Tehri district was changed drastically in the early 2000s by the construction of Tehri Dam, one of the largest dams in the world. Multiple settlements including the old town of Tehri were submerged, leading to the creation of New Tehri. Several high profile activists, local community organisations, and environmental groups opposed the construction of Tehri Dam, which was a major political issue around the time of the dam's construction.
New Tehri can be reached by regular buses or share taxi from Dehradun, Haridwar, or Rishikesh. New Tehri can also be reached from Mussoorie, which may require a change at Chamba.
The nearest railway station is Rishikesh about 76km from New Tehri.
Public buses are the main transportation medium for the travel within this neat, clean city.
- Devi Koonjapuri Temple
- Hiking routes of Mahasar taal, Sehstra taal and Khatling glacier are very popular amongst foreign tourists and are being developed.
- Panwali Kantha, Belhbagi Bugyal and Khait Parvat have potential to attract tourists for mountaineering.
- New Tehri has a view of spectacular Tehri Lake
Singori is the traditional sweet which is best to buy. In jewelry, "Tehri ki Nath" is famous, not easily available to other places.
There are several new, midrange hotels on the main road that passes through New Tehri, and around the bus station. The majestic gurudwara, which has a commanding view of the city, has a couple of simple rooms that may be available in exchange for a small donation.
- Ananda in the Himalayas, The Palace Estate, Narendra Nagar, Tehri, ☏ , fax: , ✉ email@example.com. Focuses on yoga and Ayurvedic practices, combined with international spa therapies. It includes the Royal Palace of Narendra Nagar, of the Maharaja of Tehri Garhwal, an Indian princely state, and the restored Viceregal Palace, added to the palace in 1910-11 by the Maharaja for an expected visit of the Viceroy of India. Though the visit never materialized, the edifice remains, and went to accommodate the likes of Lord Mountbatten, a later Viceroy of India. From ₹20,000.
Buses and jeeps are available north towards Utrarkashi, and east towards Srinagar. More destinations are available via nearby Chamba.