Tehri is one of the most popular destinations in Tehri Garwal district of Uttarakhand. It is a city and municipal board in Tehri Garhwal district. In addition to this, it is also the administrative seat of the district. Tehri derives its name from Trihari, a place which cleanses three sins of Mansa (thought), Vacha (word), and Kamana (deed). It is located on the banks of Tehri Dam. The ruins of the old city are now submerged under the reservoir, while New Tehri is the modern town. Located at 1950 m above sea level it offers a majestic view of the Tehri Dam lake and the mighty Himalayas. New Tehri is located at a distance of about 16km from Tehri.
Given below is the location guide of Tehri
History of TehriSituated on the confluence of two rivers - Bhagirathi and Bhilangana was Tehri, the capital of the princely state of Tehri Garwhal in British India. Ever since the region has been known for its religious attractions; the sources of Ganges and Yamuna rivers. During the 18th century the ships of East India Company would be called at the port city of Tehri. The construction of Tehri Dam submerged the old city and the entire population was shifted to New Tehri.
Climate of TehriThe climate in Tehri remains moderate and one can visit Tehri all round the year. Summers are mild and pleasant with an average temperature ranging between 8 and 20 degree Celsius. Summers start in March and continue till end of May. Winters are quite harsh with the lowest temperature falling to about -10 degree Celsius when it snows. It commences in December and extends till end of February. Monsoons in the region are witnessed during July and August.
Demographics of TehriAccording to 2001 census, the population of Tehri was 25,425. Males constitute 65% of the population and females constitute 35% of the population. The average literacy rate was 78% which was way higher than the national average of 59.5%. Male literacy rate was 81% and female literacy rate was 71%. 10% of the total population was below the age of 6 years.
Administration of TehriUmesh Charan Gusain is Chairman of Nagar Palika New Tehri. The city comes under Tehri assembly seat of the state and Tehri Lok Sabha seat of India. These are represented by Raj Laxmi Shah and Dinesh Dhanai. The Ministry of Panchayati Raj in 2006 named Tehri Garwal district as one of the country’s 250 most backward district. The district receives from the Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme (BRGF). Tehri Garhwal district is divided into two subdivisions - Kirti Nagar and Tehri-Pratap Nagar.
The administrative break-up of the district is as follows.
- 7 Tehsils - Kirti Nagar, Ghansali, Deoprayag, Pratap Nagar, Tehri, Dhanolti, Nain Baag
- 1 Sub-Tehsil - Gaja
- 9 Blocks - Narendra Nagar, Kirti Nagar, Chamba, Deoprayag, Jakhanidar, Jaunpur, Thauldar, Bhilangana, Pratap Nagar
- 2 Municipalities - Tehri and Narendra Nagar
- 4 Town Area Committees - Chamba, Deoprayag, Muni ki Reti, Kirtinagar
- 76 Nyaya Panchayats
- 928 Gram Panchayats
- 1847 Revenue Villages
- 2508 Clusters
- Ghanshali (SC)
Fair in Tehri
Surkranda Devi FairSurkranda Devi Fair is held on Dussehra at the Surkranda Devi Temple. The fair is very popular among locals. The main attraction of this fair is worshiping Goddess Durga. Apart from this, folk music, dance and traditional handicrafts are also on display during this fair.
Tourist Attractions in Tehri
Here are some of the most important tourist attractions in Tehri:
Tehri DamTehri Dam is the identity of the Garhwal region. It is one of the world’s largest hydroelectric projects and the tallest dam in India. It is also the largest and highest dam in Asia. It harnesses water from two major Himalayan rivers in the region - Bhagirathi and Bhilangana. The reservoir of the dam is used for irrigation, municipal water supply and the generation of 1,000 megawatts (1,300,000 hp) of hydroelectricity.
Kanatal is a perfect destination to sit back and relax. It is known for its laid back mountain feel. Situated at an altitude of 8500 ft above sea level, it offers majestic views of the mighty Himalayas. Kanatal is situated at a distance of about 9km from Tehri an 33 km from Mussoorie. One can enjoy trekking, nature walks and photography here. Meditation and yoga are some other activities that travelers can enjoy in the pristine backdrop of this beautiful mountain town.
Surkranda Devi Temple
Situated at 3030 m above sea level, Sukranda Devi Temple is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Tehri. It is located just 1.5 km from Tehri. It is surrounded by dense forests and offers a spectacular view of the Himalayan peaks. Sukranda Devi fair is a major attraction at the temple. It is believed that this is the place where Goddess Sati’s head fell when Lord Shiva was carrying the dead body to Mount Kailash. It was called Sirkhanda and with passage of time the name evolved to Surkanda Devi Temple.
Chandrabadni TempleChandrabadni Temple is one of the shaktipeeths in Tehri Garwhal region. It is situated at an altitude of 2277 on Chandrabadni mountain, which is also popularly known as Chandrakoot. It is located at a distance of about 60 km from Tehri. Legends say that this is the place where Goddess Sati’s torso fell when Lord Shiva was carrying her dead body to Mount Kailash. A shree yantra carved on a flat stone is worshipped as the main idol in the temple. The temple also offers 360 degree view of lush green Garwhal valley and Himalayas in the distance. The best time to visit Chandrabadni temple is during the Chandrabadni fair held in April.
Kunjapuri TempleKunjapuri Temple is one of the 52 shaktipeeths in Uttarakhand. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga and it is here that the chest of burnt Sati fell when Lord Shiva was carrying it to Mount Kailash. Today it is a popular pilgrimage destination. It is perched on top of a hill and devotees have to climb 80 stairs to get to the temple. The climb is certainly worth the effort. Part from the blessings of the goddess, you also enjoy panoramic view of snow covered peaks. The temple is located at a distance of about 52.5 km from Tehri. The best time for Kunjapuri visit is from May to October. The best way to reach Kunjapuri Temple is by reaching Rishikesh (7km) or Narendranagar (15 km). Hire a taxi from any of these cities and easily reach the temple.
Khatling GlacierThis massive lateral glacier is a must visit when in Tehri Garhwal region. It is one of the most popular trekking destinations. It is situated about 62 km from Tehri and is the source of Bhilangana River. The Bhilangna Valley is a delightful place to be for nature lovers, adventure seekers, photographers and trekking enthusiasts.
Ghansali Ghansali is a small town located on confluence of Bhilangana and Bal
Ganga River. It is located 59 km from Tehri and is a major market place
for nearby villages. It offers a beautiful view of the mighty Himalayas
on one side and the splendid Bhilangana River on the other. It is en
route Gangotri and Yamunotri. A historical Hanuman temple is the major attraction of the town.
Buda KedarBuda Kedar is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is located at a distance of about 59km from Tehri at the converging point of Rivers Dharam Ganga and Bal Ganga. Legends say that after the battle of Kurukshetra, Pandavas visited this site in search of Lord Shiva. He vanished before they came and a shiv lingam appeared at the place. It is considered that the shiv lingam at Buda Kedar is one of the largest in north India.
If you are in the region and are planning a weekend getaway or a short trip, these are some of the destinations that you can consider.
How to Reach TehriBy Road
Tehri is well connected via a road network to all major cities in the state and neighboring states. State run bus service is the best way to reach Tehri. One can also take taxis from New Delhi, Rishikesh, Chamba, Uttarkashi and Dehradun.
The nearest railway station to Tehri is Rishikesh, 75 km. Rishikesh is a major railway station in the region and one can easily reach Tehri from the station via taxi or state transport bus service.
Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun is the nearest airport to Uttarkashi situated at a distance of 93 km. It is a domestic airport and is well connected to New Delhi. Taxis are available from the airport to Tehri.
Fact File of Tehri
- District - Tehri Garhwal
- Elevation - 1750 m
- Government Type - Municipal
- Official Language - Hindi
- STD Code - 01376
- PIN Code - 249001