Bored at home? Want to relax and spent quality time for yourself or with friends and family and family members during winter break or New Year? You need to pack your bags, turn your head around, and enjoy the most famous and popular hill station, i.e., Auli in Uttarakhand. You have read it correctly that one of the dream destinations that you must visit in winter is Auli. People may have various questions tricking and pricking their minds about why to go to Auli when we have many other hill stations like Shimla or Kullu or Manali or Ooty or Darjeeling Mussoorie or Kashmir. Here you will come across the “n” number of reasons to visit Auli in winters.
Let’s go to Auli. But……….
Where is it? Why should I go there?
Auli which means, “Meadow” is a popular hill station located in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand (North India, nearly 2800 meters above sea level), a part of Uttar Pradesh attracts thousands of visitors from all across the world and especially nature lover and people with photographic skills because Auli is loaded with natural beauty. The place is marked with apple orchards, old oaks, and pine trees. Not only the forest but its glittering slopes and the clean environment make it an appropriate skiing destination. Thus, if you are an adventurous person and want to enjoy skiing, your one-stop location in winter is Auli. When you go skiing, you come across some beautiful peaks like Mt Nanda Devi Kamet, Nilkanth, Mana Parwat, Beethartoli, Ghori Parbat, Dunagiri, Hathi Parbat, and Nar Parbat. While skiing, you will also come across the Gorso Reserve forest, a part of the Nanda Devi National Park and comprises some rare Himalayan wildlife. Some notable species include Musk Deer, Jackal, Snow Leopard, Wild boar, Wild Rabbit, Wild Cat, Fox, Bear, and Hyena.
What else can I see there?
Let’s find out-
Not only about the forest and when you have a tour, you will also come across places with great historical connections. During the visit to the hills, you will come across a Hanuman Temple. According to many believers, this temple is supposed to have been used by Hanuman for taking some rest when he was given the responsibility to rescue Laxmana, younger brother of Lord Rama, by bringing Sanjivani from the great Himalayas. Once you are in Auli, you cannot miss the scenic beauty of Nandaprayag (one of the 5 Prayags), which is the merging point of two holy rivers- Nandakini and Alaknanda and also marks the starts of the two famous pilgrimage centers, namely Badrinath and Kedarnath. Not only this, but Auli is also known for Jyotirmath, which was founded by Adi Guru Shri Shankaracharya, which serves as a Hindu pilgrim center. Not only this, but Jyotirmath is also considered as the winter home for Lord Badri who’s idol is believed to shift during winters from Badrinath to Jyotirmath.
How will I go there???
Let’s see what I can get?
You can reach the destination both by air and land. The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, approximately 270-kilo meters from Auli if you are coming by flight. Indira Gandhi International, about 480-kilo meters from Auli, is the nearest international airport. If you want to enjoy the train ride, then we have multiple railway stations. Among those, the Rishikesh railway station is 250-kilo meters, and Dehradun Railway station, which is 290-kilo meters are the nearest.
Thus, you have come across various reasons to visit Auli in winters. This is a place loaded with adventure, beauty, and a religious aura. So people of all ages can visit and enjoy.
So what are you thinking…..? let’s pack the bags.