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Nestled in the Himalayan Mountains, Auli also known as Auli Bugyal is famous ski destination of Uttarkhand. At an altitude of 2500mt Auli is enclosed by the dense forest of conifer and fir trees. Since 8th century Auli with its pictorial landscape and amazing views is known for being a popular hill resort of India. Lately Auli has emerged as a famous honeymooning destination in India. The skiing resorts, lush apple orchards and magnificent view of snow capped mountains are some of the highlighting feature of Auli. The slopes enclosing Auli are ideal for partaking in skiing for both novice and pro skier. Unlike other hill station of India, Auli is one of the few hill station which is still least exploited by the tourist rush making it ideal for spending for quality time with loved ones. Decked with cable cars and alpine forest Auli has become a getaway destination for many vacationers and adventure lovers.
Gurso Bugyal, at an altitude of 3056mt is one of the famous tourist attractions of Auli. Gurso Bugyal is known for offering the panoramic view of snow capped mountains like Dron, Nanda Devi, and Trishul. The 3km trek from Auli will take visitors to this pictorial location. The vista glistening mountain top offered from Gurso Bugyal has mesmerized left travelers breathless and awe-stricken. Trekking through the thick wooded forest of pine and conifers tree is an added char of visiting Gurso Bugyal. Further 1km trek from Gurso Bugyal will take the visitors to Chattarkund. Situated amidst the dense forest Chattarkund of Auli is a sweet water lake.
Joshimath also known as Jyotrimath is another hill station situated in the foothill of daunting Himalayas in Uttarkhand. Located at a distance of 3km from Auli, Joshimath is dotted with sacred temple. Being a pilgrim hub for Hindu devote Joshimath is a must visit destination of Auli. Home of one of the four pithas founded by Adi Shankara, this serene hill station is also famous for being the base for many trekkers. During winter the idol of revered Lord Badri is brought to Joshimath from Badrinath. The serene ambiance and astounding view of Hathi Parvat is added charm of visiting Joshimath.
Perched at an altitude of 3300mt Badrinath is one of the most revered towns of Uttarkhand. It is located at distance of 55km from Auli. Badrinath is one of the four dams in India. The most famous attraction of this quaint town is Badrinath Temple. Resembling a Buddhist monastery Badrinath Temple is crafted out of vibrant colors with gold glided roof top. The name of Badrinath has been mentioned in many Holy Scriptures and has been associated with many legends. According one of the Hindu Mythology the mountains enclosing Badrinath are the Gateway towards Heaven and Pandavas visited those mountains to ascend towards Heaven. At a 4km trekking distance from this scenic town visitor will find Mana Cave. It is believed the great saint Ved Vyasa wrote the epic Mahabharata in that cave.
Valley of Flowers in the Western Region of Himalayas is a pictorial gorge of Uttarkhand blessed with rich flora and fauna. Located at distance of 44km from Auli Valley of Flowers was declared as a National Park in 1982. Dotted with majestic waterfalls, meandering river streams, and trekking route, the flawless beauty of Valley of Flowers has attracted nature lovers, adventures and botany enthusiast from far and wide. Home of more than 500 species of flowers and rare animals like snow leopards, blue sheep, and musk deer, Valley of Flowers has become a must visit tourist destination of Auli. The Valley of Flowers remains close during winter season (November to May) when the lush green meadows are hidden beneath the thick snow. The awe-inspiring view of blooming flowers glazing the Valley of Flowers with the vibrant colors has left many travelers into a trance. The lofty mountain enclosing Valley of Flowers is ideal for trekking and birding watching during Auli trip.
Surrounded with the dense forest of alpine forest, Ghangaria is a scenic hamlet located on the way to Valley of Flowers. At an altitude of 3050 mt, Ghangaria is located at a distance of 40km from Auli. It is flanked along the confluence of Hemganga River and Pushpawati. Ghangaria is known for its astounding trekking routes and serene ambiance. Being located a high altitude destination the routes leading towards Ghangaria remains close during winter season due to heavy rainfall. The impeccable beauty of Ghangaria has made it a must visit destination of Auli the adventurer and honeymooning couple traveling in Uttarakhand.
Best time to visit Auli: Tourist can visit Auli throughout the year but being a skiing destination of India, the best time to visit Auli to partake in this adventurous activity is during winter season from November to March. From May to October the weather of Auli remain cool and pleasant ideal for relishing the flawless beauty of this scenic hill station.
How to reach Auli: Being a high altitude destination Auli does not have its own airport and railway station. The closest airport of Auli is the Jolly Grant Airport of Dehradun. From Dehradun visitors can find bus and shared cab towards Auli. The distance between Dehradun to Auli is 303km. The closest railway station of Auli is located in Haridwar at a distance of 286km. Joshimath is well connected with the state bus network to the major cities of India like Mumbai and Delhi so traveler need to reach Joshimath first and further continue their journey towards Auli.