Auli, the place blessed by snow is too good to be put in words. The place is known for skiing more than anything else. It comes in Chamoli district of Uttaranchal district and at a height of nearly 3000 meters with a vertical drop of 500 meters. 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 excursions nearby. One can just stay in Auli, enjoy the skiing and contemplate the surroundings.
Valley of Flowers National Park is an Indian title "National park of India national park, Nestled high in West Himalaya, is renowned for its meadows of endemic alpine flowers and outstanding natural beauty. The gentle landscape of the Valley of Flowers National Park complements the rugged mountain wilderness of Nanda Devi National Park. Together they encompass a unique transition zone between the mountain ranges of the Zanskar and Great Himalaya. The park stretches over an expanse of 87.50 km.The Valley of Flowers is an outstandingly beautiful high-altitude Himalayan valley that has been acknowledged as such by renowned mountaineers and botanists in literature for over a century and in Hindu mythology for much longer. Valley was declared a national park in 1982, and now it is a World Heritage Site. A number of plant species are internationally threatened, several have not been recorded from elsewhere in Uttarakhand and two have not been recorded in Nanda Devi National Park. The diversity of threatened species of medicinal plants is higher than has been recorded in other Indian Himalayan protected areas.
The holy town of the Hindus, Badrinath is situated in the Chamoli district in Uttarakhand. From among India's Char Dham pilgrimage sites, this one is the most important of all. The major pilgrimage site of the Hindus, Badrinath was established by Adi Shankara in the 9th century. This place has found its mention in the scriptures and legends for many years now. Its importance as a holy place has been imbibed in us from the childhood. The name Badrinath was derived from Badri meaning 'berries' and Nath which meant 'Lord of'.
The high altitude Lokpal lake, known as Hemkund ( 4329 mts.) liesin heavenly environs. A steep trek from Ghangharia leads one to this spot in about four to six hours. Encircled by seven snow clad peaks and their associated glaciers, it reflects its surroundings enchantingly on its crystal clear serene waters. The glaciers from Hathi Parvat and Saptrishi peaks feed the lake and a small stream called Himganga flows out of this lake.
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 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, it is just the kind of place where you can spend an entire day admiring the beauty and return to Auli then
It is one of the five badri shrines in the region. 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.