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Famous Skiing Tour Auli in Uttaranchal
Auli can be reached by road or ropeway from
Joshimath. It provides an excellent panoramic view of the giant mountain peaks
like Nanda Devi, Kamet and Dunagiri. From January to March, the Auli slopes are
usually covered with a thick carpet of snow, about 3m deep. The stretch of 3-kms
with a drop in elevation of 500m is considered to be a very good skiing ground
by international standard. The background of lofty snow clad mountains heightens
the sprit of the skiers.
Places Covered :
Rishikesh, Joshinath, Auli, Haridwar
Tour Code :
1 : Delhi -
Delhi - Rishikesh (225 kms By Road)
Rishikesh - Joshimath/Auli (270
km by road)
After breakfast leave for Joshimath. Arrive
at Joshimath & leave for Auli by Ropway. Overnight at Joshimath / Auli.
3 , Day 05 : Auli
Three days skiing on the best Ski
Slopes available in the Himalayas. Slopes have 3.8 Kms. ok cable car, 1.8 Km. of
ski lift and 3 Kms. of chair lift on the slopes. Also equipment and instructors.
Auli provides up to 8 Kms of countryside and 3 Kms beated slopes with lifts.
Situated at 9000 - 12000 ft. slopes are supposed to be the best in Asia for
professionals as well beginners.
4 : Auli to
After early breakfast drive back to
Haridwar. Arrive at Haridwar. Overnight at Hotel.
5 : Haridwar to Delhi (207)
After breakfast drive back to Delhi
for onward destination. Extension available.
G E N E R A L I N F O R M A T I O N
Skiing Courses at Auli
While experienced skiers are likely to enjoy the
slopes of Auli for the excitement it offers of unexplored terrain and the
spectacular beauty of the surrounding Himalayas, for those who want to learn how
to ski there are numerous skiing facilities available at Auli. GMVN conducts a
7-day as well as a 14-day skiing courses in the months of January-March. The
course participants are also provided that basic ski equipment and lift
facility, boarding and lodging.
Facilities for Skiers
The 500m ski-lift system, the longest cable car in
Asia, or the trolley, as it is known locally, connects Joshimath with Gorson,
above Auli. A short distance beyond Gorson lies the hill of Gorson Top, which
provides excellent mountain vistas and is on the 24-km trek to kauri Pass. From
Gorson, Auli's only chair lift travels to the base lodge, which is a small
building that marks the starting point of all the ski runs.
An 800m long chair lift connects the lower slopes
with upper slopes in Auli, making it easy for skiers to zip up in moments. Once
reaching the ski start point they can ski down rapidly, while other can walk
down the snow-paths at leisure. There are two snow-beaters imported from
Germany, for beating the snow for skiing.
The adventure destination of Auli lies towards the
north of the state of Uttaranchal and forms a part of the Garhwal mountain
range. Auli is 16 km away from Joshimath. The steep slopes of Auli are as high
as 9000 feet above sea level. The deodar and oak forests cover the slopes and
reduce the velocity of the chilly winds to the minimum. The slopes offer a
panoramic view of many a famous Himalayan peaks like Nanda Devi, Kamet, Mana
Parvat and Dunagiri.
What to Buy on This Tour
Holiday without shopping is not complete. You may
pick up woolen caps, blankets, shawls from Joshimath for gift items and
The nearest airport is Dehradun, about 298 km
away. Rishikesh, about 235 km away, is the nearest railhead. Regular road
services are available from Delhi, Dehradun, Rishikesh and Hardwar to Joshimath,
16 km away. From Joshimath one can hire jeeps to Auli. One can also trek the
five kilometer between Joshimath and Auli. For further information, contact the
GMVN office at Rajpur Road, Dehradun or the UP tourism offices located all over
Although one usually carries pullovers and other
woolen wear while visiting tourist spots during winters, one has to remember
that Auli is not just another winter tourist spot. The freezing temperatures
force the visitors to carry such winter wear in adequate quantity and of good
quality. One good practice is to carry a first-aid kit. All those interested to
explore the snowfields of Auli should necessarily carry with them dark glasses,
snow/gum boots, and a torch. All visitors are also advised to carry with them
adequate number of
cells or candles, as there is an acute power crisis in the region.
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