Tehri Dam

Lake / Backwaters

Photo Credit: Flickr

Distance (From Dhanaulti): 50 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): 3 Hours

Place Location: At New Tehri Town

Transportation Options: Cab

Travel Tips: The entry to the dam is only possible for the people who get prior approvals from senior government officers.

At a distance of 50 km from Dhanaulti, Tehri Dam is a multi-purpose rock and earth-fill embankment dam situated near Tehri in Uttarakhand. It is the tallest dam in India and one of the popular tourist attractions in Dhanaulti.

With a height of 260 m, Tehri Dam or Tehri Dam Reservoir is the tallest dam in India and also one of the tallest in the world. Built across Bhagirathi River, the Tehri dam was commissioned in 2006 to provide water for electricity generation, irrigation, and drinking water. It has a sediment trap efficiency of 95 % and was designed to offset 150 years of sedimentation. The length of the dam is about 575 m, crest width 20 m, and base width 1,128 m. The dam creates a reservoir of 4.0 cubic km of about 3,200,000 acre-feet, having a surface area of 52 sq. km. Provides more than 1,000 MW of hydroelectricity, it serves as the world's biggest hydro-electrical project drawing water from two great rivers of the Himalayas- Bhagirathi and Bhilangana.

The dam offers an astounding and magnificent sight with scenic views of the hills in the backdrop and clear waters in the front. This dam flocked by tourists and locals during the rainy season to get the splendid view of the overflowing water through the spillways of the dam. The dam reservoir, also known as Tehri Lake, is usually flocked with tourists interested in boating, jet skiing, water zorbing, and rafting.

Timings: 9 AM - 6 PM

Entry: Free