Tehri Retreat, Sursingdhar: A Himalayan Eco-lodge

If the road less travelled is what fascinates you, then add Tehri on your travel wish list. Located at a distance of 305 Kms from New Delhi, Tehri lies in the heart of Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. It is here that the beautiful Himalayan Eco Lodge, ‘The Tehri Retreat’ is nestled between Chamba and New Tehri on a small detour along a pine forest and overlooks the pristine Himalayan hills.

Vivid green valleys and the emerald waters of the Tehri Lake (formed naturally by the dam) majestically transform with the changing moods of the sun and the mountain climate along with the scenic beauty of the surrounding hills including that of the majestic Nanda Devi (India’s second highest peak) makes this place surreal.Tehri_lake_bridgeTehri Dam Image Copyright@Travel Triangle

The Old Tehri town was originally situated at the Bhagirathi and Bhilangna Rivers. The construction of the Tehri dam submerged Old Tehri town including 23 villages and partially submerging another 72 small villages that surrounded the now Tehri Lake. The Tehri Dam is among the world’s largest dams. Even today there are visible signs of the Old Tehri including few scattered ruins and remains of the old houses near the river bank and dam area.View of the New Tehri TownView of the New Tehri Town

Being one of the lesser known hill stations of Northern India, Tehri is truly an offbeat destination yet easily accessible.TehriLake

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The balcony is the highlight of Tehri Retreat and offers you amazing views of the Tehri Dam and the majestic Hills of Nanda Devi and much beyond. This place is an ideal getaway for people living in Dehradun, Mussoorie, Haridwar, Rishikesh and New Delhi and makes for an amazing holiday destination. sursingdhar3

Wake up to mild dew and fog, soak up the scenic views with a hot cup of tea/coffee. Read a book or play a game of chess. Simply get amazed by the dancing clouds and spot some rare birds too.

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Talk a walk along the forest trails nearby while interacting with the local villagers. Afternoons are a perfect time to visit the Tehri Dam and watch a mesmerizing sunset on your return back.

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Image Copyright @Clear Trip

The Lodge also has a conference hall that caters to corporate travellers, making this place an ideal destination for corporate events or team offsite trips too. The place offers you 15 well-designed rooms that overlook Tehri Valley.

Room Tariffs: 

  • Deluxe Room (10): 5500 INR
  • Premium Room (10): 6500 INR
  • 2 Bedroom Cottages (5): 12000 INR

Hotel Contact: + 91 – 7895979208 and + 91 – 7895979211

Distance Guide: 

Tehri Lake from the Lodge: 20 Km
New Delhi: 300 km
Mussourie: 71 Km
Rishikesh: 68 km
Haridwar: 90 km (also the nearest Rail Head to visit Tehri)

Evenings are spent by a bonfire with smoky barbecue along with a sumptuous dinner. The food served here is quite homely, simple and comforting and that makes it ideal for all age groups. Served in Buffet style, there is food suiting every taste and pallet. Click Here for Tariffs and other details.

Local Food & Culture: The people of Garhwal include Rajputs (believed to be of the Aryan origin), Brahmins , Bhotias (the Mountaineers), Tribals (that are of mongoloid origin and have a nomadic or semi-nomadic way of life and includes Jaunsaris of Jaunsar-Bawar, Jadhs of Uttarkashi, Marchas of Chamoli (Mana and Niti valleys) and of Van Gujjars – forest dwellers of nomadic Muslims that spread till Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh). These tribal communities have an amazing knowledge of traditional medicine systems and herbs that are still in practice is few of the deep village communities.

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The rugged hilly terrains of Garhwal are ideal for growing varieties of Millet & Pulses, fresh green vegetables and fruits like apples and apricot. Here the stable food is made using millets like Jhangore Ki Kheer, Madua Ki Roti (Buck Wheat), Arsa, Baddi, Jholi, Kaafuli, Chainsoo, Roat, Aalo Ka Jhol and Gahat Ki Dal (a kind of Kulath dal). Garhwali Cuisine is non-spicy but full of flavours as it uses a diverse range of condiments. Most villagers are vegetarians but there are still many who love their chicken/meat. Seasonal fruits like Kaafal (bayberry), Burash (Rhododendron flowers) and Malta (Mekauti) are specialities of this region. There are plenty of local sweets that can be sampled in the village shops as well.

Check out the Recipes of Garhwal Cuisine HERE and Learn more about ingredients HERE

Winters at Sursingdhar
Winters at Sursingdhar

Activities to Do

The Lodge offers adventure and leisure activities and depending on your interests you can choose Mountain Biking, Trekking, Cliff jumping, Village walks etc.Cycle through the winding roads and enjoy the fresh airCycle Image Copyright @Himalayan Eco Lodges

There are numerous water sports on the Tehri Dam that can make for a fun day out. Try Canoeing, Rowing, Boating, Water scooter, speed Boating, Rafting and Kayaking.

River Rafting at Jayalgarh:

For thrilling river rafting experience, you can travel to Jayalgarh, which is an awesome spot for River Rafting on the beautiful Alaknanda River, that later merges with Bhagirathi (a tributary of River Ganga) at Devprayag. Camp High5 offers river rafting adventure with other facilities

Excursions from New Tehri

Kanatal: 35 Kms from Tehri

Mountain Views from Kanatal Image Copyright @Travelfreaks

Kanatal is a charming hill station situated on the Mussoorie-Chamba road and offers a perfect getaway from the cities. Located at an elevation of 8500 mts above the sea level, Kanatal has a few good hotels and numerous campsites offering nature and adventure activities. A few popular camps include Camp Carnival, Little Jaguar, The Kanatal Orchids – Camps & Resort.

There was once a beautiful lake here at Kanatal and the name itself literally means one-eyed lake’ in Hindi! Kanatal is a peaceful place to enjoy the nature and has a few treks to explore. A 2 km trek to Surkhanda Devi Temple, dedicated to Sati (Lord Shiva brought the head of his wife Parvati from Kankhal, Haridwar) offers a 360-degree view of the surrounding hills. One may also enjoy a peaceful Kaudia forest trek that is motorable and offers great views at few corners along with natural waterfalls during the season.

Devprayag: 64 km from Tehri

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Devprayag is a holy town where the sacred confluence of River Bhagirathi and River Alaknanda forms the River Ganga and is an important pilgrimage site for the Hindus.

Once in Devprayag, visit the Chandrabadni Temple, one of the Shakti Peeths and a holy shrines of Goddess Sati. Legend states that the torso of Sati fell here and her weapons got scattered all over the place) and even a number of iron Trishuls (tridents) and old statues can be seen strewn around.

Shakti Peeth - Chandrabadani Temple Devprayag
Shakti Peeth – Chandrabadani Temple Devprayag

The temple is located on top of the mountain about 10 km north of Kandi Khal (a place on the Devaprayag-Kirti Nagar metalled road). The place commands a beautiful view of the Surkanda, Kedarnath and Badrinath peaks. The temple is very small and contains a Shri-yantra carved out on a flat stone instead of an idol. Interestingly, a cloth canopy is tied to the ceiling over this Shri-yantra once a year and the Brahmana priest doing it has to do it blindfolded!

Trek to Khatling Glacier: 62 Km

Khatling Sahasratal Masartal Trek

The Khatling Glacier is a lateral glacier, at the source of the river Bhilangana. Sahasratal and Masartal are on the west and east of it respectively. This trek takes you via villages and offers enchanting views of the Himalayan Ranges all around. The trek to Khatling glacier starts from Ghuttu, a place about 62 km from Tehri.

There is also a P.W.D. Inspection house and a Tourist Rest House at Ghuttu that offers a comfortable stay. Book them HERE

otherbloglogoHere’s an interesting Blog on Sursingdhar by Ayandrali that explores and shares the natural beauty of the Lodge and surrounds. Do also read a personal experience by another travel blogger Aditi Mathur Kumar who recently visited the Lodge

Comprehensive Map of Uttarakhand & Uttaranchal

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