Next morning, we took a local cab from Joshimath to Auli which cost us 1000 rupees only. That is the cheapest way for four people to reach Auli. The Ropeways also go from Joshimath which were charging 750 rupees per person. However, they had this condition too, that they will bring you back after 2 hours. This is one's choice how he/she wants to travel. We had a plan to spend a night in Auli and there was a huge queue for Ropeway (peak season, duh!), So we chose to take a local cab.
After reaching Auli, we realised two hours would be too less for this place to explore. This is what heaven looks like.. I guess. The serenity of the place was more than enough for us. Though, the snow was less there at that time, we were not disappointed as the government managed to produce artificial snow using artificial snow gun plant. However, the higher we went for skiing, the more natural snow we saw!
Next step for us was to reach ski resort and do some skiing since this is what Auli is famous for. That was one hell of an experience!
By evening, we booked a camp there with bonfire and some music...There was nothing more we could ask for!
And this is how our 31st December went. We woke up to 2019 with a spectacular view of the Himalayan mountain peaks. A different experience, a different new year's!