I am planing to visit Auli around January 24 ,2016. Decided to reach Dehradun by flight. From dehradun to joshimath and from joshimath to Auli by cable car. We have 3 kids aged 4 yes and 11 yes. Please guide if the journey is safe for kids.
Jai Nanda Devi. Yes, the journey is safe. We went with kids 5 and 10 years of age respectively in the peak of snow fall during December 23rd - 29th 2014. Even my mother 72 years of age felt wonderful about the hospitality of this team. Please take an opportunity and visit the place. It is worth it. Best wishes.
Considering that you are going to Auli from Joshimath by cable car, things should be safe, as you will find snow from Joshimath to Auli only, and it's pretty risky by car.
Also, Please remember that the cable car operates till 5 I think, so plan accordingly. Please check it once before going till what time it operates.
While planning to reach from Dehradun to Joshimath, please take into consideration that there are landslides, which might result in road blocks and jams, and take a lot of your time, so plan accordingly.
I will strongly suggest start early from dehradun. You don't want to reach joshimath in night, when cable car isn't working and get stuck there.
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