Honeymooning in Auli
Leaving on a honeymoon is not just about going to a popular and glamorous location and doing a whistle-stop recce of the sightseeing attractions. Since you won't get a second chance to celebrate your honeymoon, why follow the beaten track by opting for a commonplace locale? Honeymoon is the opportune period not only to get acquainted with each other intimately but also the time to enjoy the trip to the fullest without any reservations.
If you want to escape to a spot that is not only scenic and enchanting but offers you exclusiveness and solitude, then plan your post-wedding trip around Auli-a revered pilgrimage site and also a world famous ski resort. There are many good reasons why you should opt for Auli as your honeymooning destination.
It offers you magnificent vistas of the snow-clad Himalayas throughout the year. You get to ski on some of the most scenic and natural slopes. You get wide and sweeping views of the landscape all around when you take a trip on the highest rope-way in Asia that spans from Joshimath to Auli. You have the option of participating in several snow-centric sports. You have the opportunity to visit numerous splendid sightseeing attractions in the vicinity of Auli. If you want to feel the nip in the air, if you want the frosty mountain air to rustle up your mane, and if you want to get a kick out of throwing snow balls at your heartthrob, then you'll simply find Auli irresistible.
Auli is a hill-station and a trendy ski resort located in Chamoli district in the state of Uttarakhand. Auli is situated very close to Joshimath, a pilgrimage centre founded by Adi Shankaracharya. If you're visiting Badrinath, you'll find Auli on the way.
Getting to Auli
You can take a connecting flight to Jolly Grant Airport (Dehradun) from Delhi and head to Joshimath via Haridwar and/or Rishikesh. It takes about half an hour to 45 minutes to reach Auli by taxi or private transport. You can also take a train to Dehradun, Haridwar or Rishikesh from Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai and other cities and towns and proceed to Auli as mentioned above. A railway trip is recommended for newlyweds as they'll be able to witness a major part of the vast and diverse landscape of India.
Ideal Time to Visit
Auli is ideal for visiting at any time of the year as the climate remains cool throughout. However if you have a penchant for chilly climes, then you should be in Auli between November and February. The ideal period to visit Auli is between November and March.
What to Carry
- Woollen Clothes
- Dark glasses/Goggles
- Travel Documents
- Travel Insurance Papers
- Essential Medicines
- Antibacterial wipes
- List of important phone numbers and addresses
Where to Stay
Auli shot to prominence after the state of Uttarakhand was carved out of Uttar Pradesh as the skiing centre was marketing aggressively as a tourist attraction. Many hotels and resorts have mushroomed in the area since then. You can make reservations for staying in an accommodation that suits your tastes and budget. Clifftop Club is one luxury accommodation you can choose to put up at. You'll get fantastic views of the highest artificial lake in the world right from your hotel room.
Things to Do
As a honeymooning couple, you'll find a range of activities to indulge yourself in. You can test your nerves by going for kayaking, river rafting, paragliding, snorkelling and skiing in the natural slopes in and around Auli.
You can catch breathtaking views of the majestic Himalayan peaks of Nanda Devi, Mana Parbat, Dunagiri, and Kamet from the Auli slope or Auli Bugyal. Head to the Valley of Flowers (en route to Badrinath) and hug your better half amidst a meadow ablaze with different varieties of mountain flowers in full bloom. Touch down on popular honeymoon spots of Gurso Bugyal, Hot Spring Point, Chenab Lake, Chattrakund, and Kwani Bugyal. Visit the pilgrimage spots of Badrinath, Rudraprayag, Narsimha Temple, Nandaprayag, and Joshimath to seek blessings for a long and blissful conjugal life.
Before you round up your trip, do not forget to pick up shawls, blankets, souvenirs, lucky charms, and handcrafted items made by the local craftsmen.