Sunday, 19 May 2013

DISCOVER AULI.View of the snow laden Cliff Top Club in Auli

Photo: DISCOVER AULI.View of the snow laden Cliff Top Club in Auli. Pic taken by Kanchan , HIQ member from Bengaluru.

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Auli is an important ski destination in the Himalayan mountains of Uttarakhand, India. Auli is also known as a 'bugyal' in the regional language which means meadow. Some experts consider Auli to be one of the best ski resorts in the world. Auli is less known ski destination than Shimla, Gulmarg or Manali. It was only in the recent time, after the creation of new state Uttarakhand (formerly Uttaranchal) carved out from Uttar Pradesh, Auli was marketed as a tourist destination. The state is called "Dev Bhoomi" which means "Land of Gods" as there are important pilgrimage destination in this state mainly the 'Char Dham' (Gangotri-Yamunotri-Kedarnath-Badrinath). Auli lies on the way to Badrinath. Auli is blessed with a breathtaking panoramic view of the lofty peaks of the greatest mountain range in the world, the Himalayas. The slopes here provide enough thrill to professional skier and novice as well. The Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam Limited (GMVNL) a govt agency which takes care of this resort have imported snow beater to maintain slopes. Auli also boasts the Asia's longest - 4 km - cable car (Gondola). It also has a Chair Lift and a Ski-Lift. However, the said lift is non operational since 2011. Hence, one has to reach through Car or Taxi to Auli. It is 30 minutes drive from joshimath.It is advisable to avoid using personal car, if you are not familiar with driving in snow. Roads remain covered with snow during this season and hence you may face difficulties to drive. There are few good resorts available in Auli and on a way to Auli.
The best time to visit Auli is mid february to mid March, when it is snow covered.Apart from Skiing there is an interesting trek route also. There is a training facility of Indo-Tibetan Border Police. A small temple having connection to great epic Ramayana is also present. Best time to visit is last week of Jan to first week of March for skiing. Though weather is highly unpredictable.