Tehri - Encyclopedia




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TEHRI, a native state in Northern India, in political subordination to the United Provinces: area, 4200 sq. m.; population (1901) 268,885; estimated revenue, 28,000. It lies entirely amid the Himalayas, containing ranges from 20,000 to 23,000 ft. above sea-level, and also the sources of both the Ganges and the Jumna, with the places of pilgrimage associated with them. The forests, which have been leased to the British government, are very valuable, yielding several kinds of pine, oak and cedar. The crops are rice, small millets, wheat, potatoes and a little tea. The chief, whose title is raja, is descended from a Rajput family which formerly ruled over all Garhwal. The existing state was created by the British after the war with Nepal in 1815. The town of Tehri, on the river Bhagirathi (as the Ganges is here called) has a pop. (1901) of 3387.

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