10 Unique Experiences in Auli in Winter

Blissful beyond words, Auli is a charming hill town in Uttarakhand. Although famous as a paradise for skiing lovers, the town is charming all through the year. But, it is in winter that visitors can partake in some of the best things to do in Auli. To begin with, one can simply soak-in the ethereal beauty of the snow-covered destination. Additionally, camping, ropeway rides, trekking, etc. are some of the enthralling activities which will add a touch of adventure to your trip.

Not only this, there is a lot more in store for you! Indulge in these 10 unique experiences in Auli in winter for cherishing unforgettable holidays.

Delight in an enrapturing ride on Auli ropeway

If you are planning to visit Auli[1], Uttarakhand[2], make sure that you don’t miss the exciting cable car ride. Connecting Auli to Joshimath, the sprawling ropeway is one of the highest and longest in India. Reach unbelievable heights within no time and you will be definitely stunned once the ride gets over. You don’t have only one but two options at hand – the chair car ride from GMNV to Auli and the Joshimath-Auli Gondola.

Why to try?

  • Marvel at the awe-inspiring views of the snow-laden valley and green pastures.
  • Overcome your fear of height.
  • Take fun quotient to next level by admiring whopping 270-degree views of the surroundings.

Skiing in Auli

There is hardly anybody who doesn’t know about Auli Skiing. Owing to the worldwide repute it enjoys, the activity lures skiing enthusiasts from all over the world. The stunning landscape and towering snow-laden slopes are so inviting that one can’t resist the urge to explore them. Featuring state-of-the-art amenities, a world-class ski resort adds to the surreal charm of India’s popular hill station. Justifying the title of one of the best skiing destinations in India[3], Auli will surely appeal the adventurer in you.

Why to try?

  • Traverse the glistening slopes covered with snow in Auli.
  • Pacify your adrenaline rush by trying your hands at something challenging.
  • If not alone, you can try the activity with your family and friends.

Fall in love with Auli Artificial Lake

Although a man-made wonder, the Auli Artificial Lake mirrors many other scenic natural lakes in India. Oozing with sublime beauty, the lake will definitely amuse and surprise you. Visiting the lake is one of the best things to do in Auli in winter. The irresistible charm will steal your heart away! Another key point to note about the lake is that the water from the reservoir is used to fuel the snow gun. This in return extends skiing season thereby allowing you to enjoy the snowfall even in case of less snowfall.

Why to try?

  • Boast about exploring the highest man-made lake in the world.
  • Spend some time amidst tranquility and beautiful landscape.
  • Enjoy skiing which is otherwise not possible at other places in case of less snowfall.

Suggested read: 10 Best Ashrams in Rishikesh for Yoga and Meditation[4]

Go for Gorson Trek

Ditch skiing and go for trekking! A short yet sweet trek to the Gorson Bugyal passes through unwinding trail. While traversing the trail you will experience that a box of happiness and surprises lay open in front of you. You won’t ever have enough of the beautiful meadow wearing a white look during winter. For this reason, the site is reckoned as one of the best places to visit in Auli.

Why to try?

  • Gaze at the three imposing Himalayan peaks – Trishul, Nanda Devi and Dron.
  • Let the cool breeze leave a refreshing effect on you.
  • Pursue your photography passion till your heart’s content.

Explore Joshimath

Next, on the list of things to do in Auli is to engage in discovering the attractions of Joshimath. Besides being a famous tourist place, the quaint town is also a pilgrimage destination. Revered by Hindus and Sikhs alike, the town exudes a spiritual aura. In spite of the divine factor associated with the place, Joshimath remains in the bucket list of trekking lovers. The reason for the same is obvious as the hill station acts as a base for many treks.

Why to try?

  • Embark on a spiritual sojourn to various temples.
  • Gaze at the 1200 years old majestic tree which remains evergreen and an idol of Narasimha in form of half man and half lion.
  • Challenge the daredevil in you by participating in various adventure activities.

Suggested read: 10 Best Adventure Activities in Rishikesh[5]

Delight in the wilderness at the Nanda Devi National Park

Together with the Valley of Flowers[6], the Nanda Devi National Park makes for a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The rugged mountain wilderness of the park appears eye-catching to the onlookers. Home to the exotic species of flora and fauna of high altitude area, the park is a must-visit destination. Showcasing lush greenery, spellbinding views coupled with rich biodiversity, the national park outstands amongst rest of the Auli sightseeing places.

Why to try?

  • Spot rare species of flora and fauna at such heights.
  • Fulfill your trekking spree.
  • Catch a sight of Badrinath Temple, the Valley of Flowers, and the Hemkund Sahib Temple.

Trek up to the Kuari Pass

Decked with snow-capped mountains and alpine meadows, the Kuari Pass[7] has been enticing backpackers and hikers for ages. Before taking you to the heights of Mount Nanda Devi, the pass gives you the desired break. Starting from Joshimath[8], the Kuari Pass trek in December makes its way to small remote areas in the Himalayas. Then, it continues through bugyals, Auli, high passes and finally ends at the Kuari top. Replete with unique experiences, the trek helps you curate lots of memories. In fact, it is one of the most popular treks in India.

Why to try?

  • Acquaint yourself with the locals that you meet en route.
  • Behold the sight of the impressive skyline with mighty mountains.
  • Walk through the jungles of Deodar and Oak trees.

Visit the Kwani Bugyal

When it comes to beguiling the visitors with pristine beauty, Kwani Bugyal leads the chart. Presenting a unique spectacle, the enchanting views of the imposing mountain adds to the charisma. The Bugyal is perched at a height of 3380 meters and because of this, it’s tagged as a trekkers’ heaven. Apart from the trekkers, the sight is really admired by nature lovers and seclusion seekers alike. To put it differently, the Kwani Bugyal is a hotspot for avid holidaymakers planning to visit Auli in December.

Why to try?

  • If you are a newly wedded couple, you must visit the bugyal to enjoy life amidst nature’s bounty.
  • Observe how the meadow changes into a wonderland under the moonlight.
  • Enjoy camping in Auli.

Make your way to Chenab Lake

Although people love popular places, but there is an off-beat destination in Auli which is beyond description. Lying in close proximity to the Dang village, the Chenab Lake allows you to revel in the undisturbed company of nature. Sometimes it is good to follow the off-beaten trails as they may lead to an unexplored marvel. Making efforts to reach Chenab Lake won’t disappoint you as the activity undoubtedly offers one of the unique experiences in Auli.

Why to try?

  • Allow yourself to think and try something out of the box.
  • Discover a place which many are not aware of.
  • Set up a camp and spend some ‘Me’ time.

Embark on a short yet romantic trek to Chattrakund

Honeymooners and trekkers find a desired respite at the Chattrakund. Entwined between lush green forests, the Chattrakund Lake comprise of crystal clear waters with the immaculate reflection of the azure sky. The panoramic and picturesque views immediately catch the attention of all the shutterbugs. The serenity prevailing in the surroundings is a treat to the weary souls. Away from the hustle-bustle of city life, the lake is an ideal place for unwinding.

Why to try?

  • Get bewitched with the beauty of a fairytale place.
  • Enjoy a short trekking experience.
  • Also, you can extend your excursion to the Selghat Tapovan to take a dip in hot water springs.

How to Reach Auli?

By Air: To reach Auli by air, land at the Dehradun Airport which is 180.6 km away. From there you can hit the road to Joshimath.

By Train: Dehradun Railway Station is the nearest one to Auli. It lies at a distance of 150.7 km.

By Road: If traveling by road, one of the best ways is to catch a bus to Joshimath. From there you can take a taxi, bus or simply chose to ride on one of Asia’s longest ropeway. It is also possible to travel from cities like Rishikesh[9], Haridwar[10] and Delhi to Auli by road.

Auli opens doors to memorable experiences in winter treasured while partaking in lots of things to do. Although the best time to visit Auli remains throughout the year but the months between October and March are surprising.

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Diksha Khiatani[12]

A writer by day and a tsundoku at night. Emerging from an Engineering background, Diksha is a travel freak and anxious to explore different cultures and religions. Inclined towards the off-beat places, she wishes to uncover the secrets on her Scooty (if possible). She always grabs some time to take a quick nap, listen to music, skating and eat a brownie.


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