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Narendra Nagar is a city in the district of Tehri Garhwal in Uttarakhand. It is administered by a Municipal Board. Earlier, it served as the headquarters of Tehri Garhwal district. However, New Tehri Town is the headquarters now.
A brief history of Narendra Nagar
Narendra Nagar was established by Maharaja Narendra Shah of Tehri Garhwal in the year 1919 and was made capital of the state. Odathalli, the small town that is nestled under the foothills of Shivalik was not only selected for its scenic beauty but also for its proximity with the plains. Odathalli also enjoys historical as well as mythological significance right from ancient times. The palace of Narendra Nagar has been visited by several dignitaries including British Viceroys, Prime Ministers of India, Spiritual Leaders, etc. The last Maharaja of Narendra Nagar was Manabendra Shah in 1946. Post independence, the province came under Uttar Pradesh state. Now it comes under Uttarakhand.
Today, Narendra Nagar Palace has been made into a spa named “Ananda- In The Himalayas”. The palace overlooks the Doon Valley and offers picturesque view of the Himalayas. The palace is flanked by two World War I cannons at the royal gateway. Today, the palace stands as a symbol of grandeur as well as splendor of the bygone era.
Geography of Narendra Nagar
Narendra Nagar is situated at 30.17oN 78.30o E and has an elevation of 1326 m (4,350 feet). Narendra Nagar offers wonderful view of Haridwar, Rishikesh, the Ganges River and the Doon Valley. It is situated on the Rishikesh-Gangotri-Yamunotri Route.
Climate of Narendra Nagar
Narendra Nagar experiences warm as well as temperate climate. During winter, it rains heavily than the summers. Narendra Nagar is classified by Koppen and Geiger as Csa. The annual average temperature of Narendra Nagar is 20.1oC with June being the warmest month. January is the coldest month. The average rainfall of Narendra Nagar is 2228 mm.
Administration of Narendra Nagar
It is administered by a Municipal Board.
Tourism in Narendra Nagar
Narendra Nagar is also a tourist destination. Let’s see some of the tourist attractions of Narendra Nagar.
Narendra Nagar is famous for the largest Nandi Bull statue in Northern India. Avtaar Singh Panwar sculpted this statue in the year 1960.
Ananda Spa Resort
Ananda Spa is the best ayurvedic spa resort of India situated on the foothills of Himalayas. It is also in close proximity to mythological as well as spiritual cities of Haridwar as well as Rishikesh. The palace of Narendra Nagar has been converted into the Spa today and it comes with elegant and artistic interiors.
Radha Krishna Mandir
Established in the year 1960 is the Radha Krishna Mandir and below it lies the source of perennial fresh water. The water remains warm during winters and cold during summers.
From Narendra Nagar, the tourists can reach Mussoorie, New Tehri, Dev Prayag, Rishikesh, Dhanaulti, Kanatal and Haridwar.
Services and Utilities in Narendra Nagar
Narendra Nagar comes with several public utility services and let’s see some of them here.
Banking Services in Narendra Nagar
There are several public and private banks available in Narendra Nagar. Let’s see here some of the banks in Narendra Nagar.
The address of the BSNL office in Narendra Nagar is
Telephone Exchange Building
Uttarakhand 249 175
Private telecom companies also operate in Narendra Nagar.
How to Reach Narendra Nagar
Narendra Nagar is well connected by road with other cities of Uttarakhand as well as with other states of India. Narendra Nagar is also connected to NH 94. UPSRTC buses, private buses and taxis are available to reach Narendra Nagar. The nearest railway station is Rishikesh which is connected with other major cities of India and is some 16 Kms away from Narendra Nagar. From Rishikesh, the tourists can hire taxis or travel by bus to Narendra Nagar. Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport to Narendra Nagar which is some 31 Kms away. From there, tourists can travel by road to Narendra Nagar.