For all those who love to expand their travel horizon, Auli is a place you need to add to your list. It is also known as Auli Bugyal, in Garhwali, which means meadow. It is a place enthralled with stunning ski resorts and natural surroundings encircled by snow capped peaks of the great Himalayas. With an impressive view of Nanda Devi, Mana Parvat and Kamat Ranges, Auli is a brow raising destination.
Auli is a part of Chamoli district in Uttarakhand in North India nestled amidst the mountains of Garhwal Himalayan Range. The gorgeous landscape of apple orchards, fine deodar trees, oak fringed slopes and coniferous forests, the place is a hot spot for courageous travellers who dare to explore the demanding environs.
In order to reach here, you can take flights to Jolly Grant domestic airport in Dehradun and is 279 km from here. Haridwar, at a distance of around 280 km, is the nearest major rail head from Auli if you wish to take the rail route.
It is a marvel of nature that is sure to get you jaw dropped. The peak is in the form of a trident (Trishul) which is how it got the name and is situated at a height of around 23,490 ft. A lake named Roopkund is situated at the base of the peak. The lake has a captivating story which says that around 600 skeletal remains of humans and horses were discovered here, who had died in a hail storm in the 9th century.
The word ‘Tapo’ means meditation and ‘van’ means forest in Sanskrit. It is a barren location that has a temple and a hot water spring. As you come closer you can smell sulphur. The place has many vents to see the boiling water. A little distance away from the natural spring, there is a Kund, where the water gets collected, and you can attempt to have bath since the water is said to have medicinal properties.
It is one of the maths created by Adi Sankaracharya and is the main stopover for tourists visiting the Badrinath Dham. Located at an elevation of 6,150 ft above sea level, it is considered as a gorgeous trekking trail and mountain climbing expeditions. It is also the base for the stunning Valley of Flowers which paints the valley in colourful hues during summers.
It is a tantalizing meadow that transforms into a lush green spring and wears a snow white look in the winters. Gurso Bugyal is situated at an elevation of 3056 m above sea level. It offers an imposing view of the Nanda Devi and Trishul mountain peaks.
It is a haven for trekkers. A mini paradise tucked 3350 m above sea level; Kwani Bugyal gives a terrific travel experience. It is a gorgeous meadow with untouched beauty and full of panoramic views.
These are two of the five confluences of the Alaknanda River and a delightful place to capture a picturesque patch of scenery. Rudraprayag is said to be the place where Narad was blessed by Lord Shiva and appeared in Rudra avatar. It is considered as the abode of Gods with its gushing waters and rich greenery. A dip in the holy waters of Nandaprayag is said to wash away all sins.
It is located at the last village of Joshimath called Dang. You need to walk through an unpaved path to indulge in the divine vicinity of this lake. It is a least visited spots that possesses a charismatic demeanour.
Among the many splendid locations of Auli, Chattrakund is yet another addition. Famous for its sweet water and oak forests, it is a nature lover’s paradise to explore.
A stay at Auli is incomplete if you miss the dense alpine forests of Gorson. It is a popular walking trail during summers for trekkers and adventure enthusiasts.
Auli is one of those places that have been blessed with nature’s love. However a few years back the region experienced a devastating cloudburst that led to the fall of a major chunk of its beauty. As a sign from Mother Nature to not tamper its territory, Free Press Journal requests its readers to take a step in preserving the natural beauty of such adorable places.
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