In the year 2000, a landmark bill passed in the parliament led to the formation of the Uttarakhand state along with Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh. This hilly state was carved out from the plain lands of Uttar Pradesh after acceding to the much awaited demands of the people of this region. This is a state that boasts of some of the pivotal Hindu pilgrimage places including Kedarnath and Badrinath. It is therefore dependant mainly on religious tourism as a principal source of revenue.
Uttarakhand consists of thirteen districts and has been divided into two main divisions viz. Kumaon and Garhwal. Tehri Garhwal is one among the prominent districts in the Garhwal division and is one of the biggest districts of the state.
The Pristine Tehri Garhwal
Tehri Garhwal is among the most beautiful places in all of Uttarakhand. It overlooks the sublime Himalayan peaks in full glory with a myriad of valleys, streams and rivers. This is the very place that oversees the Gangotri rushing from the peaks to the plains of Rishikesh.
This district appears as if it has been divided and bounded by a network of rivers. This is because, the rivers Ganga, Alaknanda, Yamuna and Bhilagna seem to form its East West frontiers. The river Bhagirathi that runs in the centre creates an impression of bisecting it into two parts.
Once considered to be among the biggest districts of Uttar Pradesh, a portion of the Tehri Garhwal was carved out to form the Rudra Prayag District. It presently measures a little more than 4000 square meters in area.
Why is Tehri Garhwal Named So?
Tehri Garhwal that houses a population of more than six lakhs as per the last census almost equals the population of the Solomon Islands. It derives its name from the Sanskrit word Trihari that signifies that the person visiting this place is going to be absolved of the sins committed through mind, speech and deeds. Garh that denotes the word fort stands true for this hilly district since it carries a long tradition of princes, kings and rulers. The fearsome Garhwal Rifles, a vestigial unit of the Indian Army was a fallout of the merger of the royal army of Tehri with the Union forces.
Hindus form the principal population of this district along with a small percentage of Muslims and Sikhs. This is among the very few districts in the country where the number of females outnumber the males.
The present day Tehri Garhwal is considered one among the most backward districts as per the report tabled by the Panchayati Raj Ministry. There are a total of 1847 villages that lie in this district. This is a place that emerged at the confluence of the Bhagirathi and Bhilagna rivers.
A Paradise For The Tourist
One of the beautiful and hitherto unexplored territories on the Indian tourism map, the district also houses the Rudreswar Mahadev Temple and the Surkanda Devi temples. Encompassing an enchanting landscape featuring a wide variety of flora and fauna, there are several places of tourist attraction in this city. Tourists can visit beautiful places like the Kempty fall, Chamba and Narendra Nagar. There are many other places that tourists will find enticing like the Khatling Glacier, Devprayag and several others.