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Auli Skiing

The slopes of Auli are somewhat steep and not easy. But that's precisely the reason why you have come all the way from your comfortable homes. That you'll also get to enjoy the sight of snow capped Nanda Devi, Kamet and Mana Parbat of of the Himalayas while you are skiing at Auli in Uttaranchal is reason enough for you to start preparing for your vacations in right earnest. Just take care that you don't get distracted by the beautiful landscapes while you are skiing here. Located in the Chamoli district of Uttaranchal and close to China and Nepal, Auli is said to be the ski capital of India. Auli is located at the altitude of 8200 feet but you are not going to realize it because the Nanda Devi peak at an altitude of 23000 feet is there to give you company.

The state of Uttaranchal has been steadily rising in terms of its popularity among the tourists, mostly because of the adventure sports opportunities that it provides. The state provides various options and facilities for trekking, white water rafting, hang gliding as well apart from skiing. Auli has emerged among the major tourism destinations of India and you'll have to start packing your bags if you want to find out why.

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Things you can do at Auli
Skiing In AuliWe know that skiing is your primary purpose to be here so we are going to talk about that first. You'll get some clean stretches of about 10 to 20 km for skiing here. The woods on the slopes help reduce the wind velocity which makes the conditions for skiing even better for you'll enjoy the wind brushing against your cheeks while you ski down the slopes.

A 3.9 km long cable car links Auli to Joshimath whereas the distance goes up to 16 km if you feel comfortable travelling by the road. Another way of reaching Auli is by a 500 meters long chair lift which connects the upper and the lower slopes. The necessary equipments and snow beaters for skiing can be rented here and if you have any queries regarding the facilities, lodging and the packages then you should feel free to contact the Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam.

Apart from skiing you'd need some activities to enliven the evenings at Auli. There are huts and resorts at Auli that are warmed by Bukhari where you can relax. You can also choose to listen to the folk tales or Garhwali music by the campfire. You may not believe that the shopping buffs here can also enjoy themselves by buying shawls, blankets, woolen caps and many gift items.

Necessary Preparations
First things first, pack your bag with enough warm clothes before you leave for Auli. Another must is a first aid kit which can prove to be handy anywhere, not just in Auli. Other things that you should bring with yourself are torch, good snow boots, dark glasses and extra batteries.

Accommodation Options
SkiingThere are various tourist guest houses and comfortable hotels available in Joshimath which is only 16 km away from Auli. Most of the accommodation options have reasonable prices therefore finding the suitable place to stay is not going to be a problem for you.

How to reach Auli
Auli is somewhat remote which is expected as you know that all good things in life can be had only with some degree of difficulty. Dehradun is the nearest airport (298 km away) which is also the capital of Uttaranchal. Rishikesh is the nearest railhead which is about 235 km away. Regular buses operate between Auli and Dehradun, Rishikesh, Haridwar and Delhi. You can also hire jeeps for Auli once you have reached Joshimath.
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