Tehri is the administrative seat of Tehri Garhwal District of Uttarakhand. This urban municipality area has 14 wards, from Vasant Vihar to Vishwakarma Puram (Koti colony).
History of Tehri
Tehri was the capital of the Princely State of Tehri Garhwal (Garhwal Kingdom) in British East India Company in India. It 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 British East India Company would call at the port city of Tehri.
Geography of Tehri
The old town of Tehri in Tehri Garhwal District sat at the confluence of the Bhagirathi and Bhilangna rivers. Tehri has the 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.
Administration of Tehri
Tehri in Tehri Garhwal District now comes under the Tehri assembly seat of Uttrakhand and the Tehri Lok Sabha seat of India.
Demography of Tehri
Tehri had a population of 25,425. Males constitute 65% of the population and females 35%. Tehri has an average literacy rate of 78% that is 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.
Tourism in Tehri
Tehri in Tehri district has lot of options for tourists to spend their leisure. The most visited places that are actively maintained are Devi Koonjapuri Temple, Chandrabadni, Mahasar Taal, Sehstra Taal and Khatling Glacier. Some areas of Tehri are viewable and the centre of attraction to the national and international visitors includes Panwali Kantha, Belhbagi Bugyal and Khait Parvat. These places attract tourists for mountaineering. The new district headquarters at New Tehri can be looked at as a future tourist spot where a spectacular view of Tehri Lake can be seen.
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