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Tehri Lake Festival is famously called Asia’s biggest lake festival, and rightly so. From cultural to art to adventurous activities, there is something for everyone here. This three-day festival is organized by the Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board (UTDB) at Tehri Lake in Tehri Garhwal, Uttarakhand. This joyous festival includes water sports, music, and amazing food. The festival is so grand that it attracts tourists from all over the globe.

History of Tehri Lake Festival

This Festival was an elaborate effort of the Uttarakhand state government to put Tehri Lake, and therefore Uttarakhand, on travellers’ itinerary and must-visit list. The whole idea is to popularize Uttarakhand as a stellar tourist destination. 

Throughout the years, Tehri Lake Festival has managed to attract swarms of both domestic and international tourists. To make foreign tourists feel more welcomed and comfortable, the organisers also arrange for Swiss tents for tourists coming from abroad.

Major Attractions of Tehri Lake Festival 2020

1. Lots of Adventurous Activities. There is a gazillion of water sports and other adrenaline-pumping activities available here. Give in to the thrills of river-rafting, water skiing, surfing, banana rides, canoeing, jet-skiing, paragliding, parasailing, and paramotoring or you can go kayaking, canoeing, gumming rappelling, scuba diving, terrain bike rides, hot air balloon, and rock climbing as well. You can watch adventure experts performing stellar aerial skills too here. 

Also Read: This event is also known as the rural olympics of India

2. Cultural activities. The whole festival begins with a cultural show, shedding light on the rich heritage of Uttarakhand as well as Tehri city itself. The show is followed by dazzling light and sound show which is just a precursor to the amazing activities scheduled for 3 days. Numerous food courts have scrumptious Pahadi food to offer so that you can dig in while basking in the glory of the Himalayas. Photo booths are also available here. 

3. Art Performances. The festival is filled with multiple music and folk-dance performances. You can watch the sky get lit with grand fireworks at night. Also, expect some dazzling performances from local or Bollywood celebrities.

4. Tehri Dam. When you’re in Tehri for the Tehri lake festival, don’t forget to visit the tallest dam of India. It is one of the best places to visit in Uttarakhand. This magnificent dam stands tall at 853 feet and has a base width of 1,128 feet. The dam withholding a reservoir for irrigation generates about 1,000 megawatts of hydroelectricity. It is also counted among the tallest dams in the world. The sheer size and magnificence is a sight to behold.

How to Reach

To reach Tehri Garhwal to attend the Tehri lake Festival, the best route is to reach New Tehri city first and from there on move to the festival location - about 30-minute drive. New Tehri is well-connected to major cities. It is located at a distance of 305, 2,427, 1,758, 1,768 km from Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai, and Kolkata respectively. Here are the top means of transportation by which you can reach New Tehri city.

By Air. To reach the Tehri lake festival via air, your best option is to reach Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun. From there, you can easily avail taxis to New Tehri city. The airport receives flight from all the major cities in India. It began its operation in 2008 and on average, it serves about 1,240,173 passengers annually. It is the 37th busiest airport in India. It is located a 40 minutes’ drive away from Haridwar and a 30 minutes’ drive away from Rishikesh.

  1. Delhi - Board Air India, IndiGo, Spicejet flights from Indira Gandhi International Airport. The airfares start from Rs.2,000
  2. Mumbai - Board Air India, IndiGo, Spicejet from Mumbai Airport. The airfares start from Rs.6,000
  3. Kolkata - Board Air India, IndiGo, Spicejet flights from Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport. The airfares start from Rs.8,000
  4. Chennai - Board Air India, IndiGo, Spicejet from Madurai airport. The airfares start from Rs.8,500

By Train. Dehradun railway station is the nearest railway station to Tehri if you want to board direct trains from the major cities. It was established in 1899 by the British. Now owned by India Railways, the station is located within a 5 km radius of taxi and bus stand. You can also choose Rishikesh railway station as the deboarding point, but you might have to change trains multiple times if you’re arriving from cosmopolitan cities.

  1. Delhi - Board Dehradun Shatabdi from New Delhi Railway Station and deboard at the Dehradun Railway Station
  2. Mumbai - Board Dehradun Express from Bandra Terminus and deboard at the Dehradun Railway Station
  3. Kolkata - Board Doon Express from Howrah Junction and deboard at the Dehradun Railway Station
  4. Chennai - Board Dehradun Express from Chennai MGR Central and deboard at the Dehradun Railway Station

By Road. If you happen to live nearby Tehri, you can very well opt for the road route. You can either hire a cab or drive your own vehicle to the destination. Here are some road routes to New Tehri from close locations.

  1. Delhi - 305 km via NH334 and NH34
  2. Dehradun - 98 km via NH34
  3. Rishikesh - 74 km via NH34
  4. Chamba - 11 km via Chamba-New Tehri Rd
  5. Karnal - 238 km via NH307

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    17 March 2020 - 19 March 2020

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    Tehri Garhwal

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