Auli, a Piece of Heaven on Earth with Legendary Tales to fascinate you
If you are looking forward to a relaxed vacation in the lap of snow-capped mountain, then Auli is the place for you. Pilgrims on their Char Dham yatra should take a few moments from their hectic travel and sneak into the beautifully woven Godâ€™s own paradise, which lies on way to Badrinath.
Hailed as a prominent ski destination, Auli recently emerged as one of worldâ€™s most visited destinations. Ski enthusiasts come from various parts of the world to stay put and enjoy the breathtaking scenario around. Knotted in Uttarkhand range in the Himalayan Mountain, Auli is hugely popular by the name â€˜Auli Bugyalâ€™ in Garhwali language, which implies meadow.
Lying at an elevation of 2500 meters to 3050 meters above the height of sea level, Auli is regarded immediately after other ski destinations like Gulmarg, Manali and Shimla. True indeed, Auli is a resounding â€œDevbhumiâ€, that echoes the significance of the essence of â€œland of the Godsâ€.
Oak and coniferous forests cover the surrounding, making it a more overwhelming view for tourists. Everywhere you look, the lofty mountains peep through shiny, glazed sunshine making it all the more appealing. Auli has profound spiritual significance to it.
Most of the mountains that you see around are named after gods and goddesses and the one mountain that stands out from the rest is Mt Nanda Devi that stands at an elevation of 7817 meters. The Neelkant Mountain is visible at the backdrop. During winter months, there is heavy snowfall in Badrinath and so the Badrinath Temple stays closed for 5 to 6 months. Therefore, Lord Badri Vishal is brought from the Badrinath Temple and kept at Joshimath, which is close to Auli.
Devotees can also fulfil their wishes by offering prayers to gods in a small temple perched at this place, which holds legendary connection to Indiaâ€™s epic Ramayana. Those with a passion to excavate Indiaâ€™s mythological trends will find Auli intriguing for the temple.
Legends have it that Lord Hanuman was asked by Lord Rama to fetch a certain herb, â€˜sanjivaniâ€™ from the Sanjivani mountain in the Himalayas that could only save Laxman. Therefore, on his way to Sanjinavi mountain he stopped at Auli to take rest that later became a legendary destination. This is the sole reason why Auli holds spiritual significance to it and why devotees love to visit the place.
Winter is the best time to visit if you want to indulge in snow sports. The slopes set thrilling adventures for professional skiers who find it amazing to participate in winter sport competitions lauded by frenzy crowd that gather up during this time.
Auli is under direct control of Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam Limited, known as popular state government agency for taking care of the Nigam resort. Sports competitions are arranged by Uttarakhand Tourism Department so as to encourage skiing professionals to showcase their talents. Record says that Auli hosts the longest cable car ride in Asia, which is 4 km long.
The other places for visit include an Indo-Tibetan Border Police.
Adventurous sports in Auli
Apart from enjoying skiing opportunities, tourists can enrol for certificate or non certificate courses conducted over 4 days to 14 days. You will get all ski equipment from local people along with lodging, food, and other ski gears included in the course.
Places to visit around Auli
The various places to visit around Auli are Vishnu Prayag, Badrinath, Joshimath and Tapovan. Also, you get to enjoy scintillating views of the surrounding, along with it an artificial lake that lies next to Clifftop Club. The Kuari Pass Trek is a highly popular trek plan, the starting point of which starts at Auli. The Kuari is a doorway to Himalayan high mountain pass.
How to Reach?
Reach Auli via Jolly Grant Airport located in Dehradun situated about 281 kms away. Hire cabs from the airport to get to Auli. The nearest railway station is Rishikesh railway station at 210 kms, and Dehradun railway station, which is 260 kms away.