New Tehri

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New Tehri
Tehri Dam lake Panorama
Tehri Dam lake Panorama
Nickname(s): NTT
Tehri is located in Uttarakhand
Location in Uttarakhand, India
Tehri is located in India
Tehri (India)
Coordinates: 30°23′N 78°29′E / 30.38°N 78.48°E / 30.38; 78.48Coordinates: 30°23′N 78°29′E / 30.38°N 78.48°E / 30.38; 78.48
Country India
DistrictTehri Garhwal
Founded byKing Sudarshan Shah (New Tehri by THDC)
 • TypeMunicipal
 • BodyNew Tehri Nagar Palika (President Umesh Charan Gusai, Bhartiya Janta Party), 2013/04/30-present
Elevation1,750 m (5,740 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total24,014
 • OfficialHindi
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Telephone code01376
Vehicle registrationUK-09

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).

Umesh Charan Gusain is Chairman of Nagar Palika New Tehri. He won this position as an independent candidate(Later Joined BJP again), defeating the Indian National Congress candidate. He is the only Chairman who won this seat two times consecutively in 61 years. Tehri now comes under the Tehri assembly seat of Uttrakhand and the Tehri Lok Sabha seat of India, which are represented by Dhan Singh Negi (Bhartiya Janta Party) and Raj Laxmi Shah (Bhartiya Janta Party) respectively.[citation needed]


A protest message against Tehri dam
Lake created By Tehri Dam on river Bhagirathi

The old town of Tehri sat at the confluence of the Bhagirathi and Bhilangna rivers. Tehri was the capital of the princely state of Tehri Garhwal (Garhwal Kingdom) in British India, which 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. In the eighteenth century the ships of the East India Company would call at the port city of Tehri.[2]

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.


As of 2011 India census,[3] 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 59.5%: male literacy is 81%, and female literacy is 71%. In Tehri, 10% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Tourist places[edit]

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.[citation needed] The new district headquarters at New Tehri can be looked at as a future tourist spot[citation needed] where views of Tehri Lake can be seen. Located in the proximity of Tehri Garhwal, Narendranagar is a tourist attraction where visitors can see the River Ganga and Doon valley.[citation needed]

Shri Aadinath Digamber Jain Mandir, New Tehri, Uttarakhand
Tourist Spot Sea Level in Meters Nearby Town Tracking Route
(distance from road)
Chandravadni 2756 Devprayag 1.5 km
Kanatal 2590 Kaddukhal 9 km
Khait Parvat 3030 Ghansali, Ghonti 8.5 km
Khatling Glacier 3717 Ghuttu 45 km
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

In Literature[edit]

Letitia Elizabeth Landon's poem '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.




Intermediate Colleges[edit]

  • Govt. Girls Inter College, Baurai
  • Govt, Pratap Inter College, Baurari
  • Govt, Pratap Inter College, Moldhar
  • Narendra Mahila Vidhayalay (Rajmata), B Puram
  • Sarswati Vidhya Mandir, Inter College

Schools affiliated to ICSE[edit]

  • All Saint Convent School New Tehri

Schools affiliated to CBSE[edit]

  • Bhagirathi Vidhya Sarovar
  • New Tehri International School, Painula
  • Saint Anthony School
  • Sarswati Shishu Mandir
  • Nav Gaon Public School
  • Kendriya Vidalaya New Tehri Town
  • Govt. Girls High School


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  2. ^ "The Ganga". Official Website of district Haridwar, Uttarakhand. National Informatics Centre, Haridwar District Unit. Retrieved 8 March 2010.
  3. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01.

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