Tehri Dam is the largest dam in India and the eighth tallest in the world.

It is on the Bhagirathi River. 

The Project is one of the largest hydroelectric power projects in the world. 

It is 261 m high and  575 m long. 

The Tehri Dam Project generates 1,000 MW of electricity.

In addition, the dam provides irrigation and other services by taking water from the Bhagirathi and Bhilangana rivers. 

The first phase of the dam started in 2006 and the other phases are still in progress. 

The city is also the headquarters of the Tehri Garhwal district, so it appears to be of more importance to the state. 

Basically, Tehri Dam is an earthen embankment dam. 

The spillway system consists of a trough spillway (consisting of three spillway radial gates) and four shaft spillways. 

It is designed for a Maximum Probable  Flood (PMF) of 15,540 m3 and a drop of 220 m, with a total storage capacity of 3,540 million m3 and an effective capacity of 2,615 million m3. 

as we all know, Uttarakhand attracts not only the country but also the people of the country with its beauty.

 Likewise, Tehri Dam is popular not only as a water  supply source but also as a tourist destination

Now Thousands of people visit it every year as a tourist destination.

Among the green hills covered with trees and plants, the blue water of Tehri is mesmerizing. 

So, today in this post we will talk about India’s largest hydroelectric project 

History of Tehri Dam 

Initially, For the construction of this dam, a preliminary survey was conducted in 1961.

But The design was prepared in 1972.

However, there were many twists and turns in the construction of this dam.

The design was prepared in 1972, but the construction was delayed due to economic and social consequences.

So, construction began in 1978.

However, they asked for help in 1986, providing technical and economic assistance to the Soviet Union, but political activity ended this assistance.

Later, in 1990, the construction of a dam was reviewed again, and in 2006, the construction of the Tehri Dam was completed.

In 2012, the second part of this project was merged with  Koteshwar Dam. 

 The structure of Tehri Dam is special. 

Electricity supply in States

This dam provides water for the irrigation of 270,000 hectares of land.

The electricity produced from this project completes the power supply in states like Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Delhi, Haryana, Jammu Kashmir, Rajasthan, Himachal, and Chandigarh.

Tehri dam protest movement was held for Tehri dam 

 The construction of this dam was very important.

Today the construction of this dam has given our country a major project.

But the construction of this thing has also been the cause of a lot of protests by the beautiful environment and the people around it.

According to scientists, if this dam is built, then this construction could make about 10,000 people homeless.

There was another major problem in its construction due to its proximity to the Himalayan Seismic Gap.

When an earthquake occurs, it is said that about 50,000 lives are at risk.

Tehri Dam Movement 

 For all these reasons, in 1990,  Tehri Bandhu Anti-Sangharsh Samiti filed a formal petition to halt the construction of this dam and submitted it directly to the Supreme Court.

Since then, the case has been in court for about 10 years.

Sundalal Bahuguna,  known as an environmentalist, organized many protests against the dam’s construction and went on a hunger strike in 1995.

There were also strikes and protests from local residents.

As a result of which the government also demonstrated force and took action against these people.  


Tehri HPP Project 

 It consists of an underground power plant housing 4 turbine-generator sets of 250 MW each (capacity 1000 MW).

Design to operate with a head change of 90 m (4 units of 250 MW).

Tehri Hydro Development Corporation (THDC) took over the construction and operation of the dam and power plant.

It was commissioned in 2006.  

 The project is designed to provide additional irrigation for 2.70 lakh hectares in the  Lower Ganga Command Area, Parallel Lower Ganga, Madhya Ganga Stage – I, and Agra Canal System.

Existing teams will stabilize 6.04 million hectares of irrigation.

In addition to providing much-needed electricity for Northern Power System and GCA irrigation.

the project will provide drinking water to Delhi and UP. 


 Tehri Dam Technical Plan 

Tehri Dam is a masonry embankment dam approximately 260.5 meters (855 feet) high. 

It is 575 meters (1886 feet) long, 20 meters (66 feet) wide at the ridge, and 1128 meters (3701 feet) wide at the base. 

The dam creates a  2.6 square kilometer reservoir with a surface area of ​​52 sq km. 

The hydropower capacity is 1,000 MW, with an additional 1,000 MW pumped storage. 

The Tehri Dam and  Tehri Pumped Storage  Plant are part of the Tehri Dam Hydropower Complex.

 The Northern Regional Load Allocation Center manages the schedule and dispatch of the Tehri Dam Hydroelectric Power Plant.

It is operated by the  Power System Operation Corporation.  

Currently THDC India Ltd. The dam generates about 3,000 million units of energy per year. 

Advantages of Tehri Dam  

The energy problem of social life has been solved. 

People around Tehri got job opportunities.

Because the dam produces 2,400 MW of electricity, it also exports electricity abroad.

The construction of this dam made Tehri famous not only in India but throughout Asia. Irrigation issues have been resolved.

 Disadvantages of Tehri Dam 

 People had to give up all their possessions in their fields. 

Excessive depletion of natural resources. 

Old Terry Market was submerged due to the construction of a dam. 

People have lost respect for their place.

 Before the dam was built in Tehri,  Old Tehri was the only city area in the entire Garhwal region with all kinds of services available such as the University Hospital.

NTPC acquires Hydel plant and expands renewable energy capacity  

 On 21 November 2019, the Government of India approved the transfer of Tehri Hyrdo Development Corporation (THDC) to NTPC Limited. 

Tehri Dam is a tourist spot 

 If you ever go to visit Tehri Dam, then believe me you will get lost in its beauty.

Bluewater will fascinate your mind as far as the eye can see between small and big green hills.

This blue water remains absolutely stable during winter and summer and gives peace to your mind, but in the same rainy season, its water increases completely and sometimes it can also become a cause of danger.

Along with the natural beauty, the government has also provided many facilities for tourists here.

 Best time to visit Tehri Dam

 Though any time of the year is good to visit Tehri Dam if you are an adventure-loving person then the best time for you is monsoon time.

Because at this time the water in Tehri is in full swing. 

Embark on an inner journey in the sparkling land of Tehri, perfect for planning a year-round vacation with friends, family, or solo travel. 


 Just as every summer has its own story, create your own story in Tehri’s temperate climate.

Between April and June, the temperature rises to 38°C, which is sufficient to visit all the nearby tourist attractions such as Devprayag and Chamba. 


 Rainy season 

 Listen to the rhythm of pouring rain during the New Tehri rainy season from July to September.

This season brings heavy to moderate rainfall, making it an ideal place to spend a holiday enjoying the picturesque beauty of the land. 

 Winter Season

 Temperatures during these months range between 15°C and 1°C, making it the best time to visit.  

When does Tehri Dam open 

 If you also want to enjoy your holidays with your friends or family members by coming to Tehri Dam, then let us tell you that although Tehri Dam is open for 24 hours, this time the best time to visit is 9:00 am. is from 6:00 pm.

 And for your information, also tell that if you want to know completely about Tehri Dam and want to have a full adventure tour, then it must take 2 to 3 hours. 

What is the entry fee for Tehri Dam 

you will be happy to know that there is no entry fee of any kind to visit the country`s largest hydropower project i.e. 

Tehri Dam, but yes if you want to do exciting activities in Tehri Lake If you want to do then you have to pay a fee. 

This fee is quite normal. 


Adventurous Activities at Tehri Dam 

 Apart from natural beauty, Tehri Dam also provides an opportunity for tourists to do adventure activities in Tehri Dam.

 In this journey, you can make your trip even more spectacular with many types of adventure sports activities. 

Adventure activities like Jet Skiing, Water Skiing, Rafting, and Water Jor Wing are done by the tourists at this place and their journey is fun.  

Tehri is a unique city that has something to offer to everyone. 

Tehri charms thousands of adventure lovers every year. Toward 


Safety Guidelines at Tehri Rafting

If you follow some basic precautions you can enjoy rafting safely.

Rapids above Grade III+ are not suitable for children and senior citizens. 

Select the proper lifejacket which fits you. 

Don’t use damaged or oversized life jackets. 

Don’t try to do rafting after sunset. 

Rafting is not safe in dark. 

Use mosquito repellants and lotions.

Avoid perfume because it attracts insects. 

Water is sometimes very cold so use clothes which are easy to dry.

Things to carry while Rafting at Tehri

  • Bathing Suit or Shorts
  • T-shirt 
  • Sunscreen Lotion
  • Antiseptic Cream
  • Sunglasses
  • Swimming Goggles
  • Old Sneakers
  • Waterproof Camera
  • Waterproof Bag for Camera and other devices
  • Energy Bars / Energy Drinks
  • Zip Lock Waterproof Bags
  • Towel
  • Extra Undergarments
  • Plastic Bags
  • woolen cloths
  • Quick drying shorts or swimming costume
  • Batteries
  • Ice Box



Boating in Tehri is an important part of Tehri Adventure. 

Drifting may be the lackadaisical movement about voyaging Toward a boat.


Kayaking in Tehri is the most popular in Tehri. 

It may be the utilization of a kayak to move crosswise over water. 

It is starting with canoeing by the sitting position of the paddler and the number of blades on the oar.


Parasailing Boat Ride also known as parascending or parakiting, is a recreational kiting action in the place an individual may be towed behind a boat or motor boat.


Camping-In-Tehri is also an outdoor activity including overnight stays away from home in temporary shelters like camps, tents, caravans, etc. it is the best way to enjoy the calmness of nature with your friends and family. 

Camping in Tehri is the best way to spend time with your loved ones.

Tehri Camping allows you to explore the beauty of mountains and keep you in a peaceful environment.

 Places to visit near Tehri Dam

 If you have a craze for exploring new places and also capturing new dimensions then a visit to New Tehri would be the perfect option.

As the place envelopes a number of temples, villages, and some rare but beautiful attractions. 

If you come to visit Tehri Dam, then there are many things near it where you can roam. 

Apart from the dam, many other famous popular tourist places are nearby. 

Which are very much liked by tourists.

if you also want to visit Tehri Dam, then we will tell you about some other places near Tehri Dam, which are major tourist places there and can add charm to your journey. 



 Devoted to Goddess Sati, Chandrabadni is one of the most revered Shaktipeethas and spiritually blessed temples of the divinity.

Carved in white marble and tiles.

the temple is located at  2277 meters above sea level.

Also offering panoramic views of the mountains. 


 Shem Muhem Temple 

It is at 2903m above sea level.

Sem Muhem Temple sits at the center of the devotees.

It is dedicated to the snake god.

To get to the hilltop temple, walk 7km from Khamba Khala, and 64km from New Tehri. 



 Another place where you can find yourself if you are looking for peace is Dhanaulti.

The mountain station is 40 km from Newteri.

overlooks ice-capped mountains and dense forests.

It has recently become a popular tourist attraction.




 Surrounded by dense forest, Chamba City is only 11 km from New Tehri.

Situated at 1600m above sea level, the city is best known for its pristine lands, offering sparkling views of snow-capped mountains and a soul-stirring peaceful atmosphere.



 Buddha Kedar 

 Walk 59 km from New Tehri to find this old temple located at the confluence of the Dharam Ganga and Bal Ganga rivers. Buda Kedar is believed to be where Duryodhan of Mahabharata gave Tarpana. Also at Buda Kedar, you can see birds soaring high in bright colors.

Panthvari Village 

 The village serves as a base camp for the Nag Tibba trek and is close to famous hill stations like Dehradun and Rishikesh. The town of Pantvari is  124 km from New Tehri and is covered with rhododendrons and oaks, mountain peaks, and is home to many beautiful birds. 


 Devalsari Village 

 Another village that serves as a base camp for the Nag Tibba trek is  Devalsari village. It is  9 km from New Tehri and 13 km from Nag Tibba. 


 Heitling Glacier 

 If you’d like to hike, you can hike the Hatling Glacier. The trek starts at Guttu, 62 km from Newteri, and as soon as you start the trek, you will be rewarded with enchanting views of the Himalayas. 



Traditionally, it is believed that this is the place where the sage Dev Sharma led an ascetic life, hence the present name of Devprayag.

It is one of the hill’s five sacred confluences.

It is an important pilgrimage site

According to Hindu scriptures, Devprayag is the divine confluence of the two visible celestial rivers, Alakananda and Bhagirathi, forming the sacred Ganges.

 Surkanda Devi Temple 

It is surrounded by dense forest.

Also offers beautiful views of the surrounding area including the Himalayas to the north and some cities to the south.

The Ganga Dussehra festival is held from May to June every year and attracts many people.

This temple is located among the Lansliya trees. It is covered in fog most of the time of year.


 Narendra Nagar 






 Khat Ling Glacier 



Accommodation near the Tehri dam

 After a day of seeing all the sights, you need a place to unwind and unwind. And when in New Tehri, there are plenty of accommodation options to choose from, from decent 3-star hotels to comfortable 2-star hotels to great 1-star hotels that combine comfort and luxury. The city also has state-run guesthouses if you’re looking for a more budget option. There are  Airbnb rooms and camping around town. 

It is also very famous as a tourist place, so here you do not have to worry about stopping during your journey. 

Because around digital, you will find all types of hotels from low budget to high budget as per your convenience.

 for your convenience here we are giving the names of some main hotels (Tehri Dam) 

  1.  Hotel Friends Club Resort & Restaurant
  2. Hotel Shree Ram
  3. Hotel Dev’s Places
  4. Fulari Homestay Kanatal 


Tehri dam resort

Tehri Club and resort

LE ROI, Floating huts & Eco rooms


How to reach Tehri Dam

Traveling through the beautiful land of New Tehri is not difficult. 

 So, you do not even have to worry about reaching Tehri Dam because the Tehri district of Uttarakhand is well and directly connected with major places of Uttarakhand. 

By Flight

 The nearest airport is Jollygrant Airport in Dehradun.

The airport is 86 km from the dam.

By rail

 The nearest railway station is in Rishikesh Haridwar,  71 km from Tehri Garhwal. 

By road

 You can also reach here by road from any place.

Tehri Garhwal is great as it is a major part of Uttarakhand.


All in all the Tehri Dam has gone through many trials and tribulations and is still going strong.

Basically, It survived an earthquake of magnitude 6.9.

Today, the dam is one of the most important sources of water as well as electricity for numerous towns and cities.

It also brings a lot of income to the tourism sector and increases it significantly.

Things like boating, diving, sightseeing, and more also make the city of Tehri a must-see.

lastly, Dams have become important national assets.

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