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Winter Auli Snow Skiing in India

Region :-
Uttarakhand
Duration :- 06 Days
Grade :- Easy to Moderate
Max Altitude :- 11,000 Ft.
The Indian Himalayas provide an excellent skiing experience owing to their great height which makes for long descents. The vast open spaces, snow clad mountains and the height of skiing slopes in India are enough to pump up the adrenaline in any ski enthusiast. India's ski resorts are largely confined to the western half of the Himalayas- in Uttarakhand - high enough to get a good cover of snow during the winter months, yet low enough to be easily accessible.



For the avid skier, cross-country runs of 10-20 km are now available, with the added advantage of fresh powder snow, away from criss-crossing streams of skiers that overtake the slopes of the European Alps. Because of their height and spread, Garhwal, like other sectors of the Himalayas, offers the thrills of exploratory long distance skiing.

The skiing destination: Auli

Auli, in the Garhwal Himalayas, is a favourite skiing destination for many not just because of its beautiful glittering slopes but for the nice, clean environment as well. Located around 250 kms away from Rishikesh in Uttarakhand, Auli is a must visit destination if skiing is your passion. The slopes are located at an altitude of almost 2500 to 3000 metres, offering exciting skiing opportunities to both beginners as well as professional skiers.

The potential of snow dressed slopes of Auli, once the training grounds for the Paramilitary forces was adjudged by the French and Austrian experts who compared it with the best skiing grounds of the world, and rated it as one of the best. The sheer height and spread of the snow clad mountains, with the added advantage of powdered snow are tempting enough to magnetize the adventurous spirits of the avid skier, providing all the thrill and excitement attached to the game. From January to April, the Auli slopes are usually covered with a thick carpet of snow, about 3 metres deep. The stretch of 3-kms with a drop in elevation of 500m is considered to be a very good skiing ground by international standard.

The region provides immense opportunities for adventure sports like skiing and thrilling water sports which make Auli an ideal venue for adventure seekers. It is a ski touring and cultural paradise, and whatever the weather, you can always get out skiing and riding. Being on this tour lets you enjoy skiing on the slopes of Auli which provide enough thrills to professional skier and novice as well.



In summers you will find numerous marked walks and there are also mountain bike trails. At the backdrop lies the famous high altitude Gorson Reserve forest richly habituated by rare Himalayan wildlife including snow leopard, musk deer, wild boar, wild cat, wild rabbit, jackal, fox, hyena and bear. The climate in summers is extremely pleasant. The deodar and oak trees contribute to natural health spa strongly recommended by for everyone.

It is connected to Joshimath by a 3.5 km long cable car provides an excellent panoramic view of the mountain peaks like Nanda Devi, Kamet and Dronagiri.

When you reach the high reaches of the Garhwal Himalayas in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, you have an access to a perfect winter resort-Auli. Auli is among the most alluring treks of the world. It also serves as base for treks to Kauri Pass, Joshimath and Rudranath. You can enjoy many winter sports here including, fishing and cycling. Auli is situated near the religious shrine of Badrinath and offers you impressive view of twin peaks of Nanda Devi, and other places like Kamet, Mana Parvat and Duna Giri.
The slopes of Auli offer you perfect setting for skiing events. Many skiing festivals and official national championships take place here.

So, while planning you Christmas vacations, why not head to Auli to have a time of your life? Just remember to take a pair of skis along and ski down the white slopes of the Garhwal Himalayas.

 
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