Auli is situated at a distance of 16 km from Joshimath in Chamoli district, Uttrakhand. Joshimath lies in the midway to some of the most peaceful religious destinations of India like Badrinath Dham and Hemkund Sahib. These destinations fill our heart and soul with eternal peace. These religious shrines are located at the top of the sky-touching mountains ie.e much closer to mother nature and god. Metaphorically speaking, one can receive spiritual enlightenment. Therefore, these destinations are known as “The road to heaven”.
Auli is known as ‘Bugyal’ in the regional language which means meadow. A small temple having a connection to great epic Ramayana is also present. 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 Mts (25,643 ft) in height. Even the Mt Neelkant visible. Auli lies in the way of the Badrinath route. So in winter, there is heavy snowfall in Badrinath and the temple is closed for 5–6 months. During this period the deity of Lord Badri Vishal is brought and kept in 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 of people is when Laxman, younger brother of Lord Rama got injured fighting the Rakshas in Lanka (Sri Lanka). A medic ordered that only the herb name ‘Sanjivani’ found on Sanjivani mountain in the Himalayas can save Laxman. Lord Rama ordered Hanuman the task. Hanuman flew from Lanka and during his way to Sanjivani mountain he took some rest in Auli before continuing his journey.
Best time to visit Auli
Auli is an all-year destination and if you are aiming for skiing then January to March is the best period. That’s the time for a fun, frolic, and championships and everyone is busy preparing for the event. Family members cheer up their kin for participating in the event. Noises, cheers, shrieks, yells from all corners generate a lot of heat and all join in the fun. Even the seniors don’t stay away and contribute their bit.