Auli is an important ski destination in the Himalayan mountains of Uttarakhand,India. Auli is also known as a ‘bugyal’ in the regional language which means meadow. Some experts consider Auli to be one of the best ski resorts in the World. Auli is less known ski destination than Shimla, Gulmarg or Manali. It was only in the recent time, after the creation of the state of Uttarakhand (formerly Uttaranchal) carved out from Uttar Pradesh, Auli was marketed as a tourist destination. The state is called “Dev Bhoomi” which means”Land of Gods” as there are important pilgrimage destination in this state mainly the ‘Char Dham’ (Gangotri-Yamunotri-Kedarnath-Badrinath). Auli lies on the way to Badrinath.
Auli is blessed with a breathtaking panoramic view of the lofty peaks of the greatest mountain range in the world, the Himalayas. The slopes here provide enough thrill to professional skier and novice as well. The Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam Limited (GMVNL) a govt agency which takes care of this resort have imported snow beater to maintain slopes. Auli also boasts theAsia’s longest – 4 km – cable car (Gondola) unfortunately which is not operational now due to maintenance issues. It also has a Chair Lift and a Ski-Lift. Apart from Skiing there is an interesting trek route also. There is a training facility of Indo-Tibetan Border Police. A small temple havingconnection to great epic Ramayana is also present.