Uttrakhand Itinerary: Auli and Mussoorie from Dehradun in 5 Days

Travel Date: (27th Dec 2020 - 31st Dec 2020)

Before you read entire itinerary, consider below points to plan in a better way:

  • This 5 days itinerary starts  and ends in Dehradun, Capital City of Uttrakhand.
  • You will need to book a cab or rent a self drive car according to your preference. 
Best way to commute from Joshimath to Auli
Distance from Joshimath to Auli is 11 kilometers. You can take your rented cab or car to Auli but during snowfall, road gets blocked and ropeway is the only option left to reach Auli. This ropeway is the Asia's second largest ropeway after Gulmarg and offers fascinating views. But sometimes it becomes challenging to get tickets for ropeway. You will get it easily if you have an advance booking at hotel or homestay in Auli  but if you don't have that, chances of getting a confirmed ropeway ticket depends upon the availability. 
I stayed in a homestay close to Auli on a Joshimath-Auli road and used my cab to reach there.
Best time to go to Auli and Massoorie
The best time to visit both the places is from March to May and from September to November as weather remains quite pleasant during this time. Although, if you want to witness the chilling weather with snowfall , you can go in Winters as well. In fact, Auli is known as SKII resort of Uttrakhand. Avoid during monsoon as the roadways get highly affected due to heavy rainfall and landslide.
Dehradun to Auli(Day 1)
I took the cab from Dehradun Airport and started my journey towards Auli. Distance from Dehradun to Auli is close to 300 kilometers but it took me 12 hours to complete the journey. Road construction is in progress and there was heavy traffic. It is going to remain the same for at least next  2 years and hence I suggest to break this itinerary  in 2 days. Visit Rishikesh and spend a night at Rudraprayag. 
The highlight of the first day was river Ganga. As soon as I reached Rishikesh, I was tempted seeing Lakhman Jhula and wanted to spend some time on the bank of river Ganga. You will get many spots on the way to Rudraprayag and can pick any. 
Trek to Gurson Bugyal Peak(Day 2)
I started by walking from my homestay to Auli  GMVN(Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam) hotel where my trek guide was supposed to meet me. Earlier I was planning to take a chair lift service to reach  Tower 10 but it was closed due to lunch break. It was a bright sunny day when I started trekking towards Auli artificial lake which is at Tower 10 but as soon as I reached there, sun was filled with clouds. Tower 10 is the SKII point in Auli and Auli artificial lake is used to feed snow guns to offer a good surface for skiing.
Gurson Bugyal is only 3-4 kilometers away from Auli lake and as I moved ahead , I was enjoying my time walking into woods and then towards the Gurson peak where it started snowing and the weather got quite chilled. It felt weather was changing  every passing minute.
Gurson Bugyal and SKII is a one day activity in Auli.
Most of the people visit Auli for one day but I am glad I stayed there three nights and discovered new views of the villages near by.
Exploring near by places(Day 3)
It was a relaxing day. I woke to this wonderful view and visited the near by farm area. 
 In the evening time, I went on a walk to village Parsari and spent some soothing time there. There are multiple points which you can explore while hiking.

Add this day in your itinerary only when you are open for  experiences other than just considering it as a place covered with snow.
Where to stay in Auli
You can either stay at Joshimath or Auli but I would recommend you to stay in Auli if you wish to live like locals. I spent my days there at a homestay which was a great experience. Click on the below tab to check more details about the homestay.

Auli to Mussoorie(Day 4)
It was again  a tiring day as the total travel time from Auli to Massoorie was 9 hours, however, I was awestruck by the views.
 I spent my evening on the mall road and what surprised me was the winter line and sunset. Winter line can be seen from the high altitudes in the winter dusks.
Explore Mussoorie(Day 5)
There are numerous spots to see in Massoorie. I would suggest to select places as per your choice. 
Lal Tibba Scenic Point/ Gun Hill Point/ Clouds End/ George Everest's House: Visit these places for watching the sun go up and down between the mountains in the azure sky.
Kempty Falls: It is a popular picnic attraction. 
Mall Road: Best place to try out different cuisines.
Where to Stay in Mussoorie:
You can choose among various options available on mall road.
Personally, I enjoy spending time in nature and my cottage which was  little away from the town is a perfect place for anyone who is looking for an isolated stay away from city chaos. Click on the below tab to check more details about the Cottage.

I finally said goodbye to Mussoorie and continued my way onto Dehradun and made my trip beyond Dehradun.
Mussoorie to Dehradun is a 3 hours drive. I left in the evening of  fifth day and you can do the same or else you can leave early morning on sixth day of your trip.
I hope this itinerary will be helpful for you to plan out your trip to Auli and Mussoorie. If you have any query, let me know in the comment section below. I will be very happy to help you out.
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