District Name : Tehri Garhwal

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Nestled amidst the scenic beauty of Uttarakhand, the Tehri district unfolds, revealing its unique charm through two prominent regions: New Tehri and Old Tehri. These areas not only showcase captivating landscapes but also boast a rich history intertwined with ancient temples.

Old Tehri: A Historical Tapestry

Situated 16 kilometers from New Tehri and 84 kilometers from Rishikesh, Old Tehri stands as a testament to the region’s historical significance. This town, positioned at the confluence of the Bhagirathi and Bhilangana rivers, served as a vital transit point to revered destinations like Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath. In 1815, Raja Sudarshan Shah, strategically leveraging the support of the East India Company after the Gurkha expulsion, designated Old Tehri as the capital of Tehri Garhwal. However, the echoes of its past now lie beneath the waters of the Tehri Dam, an engineering marvel known as Asia’s largest rock-filled dam.

New Tehri: Modern Elegance with a Purpose

In stark contrast, New Tehri emerges as a meticulously planned modern town, gracing an elevation of 1,550 meters. Positioned strategically, it offers commanding views of the expansive artificial lake and Tehri Dam, both nestled on the Bhagirathi and Bhilangana rivers. Stepping into the role of the district headquarters, New Tehri was established with a noble mission — to rehabilitate its predecessor, Old Tehri, which faced submersion due to the Tehri Dam’s development. Garnering widespread acclaim, New Tehri stands as a testament to Asia’s most comprehensive and successful rehabilitation program, evolving into a charming hill resort.

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