NTT, City of Dam's
Location in Uttarakhand, India
New Tehri (India)
|Founded by||King Sudarshan Shah (New Tehri by THDC)|
|• Body||New Tehri Nagar Palika (Chairperson-Mrs. Seema Krishali, Independent), 2018/12/02-present|
|Elevation||1,750 m (5,740 ft)|
|• Official||Hindi, Sanskrit|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
New Tehri is a city and a municipal board in Tehri Garhwal District in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It is the administrative headquarters of Tehri Garhwal District. This urban municipality area has 11 wards, from Vidhi Vihar to Vishwakarma Puram (Koti colony).
Seema Krishali is the chairperson of Nagar Palika Tehri, and is the first female chairperson of Tehri. She won as an independent. Tehri is represented by the Tehri assembly seat of Uttarakhand and the Tehri Lok Sabha seat of India, which are represented by Dhan Singh Negi (Bhartiya Janta Party) and Mala Rajya Laxmi Shah (Bhartiya Janta Party) respectively.
The old town of Tehri sat at the confluence of the Bhagirathi and Bhilangna rivers. It was formerly known as Ganeshprayag.Tehri was the capital of the princely state of Tehri Garhwal (Garhwal Kingdom) in British India, which was created in 1815 and had an area of 4,180 square miles (10,800 km2), and a population of 268,885 in 1901. It adjoined the district of Garhwal, and its topographical features were similar. It contained the sources of both the Ganges and the Yamuna, which are visited by thousands of Hindu pilgrims.
Construction of the Tehri Dam totally submerged the old town of Tehri, and the population was 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. At present the old Tehri town does not exist any longer.
As of 2011[update] India census, Tehri had a population of 24,014. Males constitute 65% of the population and females 35%. Tehri has an average literacy rate of 78%, higher than the national average of 74%: male literacy is 81%, and female literacy is 71%. In Tehri, 10% of the population is under 6 years of age.
The most visited places that are actively maintained are Devi Kunjapuri Temple, Chandrabadani Devi, Shri Adinath Digambar Jain Mandir, Mahasar Taal, Sehstra Taal, and Khatling Glacier. Some areas of Tehri are view-able but neglected by the Uttrakhand government, including Panwali Kantha, Belhbagi Bugyal, and Khait parvat. Panwali Kantha is one of the most popular treks in Uttarakhand which is listed by Outlook Traveller in their write-up. These places have the potential to attract tourists for trekking and mountaineering. The new district headquarters at New Tehri can be looked at as a future tourist spot where views of Tehri Lake can be seen. Dobra Chanti Bridge is one of the major tourist attraction due to the lightening work. It is India's longest motorable single lane suspension bridge with 440 meter long way from Dobra to Chanti. Located in the proximity of Tehri Garhwal, Narendranagar is a tourist attraction where visitors can see the River Ganga and Doon valley.
|Tourist Spot||Sea Level in Meters||Nearby Town||Tracking Route|
(distance from road)
|Khait Parvat||3030||Ghansali, Ghonti||8.5 km|
|Khatling Glacier||3717||Ghuttu||45 km|
|Dobra Chanti Bridge||850||Dobra||250 meter|
|Kunjapuri||1645||Narendra Nagar||200 meters|
|Maithiyana Devi||2500||Tilwara, Bhardar||9 km|
|Panwali Kantha||3963||Ghuttu||15 km|
|Sahastra Tal||4572||Ghuttu, Rih||32 km|
|Surkanda Devi||2757||Dhanaulti||1.5 km|
|Mauriyana Top||2050||Chinyali Saur, Suwakholi and Mussoorie||30 km, 35 km and 80 km|
The major highway that links New Tehri is National Highway 34. Its very well connected to major Uttarakhand cities Dehradun, Rishikesh. It is 99 km from Dehradun and 75 km from Rishikesh.
Nearest railway station is Rishikesh Railway Station which is 71 km from New Tehri. Rishikesh is well connected to major cities of India.
Nearest airport is Dehradun Airport in Dehradun, which is 76 km from New Tehri.
Letitia Elizabeth Landon's poetical illustration on Davis Cox's picture 'The Grass-Rope Bridge at Teree, in the Province of Gurwall', refers back to the time when the hill country of this province was resorted to for recuperation by Europeans suffering from the heat of the plains.