New Tehri is the district headquarters of Tehri Garhwal district situated 16kms from Old Tehri. The most important tourist attraction of Tehri is the Tehri Dam, one of the world's largest hydroelectric projects harnessing waters of two important rivers of the Himalayas namely Bhagirathi and Bhilangana.
The district of Tehri Garhwal stretches from the snow clad Himalayan peaks of Thalaiya Sagar, Jonli and the Gangotri group all the way to the foothills near Rishikesh. The gushing Bhagirathi which runs through seems to divide the district into two, while the Bhilangna, Alaknanda, Ganga and Yamuna rivers border it on the east and west.Its neighbouring districts are Uttarkashi, Chamoli, Pauri, Rudraprayag and Dehradun.
Lying on the southern slopes of outer Himalayas, Tehri Garhwal is on of the sacred hilly districts of Uttarakhand State. Before the creation of universe, Lord Brahma is said to have meditated on this sacred land. Muni-ki-Reti and Tapovan of the district are the places of penance for the ancient Rishis. Its hilly terrain and lack of easy communications have helped it to preserve its culture almost intact. Tehri and Garhwal are the two words combined for naming the district as Tehri Garhwal.
Geography and Physical features
A major portion of the district is having hilly tract. The plain area is more fertile than the plateau area. Bulk of the area of the district is under forest which occupy a place of importance not only in the ecology but also in the economy of the district. These forests are rich in vegetations. Wood of commercial value is produced. These forests are also famous for production of herbs and plants of medicinal value. There has been a denudation of forests in the past, resulting in impoverishment of forests wealth. Under five year plans efforts have been made to plant trees under forestations programmed. Availability of soft wood has given rise to the manufacturing of wooden toys in the area.
Places of Interest
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.
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.
Chandrabadni Temple is now decorated with white tiles and marble floor. There are some shops selling Prasad and offerings like flowers, Shreefal or fruits. Small restaurants are also situated having limited eatables and refreshments.
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 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.
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