Auli, a renowned Himalayan ski resort in Uttarakhand, is experiencing an unusually dry winter due to a lack of snowfall this month. Like Jammu and Kashmir’s Gulmarg, Auli, which resembles a white paradise in winter with frost-covered trees and a snowy blanket, is now a barren land.
Tourists, who have come to Auli to enjoy skiing in snowy winters, have been disappointed and are returning to their homes as fresh snowfall has eluded the picturesque hill station for quite some time.
According to locals, snowfall last took place on December 12 and tourists continued to flock to Auli till December 31 when the snow blanket was present.
Optimism lingered amongst visitors and locals alike, expecting the usual snowy mantle to cloak the valleys of Auli soon. Regrettably, with half of January already passed, the valleys remain starved of the much-anticipated snowfall.
Due to this, tourist businesses have been hit with disappointed visitors returning to their native places.
Several hotels and restaurants have worn a deserted look due to the absence of tourists amid a lack of snowfall in Auli. Cable cars were also running nearly empty.
What’s worse is that dry weather is expected to prevail in several parts of Uttarakhand, including Chamoli district, where Auli is situated till January 21, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
The weather office has predicted ground frost at isolated places in the hilly parts of the state on Thursday.
(with inputs from Kamal Nayan Silori)