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Auli – The Mountain keeps Calling

Auli – The Mountain keeps Calling

Auli – The Mountain keeps Calling

Before visiting this place me and my husband were like no more going to Uttarakhand as our journey towards Nainital month before via all the UP touch was not so wow. We being travel enthusiast decided let’s forget the past and explore Auli which has a different route via Haridwar and Rishikesh. Me being this tourist from Nepal unaware about any of this destination was very happy to tick few more places on my travel diaries decided to let us do it and that’s how we started out New Year 2019’s long weekend road trip from Noida to Auli.

As we left Noida after 5 PM (after finishing our jobs) we were instructed by Google to take a shortcut which landed us in a bumpy car ride. Soon after the shortcut, we reached the upper Ganga Canal road from where the real road trip began. We reached Haridwar around 10 Pm where we took our first overnight stay. The next day after breakfast we started our drive towards Auli, the roads were under constructed so we were forced few stops in between, and since it gets darker soon in the mountains we decided to take meal breaks only when we were super hungry. We reached Auli around 9 Pm after few meal breaks, it was dark already so we decided to leave the exploration for the next day and sleep.

The next morning was magical as we woke up to the view in the below picture,

We being Ski and Snowboard enthusiast decide we shall search for snow and ride the mountain even though we had to hike for more than 2 hours. We called our guide Mayank around 8 am and were ready to hike with our snowboard and backpack. As the chairlift was open we took the chairlift and then proceeded our hike towards Gorsan village where we hoped we could find snow. After we reached the village we were a bit disappointed as the snow was not as expected. We then hiked downhill reached our hotel and explored the local village. The next day we decided let’s aim for the peak and ski down the peak so we left early morning with our guide and few more hiking enthusiast. As we were a team of 6 now and only 3 were interested to go to the peak after 4 hours trek, we decided to split up. Meanwhile, my other 3 were climbing the Gorsan mountain me and my other left out partners decided to enjoy the view sit back and relax for 2 hours. After our team of 3 came back we hiked back to our hotel. The next day we had to say goodbye to Auli and drive back to Noida but after spending these 3 days here with the locals, far from the noise of our city, we had left some parts of our hearts here.

After New Year’s trip, we went back to Auli again on February, this time it was snowing more than we expected. We decide to explore Joshimath so we stayed in Joshimath. We went for a week this time, ¬†after breakfast at our hotel we used to take the Gondola ride to Auli and ski all day long. At the end of our trip, we realised that this place has so much to offer, every time we visit here there is something new to explore, some amazing souls we meet at the mountain share our stories learn something and come back home filled with joy.

Maybe it’s the mountain that keeps calling us, we went back on March too and came back with more love towards the place.

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