Located at an altitude of 1875 meters, Joshimath is the place where Adi Shankaracharya, the 8th century religious reformer, attained enlightenment, and it is here that he set up the first ever Math or centre of learning before establishing the Badrinath shrine and three more Maths in different corners of the country. The town is also the seat of the Badrinath shrine during the winter months, and it is worshiped at the beautiful and ancient Narsingha temple here.
Its proximity to Badrinath, Auli and Niti valley makes Joshimath an important tourist destination – and the combination of spiritualism and adventure that it offers visitors makes it an exciting place at any time of the year.
Auli is located at an altitude of about 3050 metres above sea level. Offering a panoramic view of Mt. Nanda Devi Kamet, Mana Parwat, Dunagiri, Beethartoli, Nilkanth, Hathi Parbat, Ghori Parbat and Nar Parbat, it is an ideal place for skiing, covered with evergreen conifers and oak forest. The potential of snow dressed slopes of Auli, once the training grounds for the Paramilitary forces, was adjudged by the French and Austrian experts who compared it with the best skiing grounds of the world, and rated it as one of the best.
In summers Hikers/ Trekkers will find numerous marked walks and there are also mountain bike trails. At the backdrop of the resort lies the famous high altitude Gorson Reserve Forest (part of Nanda Devi National Park) richly habitated by rare Himalayan wildlife including Snow Leopard, Musk Deer, Wild Boar, Wild Cat, Wild Rabbit, Jackal, Fox, Hyena and Beer. There are various scenic locations around.
Auli is a promising ski spot, a perfect adventure place with breathtaking view of snow-capped peaks all around you.