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Travel to Auli- Joshimath
Perched along a slope just above the Alaknanda River in the upper reaches of the Garhwal Himalayas of Uttaranchal, Joshimath is the winter seat of the Lord of Badrinath.Joshimath has become a summer destination and a busy trading centre servicing the needs of the winter sports resort of Auli.Auli is the winter-sports resort of Uttaranchal.Fourteen km by road above Joshimath with 4.5 km long slopes it is amongst the three premier ski resorts of India. With some of the highest mountains in the Indian Himalayas forming a magnificent backdrop the resort offers excellent facilities for skiing. A 4.15 km long cable car and tourist rest house at Joshimath are attractive options.
The stretch of the Ganga between Kaudiyala and Rishikesh is used for white-water rafting with each section of about 12 km.There are a number of campsites on this stretch. The Prayag is the confluence point where another river stream joins the Ganga and both are important pilgrimages. At Deoprayag,the Bhagirathi and Alaknanda merge to give birth to the Ganga.Mandakini joins the Alaknanda at Rudraprayag.Other rivers joining the Alaknanda are Pinder at Karnaprayag,Nandakini at Nandprayag,Dhauliganga at Joshimath and Vishuganga at Vishnuprayag.For the adventurous there are numerous trekking possibilities. A ready option is Gailgarh above Auli.Another route takes you over the Kuari Pass via Tali and Bager Budha.A longer and more challenging option is the Panch Kedar circuit which starts from Helang and covers the high altitude shrines of Kalpeswar, Rudranath, Tungnath, Madmaheshwar and Kedarnath.
Post winter, Auli turns into a health retreat with a cool climate, clean and open environment, peaceful surroundings and beautiful views of the mountains. The skiing slopes turn into numerous promenades that one can stroll around for rejuvenation or pleasure.
36 km from Joshimath a naturalist's delight the Valley of Flowers is reputed to be the largest repository of wild flowers in natural surroundings in the world. Over 300 species have been identified. The valley ranges in height from 3850 mt to 3962 mt and is surrounded by snow covered mountains on all sides. The valley is open from May to October every year and only day visits are permitted. Night halt accommodation is available in tourist rest house at Ghangaria. Standing beside a large glacial lake at 4,329 mt Hemkund Sahib is amongst the holiest shrines of the Sikhs and associated with the Tenth Guru,Guru Gobind Singh. The gurudwara is open from May to November every year and only day visits are permitted. Night halt accommodation is available at Ghangaria.Tapovan is located 14 km from Joshimath ,a natural geyser in the valley of the Dhauli Ganga,its waters are believed to have curative properties for many skin diseases.
How to visit Auli-Joshimath
By Air: The nearest airport is Jolly Grant,17 km from Rishikesh which receives only seasonal flights and is therefore not a very convenient option.The best alternative is a combination of rail and road journey.
By Rail: The nearest broad guage railhead is Haridwar on the main Delhi-Dehradun line. From Haridwar the 282 km journey has to be covered by road on National Highway 58.
By Road: National Highway 58 that links the interiors of Garhwal to the plains of UP and Delhi passes through the town and has been upgraded to a double lane road.
Hotels in Auli
- Mount View: Located at Joshimath
- Uday Palace: Located at Joshimath
- Tourist Rest House & Winter Sports Complex: Located at Auli
- Clifftop Club: Located at Tower 8, Auli
- Uday Palace: Located at Pipalkoti
- Tourist Rest House: Located at Rudraprayag
- Monal Resort: Located at Rudraprayag.