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About Tehri

Tehri is a city and a municipal board in Tehri Garhwal District in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It is the administrative seat of Tehri Garhwal District. This urban municipality area has 14 wards, from Vasant Vihar to Vishwakarma Puram (Koti colony). Mr. Umesh Charan Gusain is Chairman of Nagar Palika New Tehri. He won this position as an independent candidate and defeat the Indian National Congress candidate. He is the only Chairman who won this seat continuously two times in 61 years. New Tehri comes under Tehri assembly seat of Uttrakhand and Tehri Lok Sabha seat of India which are represented by Mr Dinesh Dhanai (Independent) & Maharani Raj Laxmi Shah (Bhartiya Janta Party) respectively. As of 2001 India census, Tehri had a population of 25,425.

History of Tehri

The old town of Tehri lies at the confluence of the Bhagirathi and Bhilangna rivers, the site of the Tehri dam. In the eighteenth century the ships of the East India Company would call at the port city of Tehri. The town of Tehri was evacuated to make space for the Tehri dam and the population has been shifted to the town of New Tehri. The town is famous as the site of protests against the dam by Sundarlal Bahuguna and his followers during the Chipko movement.

Tehri was the capital of the princely state of Tehri Garhwal (Garhwal Kingdom) in British India which had an area of 10,800 km2 and a population of 268,885 in 1901. It adjoined the district of Garhwal, and its topographical features are similar. It contains the sources of both the Ganges and the Yamuna, which are visited by thousands of Hindu pilgrims. The location of Tehri Dam, which is Asia's largest man made lake has totally submerged the old tehri town and now headquarter of tehri district is known as New Tehri. This lake is 260 meters deep and have potential to produce 2400 MW electricity along with great importance for North India which provides great volume of water for cultivation and for daily use. This lake is now becomes a great tourist destination in fact the view from New Tehri of this lake is amazing.

Tourist Attractions in Tehri

Tehri district has a lot of option for tourists to spend their leisure time. This division contains lot of options for tourism and has lot of religious places. Most visited places of Tehri are Devi koonjapuri temple and Chandrabadni and Trekking route of Mahasar taal, Sehstra taal and Khatling glacier are very much popular amongst foreign tourists and are being developed.

Places which attract tourists for mountaineering are Panwali Kantha, Belhbagi Bugyal and Khait parvat. New district headquarter New Tehri can be looked as a future tourist spot here view of spectacular tehri lake can be viewed.

How To Reach Tehri

By Rail
Nearest Railway Station from Tehri is Rishikesh which is about 76 Kms far from Tehri.

By Road
Road connectivity Direct Buses are available from Delhi.

By Air
Nearest Airport is Jolly Grant (Dehra Dun) which is at a distance of 93 Kms from Tehri.



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