Auli, the place blessed by snow is too good to be put in words. The Auli palce is known for skiing more than anything else. It comes in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand district and at a height of nearly 3000 metres with a vertical drop of 500 metres. While skiing might be more a popular reason for coming to Auli, the place is not devoid of other tourist attractions. Auli is the kind of place where pleasure and adventure, wild beauty and slopes of snow field, nature's beauty in its best form comes alive. What makes a trip to Auli so fulfilling and interesting is the fact that the place is flanked by some interesting places to visit in Auli and nearby.
The city is known for its pleasant climate and provides a gateway to the popular hill stations like Nainital, Mussoorie etc. and pilgrim sites like Haridwar and Rishikesh. The city receives high amounts of rain during the monsoon season and get really cold during the winters
It is just three kilometres from Auli. Gurso is a huge beautiful meadow spread out and blessed with picture like beauty by nature. The place has mixed forest type, oak and conifer, and is 3056 metres above the sea level. One of the best way to come here is via ropeway. It is just 1.5 kilometres from the last tower of ropeway. Come here enjoying the breathtaking beauty of the snowfields lined with forests of oak and conifer. The place rests in peace and calmness as it is devoid of any commercial activity.
While on trip to Gurso Bugyal, just a kilometre ahead is Chattrakund which you can easily include in your trip. In the centre of jungle is this sweet water lake called Chattrakund, the lake is small yet the view of a small beautiful lake is like a scene out fairy tale.The lake is surrounded by thick, lush green forests. These are the tall thick trees of Pine, Oak, and Deodar. To reach this lake, you will have to trek about four kilometers from Auli. This trek is an easy one, away from other crowded slopes of Auli.
Twelve kilometres from Gurso, is another beautiful meadow, Kwani bugyal. The place is at a height of 3350 meters and is quite popular with trekkers. The best time to be here is in June and September. Nanda Devi hotel in Joshimath organises camps here with all the facilities of cooks, guides, camping equipment here. In summers, it is like one big camp going on here as trekkers from all over camp here.
To come here, one has to pass through the last village in Joshimath, i.e. Dang Village. The road is quite tough hence the place does not see much of tourists, but it is undoubtedly a beautiful spot.Chenab Lake is located in the Dang Village, which is the last village of Joshimath. Travellers need to walk through an unpaved path, in order to reach this beautiful lake.The Chenab valley trek is one of the lesser known trekking trails of the Gharwali Himalayas.
This is another 12 kilometres from Joshimath and 10 kilometers from village Helang. There is a cave by the name of Kalpeshwar here in this beautiful valley which people come to visit Kalpeshwar is located in Urgam valley of Himalayan Garhwal region of Uttrakhand, India. It is fifth temple of Panch Kedar. This is a famous temple of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva s Jatas (hair) are worshiped here in divine formKalpeshwar is located in the Urgam Valley at an altitude of 2,200 m (7,217.8 ft) of Himalayan Range which is nearby Urgam Village. On the way from Helang to Kalpeshwar you can see the beautiful Alaknanda and Kalpganga rivers all along the way.In Kalpeshwar Temple.
Bhavishya Badri is worshipped here at three kilometres from Tapovan. It is an on foot journey, in the middle of the dense deodar forest to the shrine of Bhavishya Badri. It is said that there will be a time in future when the shrine of Badrinath will get inaccessible because of the harsh climate, the snow, then Bhavishya Badri will be worshipped as the shrine of Badrinath, Bhavishya meaning future.This devastating landslide will occur when the right arm of the statue of Narasimha currently situated in Joshimath detaches from its body. Then, Badrinath will appear at the Bhavishya Badri temple and be worshipped here, instead of the Badrinath shrine.