Travel & Tourism
Visit Auli In Winter
Posted Date: 22-Dec-2008
You cannot reach Auli through the usual winding mountainous 14 km road which takes you Joshimath to Auli. The whole route and the surroundings remain covered with few feet of snow from January to March. The only means by which you can reach Auli is the cable car or rope way. The 5 km, possibly longest in Asia , ropeway ride in the winter is really an amazing experience you will cherish for long. You will cross slopes of ices one after another and witness the bird’s eye view of the colorful skiers. Each coach carry 25 passengers at a time @ INR 200 for one way travel. Cable car runs daily from 9 am to 5 pm.
Winter Game Federation Of India organize National Ski Championship during February and March each year. The temperature of Auli at winter is usually minus 4 – 5 degree Celsius. Heavy woolens and other winter accessories including the sunglasses are absolutely required. At GMVN and Cliff Top Resort you can get the latest gadgets for skiing. You can learn ski also by different courses available here.
It is wonderful to see the skiers with their vibrant colorful dresses skiing from one end to the other of the ice field; kids and elders are enjoying playing with the ice.
How to reach Auli in winter:
To reach Auli, reach Haridwar first. From Haridwar reach Rishikesh (25 km) by auto rickshaw. From Rishikesh you will get bus for Joshimath (250 Km). To cover such a long distance by bus you must start your journey very early in the morning. You can hire a car to reach Joshimath directly from Haridwar. If such a long journey is tiring for you, halt at Rudraprayag and travel next day to Joshimath.
The cable car or the ropeway is the only means of transportation to reach Auli at winter. You can reach up to Garsan Top by cable car. From here to the GMVN bungalow, chair lift is available. The tariff and running time of the ropeway I have mentioned earlier in this article.
Where to stay at Auli:
The best and of course the most expensive is Cliff Top Club Resort. The room rent starts from INR 4500.
Visit their website for booking and other details http://www.clifftopclubauli.com
The Other option:
GMVN Tourist Rest House: Ph: +91 1389 223208/ 223305
Auli is costly if you want to stay there. It is possible to visit and come back to Joshimath for night stay, a cheaper option.
Where to stay at Joshimath:
GMVN Tourist Rest House (old) Ph: +91 1389 222118 DB @ INR 400 – 1200 and dormitory @ INR 100.
GMVN Tourist Rest House (new) Ph: +91 1389 222226 DB @ INR 500 – 600 and dormitory @ INR 100.
Kedar – Badri Temple Committee Dharamashala Ph: +91 1389 222083
There are many other private hotels in Badrinath @ INR 500 + for DB rooms.
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Responses to "Visit Auli In Winter"
23 Dec 2008
Nice informative article. Can u enlighten us with the details of planning a trip to Mukutmanipur and mython.
24 Dec 2008
That's SO Coll Dr. , Planned a Visit but what about visiting in May, because We are coming to india in May only.
24 Dec 2008
Yes Syed, shortly will write about May too. This post is because winter is running!
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