Perfect cure for January blues - Auli #offbeatuttarakhand

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22nd Dec 2018
Photo of Perfect cure for January blues - Auli #offbeatuttarakhand by Saloni Goyal

If there's one place in all of Uttarakhand that you just can't afford to miss, it's this one, Auli. And that's saying a lot. Auli has been on my bucket list every winter but somehow it never happened and this year it just worked out.

Surrounded by Nanda Devi, Chaukhamba , and Panchachuli , Auli is a very small Hamlet in Chamoli Dist. of Uttarakhand . It's a snowy Paradise, as I always say.

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Auli is indeed a snowy paradise.. For all the snow lovers out there, this is your place . So why wait, get up and pack your bags to this heaven.

How to reach:

By Air:

Flights to Jolly grant airport Dehradun.

By Rail:

Nearest railway station is Dehradun and Kathgodam.

Day 1

By Road:

The journey witnesses all the five prayags, and numerous turquoise blue streams flowing through the mountains.

I opted for my bookings from Delhi via trips and thrills company. The company was taking a tour of 30 travelers.Buses traversing the mountains, background music, rivers, surrounded by beautiful souls all around, each having their own story, the journey was a mad one .

The journey is around for 24 hrs.. the longest of my life.. but believe me , it's worth all.

Photo of Madhi Chauras, Naur, Uttarakhand, India by Saloni Goyal

The views in the journey are to die for. The small cottage houses of Uttarakhand with backdrop of mountains .. look straightway from a drawing book.

Photo of Karnprayag - Haridwar Road, Karnaprayag, Uttarakhand, India by Saloni Goyal
Photo of Karnaprayag, Uttarakhand, India by Saloni Goyal
Photo of Karnaprayag, Uttarakhand, India by Saloni Goyal
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Photo of National Highway 7, Paini, Uttarakhand, India by Saloni Goyal

Honestly speaking the best part of the trip was travelling with all unknown people and coming back with your souls connected and a stronger friendship bond.

Joshimath:

Walking is how you can really experience the joys of Joshimath. we reached Joshimath at around 5 p.m.. We checked in at the hotel and had quite some time in our hand to explore the town.

Narsimha Mandir

Established by Sri Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th century,this temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu ( Narsimha Avtar) in the form of half man and half lion.

Narsimha temple was a half an hour walk from our hotel. We decide to attend the evening aarti in the temple . The temple was a beauty of white.. like so stunning.. especially on full moon nights.

Photo of Narasimha Temple, Joshimath, Uttarakhand, India by Saloni Goyal

And this happened to be my personal favourite. Such a beautiful color contrast .

Photo of Narasimha Temple, Joshimath, Uttarakhand, India by Saloni Goyal

And a group photo.

Photo of Narasimha Temple, Joshimath, Uttarakhand, India by Saloni Goyal

Lower Market

Shop for blankets, woolen caps, beautiful shawls and gift items. You can also take back artifacts that will act as souvenirs of this beautiful hill station.

PS:- the pic was clicked in a lot of hurry.

Photo of National Highway 7, Joshimath Army Area, Joshimath, Uttarakhand, India by Saloni Goyal

Eat local

Auli D plaza

one of the most popular places to eat in Joshimath. try the veg and non veg thali. The non veg can just not be missed.

Photo of Auli 'D' Food Plaza, Chamoli, Uttarakhand, India by Saloni Goyal

Where to Stay

There are very few places to stay in Auli. So best option is to stay at Joshimath for one night and Auli for another.

Hotel mount view :- I must say they offer a great stay and the cook the most tastiest food in entire Joshimath and they have the best terrace views.

The valley, The views , the mornings in mountains are always amazing.

Photo of Hotel Mount View, Joshimath, Uttarakhand, India by Saloni Goyal
Day 2

The terrace offers great views of the valley from this vantage point and it's absolutely delightful.

Photo of Hotel Mount View, Joshimath, Uttarakhand, India by Saloni Goyal

I spent 2 hours for shooting morning scenes on terrace. The quintessence of the Pahari way of life, watching the sun rising in the morning, looking at the street, listening to music, having fun with friends, or just enjoying the fresh air Joshimath will never disappoint you.

was trying my hands on some clicks early morning.

Photo of Perfect cure for January blues - Auli #offbeatuttarakhand by Saloni Goyal

These 3 made my trip even more wonderful. It's always good to explore new places with new friends.

Photo of Perfect cure for January blues - Auli #offbeatuttarakhand by Saloni Goyal

more pics

It happened to be full moon night. and this was the view from our hotel terrace. pic credits : Sajid ali

Photo of Perfect cure for January blues - Auli #offbeatuttarakhand by Saloni Goyal

The craziest morning view I ever witnessed in my life. The first rays of sun approaching the mountain top. It was hell crazy. Pic credit : Sajid Ali

Photo of Perfect cure for January blues - Auli #offbeatuttarakhand by Saloni Goyal

Auli

After our morning breakfast we decided to visit Auli. There are two ways to reach Auli- one by road and another by ropeway. Do try ropeway once , The views are mesmerizing.

Ropeway

And I had the most dreamiest views from my ropeway window. The 4 kilometer ropeway is the second largest in Asia.We held our breath in the cable car, and had a wonderful ride with the clouds.

It passes numerous huts, forests , sky touching oak and pine trees .

PS:- Try to reach the Ropeway ticket counter as early as possible ( to avoid the long queues) .

View from my ropeway window.. I wish i wake up every morning to such views.

Photo of Ropeway To Auli, Trail To Ropeway, Joshimath, Uttarakhand, India by Saloni Goyal

And as we progressed , there was a transition to sudden snow.

Photo of Ropeway To Auli, Trail To Ropeway, Joshimath, Uttarakhand, India by Saloni Goyal

Snowy beginnings to Auli...

Photo of Ropeway To Auli, Trail To Ropeway, Joshimath, Uttarakhand, India by Saloni Goyal

Auli from Ropeway ( from above).

Photo of Auli, Uttarakhand, India by Saloni Goyal

Auli pics:

I found the perfect prop down on soil to complete my views.

Photo of Perfect cure for January blues - Auli #offbeatuttarakhand by Saloni Goyal

The immediate views you come across , as soon as you come out of ropeway landing area.

Photo of Perfect cure for January blues - Auli #offbeatuttarakhand by Saloni Goyal
Photo of Perfect cure for January blues - Auli #offbeatuttarakhand by Saloni Goyal

And of course Auli had my heart.

Photo of Perfect cure for January blues - Auli #offbeatuttarakhand by Saloni Goyal

Maggie in mountains tastes better rather tastiest than other places.

Photo of Perfect cure for January blues - Auli #offbeatuttarakhand by Saloni Goyal

Skiing in Auli

This popular ski destination in the Gharwal Himalayas also has packages for ski . The GMVN conducts 7 day non certificate courses that are priced at Rs 10610/-.

Gorson Bugyal Trek

If you really want to kick back, you could just go to Gorson Bugyal trek. Now this was something I was most excited for. It's a 3-4 hr trek .But not all walks are grueling.

Photo of Auli Laga Salude, Uttarakhand, India by Saloni Goyal

PS: Try hiring a local guide there.The routes of trek are very much confusing.

Strolling through oak and coniferous trees and Hiking around the slope of Gorson Bugyal reveals the best views of Himalayas. The major attraction of this place is the tranquil oak trees forming a lovely canopy. You will feel further from the city. It's so unexpected suddenly come across postcard views.

Trekking through these forests, The sun shining the glass snow below.. it was amazing.

Photo of Perfect cure for January blues - Auli #offbeatuttarakhand by Saloni Goyal
Photo of Perfect cure for January blues - Auli #offbeatuttarakhand by Saloni Goyal

There's a small temple after 30 min of walk. You will find these red flags there.

Photo of Perfect cure for January blues - Auli #offbeatuttarakhand by Saloni Goyal

When the peak is not far away.

Photo of Perfect cure for January blues - Auli #offbeatuttarakhand by Saloni Goyal

The rays of happiness.

Photo of Perfect cure for January blues - Auli #offbeatuttarakhand by Saloni Goyal

Explore the untouched mountain terrain and feel air on your skin, as the beautiful 180 degree view of Himalayan peaks astonish you.

The mountain top is a mesmerizing treat for the eyes.

Photo of Perfect cure for January blues - Auli #offbeatuttarakhand by Saloni Goyal

Faiz and me had the same feeling of Yeh jawani hai dewaani types.

Photo of Perfect cure for January blues - Auli #offbeatuttarakhand by Saloni Goyal

snowy showers.

Photo of Auli Laga Salude, Uttarakhand, India by Saloni Goyal

Where to stay

There are only two places which offer stay in Auli - The Royal village ( private stay ) and GMVN( government run).

Back to Joshimath

a night to celebrate ... it happened to be Christmas the other day.

Photo of Joshimath, Uttarakhand, India by Saloni Goyal

madness , food , music.

Photo of Joshimath, Uttarakhand, India by Saloni Goyal
Photo of Joshimath, Uttarakhand, India by Saloni Goyal
Photo of Joshimath, Uttarakhand, India by Saloni Goyal
Day 3

Journey Back

And then , it was the time to bid adieu to this place.

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Photo of Chopta Pokhari Road, Belani, Rudraprayag, Uttarakhand, India by Saloni Goyal

Rudraprayag is the confluence of rivers Alaknanda and Mandakini.

Photo of National Highway 7, Rudraprayag, Uttarakhand, India by Saloni Goyal
Photo of Rudraprayag, Uttarakhand, India by Saloni Goyal

This is a very bad click. but this place- Devprayag marks the confluence of rivers Alaknanda and Bhagirathi , which then takes the name Ganga.

Photo of Devprayag, Uttarakhand, India by Saloni Goyal
Day 4

Early morning stops at Barla for some Kullhad chai. PS:- If you happen to cross through this place, the masala chai here is a must try.

Photo of NH334, Barla, Uttar Pradesh, India by Saloni Goyal

And then ,back to delhi , with hearts , and mind full of memories .

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