New Tehri is a modern town spread over an altitude from 1550 m to 1950 m, overlooking the gigantic lake and the Tehri Dam. The ruins of Old Tehri lie under water today. The newly established township is the district headquarters of Tehri Garhwal, a modern and well planned town, only 11 kms from Chamba and 24 kms from Old Tehri.
Height: 1550 m – 1950 m
Climate: The summer is mild and light cottons and light woolens are suggested. In winter, the sunny days are pleasant – though the nights are cold and fairly heavy clothes are required. Through the rest of the year, light woolens/cottons are suggested.
Getting There & Away: How to reach New Tehri
Road: New Tehri is well connected by motorable roads to major destinations of Uttarakhand. Buses are also available from Delhi.
Rail: The nearest railway station is Rishikesh at a distance of 75 kms.
Air: Jolly Grant is the nearest airport, situated at a distance of 91 kms.
Tourist Attractions in New Tehri
Tehri Dam is one of the world’s largest hydro-electric projects, harnessing waters of two important rivers – Bhagirathi and Bhilangana.
Devprayag: Situated at the confluence of the Alakananda and Bhagirathi rivers, the town of Devprayag lies at an altitude of 472 m and about 64 kms away from New Tehri. Near the town there are two suspension bridges, one over the Bhagirathi and the other over the Alakananda. Devprayag is one of the five sacred Prayags (confluences) of the Alakananda. Tradition has it that the town is named after Deosharma, a sage, who led a life of penance here and succeeded in having the glimpse of God.
Chamba: Chamba happens to be a focal point, being located at the junction of roads leading from Mussourie, Rishikesh and New Tehri, 60 kms from Mussourie and 48 kms from Narendra Nagar on the road to Gangotri. Chamba is a township lying high at an altitude of 1676 m, offering a splendid view of the snow capped Himalayan ranges and the serene Bhagirathi valley. The Chamba – Mussourie fruit belt is also famous for its delicious apples. Read More>>>
Kanatal: Kanatal is a hamlet built around numerous hills, a locale which personifies the romantic aura of Tehri district located on the Chamba – Mussourie highway, 35 kms from Tehri. With a spectacular view of the snow covered mountains and green forests, Kanatal is situated nearly 300 kms from Delhi, at an altitude of 2590 m. The natural beauty of Kanatal allures many tourists every year.
Surkanda Devi: Surkanda Devi is a Hindu temple situated close to the small resort hamlet of Dhanaulti in Tehri district. It lies at an altitude of about 2757 m and is close to nearby hill station of Dhanaulti (8 kms) and Chamba (22 kms) and walking distance of 3 kms from Kaddukhal, the place where vehicles are parked. It is surrounded by dense forests and affords a scenic view of the surrounding regions including Himalayas. The Ganga Dussehra Festival is celebated every year between May and June and attracts many tourists.
Chandranbadni: Chandrabadni is a mountain with elevation of 2277 m above sea level. At the top of this, the temple of Chandrabadni Devi is situated. This lies in the border of Devprayag and Pratapnagar. The legends says that ht torso of Sati fell here and her weapons got scattered all around the place. Thus, even today, lots of iron Trishuls (Tridents) and some old statues can be seen lying around this revered temple. Chandrabadni commands a beautiful view of the Srikhand, Kedarnath and Badrinath peaks. Distance from Tehri Dam to Maa Chandrabadni Temple is 86 kms.
Narender Nagar: Located 54 kms from Tehri at an altitude of 1129 m, this is the capital of the former king of Garhwal. The old Palace is situated amidst a forest. Narender Nagar offers an excellent view of the Ganga River and the beautiful Doon Valley. The sunset from here is worth viewing.
Sem Mukhem: Situated at a height of 2903 m, the Temple of Nagraja at Sem Mukhem is held in high esteem by the people of the area. Transport facilities are available up to Khamba Khal, 64 kms from Tehri. One has to trek for about 7 kms from Khamba Khal to reach the temple.
Budha Kedar: This temple is situated at the confluence of the Bal Ganga and Dharam Ganga rivers at a distance of 59 kms from Tehri. It is believed that Duryodhana offered Tarpan here.
Kunjapuri: Kunjapuri is the name given to a peak situated at an altitude of 1676 m, about 52 kms from Tehri. Kunjapuri offers a beautiful view of the snow laden peaks of the Himalayas and of the Bhagirathi valley. There is an old temple dedicated to Goddess Kunjapuri Devi which is visited by a number of devotees every year. Kunjapuri is said to be one of the Shaktipeeths, the upper half of the body of Sati fell here when Shiva was carrying her to Kailash. The temple is believed to be established by Jagadguru Shankaracharya.