenty of snow in winters and its ski slopes are considered one of the best in South Asia. It has been host to many winter games including major international tournaments.

We went to Auli during last week of December 2013. Usually it snows from Nov end but this time only one instance of snow so signs were not very great. I drove in swift to Auli from Srinagar, Garhwal to Joshimath. Its a tough journey in hilly terrain. We stayed in Joshimath, which has much better facilities for stay and food options and is mere 15 kilometers from Auli.

The cable car was not working, it was closed for maintenance. This was a shear disappointment.

From Joshimath, we hired a Jeep as the climb is steep and after ITBP gate, the road is non-existent for about 3 kilometers. Joshimath was very cold and night temperature was in sub-zero range. When we started climbing next morning, we could see patches of frozen ice on the road. It took almost 1 hours to climb 15 kilometers in the Jeep.

Jeep could go no further as terrain was bad and we had to stop near the shops serving tea and snacks. After that we had to start climbing to see snow and play in the snow. The day was very bright and sunny and temperature was around -2 at morning 11. We climbed for about 15 minutes and reached a place where there was considerable snow. The views were stunning, I repeat stunning all around. We could see many high peaks including mighty Nanda Devi, Kamet, haathi etc (All above 25,000 feet)

We spent some time in snow, then suddenly there was cloud formation above. And lo- snowfall started in no time. We all enjoyed a lot, specially my little daughter as she was very excited to see snow fall. Luck was on our side, we could see good amount of snow. We trekked and went up to the temple in higher hill, it was about 1 hour from the base where we started. There was plenty of snow there and the settings were very picturesque.

We all returned by 3 and had good amount of tea and maggi. A very good place to have 270 degree views of snow capped mountains.

For those who want to go there to see snow, best time is from Dec 3rd week till Feb end. Stay at Joshimath, plenty of options in all budget and above all, good options for food. Auli is hardly 15 kilometers and 1 hour drive away. If cable car is working then its only 20-30 minutes. If you are going by own vehicle, park it at Joshimath and then hire a Jeep. Local jeep fellows know the terrain and they know how to drive is there is ice/snow on the road. Also, after ITBP gate, there is no road, so vehicles have to be parked at GMVN. From there the climb to the top is another 4-5 kilometers on uneven surface. Believe me the walk is very tiring in hills.

Did I say it is very COLD, so better not to spend night there :)

Overall a very good place to see snow and play in snow. Its one of the finest ski slope in India and adventurers can enjoy a lot.

Pros:
1. Stunning views all around
2. Plenty of snow
3. Excellent skiing slopes
4. Picturesque settings

Cons:
1. Limited food options
2. Can get very during winters, so go prepared
3. Accessibility is poor if cable car is not working

Visited December 2013
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Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Level 6 Contributor
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80 attraction reviews
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“Good place but had to trek 2kms after the Ski-Lift to see some snow”
Reviewed January 1, 2014

Went on 27-Dec-13. Since the road from Joshimath to Auli is no-claim zone for most of the travel insurers, no travel agent takes an official booking to take you to Auli from Joshimath. But the same vehicle and driver were available for private hire to travel at our own risk. After reaching Auli, we took the Ski Lift and went up. Even from there, we had to hire a guide paying Rs.500/- to trek 2kms to see some snow. Since we went there to see snow, we did the same.

Visited December 2013
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Lansdowne, India
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“Auli a Beautiful Destination for Adventure seeker”
Reviewed October 17, 2013

Auli is the best ski resort in Garhwal Himalaya, Its ski slopes is the best in india, Auli is starting point for Lord curzon trek means kauri pass trek through Nanda Devi Park, you can see panaromic view of snow claped himalayan peaks from auli, The resort is run by Uttarakhand tourism which is government body, and A bar is their for evening enjoyment,you can find large rooms and ski equipments in resort. Travellers can use chair lift to go up on the mountains. at last auli is best deal for nature, adventure lovers,

Visited January 2013
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