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The beautiful Uttarakhand has called us out yet again. The land of gods and mysteries is again calling us for an adventure and this time it was AULI the little heaven on the earth. This time we packed our bags to celebrate the new year amidst snow and meadows. While we were hoping for little peace it was far from that.
We have already covered this beautiful place in our last adventure titled Delhi to Auli where we hit the road on a 6-day long vacation from Delhi to Auli. Now the time has changed, so the climate, and this time it was the new year.
How to Reach AULI
While last time we did our trip from Delhi to AULI which was fantastic this time we started our trip from Gopeshwar itself which is a small hill station in Chamoli Uttarakhand. Gopeshwar to AULI is around 70 km which roughly takes around 2 to 3 hours depending on traffic. While if you want a full detailed routed checkpoint itinerary please visit the above-highlighted link.
We started our journey from Gopeshwar early in the morning as we were traveling on 31 Dec, yes the last day usually when everything is closed especially here in UK. Luckily vehicles were going from Chamoli to Joshimath which is the nearest big town to AULI. Chamoli is a few minutes walk away from Gopeshwar and from Chamoli, you can find Vehicles to Joshimath.
Chamoli to Joshimath is around 2 hours and cost 130 rupees. We reached Joshimath around 11 clocks in the morning and went for AULI right ahead.
There are two ways to reach AULI one is by Trolley and the other is via road. Via Road it is around 13 km and takes around 20 minutes and via trolley, it takes 15 to 20 minutes and leaves you at top. The cost of the Trolley is 1000 rupees and one has to book it online one day prior so as to get the trolley the next day. We didn’t take the trolley option as it seemed a little expensive as via road you can book anywhere from 1500 to 2500 depending on the season.
Landscape in Auli
We were lucky enough as we reached AULI in the morning itself as the snow was still sturdy and one can climb the peaks. The landscape there just immerses you in itself and want to make you feel the breeze. Just sit there and see the white mountains all around. The snow-capped peaks shine so brightly that can literally make you blind. One pro tip do carry your sunglasses if you love your eyes.
The snow shines so bright that silver would fade in front of it, but my friends the Sun which just adds to the beauty. The bright shiny and energetic sun rays when hit your body in this freezing cold it just makes your day.
Weather In Auli
One of the best things which I experienced in AULI was the beautiful weather. While the trek was all filled with snow and peaks were Snow White the temperature was around good 3 to 4 degrees. With that comes beautiful sun rays which makes the weather fantastic to trek till Garson valley. You can read more about that in our previous blog which covers the trek too. This time we could not complete the trek as the bugyal’s too were covered with snow.
It gets very cold during morning and evening sessions though. If you are planning to have camp at night so make sure you have an ample amount of clothes and heat to bear that. While most of the tents and hotels were over booked at the time of the new year but if you have your own tent then you can go ahead and set up your own.
While the hotel prices fluctuate here, during year-end and new year these prices skyrocket ranging from 6000 to 20000 for a single room. It is very well recommended to pre-book rooms for your own comfort.
The nearest local market here is Joshimath which is only 15 km via road and takes around 20 to 25 mins to reach. Joshimath is itself a small hill station where one can find good budget hotels, trekking shoes, sunglasses, etc which you will need for trekking there. Joshimath also offers some scenic views with a hint of holiness. There is a Lord Narsingh temple nearby which is along the lower road.
We visited this ancient temple on the very first day of 2022 to seek blessings. While the odd temple is still intact, there is a new temple built on the same premises. It is said that the winter Pooja of Lord Badrinath happens in this temple.
How to reach Auli
The only way you can enter Auli is via road. While a helicopter service is also available in the tourist season that is very expensive. Auli is very well connected via road and Airport and Railway station are few districts away. There is a helipad there in Auli where you can park your chopper if you have one.
Reaching Auli by air
The nearest airport from Auli is the Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun. Jolly grant is more than 300 km away from Dehradun. There are many buses and taxis available for Joshimath which is a nearby town to Auli. Buses run directly from Haridwar and ISBT Dehradun to Chamoli and then Joshimath.
Reaching Auli by train
The train story is the same here also. The nearest railway station from Auli is Haridwar and Rishikesh Railway station. Haridwar is around 280 km from Auli and it takes more than 10 hours to reach Auli. There are buses and taxis available for Joshimath from Haridwar.
Reaching Auli by Road
As we were already in Gopeshwar, we traveled from Gopeshwar to Chamoli which is only around 10 mins walk. Then one can take a taxi service from Chamoli to Joshimath which runs daily. The taxi will take around 300 rupees for around 60 km. From Joshimath, you can take a taxi or Ropeway to reach Auli.
Total cost of Trip
While the place is surely magical but prices here are really steep. While it becomes such a norm for people to charge high especially in tourist places it is even higher in hill stations. As I told you earlier hotel prices were costing anywhere between 6k to 20 k for a single room. The same goes with transportation charges too. For a mere 15 km, we paid more than 2500 for a taxi from Joshimath to AULI.
Even the tents were costing from 4K to 10k. Even food prices are also high, a single water bottle costs you around 60 rupees which usually is 20. So can imagine that every price here is at least 3x of original.