The meadows of Panwali lie 4000 metres (13000 ft) above sea level on the traditional Kedarnath Gangotri pilgrim trek. Unadvertised, this place is a paradise for trekkers as also for cameramen. Just across the far horizon rise the gorgeous Himalayan peaks – Kedarnath Bhagirathi, Meru and many others. Most of these remain snowclad till late July.
Uttarakhand, the twin province of Kumaon and Garhwal is known for its dramatic mountain scapes and Sahastra Talurious torrents. The British turned geography on its head and called Uttarakhand “Kumaon Himalaya” although Garhwal is bigger and holier.
Over the past two years, the Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam of Uttar Pradesh has developed Auli, (which is situated above back-of-beyond Joshimath) as a winter sports resort. The GMVN organises 7-and 15-day ski courses for beginners and advanced learners between the months of December and March.