Tehri Garhwal two different names including the name of the district are placed. Tehri made where the word ‘Trihri by “which means a place three sins (which is born Mansa, Vcna, of Karma), while the second term is to create wash’ bastion ‘, the meaning is the fort. The year before the entire Garhwal region of 888 small ‘strongholds’ split which was different were the kings ‘Rana’, ‘opinion’ or ‘Thakur’ was known by the name.
Old Tehri – It is 16 kms from New Tehri and 84 km 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 was studded with historical buildings and temples which are now submerged beneath the Tehri Dam, Asia’s largest rock filled dam.
New Tehri – The newly built well planned modern town nestles at a height of 1,550 meters 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 program. The gleaming township has developed into a lovely hill resort.
Places to Visit in New Tehri
There are 5 tourist spots in New Tehri where travellers can spent their leisure time. Here you will find list of all the New Tehri sightseeing options which you must visit and plan your itinerary accordingly. Explore the hidden gems of New Tehri through this well-researched list, learn about the most happening places, things to do, famous picnic spots for a memorable vacation in New Tehri.
Kirtinagar– Kirtinagar is a small town located at Tehri Garhwal district in Uttarakhand. Scenically situated on the banks of holy Alaknanda River, Kirtinagar is at a distance of 4 km from Srinagar town where Central University HNBGU is located. NH 58 passes through Kirtinagar, well connected by road. A historic Lord Shiva Temple is located at Devprayag road near Kirtinagar. Near the temple, there is place for holy bath in Alaknanda River known as Dundprayag.
Chandrabadni Temple– Chandrabadni Temple is located on the place where torso of Goddess Sati fell while Lord Shiva was taking away her burned body. Her weapons were also scattered over the place. There is no idol of Goddess Sati present in the main shrine and a Shree Yantra carved on a flat stone is being worshipped in the main shrine. In the month of April every year, a fair is organize in Chandrabadni Temple and attended by devotees in large numbers.
Ghansali– Ghansali is a small town located at 59 kms from New Tehri close to confluence of Bhilangana and BAL Ganga River. Also pronounced as Ghansyali, this small town is major market place for nearby villages. Situated at a height of 976 meters, Ghansali is also a road route to Gangotri from Kedarnath via Tilwara.
Ghansali town offers a splendid beauty of Bhilangana River on one side and dense forest at other. A historical Hanuman Temple in Ghansyali is major attraction for tourist. Every year a fair is organize at Hanuman temple attended by large number of local people. Places of interest near Ghansali are New Tehri Dam, Buda Kedar etc.
Pantwari Village– Pantwari is a Village in Dhanaulti tehsil in Tehri Garhwal District. It is the base camp for Nag Tibba trek. This place is located 140 km from Rishikesh and 95 km from Dehradun. There are few shops, guesthouses and home stay options for night stay. Here you can see many species of birds, colors of nature, mountain peaks, Oak and Rhododendron trees. This trek can be done throughout the winter season when most of the treks in higher Himalayan ranges are closed. The trek can be finished in 3 days from Delhi which makes it an ideal trek for weekends.
Devalsari Village– Devalsari is the base camp for Nag Tibba trek. It is situated in Tehri district. There are few shops and stay options in Devalsari. You can stay in the Forest Guest House by taking permission from the Mussoorie Forest office. It is located 9Kms from Tehri and 53Kms from Dehradun. Nag Tibba is located 13 km away from Devalsari. It is one of the four villages from where Nag Tibba trek can be start. Other villages are Pantwari, Manglori and Aunter. The trek offers a panoramic view of the Himalayas. This place is perfect for those who love to explore the nature. Avid travelers, explorers, writers, photographers can excel their skill in the peaceful atmosphere of Devalsari.
Tehri Dam– Tehri Dam is one of the world’s largest hydroelectric projects harnessing waters of two important rivers of the Himalayas namely Bhagirathi and Bhilangana. It is expected to generate 346mw of hydel power. The dam is also an extremely controversial one which has witnessed protests from environmentalists. It will completely submerge Tehri town and 23 villages, while 72 other villages will be partially submerged. Tehri Dam is Asia’s largest and highest dam.
Chamba- Chamba is one of the best excursion of Dehradun as the place offers panoramic views of the majestic Himalayan range and the sacred view of the Bhagirathi River. Chamba is situated 18kms from Tehri Garhwal at an altitude of 1676mts above sea level. Chamba is unlike Mussoorie as the place provides peace and tranquility. The place is quite and serene with pine and deodar trees everywhere.
How to Reach Tehri Garhwal
By Air: The nearest airport is at Jolly Grant, Dehradun (93 km)
By Rail: The nearest major railway station to the district of Tehri is the one in Dehradun(93 km).
By Road: Tehri is well connected by road with major towns of the area.