Visiting India this year-end? Head to these lesser-known destinations to discover the flora and fauna of the season
10/31/2014 12:54:15 PM
|written By : Nithya Subramanian|
Skiing In Auli
One has heard of Shimla, Manali or Gulmarg as popular skiing destinations, but Auli is now gaining popularity. Located amidst the mighty Himalayas in Uttarakhand, at 9,500-10,000 sq ft above sea level, the place has some excellent snowy slopes and is equipped with some of the best facilities.
There are a good range of budget and deluxe hotels available for tourists to stay. Here you can take skiing courses with professional instructors.
While getting to Auli may be a challenge, you will have to drive up from Rishikesh, Haridwar and Dehradun as there is no direct rail or air connectivity, the 4 km long cable ride more than makes up for the tedious journey.
For those who are not interested in skiing but prefer trekking, you can go on trails that will take you through mountains, hot springs and ancient temples. Trekkers will be rewarded with magnificent views of taller Himalayan peaks - Nanda Devi, Kamet, Mana Parvat, Chhang Bhang, Lampak, Dunagiri and snow covered beautiful alpine forests dominated by Golden Oaks, Pines, and Rhododendron trees.
You can also visit a training facility of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police and pray at a small temple associated with the great epic, The Ramayana.
Though there might be heavy snowfall in winter, the best time to ski is from the first week of January to March. Thus Auli proves to be a perfect combination of a sightseeing tour and an adventure trip.