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Happy Holidays – Auli

Auli is a snow covered hill station located at an altitude of 2-3 thousand metres above sea level, providing a very beautiful view of Mt Nanda Devi Kamet, Mana Parwat, Dunagiri, Beethartoli, Nilkanth, Hathi Parbat, Ghori Parbat and Nar Parbat, is an ideal place for Skiing, covered with evergreen conifers and oak forest. The snow dressed slopes of Auli which once offered the training grounds for the Paramilitary forces was adjudged by the French and Austrian experts who compared it with the best skiing grounds of the world, and rated it as one of the best. In summer season, hikers may find numerous marked walks and there also are mountain bike trails. Gorson Reserve forest which is part of the Nanda Devi National Park is habituated by some of the widely rare Himalayan wildlife in ample. These include snow Leopard, Musk Deer, Wild Boar, Wild Cat, Wild Rabbit, Jackal, Fox, Hyena and Bear. The place Auli is surrounded by the mighty peaks of Himalayas. Most of them have some name of goddess or some mythological connection. The one that stands out is beautiful Mt Nanda Devi which stands 7,817 m (25,643 ft) in height. Even Mt Neelkanth is visible. Auli lies in the way of the Badrinath route. So in winter when there is a heavy snowfall in Badrinath and the temple is closed for 5–6 months, the deity of Lord Badri Vishal is brought and kept in a temple at Joshimath. This is a golden chance for Hindus and not to be missed. In Auli there is a small Hanuman temple having some connection to Ramayana. The belief is when Laxman, younger brother of Lord Rama got injured fighting the Rakshas in Lanka (Sri Lanka), a medic ordered that only the herb named ‘Sanjivani’ found on Sanjivani mountain in Himalayas could save Laxman. So Hanuman flew from Lanka towards Sanjivani mountain; enroute he took some rest in Auli before continuing his journey. Auli is a picturesque destination where impeccable natural vistas of mighty peaks are studded with huge mountainous trees creating fabulous scenery that compels compulsive travellers to set on Auli Tours repeatedly. Auli is also known as a ski destination. The slopes here provide enough thrill to a professional skier and novice as well. The Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam Limited (GMVNL) have imported snow beater to maintain slopes.

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