Skiing in Auli

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#1 Sep 25th, 2003, 21:22
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I've done a bit of research, and it appears that it is ridiculously cheap to go skiing at Auli - some web pages are quoting $100 for either 1 week or 2 weeks inclusive of accom etc.
Has anyone been skiing here - or maybe fancy a month long ski-bum trip in January?
I'd like to know if its possible to buy or hire decent clothing, skis, and an idea of prices for the lifts. How about snowboards?
Maybe you know this info for another resort in india?

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#2 Oct 1st, 2003, 18:48
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Yeah, i'd really love some information on this too, though I wouldn't have as much time to spare - but at those prices, the snow looks irresitable. Could you PM me those websites? Thanks!!

I've seen a picture of an Indian ski.. um.. resort that has a gondola, but i dont think it was Auli.
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Anth - I haven't got the info to hand - I was just doing Yahoo searches for skiing in India and suchlike. If you're heading over that way in Jan or Feb, then give me a shout, and we'll bash some pistes!
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Auli was going to be India's answer to those swish Ski places abroad. In fact, the lifts etc were touted to be of European Standards. However with the global warming etc, the snow conditions ain't that good. So, they have had to kind of 'pack-the ice' to make a trail good enough to host the ski championships.

If you are hardcore Skier - maynot this is NOT what you are looking for. However DO GO to Auli, as it has probably one of the most beautiful location - you can a number of high mountain peaks including Nanda Devi, Hathi parbat etc...you can will get to see the most beautiful panorama of Himalayan beauties!

Search for GMVN - the Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam - they own everything there and run courses which are MUCH cheaper. You can write to them for more details.

If interested in Heli-SKiing, look for 'World Expeditions' for more info.
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Route :
Delhi - Hardwar (200kms/6hr - By Bus : Rs. 150)
Hardwar - Joshimath (276kms/9hr - By Bus : Rs. 200)
Joshimath - Auli (By Ropeway @ Rs. 300)
Auli - Accommodation at TRH : Rs. 1000/- Dlx. Hut, Rs. 150/- Dorm)
Equipments : Rs. 350/- Per Day
Instructor : Rs. 500/- Per Day

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Here's the GMVN website: http://www.gmvnl.com/ . And this is where you can book a ski programme:
http://www.gmvnl.com/courseprogramme.html#skiing

I'm planning on visiting too... probably sometime early Jan. Anyone else has had a skiiing expereince at Auli?
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road trip to auli

i'm planning to go to auli in jan for a week, has any one driven to auli from either delhi or agra? how are the road conditions in uttranchal, i'm planning to drive from nagpur(maharashtra). how are the gmvnl cottages in auli.
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There is a great Bombay based group called Explorers run by a guy called Alok. i went with them to Auli and was an amazing trip. They take care of transfers, meals (take a cook), acco, the works. Even tho the slopes are not outstanding this is prob the cheapest place in the world to learn skiing.
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auli

anyone goin to auli in first week of january
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Bring your own gear.....

....and a month long there may be 25 days too long....pretty mellow slopes and the trip from Josimath to Auli can be tough as the road is rough
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I was in Auli last month. It's a white elephant around the neck of the govt. It's run down, and service is shoddy. The restaurant is terrible. The road is a grind. Many things don't work there, including the heating much of the time. Still, nice views. It boils down to this- Don't visit Ma India for the skiing!
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Went for a week for sking in Auli last Feb. It was good. Weel it costs just 4200 Rupees for the whole course including food, lodging, acco, equipments and training. At this price, I couldnt have expected a 5* facility. It was good.. Food was decent... Didnt find anything unhygienic. Even the acco was clean and confortable. Equipments were not bad and instructors were very helpful..

for info, check www.gmvnl.com

If u want to throw money then you can stay with the Cliffton resorts right near the skiing slopes.. Be Ready to spend Rs 2000/day only for acco.
#13 Jan 13th, 2005, 17:38
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I went there november end. I have every damn detail and I think the place sucks, if you are not prepared. What does that mean?.

1) There is only one easy way to reach Auli from Joshimath. Take the cable car. That costs 200Rs per ride. I took my family of 5 people and had to pay 1000Rs per ride.

There is the option of road. The road is horrible. It requires four wheel drive of the highest quality. In India, we take our small cars on absolutely horrible roads but this was just too much. If you hire a jeep for one or two ride the price is more than the cable car.

I spoke to the local officials and I realised the reason. They have spend more than 20 crores on the cable car and its running on loss. If they turn the road into a good one, nobody will take the cable car. So, there is no road.

2) The moment you are in Auli, you are in a jail. It is inside the Nandadevi forest reserve. If you want to venture out of the hotel , you need to get a permit.
You can only walk back to Joshimath which is boring , more than once.

3) I stayed at the clifftop and they suck. The service is horrible. We had time share resorts and payed close to 4000Rs per day and the service sucked. We had a family suite. They gave one heater for two rooms. One good bed and one make shift bed.
However, The kitchen was well equipped and they provide any vegetables etc at a good price. Overall, it was a joke for the price they charge. Ofcourse, you get hot water for just 2 hours in the morning and no more. Proximity to Nandadevi biosphere is the reason.

4) I checked out the GMVN, the only other place to stay. It looks decent. The folks were polite and simple. The place looked neat and the guy claimed it was centralized heating, which clifftop wasn't. For 4000Rs, you get skiiing, equipments, good instructors, unlimited use of skii lift, food and accomodation. That is cheap. I hear its decent. You need to book through KMVN tourism in Connaught place ,Delhi.

5) When you are in Auli, you are in Jail. You can't get out until your trip is over.
The only thing to do is skiing. So, don't even think of going there when there is no snow. Jan and Feb , the only time to go. I went in November and I just sat inside my room watching TV. They wouldn't give me permits as there were not enough people or no guides or some such thing. I couldn't come back to Joshimath too often because, it costs 1000Rs per trip.

If you are dead set on skiing, then this is the only place in India. It has a good skii lift and more than enough snow for amateurs. Be prepared to skii all day and all week.
If skiing is not your main aim, don't go there. And stay at GMVN. Clifftop is not worth for the price and you may not be allowed to use the skiilift as it belongs to GMVN.

We drove from Delhi. The road at some parts around Srinagar is bad. Over all its ok.
The only good place to stay after Rishikesh is in Rudraprayag. There is a very beautiful hotel right on the 'highway'. You have to stay here because it is so good. And the rest of the places between Rishikesh and Joshimath suck. They are not worth staying for any family.

Start early morning from Delhi. Break at Rudraprayag. Remember, only for the compulsive skiier.
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Auli ..

I would just partially agree with Kaushik. I was there last Feb but I stayed with GMVN. Things are not that bad as kaushik says..

I would clarify the following things :

1. U can some 300 bucks and use the ropeway for return also. The views from ropeway are worth the cost. Some ppl may just hitch the army truck going to Auli from Joshimath and make it free of cost.

2. U cant be jailed in Auli. Nothing should stop you from going around. I trekked to a nearby frozen lake and to Gorson top from where u have excellant view of Nanda Devi and Kuari pass. There is small village around 3 kms downhill where u can buy some authentic woolens.

3. Cant comment abt Clifftop. I avoided that place.

4. agree abt GMVN. You can book the course through the GMVN office at chandralok building in CP. Each of the dorms had a geyser. So, heat water and use it..

5. Dont understand what jailed Kaushik? I had some of the wonderful evening walks in Auli to nearby huts.. a sadhu baba.. to that Nepali guys who sells good Momo... to the army trainning institute.

There may be problem with telephone lines. There is one single line between Auli and Joshimath. But if you have a mobile with BSNL connection, it works even at that height of 3000m. I made cals to bangalore from one of those prepaid mobiles.
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Jyotipg is right. I wanted to trek up to Garson by myself but the guys at clifftop kept telling me that I need a permit and possible himalayan bears etc. Since, I was with my parents I didn't take chances. However, I think you can do a little trekking near by. If you go to Garson the trek is absolutely beautiful. I tried to find a guide but the guids didn't seem to think of it as very lucrative for a small group in offseason. Most of them are skiiing instructors who make enormous money in the skiing season.

The 'jailed' feeling was because we were five people and 1500Rs (300 * 5) for Ropeway was quiet steep. You can get a lift from Army trucks if you stay at GMVN. I stayed at clifftop and had to come down near the army school not knowing when a truck would pass. So, its a dead place in the non-skii season and the place where clifftop is located is not all that good as it is made out to be. GMVN is good and has lot of trees relatively near by. Clifftop on the other hand is far away from vegitation of any sort and when there is no snow in the meadow it looks dry and boring for one week stay.
If you go in winters with snow all around it should look better.

Also, the entire stretch from DevPrayag to Auli is absolutely uninteresting mountains. It is a wierd statement to make about mountains like himalayas. But if you are pro traveller in himalayas you would see that those parts of Garwhal are very dry and uninspiring. The rivers ofcourse are good.
This para is subjective but 3 or 4 others I spoke to agreed with me.
(The only parts of Garwhal I like are the area beyond Uttarkashi and Chakrata forests. I haven't been to Kedarnath but Badrinath route was nothing special. )

You should not go at any month other than Jan & Feb. You are wasting your time and you will be bored to death. The only thing you can do in non-snowy months is trek in nandadevi biosphere and for that you don't need to stay or even go to Auli.
Even if you go in Jan&Feb, I think you should stay at GMVN. If you stay at Clifftop take a four wheel drive for mobility.

Conclusion - If you are really interested in learning skiing, Auli is the only place in India and cheapest in the world by miles. Skiing is ridiculously cheap and the facilities seemed great. However, you may not be able to do anything else there. Just skiing, skiing, skiing.
For leisure walks, GMVN would be a better place to stay and has almost (but not quiet) as good a view of Nandadevi and Nandadevi view is great atleast for a couple of days when you first reach there and drink in the view.

There are two things you shouldn't do, don't go there in any month other than Jan&Feb. Don't stay at clifftop. I did both of these.

PS : It would be good if jyotipg can clarify about the permit. Are we allowed to venture out towards Garson and stay in tents etc?. Or do we need a permit. I was told that we need a permit and the guides were 'tough' to get as I explained above.
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