Auli is considered among the best skiing destinations of India, it is situated in Chamoli district of Garhwal region covering an elevation from 2,519mts to 3,050 mts above sea level. Auli is a "Bugyal" which means meadow in the regional language, these green Bugyals turn into a sheet of white during winters. Auli is often compared with best ski resorts of the world by the foreigners and has also hosted the First SAF Winter Games in the year 2011. Being blessed with invigorating views of the splendid mountain range of Himalayas, the slopes of Auli provide enough thrills to professional skiers and novices alike.
Auli has one of the most fascinating slopes in the world for winter skiing, especially from January to March. Slopes are covered with Deodar and Oak forests helping the skiers by reducing the velocity of the chilling winds. It is a perfect place for all adventure skiers and people who have enthusiasm for sports in winters. The skiing centre has a foot chairlift and a ski lift for hauling you to the top of the peak. The wonderful dawn as seen from behind Nanda Devi, the open night sky filled with innumerable stars and the gentle snowfall, all these things make Auli the top winter destination of India. Thus Auli is a must visit for all the nature lovers and of course for all those who are passionate about skiing.
|Distance from Hotel:- 14 Km by road and 4.9km by ropeway|
Auli Ropeway Station
Auli Ropeway is the major attraction in Joshimath offering magnificent and majestic Himalayan views. A highest and longest ropeway in Asia car covers a distance of 4 km. Auli cable car also called locally as Gondola and connects Auli with Joshimath. Located at 3010 meters above sea level, Auli is best skiing and paragliding destination in India receiving a large number of tourist.
Auli ropeway starting point is 1km from Panchvati Inn one can access the place either by car or foot. ( Ticket counter opens by 8:00 AM) Last rope is at 5 PM approx.
Narsingh Temple is a popular temple in Joshimath. The deity of the temple is the fourth incarnation of Lord Vishnu (Narasimha Avatar), in the form of half Lion and half man. Narsingh Temple is the place where Pujas of Badrivishalcommences during winters. The winter darshan of Lord Badri Vishal is possible at Narsingh Temple. NarsinghBadri Temple has a prophecy that a devastating landslide will occur in the area at the end of KalYug and block the route to Badrinath. This will all happen when right arm of the Narsingh idol in Narsingh Temple falls down. Legends believed that the Narsingh idol is shrinking slightly day by day and scientists also support to prophecy to some extent by ndingJoshimath area a landslide-prone area. As per the legends and prophets, after the Kalyug, in SatyugBadrinath will transfer his seat to BhavishyaBadri, a temple located at 20 km from Joshimath.
|Temple Timings:- 6AM to 7PM (Mahabhishekam at 6 AM)|
|Distance from Hotel:- 1 km accessible either by car or foot|
Shankaracharya Mutt and Kalpavriksha Temple
Shri Shankracharya Math in Joshimath is established by Adi Jagatguru Shankaracharya. Famously called as “Jyotirmath”, it is one of the four Mutts established by Adi Jagatguru Shankaracharya. Totakacharya was first acharya of Jyotishpeetham. Present Joshimath also gets its name from 'Jyotirmath'. A Laxmi Narayan Temple is situated inside the Shri Shankracharya Mutt and idols of Badrinarayan and Rajrajeshwari Devi is beautifully located inside the temple. Kalpavriksha is the tree below with Adi Guru Shankaracharya got enlightenment.
|Distance from hotel:- 1 km accessible by foot|
Niti Village/ Malari Village
Niti (3600mtrs) is a small village located in the Niti valley of Joshimath. Niti is the last village and outpost in Indo-Tibetan border in Chamoli district. The Niti Pass located at 5800 mtrs connects India with Tibet. During winters, Niti village and valley is covered with heavy snow. The villagers of Niti still follow the traditional methods of lifestyle in the mountains. During winter, Niti village inhabitants move to lower Himalayas in the valley and resides in alternative villages. When snow melts down and summer season starts, Niti village is once again lled with inhabitants. Generally from April to October, Niti village is populated by the locals. There are some other villages near Niti such as Gamshali, Bampa, Farkya, Kailashpur, Maher Gaun, Malari, Kosha, Jhelam, Tolma, Lata, Fagti, Raini and Tapovan.
Tourists can visit some places near Niti village like Niti temple, Faila temple in Gamshali, Panchnag Temple in Bampa, Pyaar the grass land, Malari, Dronagirimountain, Nanda Devi temple, Nanda Devi National Park and Tapovan.
Distance from hotel -Niti village is located at 88 km from Joshimath and once can reach by hiring taxi from Joshimath till Bampa village and then 6 km trek to Niti village. Niti pass is located at few kilometers from Niti village and no one allowed except ITBP and Army to go to Niti pass.
Tapovan is a popular tourist spot near Joshimath,Tapovan offers a scenic views of the surrounding snowcapped mountain. Tapovan major attraction is its hot spring. Visitors also take Tapovan as a trek route to BhavishyaBadri which is situated at 3 km from here. Tapovan is known for the natural springs where hot water comes out from the earth. Many believes this hot water medicinal and cures number of skin diseases. Hot springs has good height suitable for bathing purpose also. Tapovan is prime destination falls in the trek route to Kuari Pass located at 3650 mtrs (through Chitrakantha 3310 mtrs) and famous for close views of Nanda Devi, DronagiriChaukhmba and other peaks.
|Distance from hotel:- Tapovan is located at 14 km from Joshimath.|