The Himalayas have always tempted me to visit it again and again. I’m sure I am not alone here. From Treks in the Himalayas to Hill stations we have covered a good chunk of it.
Auli in Uttarakhand was our next place in the Himalayas. Reaching Delhi to Auli is easy but we wanted to make our journey exciting. Simply Going from Delhi to Auli and then coming back is not how we travel.
Exploring other places, exploring the culture, and tasting the cuisine is how we do it. The fact that we were going to explore Auli we were pretty ecstatic.
Auli is one of Uttarakhand’s less explored hill stations. While this place has snow-capped mountains, valleys, and healthy flora and fauna but it remained unknown for a long time.
Auli is at a height of 2500m above sea level in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.
Auli is a paradise for adventure and snow lovers. The charm of Auli is such that many people call it India’s mini Switzerland. I think they are right. These mountains and the clean environment of Auli do depict the picture right.
With all these thoughts in our mind we started our journey for Auli. While the mode of transport we used was via road but other means of transport are listed below.
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 but that is very expensive. Auli is very well connected via road and Airport and Railway station are few districts away.
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.
Reaching Auli by train
The train story is 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.
The best option to reach Auli is by road if you are going from Delhi.
Reaching Auli by road
Delhi to Auli distance is around 503 km. Though the journey seems very far away, soon enough it becomes one of the best adventures you will take.
We started our journey from Delhi and have decided to break into particular days. So let’s explore
DAY 1 DELHI TO RISHIKESH
I woke up early in the morning and started to pack my bag for Auli.
There are two ways to reach Auli from Delhi.
- Go from Delhi to Bijnor and then Rishikesh and then reach Srinagar. From Srinagar go for Guptakashi and then Auli.
- The second route is also pretty the same. Instead of going to Rishikesh you can go to Kotdwar and Lansdowne then Srinagar and then Auli.
Both these routes take approximately the same time. We started our Journey to Bijnor via NH 9.
We reached Bijnor in few hours and directly headed to Rishikesh.
Rishikesh is another adventurous place. From river rafting to Bungee jumping every sort of fun adventure can be found here. After a long ride we thought to stay in Rishikesh only.
Also if you stay in Rishikesh do see the evening Ganga aarti which is pretty magical. Our list of favorite places in Rishikesh is here.
Day 2 Rishikesh To Joshimath
Today will be a longer journey than what was yesterday. Our today’s stop will be Joshimath. Joshimath is around 254 km away from Rishikesh.
Joshimath is a town in Chamoli district. Joshimath is very near to Auli. Also, it is a very popular hill station in Uttarakhand.
While traveling from Rishikesh to Auli you will see some of the most popular destinations of Uttarakhand. Be it Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Gopeshwar, and many others.
These all are very popular hill stations and tourist spots in Uttarakhand. While as much we wanted to visit and explore all of these but due to time constraints could not.
We left these places for our next adventure. So after around 9 hours of the ride. We reached Joshimath. Joshimath is a small town with a lot of scenic views but the main attraction still remains Auli.
As we reached pretty late so we scheduled our Auli adventure for tomorrow morning.
Day 3 Joshimath To Auli
Auli is 16 km from Joshimath. Joshimath is a nice town to stay in as it has affordable hotels and lots of options to explore.
Note: If you are visiting Auli in winters so the road leading to it generally remains blocked due to heavy snowfall. But a cable ride car operated from Joshimath to Auli.
The cable car takes you to the uphill. As you are ascending you see the magnificent views of Himalayas. The cable cars accommodate around 25 passengers. The cable car runs only after there are 15 to 20 passengers. IT takes 20 to 30 minutes to reach uphill.
The Nanda Devi peak looks magnificent from Auli. There are many adventures you can do in Auli. From skiing, snowboarding there are thousands of activities which can be done here.
There are many operators who offer these services up in Auli. The prices are affordable and also they will provide you with an instructor. The experience of Skiing in Auli is breathtaking. Swooshing your way in the Himalayas is always beautiful. The view of Nanda Devi peak makes this moment even more special. We spent our day Skiing around in Auli. We stayed in Auli that day and got a good affordable hotel.
Day 4 Trekking around Auli
Auli is just not about snow and snow-peaks. Even though these are enough to tempt anyone to come here. But having extra benefits always helps. The same goes for Auli. Auli also offers you extra adventures like Trekking around.
While you can do many treks in Auli we chose the Gurso valley trek. The Gurso bugyals are very famous in Uttarakhand. These meadows are blessing from god. The lush green environment and view of Himalayan peaks upfront is a breathtaking view. We just could not believe that places like these even exist.
From Gurso valley you can see the magnificent views of Dron parvat, Trishul peak, and of course Nanda Devi parvat. There is nearby Chattrakund lake. The Chattrakund lake is only around 1 km from Gurso valley. The crystal clear water of the lake looks magical.
Day 5 More Adventures in Auli
The extensive list of places in Auli does not stop here. In Auli, the next place to visit was artificial Lake in Auli. The lake is where snow all round year. This is due to artificial snow is produced there. Take a moment to appreciate the beauty of this lake. Even though it is not natural but the way it has been constructed shows that humans too can make beautiful things.
You can also take the Kuari pass trek from Auli. The Kuari pass trek is around 10 km from Auli. If you want to see the Himalayas in the most splendid way you must take this trek.
Day 6 Back to Joshimath and Then Delhi
On day 6 we headed back to Joshimath. While there were many other places still to explore in Auli and Joshimath. This 6-day tour from Delhi to Auli was short at least for us.
Auli is one most beautiful places on this earth and now after exploring a bit of it we can assure you that the above statement is true. People who compare it to Switzerland in the east are completely right. The sheer beauty this place has is just amazing.
Delhi to Auli Route map
Best time to visit Auli
The best time to visit Auli is from December to March. Not only in Winters you experience skiing and snowboarding but also you can witness snowfall. Also when coming from Delhi to Auli winters is the season when it is unbearable to live in Delhi due to pollution and weather.
Also, you can come here to Auli in Summers too as a hill station. Cold weather and a lovely atmosphere you will surely love. But the only thing which you will be missing would be winter sports rest everything would be the same.