Cliff Top Club Resort
Auli , India
Cliff Top Club Resort , Auli, India
Welcome to "Cliff Top Club", a high altitude adventure resort, located in the Garhwal Himalayas of the northern Indian state of Uttaranchal
Clifftop Club at Auli is located at an altitude of over 10,000 feet in India's most scenic location amid the snow clad Himalayas. The resort provides a 270 degree clear view of the snow covered Nanda Devi range (the highest in india and third highest in the world). Other ranges in sight include Dronagiri, Kamet, Trishul, Neelkanth, Mana, and Mukut . They belong to the snow-line ranges which are covered with snow all round the year.
Clifftop Club has been built on inhospitable terrain over years of painstaking labour incorporating traditional and innovative techniques. Those who brave the drive to the resort are rewarded with a magnificent sight as the resort rises into view from the steep path that leads up to it from Joshimath. For those who prefer to zip up in the cable car, the resort seems like a tiny speck in the vast snow or grass covered expanse of the Himalayas, as the season may be. The warm hospitality however belies the tough weather conditions under which the CTC staff battle the forces of nature to provide comfort to the guests.
The resort is paradise in winters for skiing and sledding enthusiasts and for anyone who wishes to venture out in the snow and enjoy snow sports.
In summers, when the snow gives way to carpets of grass and flowers, hikers and trekkers will find numerous marked walks and mountain bike trails. Trekkers to Kuari Pass and the Valley of Flowers prefer to stay on at Clifftop Club at the end of the trek to avail the luxury of hot baths and lavish cuisine. The famous high altitude Gorson Reserve forest (part of the Nanda Devi National Park) provides a splendid backdrop to the resort. The forest is richly inhabited by rare Himalayan wildlife including the snow leopard, musk deer, wild boar, wild cats, rabbits, jackals, foxes, hyena and black bear. Summers are extremely pleasant and the deodar and oak trees add to the fragrant air to promote natural health, which is strongly recommended by Physicians/ Naturopaths/ Therapists.
Cliff Top Club Resort , Auli, India
One bedroom unit: 16
Two bedroom family suite: 2
The Resort has a choice of Studio. One & Two Bedroom apartment. All units are furnished with a sofa cum bed, and partial kitchenette with refrigerator, microwave, hob with four burners. All units have television with satellite connections, telephones, kerosene and oil heat radiators. There is a change of linen mid week. Guests need to make a refundable deposit. Army medical facility is available at 1.5 Km. from the resort and a doctor can be made available on call.
Cliff Top Club Resort , Auli, India
BADRINATH: The seat of the Shankaracharya, Badrinath is one of the four holiest places Hindus must visit to complete the "char-dham" pilgrimage. Non-believers revel in the natural beauty of the roaring Rishi Ganga river as it merges into the mighty Alaknanda river to flow down the Himalayas into the plains as the Ganga . Dawn breaks over the Neelkanth peak amid resounding temple bells and as the day winds on, thousands of pilgrims bathe in the hot sulphur springs at the foot of the temple before paying obeisance to Lord Vishnu, the Preserver and one of the Trinity of the Creator (Brahma), Preserver (Vishnu) and Destroyer (Mahesh).
A 40 km drive from Cliff Top Club to Badrinath through Joshimath and Govindghat winds through the most picturesque mountain roads that cut through the steepest Himalayas . Steep gradients with hairpin bends flanked with apple trees provide a magnificent view of the Alaknanda gorge, where the river makes her presence felt with the roar of gushing waters that emanate from the glaciers beyond Mana, the last Indian inhabited village.
Places of interest around Badrinath are Mana village, Ganesh gufa, Vyas gufa, Bhim pul where the legendary Saraswati River is believed to have descended on earth.
The temple of Shri Badrinath opens in April and closes in winter each year. The deity is worshipped at Joshimath during the winter months.
Narsimha Temple: The temple is about 1200 years old. Dedicated to Vishnu, the presiding deity of the temple is Narsimha, the half-man, half-lion and fourth incarnation of Vishnu. Like Badrinath, he is also sitting in the padmasana. The characteristic feature of the deity is that its left wrist is very thin and is getting thinner by the day. Vasudeva Temple: Situated some 30 yards from the Narsimha Temple, the Vasudeva Temple is one of the most famous Vishnu temples in India. It was considered very sacred by the Tamil vaishnavite saints known as alvars . The presiding deity of the temple is Vasudeva who is identified with Vishnu. The idol is carved out of a piece of black stone measuring 6 feet in height. Rudraprayag: Rudraprayag is situated on the confluence of the rivers Mandakini and Alaknanda. It is home to the Rudranath Temple that is dedicated to Shiva. Near the temple is the place where Narada, an ancient Indian sage reputed to be the inventor of the veena, a musical instrument, is believed to have meditated.
AULI VILLAGE: Also known as a skier's paradise, Auli has one of the best slopes in the world. The 3km long slope ranges from 2519m to 3049m offers a magnificent panoramic view of great Himalayan peaks like the Nanda Devi (7817m), Kamet (7756m), Mana Parvat (7273m) and Dunagiri (7066m). You could reach Auli from Joshimath (1890m) by taking an enchanting 3 km ride on the world's most highly situated and longest ropeway (cable car). A round trip costs Rs 200/- per person.
Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam conducts a skiing course from January to March under the supervision of skilled instructors from the Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering, Gulmarg (Jammu & Kashmir).
HEMKUND SAHEB: Hemkund Saheb is near the Valley of Flowers that is 20km from Joshimath. It attracts thousands of Sikh pilgrims because Guru Govind Singh, the tenth Sikh Guru (spiritual head of the Sikhs), had meditated by the Hemkund Lake in his previous birth. Nature too has been bountiful in making this place beautiful. There is a majestic gurudwara (a Sikh place of worship) near the lake where people offer prayers after bathing in its cold waters. The place also attracts Hindus in large numbers. It is referred to as Lokpal in the Hindu texts. Like most of the hill stations of India, the Valley of Flower was rediscovered by a British mountaineer, Frank Smiche, in 1938. His book, Valley of Flowers, which became a bestseller in those days, dwells mainly on the beauty of this place.
VALLEY OF FLOWERS: The ascent to the valley of Flowers begins from the small settlement of Govindghat (1800 m), 22 km beyond Joshimath en-route to Badrinath. After crossing a suspension bridge over the Alaknanda a 3 km trek brings one to the small village Pulna with basic facilities to tourists. The next 9 km trek from Pulna to Govind Dham (Ghangaria) is for the most part along the Bhyundar Ganga. This route is punctuated with waterfalls, wild flowers, forests and beautiful landscapes. On the way there is one more small migratory village, Bhyundar, named after the river and surrounded by dense broadleaf moist temperate forest. The last stretch is a steep ascent to Govind Dham, 3 km beyond which lies the Valley of Flowers.
The Valley of Flowers National Park (87.50 km2, lat 30° 41' - 30° 48'N and long 79° 33' - 79° 46'E) is located in Chamoli Garhwal, about 595 km northeast of India's capital Delhi in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Its altitude ranges from 3,200 m to 6,675 m. Such a variation in the altitude provides a great diversity of landscape and microhabitats.
The credit for the popularising the Valley of Flowers generally goes to the British mountaineers Frank S. Smythe and R.L. Holdsworth who incidentally reached this valley after a successful expedition of Mount Kamet in 1931.
Fascinated by its beauty and grandeur, Frank S. Smythe revisited this area in 1937 and published a book "The Valley of Flowers in 1938. But according to Manmohan Sharma's book on the Valley of Flowers published in 1985, it was Colonel Edmund Smythe, an explorer and Education Officer in the Indian Army who visited this valley much earlier in 1862. However, there is no doubt that F.S. Smythe's writing made this valley world famous.
Clifftop Club is located at over 10,000 ft above sea level. Excellent ski slopes and state of the art ski lifts have placed Auli as an important destination for skiing and snow sports. The National Winter Games were conducted in Auli this year (in 2007) and the next year will see a lot of infrastructural development in view of the SAF Winter Games to be conducted here.
Clifftop Club provides an uninterrupted 270 degree view of Nanda Devi and adjoining ranges. A short trek takes you to Gorson Reserve Forest where you can revel in the magnificent sunrise and views and experience walks in dense alpine forest terrain.
The exciting ride in a cable car from Joshimath to Tower number 8 is the highlight of your arrival at the resort. Magnificent views of snow-clad peaks and vast open expanses of snow or grass covered slopes add to the thrill.
Adventure seekers can also avail the open chair lift ride from the government run GMVN property to tower number 8 or 10 (Gorson Top).
Gorson Reserve Forest is located off Tower number 10, which can also be accessed by a short trek up the slopes. Magnificent views of sunrise can be enjoyed here. A short walk in the dense alpine forest takes you to Chhatrakund, a frozen lake.
You can soothe your tired muscles after a trek to Tapovan by bathing in the hot springs there.
A day trip to the holy shrine of Badrinath can be made possible if one rises early to avail the first gate of departure at Joshimath. The road from Joshimath to Badrinath is a one-way drive, being narrow, steep and treacherous. A convenient "gate system" regulates up and down traffic to and from Badrinath. Many elite pilgrims to Badrinath prefer to stay at Clifftop Club, Auli and make a day trip to the temple by car only to return to Clifftop Club to soak in the ambience of the bonfire nights overlooked by Nanda Devi and adjoining peaks.
July to September sees trekkers to the Valley of Flowers making stopovers at Clifftop Club to experience the luxury of lavish cuisine and luxurious accommodation with our pampering to end the trek on a high note.
How to reach Auli ?
By Road : The best option is to travel from Delhi by road. Delhi to Haridwar is 229 kms. on National Highway no. 47 (NH-47). The climb from Haridwar to Joshimath is 257 kms and takes about 10 hours. The ascent to Joshimath winds through Rishikesh, Srinagar, Karnaprayag, and Chamoli. Joshimath to Clifftop Club is 17 km by road or 15 minutes by cable car. We suggest a stay at Rishikesh/Rudraprayag to break the journey if traveling from Delhi.
- Delhi-Haridwar 229 km
- Haridwar-Srinagar 89km
- Srinagar-Rudraprayag 91km
- Rudraprayag-Nandprayag 38km
- Nandprayag-Pipalkoti 21km
- Pipalkoti-Joshimath 67km
The cable car is operational only up to 4:20 pm in winters hence it is advisable to reach the cable car parking at Joshimath by 4 pm to avoid being stranded at Joshimath. Charges for the return trip of the cable car are Rs 400/- per person, valid for 1 week. Those opting to drive up to Auli in their own vehicles can only reach Clifftop Club in summers. In winters, the only option is to avail the cable car from Joshimath. Parking can be availed at Joshimath as well as at GMVN from where the chair lift operates to take people to tower no. 8 where Clifftop Club is located. The chair lift charges are Rs 200/- for a return trip.
By Train : The nearest Railway Station is Rishikesh / Haridwar which is directly connected from Delhi by Mussoorie Exp and the Dehrdoon Shatabdi, from Mumbai by Bandra-Dehradun Exp. and from Kolkata by Howrah-Doon Exp. and from Lucknow by Gorakhanath/Doon Exp. Rishikesh to Joshimath is to be covered by road.
By Air : The nearest airport is Jolly Grant near Dehradun (280 Km). A helipad at Clifftop Club premises has made the landing of private/commercial chartered helicopters possible. Some guests have already made use of these facilities. A nominal landing fee is charged for a chopper landing.