India’s premier ski-resort Auli is a little earthly paradise. This town comes to life in winters with professional skiers flocking the place to test their skills along nearly 20km of mountain slopes. There is still much more to do in and around Auli.
With a blessed amount of snow during cold season, Auli makes for an ideal ski-resort in India. The place is quite a favourite among skiers because it offers beautiful glittering slopes with a clean environment. The winds are also, in particular, favourable for the adventure activity during this season. So have fun gliding down the gorgeously snowed hills.
Wander around Joshimath
The town centre of Joshimath is quite close to Auli. Also known as Jyotirmath, this is where Adi Guru Shankaracharya established an 8th century temple, which is popular among pilgrims. Other temples worth a visit here include those of Narasimha, Ganesha and Hanuman. Besides temples, Joshimath offers some remarkable sights, particularly of Kalpavriksh, a mulberry tree, which is believed to be one of the oldest trees in India.
Strolling around the small town centre here while admiring the terraced houses is also enjoyable. Indulge in some shopping on the street, where local spices, fruits, vegetables, and apparel are available at affordable prices.
Relish authentic Garhwali food
Even though there is a dearth of restaurants in and around Auli, the small eateries do a commendable job of serving fresh, authentic Garhwali cuisine. Ask for local recommendations and savour some mountain pulses like white rajma with mandua ki roti made out of local flour. Do try the sweets of the region like bal mithai and singhori.
Enjoy gorgeous views from the cable car
Connecting a stretch of four kilometers, the Auli Ropeway is one of the longest and highest in the country. Going up to about 3000 meters from 1110 meters, it affords panoramic sights of the town and the mountains around, from lush green meadows to snowcapped peaks. The views remain captured in memory forever.