February 8, 2021

Auli with Raksha Rao


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This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Raksha Rao from the blog The Roving Heart!

Today's destination: Auli, Uttarakhand!

Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport (DED)

Nearest Railway Station: Rishikesh Railway Station (RKSH)

Prerequisites - Make sure to have reservations where necessary, specially if you are planning on taking skiing lessons!

Packing - Pack warm clothes and winter wear. 

Time of the year - Round the year!

Length of the itinerary: 6-8 days

Itinerary Highlights:
- Raksha starts off from Rishikesh, please save enough time as the journey from Rishikesh to Auli can take the full day and roads are usually closed after sun down.
- Raksha shares her experience learning skiing in Auli, one of the premier skiing destinations in India. The course can be 1-2 weeks long depending on the option, available by both government and private players. Options for skiing include both tandem as well as solo courses. Auli and Dehradun have also been hosts for the first South Asian Winter games in the past.
- While you are taking skiing classes, make sure to take a ride on the second longest cable car in India that is almost 4kms long and lasts for about half an hour. There is also the man made lake that is one of the attractions of the region.
- While skiing is the main attraction of Auli, there are several other options for some wonderful treks and hikes. Raksha shares her experience doing the Kuari Pass trek that can be done in summer or winters. 
- The trek gives you stunning views of the surrounding giants like Mana Parbat, Nanda Devi, Dronagriri, Nilkanth, Beethartoli, Ghori Parbat and Hathi Parbat. 
- Other popular treks around the region include The Valley of Flowers, Gorson bugyal trek, Hemkund Sahib trek, Tali top, Tapovan among others.
- Apart from treks, Auli is also in close proximity to a number of holy sites and pilgrimage centres like the Char Dham, Hemkund Sahib, Prayags among others. There is also a popular Hanuman temple that has links to the Hindu epic of Ramayan.
- Finally Auli is also home to one of Adi Shankaracharya's first Math as well as the 2500 year old Mulberry tree below which he meditated. All in all, a great destination for a week long itinerary!


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