One of the best winter destinations of India, Auli stands at 2,800 m, and offers panoramic views showing off some of the high peaks of Himalayas such as Kamet, Dunagiri peak, and the 2nd highest peak of India, Nanda Devi (7,816m). Nestled among the high mountains in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, this little hamlet is the perfect destination for adventure as well as nature lovers.
Finding yourself planning a trip to Auli? Here are 5 tips that can help you explore Auli in its true nature and form!
One of the best ways to explore the actual culture, traditions and lifestyle of Auli is by living like a local. There are many homestays in Auli that offer such experiences, such as the curated local experiences offered by NotOnMap homestays.
Some of the things you can do include: Cook and eat a meal with the homestay owners, listen to local myths and stories, take a tour of the area with the locals, participate in their traditions and daily practices like farming, etc.
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Uttarakhand has multiple skiing destinations due to its high mountain slopes and perfect winter conditions. Auli is no less when it comes to skiing and scenic beauty.
The small yet picture-perfect town of Auli is India's premier ski resort destination. Originally developed as a paramilitary base, Auli's skiing slopes are popular among tourists and professionals alike. In winter, Auli hosts several snow adventure events. You can also take skiing lessons here.
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Auli is the gateway to the Nanda Devi and the Valley of Flowers National Park, including the Hemkund Sahib gurdwara. Popular trekking destinations such as Gorson Bugyal, Pangerchulla Summit, and Tapovan can be accessed through Auli.
Auli itself offers many small nature trails around the town into the wilderness, with breathtaking views of the peaks and the tranquillity of nature between the acres of oak and coniferous forests and flowing streams. So start walking!
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Auli itself and the places around Auli have many famous and old religious hindu temples, such as the ones in Joshimath, Pandukeshwar, etc. The Narsimha temple, dedicated to Lord Narsimha (an incarnation of Lord Vishnu), is believed to have been established by Adi Guru Shankaracharya and now serves as an important pilgrimage site.
Other famous temples include: Bhavishya Badri is one of Panch Badri temples (Subhain Village), Timmersain Mahadev (Niti village), Hemkund Sahib (4329 m), etc.
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Climate change is already showing its effects in the valley, and it is extremely crucial for the locals and the indigenous ecosystem that we as tourists and outsiders practice sustainable tourism.
Some of the things you can do include; carry all your waste back with you to the nearest city/facility, reuse instead of buying multiple plastic bottles, respect the religious and cultural beliefs of the locals, make sure your trip does not cause a negative impact on the environment, ecosystem and indegenous communities.
Ar. Shivani Chaudhary
Architect | Writer| Traveler | Photographer