The reason GPS is not so popular in India is because we have people and paanwalas. Wherever you go, you will find somebody who can be asked for direction. People who frequent the roads and tell you exactly where and how to go.
Before embarking on the Gangotri journey I had researched the way to Gangotri and found out the path including the highway details. As per the map, we had to drive from Chamba to Tehri and then to Uttarkashi.
Tehri dam is the 5th largest dam in the world. An engineering marvel, it was a cause of major concerns and protest because of the environmental and resettlement issues. Built on the river Bhagirathi, the dam is very close to the Himalayan ecosystem.
Till Tehri we manage to make no mistakes and then from Tehri a left turn was mistakenly taken as right. The wrong turn took us to a round trip of Tehri, an extra 80 Kilometers, the most dangerous road on earth and an extra time of 2 hours.
We saw the Tehri project of all possible angles that day.
The Tehri project as seen from the start of Tehri Town. The reservoir is actually that green
A tree survived in the reservoir and is still without a single leaf
The first look at Tehri Dam.
The Tehri Dam stands at a height of 261 meters and generates 2400 MW of electricity in addition to supplying water to Delhi, Uttranchal and Uttar Pradesh.
A bus makes its way on the road around Tehri dam. Behind the bus is a single big rock. The road goes to Srinagar in Jammu or if you take a small bridge, it can take you to Uttarkashi/Kedarnath