New Tehri – The newly built well planned modern town nestles at a height of 1,550 metres overlooking the massive artificial lake and Tehri dam built on the Bhagirathi and Bhilangana river. It has taken over as district headquarters of Tehri Garhwal from the Old Tehri town and was established to rehabilitate the Old Tehri, which will be submerged into the waters of the Tehri Dam. In fact New Tehri is considered to be Asia’s most comprehensive and successful rehabilitation programme. The gleaming township has developed into a lovely hill resort.
It is 16 kms from New Tehri and 84 kms from Rishikesh on the confluence of Bhagirathi and Bhilangana rivers. This transit point to Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath was chosen as the capital of Tehri Garhwal by Raja Sudarshan Shah after the expulsion of the Gurkhas with the help of the East India Company in 1815. The town is studded with historical buildings and temples.
District Headquarters: New Tehri
Area: 4085 sq km
Total Population: 604,747
Places to Visit in Tehri
Tehri Dam : Tehri Dam is the tallest dam in Asia and the fourth tallest rockfill dam in the world sprawling over an area of 45 sq. kms in the Bhagirathi and Bhilangana valleys near Tehri town. It is expected to produce 2400 MW of electricity, provide irrigation and drinking water. But, the dam is being opposed by scientists and environmentalists, as it is considered to be an environmental catastrophe. Opponents of the project argue that this mamooth project is destined to be a failure.
Chamba : Charming Chamba, the idyllic resort at a height of 1676 metres is 48 kms from Narendra Nagar on the road to Gangotri. It affords spectacular views of the snow-capped Himalayas and the serene Bhagirathi valley. It has gained importance as routes for Mussoorie, Rishikesh, Tehri and New Tehri converge here. The Chamba-Mussoorie fruit belt is also famous for its delicious apples. More about Chamba
Surkhanda Devi Temple: The sacred shrine atop a mountain attracts large number of devotees during the Ganga Dussehra Fair held between May and June. To reach the shrine one has to trek for 2 kms from Kaddulkhal, 22 kms from Chamba.
Dhanaulti (24 kms) : This delightful spot enriched with immense natural beauty lies on the Mussoorie Chamba. The lovely weather and scenic surroundings makes it a perfect site for a relaxed holiday.
Dev Prayag : It is set on the confluence of Alaknanda and Bhagirathi rivers and is considered to be one of the ‘Panch prayag’. The town lies on the Rishikesh to Badrinath route about 87 kms from Narendra Nagar. There are suspension bridges on the Bhagirathi and the Alaknanda. It is also the seat of the pandas (priests) of the Badrinath Dham. More about Devprayag
Raghunathji Temple: The shrine is believed to be about 10,000 years. It was destroyed during an earthquake in 1803, and vyas later rebuilt with the support of Daulat Rao Scindia. There are several sacred sites in the town.
Around Dev Prayag
Chandrabadani Devi : The sacred shrine on Chandrabadani mountain is 10 kms from Kandi Khal, about 22 km. from Devprayag. Legends suggest that the torso of Goddess Sati, the consort of Lord Shiva fell here. There are some old statues and lots of iron trishuls (tridents) outside the temple. A fine view of the Sirkanda, Kedarnath and Badrinath peaks can be enjoyed from here.
Nagtibba : Nagtibba at an. altitude of 3,048 metres is a favourite destination for trekking and adventure sports. The thickly wooded region is noted for natural beauty. The view of lofty peaks, Mussoorie, Doon Valley and surrounding areas is truly enchanting. Pantwari, the base camp can be reached by bus from Mussoorie or Vikas Nagar. From Pantwari one has to trek for 8 kms amidst. dense forests. Other route is via Thatyur, which is connected by road to Mussoorie and Chamba.
Narendra Nagar : This erstwhile capital of Garhwallies on the main Rishikesh – Gangotri Yamunotri route. It affords a fine view of the Ganga and delightful Doon Valley. The sun set view from here is spectacular.
Kaudiyala : The beautiful spot 37 kms from Rishikesh on the Rishikesh-Badrinath highway is ideally suited for white water rafting. GMVN conducts river rafting courses here.
Khatling Glacier : The glacier amidst snowy peaks is the source of river Bhilangna and a popular trekking destination. The picturesque trek starts from Ghuttu, about 62 kms from Tehri.
Khatling Trekking Route: Base Camp Ghuttu.
Ghuttu to Reeh 10 kms
Reeh to Gangi 10 kms
Gangi to Kalyani 5 kms
Kalyani to Bhelbagi 13 kms
Bhelbagi to Khatling 7 kms
How to Reach Tehri
By Air: The nearest airport is at Jolly Grant, Dehradun (93 kms)
By Rail: The nearest rail head is at Rishikesh (76 kms)
By Road: Tehri is well connected by road with major towns of the area.