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Commanding magnificent view of the surrounding Himalayan peaks of Nanda Devi, Trishul, Ketu and Kamet , on the edge of the Nanada Devi national park, Auli is fast emerging as an important ski resort in India.
Travelling to Auli is an adventure in itself as the mountain road from the holy city Rishikesh snakes through beautiful Garhwal Himalaya scenery; crossing small picturesque towns and ravishing  river ganga on one side en route to Joshimath and then Auli. Since there is no Airport or Railway station nearby, the only means of reaching Auli is by road.
After reaching Joshimath, there are two options of reaching Auli. Apart from driving to Auli, one can choose to take the cable car from Joshimath to Auli. This ride will take you from Joshimath at 1,100 Mts (3608.90 ft) to Gorson at 3,016 Mts (9894.98 ft) which cuts the distance to 4km in only 15 minutes.  The journey by cable car offers breathtaking views of snow capped Garhwal Himalayas. It is a thrilling experience and it should not be missed.
In the local language Auli is known as “Bugyal” which means meadow. At Auli the entire skiing area is about 5-7 km but  the slopes hold enough thrill to delight even the professional skiers. Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam Limited (GMVNL) a government agency, has snow beaters which beat the snow to keep the slopes fit for skiing. A 500 meter long ski-lift carries skiers back to the slope top, saving them the trouble and time to bridge up wearing long skis.
Auli offers breathtaking 180 degree views of surrounding higher Himalayan peaks like Nanda Devi (7, 817 m), Kamet (7, 756 m), Mana Parvat (7, 273 m) and Dunagiri (7, 066 m).
The ideal time is from January end to March. During this time the GMVNL conducts one, five, ten and fifteen days ski courses at Auli by instructors from the Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering, Gulmarg (J&K).
Trekking
Apart from skiing there are some trek options available which can be  normally completed in single day Auli - Gorson around 7 km Gorson - Tali around 6 km Tali - Kuari Pass around 11 km Kuari Pass - Khulara around 12 km Khulara - Tapovan around 9 km
Views
Auli is surrounded by high peaks like Mana, Kamet and tallest of all Nanda Devi. The breathtaking view is worth the distance. After the first round of skiing is over, it’s time to enjoy the whiteness of the snow clad mountains which  changes colours every minute during sun set. 
Gurso Bugyal
3 kms from Auli, Gurso Bugyal is a huge meadow spread amidst a mixed forest of oaks and conifers. Gurso Bugyal is at 3056 mts above sea-level. One can reach Gurso via the ropeway. It is barely 1.5 kms from the last tower of the ropeway. As there is no accommodation available, one can only admire the view during the daytime and return to Auli by late evening.
Saildhar Tapovan
15 kms on the Joshimath road is a small village where there are many hot-water springs. 3 kms ahead in Saildhar, there are hot water fountains where water is almost at a boiling point.
Kwanri Bugyal
12 kms from Gurso Bugyal Kwanri is a very interesting place for trekkers. It’s at 3350 mts above sea-level. Many tourists camp are held here in summers.
Chattrakund
1 km from Gurso Bugyal, on the way to Gurso Bugyal in the middle of the jungle is a small lake of sweet water called Chattrakund.
Artificial lake
The man-made lake , made with the sole objective of creating artificial snow on the slopes in the event of low snow fall. The water from this is used to feed the snow guns stationed along the ski slopes providing a good skiing surface.
Nearby places Train stations Airports
DELHI INDIRA GANDHI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT 503 Km 08H 11m
Haridwar Junction 283 Km 04H 32m
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Summer months are pleasant with average maximum temperature around 15°C and average minimum temperature around 4°C. Best time to visit are January - March the skiing season.
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