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Contest: Win 2 Nights at Te Aroha, Dhanachuli!

Te Aroha Dhanachuli

Two weeks ago, I rekindled my love affair with Kumaon. From my attic at Te Aroha (Read: Te Aroha: Under The Yellow Rooftops), in the charming little village of Dhanachuli, I witnessed the majesty of the Himalayas. And so did some of you, through my blog, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You said you couldn’t wait to stay here yourself, so I managed to score it for you! Here’s your chance to win a stay at Te Aroha, and experience its poetic love in person.

Update (Aug 21): The results are out! Mini drumroll please…. The winner is Renuka Singh (@renns20). Congrats Renuka, hope you love your stay at Te Aroha as much as I did. Everyone else, thank you for your overwhelming response to this contest. Stay tuned for more giveaways in the near future!


A 3 days – 2 nights stay for two, in a room of your choice at Te Aroha in Dhanachuli, Uttarakhand. The prize is inclusive of breakfast, subject to availability, and must be claimed before 30th November, 2013.

Te Aroha Dhanachuli, Te Aroha, hill stations near Delhi

That’s the bathroom at the Long House, imagine the room itself!

Te Aroha Dhanachuli, Uttarakhand resorts, hill stations near Delhi

Antique furniture and little touches in the rooms.

Te Aroha hotel, Te Aroha Dhanachuli, Kumaon Himalayas

The view from The Attic, where I stayed, at dusk.


To enter the contest, you must do three things:

  1. Leave a comment on this post, describing in 15 words or less, what you imagine the Te Aroha experience to be like.
  2. “Like” the Te Aroha Facebook page.
  3. “Like” The Shooting Star Facebook page.

Simple, right?

[Update: This contest is now closed and only entries before 11:59 pm on August 17th will be entered into the lucky draw.]


My last contest excluded people who weren’t bloggers and writers. And I promised that won’t happen again.

So all eligible participants (who describe what they think the experience will be like in the comments, and are fans of both Facebook pages) will be entered into a lucky draw, and the winner will be picked at random. Pray to the Excel gods!

Te Aroha Dhanachuli, Kumaon Himalayas, hill stations near Delhi, Kumaon hills

High tea at Te Aroha, literally!


The contest starts on Saturday, August 3rd and ends on Saturday, August 17th.

The winner will be announced by August 20th 21st.


As always, it’ll be great if you share this contest on your social networks, and with your friends and family. That will not only increase your chances of winning, but also help me source such awesome contests for you in the future!

Kumaon village, Kumaon hills, Kumaon himalayas, hill stations near Delhi, Dhanachuli

A taste of village life at Dhanachuli.


  1. The winner must be at least 18 years old and a resident of any country.
  2. Only one entry per person is allowed. Participants with multiple entries will be disqualified.
  3. Participants who have liked both Facebook pages and submitted their answer in the comments section of this blog post will be shortlisted into a lucky draw, and one winner will randomly be picked. No disputes will be entertained.
  4. The prize includes a two nights stay for 2 people, in a room of the winner’s choice at Te Aroha, Dhanachuli, Uttarakhand, on twin-sharing basis and inclusive of breakfast. Please note that taxes on the breakfast are payable by the winner.
  5. The validity of the booking voucher will be until 30th November 2013 and bookings will be subject to availability.
  6. Reservation requests must be sent to, in advance of the winner’s travel.
  7. All meals (including tax on the breakfast), activities, travel to and from Te Aroha, and other personal expenses are the responsibility of the winner.
  8. The winner absolves Te Aroha, The Shooting Star, and Shivya Nath of any and all liability regarding accidents, mishaps, issues with reservations, bookings and the hotel, and any unforeseen circumstances before, during or after the trip.
  9. The contest deadline may be extended at the sole discretion of The Shooting Star and Te Aroha.

Good luck, get cracking!


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This post was written by Shivya Nath and originally published on The Shooting Star travel blog.



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  1. While reading through your original posts & pics of Te Aroha on FB/Twitter/Blog…..i had this thought continuously playing thru my head! And that i guess can best describe what an exp at Te Aroha could be….so here goes “Te Aroha promises a comfy cradle amidst the clouds to curl-up & shut out the world!”

  2. Te Aroha experience would be like “A snowy igloo to shut out the warmer but darker world”.

  3. Ajay says

    Here’s my entry:
    “Nestled in verdant hills, reaching for Azure skies, Te Aloha is Shangri La.”

  4. Ajay says

    Here’s my entry:
    “Nestled in verdant hills, reaching for Azure skies, Te Aroha is Shangri La”

    I’m sorry about the mistake in the other comment. My spell check is on steroids. 🙂

  5. gauravdaftary says

    Sorry for the error, the last comment was meant to be:

    Te Aroha to me will be “reminder to the beauty of the world, experienced amidst love in the lap of Himalayas”

  6. Kapil says

    Te Aroha is a hidden gem in North India. One of the must visit places of Love by Mr. Sumant Batra!

  7. Anish Thimanna says

    Te Aroha to me would be a place to explore one’s solitude, to mingle with the ice capped Himalayan mountains and speak with the winds.

  8. Geetanjali says

    hey Shivya,
    A feeling of staying amidst the clouds, like being nestled away in a more peaceful world.

  9. Throwing my hat in the ring as well! I have been dreaming about Te Aroha since reading your last post and to me the experience will be “an inspiration to write, while looking out at the mighty yet serene Himalayas.”

  10. Te Aroha experience will help me ‘look deep into nature, and then I hope I will understand everything better.’

  11. Anand Prasad says

    “I want to lose myself in the mountains, to truly find myself”

  12. It will definitely be a Rejuvenating & tranquilizing trip. Think if your pics are so awesome, how it will be to really be there.

  13. Pallavi Chandhok says

    A little faith, a little trust and a little pixie dust to make my trip to Te Aroha a MUST !!!

  14. Richa Tyagi says

    I am a Mountain child, born and brought up in the mountains. For me, there is nothing more calming than sitting in the balcony staring into the oblivion with a cup of tea in my hands. Te Aroha looks like the perfect place to do that. The snow capped mountains, The deafening silence, The Mighty Himalayas and the humble cup of ‘chai’ beckons me to the mountains… It’s almost addictive, this need for being pampered by the bliss that Te Aroha provides to the soul 🙂

  15. Dhanuj Selvaraj says

    Trying my luck as well!

    Te Aroha would be the perfect place to start my travel aspirations! What an hidden gem in India. Your post on your travel to Te Aroha brought me there with you – the pictures literally spoke a thousand words. Ideal place to cast all the worries of the world and enjoy the beauty of creation.

  16. Hills are where the heart is.
    “Lub Dub, Lub Dub, Lub Dub”, I will press my ears against the windows of the attic, and hear nature resonate with my heart. Lub Dub, Lub Dub, Lub Dub.

  17. Chandral says

    “All the birds have flown up and gone;
    A lonely cloud floats leisurely by.
    We never tire of looking at each other-
    Only the mountain and I.”
    – Li Po

    This is what I would experience at Te Aroha. (wish I could post this with one of the photos you clicked, it describes exactly what you captured in them)

  18. Samrajni S Patil says

    “If life were a Videogame, Te Aroha would be a Super Bonus-level that has 5 extra lives for you to collect!”

    I’m pretty sure that the view and the lovely property would give anybody who stays there a boost of energy, just seeing those pictures was enough for me to charge through a normal busy day, I bet staying there for those 3 days would give anyone sufficient energy to last a year or two! ☺

  19. vivea says

    Days dipped in beauty outside and nights soaked in beauty of Te Aroha, Magnificent!

  20. veeni says

    Away from all the noise and crowd would love to experience the magic of nature.

  21. Yogesh Bhalekar says

    A cradle, laying amidst snow-clad mountains in a cool breezy setup. A Fairy Tale!

  22. Nikita says

    Te aroha is an old love affair. Being there will be nirvana, moksha, salvation, life!

  23. Sonal says

    Here is my entry Shivya – Staying at Te Aroha would be like “Floating on cotton candy clouds over beautiful, rich peaks from the cosy Attic”

    Fingers Crossed:)……

  24. Suresh Kumar R says

    “Te Aroha: Forbidden heaven on earth, but everyone is allowed here.”

  25. richa pandey says

    i imagine my Te Aroha experience would be like ” exploring the splendid beauty of the Himalayas and experiencing the breathtaking beauty of the nature.”

  26. eastwind17 says

    A sense of something sublime- the mind of a man and the hills beyond the blue sky-the ethereal Te Aroha.

  27. The Te Aroha experience would be like, “Your sacred space where you would want to find yourself over and over again.”

  28. Ruchi Kaushal says

    For a travelholic like me who loves to visit offbeat places…which are not commercialized…unexplored but yet very beautiful…mesmerizing…it would be a dream which any traveler wold love to live….:) 🙂

  29. I would like to travel solo and the The Te Aroha experience would be like,”It never makes you feel the loneliness, it makes you smile,think,adore its beauty and what not”.

  30. Kartikeya Awasthi says

    I think the Te Aroha experience will be like : “Brilliant spectrum of blooming colors with views so comely and the sound of lush shrubs and trees in gentle breeze”

  31. MB India (@mbi9) says

    T – herapeutic
    E – thereal

    A – lluring
    R – efreshing
    O – ffbeat
    H – eavenly
    A – musing

    is how I believe a holiday at Te Aroha will be.

    Already like your page on Facebook, and liked Te Aroha page too.
    FB name – Pragya Garg (Sharma)

  32. Sudhakar Gupta says

    Te Aroha – A perfect example of head in the clouds with feet on the ground.

  33. Shashank says

    Stay at Te Aroha will be like a home in the clouds..a place to unwind…

  34. Suchi Govindarajan says

    I imagine a home in the clouds, with the smell of sweet apples and poetry.

  35. Dr Shivprasad Date says

    Stay at Te Aroha will be ” Beyond imagination, total relaxation and and my soul’s emancipation”

  36. Kavitha Reddy says

    Am sure my experience at Te Aroha will be like taking whispering steps on to the candy clouds ,soul rich ,body rejuvenated .

  37. Menaka ramanan says

    I expect visiting Te Aroha to be “precious time well spent capturing a slice of all the beauty and peace in the world”

  38. So many entries already? Gee! Here’s my tuppence too –
    “Te Aroha will be my first step towards freedom, towards being a travel writer”

    @Shivya – been reading your blog for a few days whenever I get the opportunity. Great stories!

  39. Payal says

    Te Aroha – Absolute quaintness and peace! Either solo or with company, it sure will be fun 🙂

  40. aarti deshpande says

    te aroha- like music will be food for the soul

  41. Silly me, I posted this on the other post you have about Te Aroha –

    Icy whites, verdant greens
    Rustling pages, steaming tea
    Where the Himalayas meet a happy me

  42. Rishikesh Shah says

    Empty ypur mental baggage and get lost in you at te aroha!

  43. Looking out of my window straight into the sky and cloud,
    Just a beautiful picture and not a single thing loud,
    The air so clean, the trees so green,
    That’s how Te Aroha would be for me…simple, calm and serene.

  44. As far as the picture tells Te Aroha will be nothing less than this poetic pursue,
    Uncertainty wrapped in a guiseof hope.
    Two worlds held together by few letters of that name.
    A string to hold on,
    A walk backwards and moment cocooned in the warmth of dubiety.
    (Unknown Poet)

    All pages liked. Avid fan of this blog-Not for brownie point*pinky swear*

  45. sumit kumar says

    Agar dunia mein zannat kahin hai, toh yahin hai, yahin hai, yahin hai..

  46. Divya says

    Te Aroha this is for you ‘ “I have found a dream of beauty at which one might look all life and sigh.”

  47. Aks says

    Needless to say that it is amazingly gorgeous sight. Okay, well, I imagine Te Aroha experience to be like ~ ” Being nester among clouds, surrounded by serenity & Eden; one of a kind soulful retreat “

  48. Anant says

    Hailing from the hills and having lived on the plains most of my life, I see Te Aroha almost as a refuge and homecoming with exquisite beauty and quality hospitality.

  49. I’ll take my mom here..I want her to see these things atleast once and understand my world. ‘ve never been able to explain the crave for travelling and hiking.. This might.

  50. Mumal says

    “Those who travel to mountain-tops are half in love with themselves, and half in love with oblivion.”

  51. Manan Dhuldhoya says

    For sights to make my heart sing, for solitude and all that it brings.

  52. Anuj Nigam says

    “Te aroha:: A living pleasure in the middle of mountains covered with clouds”

  53. A cozy ,romantic luxurious abode with some exhilarating sight ,warm hospitality and an overall grandiose experience 🙂 🙂

  54. They’d all be there, the usual suspects
    The mountain and it’s accouterments
    And temperature and humidity,
    Perfected to a decimal place

    And another extreme experience it would be
    Assorted nature, served for free
    A cocktail of drugs for the senses
    Fed through the eyes, as I see

    But observant and alert, I will be
    Oh Brahma’s Maya, the hypnotist
    As never from the outside to be had, you see
    Was true bliss made to be

    So though not the ultimate freedom
    But a reminder none-the-less, it would be
    MS-Excel, you better don’t mess
    Te Arohi, is the place to be

    – Naman.

  55. Oh Dear! Did not read the 15 word rule, and spent 2 hrs writing that above comment (but worth it, I say). Here I go again :
    Visiting Te Aroha would be “A reminder towards the extreme possibilities that existence offers”.

  56. Neera Dhawan says

    I am longing to be at this dreamy place nestled away in heaven.

  57. Abhinav Arora says

    A magnificent heaven of a resort, amidst the picture postcard backdrops of the glorious Mukhteshwar.

  58. kashish says

    Te Aroha, mountain of love in true sense. It exudes passion, love and serenity! Come fall in love.

  59. Piyush says

    Te Aroha experience is like “being a bird in the clouds”

  60. Brian Mubiana says

    An exciting,educative and nonforgetable rare wonderful experience.

  61. Nitin says

    Te Aroha is like a heavenly experience away from this metro where we die each day…….

  62. Sujoyta Ghosh says

    “Te Aroha promises to bring to life, a surreal celebration of the clouds and the magic of the mountains”

  63. Srinivas says

    If outdoor of Kumaon are serene and pristine with nature, staying inside Te Aroha is equally serene, charming and pristine. Te Aroha adds to the beauty of Kumaon and makes one stay in Kumaon pleasant

  64. Arvind Negi says

    “It would be like cuddling in the lap of the mountains, living the childhood once again”

  65. I am not going to describe a Te Aroha experience like how I want it to be. The person I want to go with or hope to win this for, I’m sure they’ll love it. My person is a mountain lover, leaving for places like Ladakh or Kasol he wants. My person saw this post in passing and I want to win it for them. Now comes the 15 word future experience : “I’m hoping to wake up to fresh air and garam chai with someone I want to”

  66. Hi Shivya, I am a blogger, but I don’t have a Facebook page for my blog. So, unable to like your page as well as the Te Aroha page on Facebook. Can I still enter the contest? Do let me know.

      • Great! I do have a personal Facebook profile. I already like your page on Facebook, and now I have liked the Te Aroha page, too.

        As for how I imagine the Te Aroha experience to be like, here is my entry:

        A retreat amidst the clouds, in the place of love.
        Therapy for the mind and soul.

  67. That’s a cool contest, superb idea Shivya 🙂 Sharing this contest on my facebook page as well…this August we are all just raring to escape, what with so many God-gifted holidays! The folks on my page would love to try this too.

    And here’s my own entry, fingers crossed:
    ‘Living in a dream. Waking up among the clouds. Drinking the fresh mountain air. Paradise!’

  68. Shivya – Liking both pages from my personal facebook ID although I am blogger..

    Staying in Te Aroha would mean :

    nesting amidst clouds and mountains, breathing the fresh air and unwind in the lap of nature.

  69. Sadaf says

    A quaint picturesque little place that will warm up the soul.with its breathtaking views, great hospitality & divine food (have heard rave reviews about the food here)

  70. VINEET KULRIA says

    Thank you so much for posting the pictures.
    This place looks so devine. I believe, I will be forced to use the following lines to sum up Te Aroha experience

    “Mano jaise sirf sans chal rahi thi abb tak, jina toh abb shuru kiya hai”

  71. SACHIN says

    A stress free place near to nature where we can relax and refresh.

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  73. Jacobien says

    A place to fall even more in love with India! Greetings from Holland

  74. after looking at the phtotos: “a place where i want to send my parents for a well deserved weekend break” ( and if i get selected, I WILL be pushing my parents only to go!) 🙂

  75. Azmat says

    I’d imagine Te Aroha to be a place “to dream of melancholic things, fall in love and write into the sunsets”.

  76. Upasana Mukherjee says

    Here’s my entry “Te Aroha: Where the clouds will sing you the mellowed song of dusk “

  77. chandra kant prasad says

    Staying in Te Aroha would mean : a luxurious natural retreat offering Spectacular views of the towering mountains. Unforgettable, surreal and Liberating experience of a lifetime.

  78. Honey Thapar says

    ” Give me some mountains, give me some rain, take me to Dhanachauli I wanna be a child once again”

  79. Priyanka Singh says

    “it’s like to experience heaven on earth, amidst clouds, playing beautiful song on angelic harp.”

  80. Aashi Rawat says

    “A lone peak of high point is a natural focal point in the landscape, something by which both travelers and local orient themselves. In the continuum of landscape, mountains are discontinuity — culminating in high points, natural barriers, unearthly earth.” … Te Aroha is the place!

  81. Amiya says

    “Lost to the world, alive within.”

    Thank you for the lovely contest, Shivya and Te Aroha! 🙂

  82. The still, magnificent landscapes and the immensity of peace & quiet will be therapeutic to say the very least. More importantly – inspiration to write will flow uninhibited!

  83. Gulshan Sharma says

    Te Aroha, you would be my cosy clumsy blanket in this bone chilling life! Let me inside you.

  84. I have yet to travel to a place where I get to enjoy a resort like feel and to be amongst the nature and the clouds. A break from the urban life will be a great treat to my mind, soul and body.

  85. Rishi Arya says

    My experience in Te Aroha would be like ” A tranquil stay in the lap of the nature with time to introspect. Breathe in the crisp fresh air, walk in the woods and eat soulful food.”

  86. Mallika Patney says

    In the times when man has left no stone unturned to plunder the nature, Te Aroha gives me hope and the powerful belief that all is not lost! With its beautiful and tranquil sorrounds, it makes it possible to aspire, that if there is paradise, it is here!

  87. Dhruv Ahuja says

    Disconnect to reconnect with yourself, Te Aroha is a journey within a journey!

  88. Meghana Hassan says

    Away from the world, would love to relive at Te Aroha, enjoying beauty of Himalaya..

  89. YASH VARDHAN says

    Gar firdaus bar-rue zamin ast, hami asto, hamin asto, hamin ast.” “If there is a heaven on earth, it’s here, it’s here, it’s here.” Mughal Emperor Jehangir while visiting kashmir. if he would have visited te aroha then these words would have been said for tearoha instead of kashmir…

  90. Veena says

    Meditate, Relax , enjoy and become one with nature. Heaven is real at Te Aroha.

  91. Reema says

    Te Aroha, my Tabula Rasa where I scribble my life’s story amidst its true beauty!

  92. Rajat Agrawal says

    “A soothing place for taking the most important journey..the journey inward..connect with yourself!”

  93. Nishant Chiplunkar says

    Serene, peaceful & exquisite. Te Aroha, Justifying its Maori meaning!

  94. April Pura Alianza says

    At play in the fields of the Lord…there’s no place like here!

  95. “…That is the true smell of the Himalayas, and if once it creeps into the blood of a man, that man will at the last, forgetting all else, return to the hills to die”. I do not know what had brought these words to Kipling’s mind… But had he not written these words I would have become famous for writing them about my anticipated experience at Te Aroha. It does seem like a place which will leave such a mark on my senses that I shall return to die there!

  96. Rajat Chanana says

    “Te Aroha : To experience heaven without actually going there “

  97. Raji says

    neele gagan ke tale….., dharti ka pyar pale
    aise hi jag me, aati hai subah…

  98. raginipuri says

    Here I go too! Would love to win a chance to stay at Te Aroha!

    I imagine my Te Aroha experience to be like –

    An escape from the energy-sapping drudgery of city life, a solitary self-indulgent sojourn amidst nature.


    Now, with the 15 words done with, let me admire the beautiful pics you have shared Shivya. They are very inviting indeed! I have never been to this part of Uttarakhand, so it would really be exciting to win a stay here and indulge in not just the beauty of the landscape, but also the charm of this lovely resort.

    I blog at

  99. Soham Sabnis (@sohamsabnis) says

    Experience to connect with yourself, flying with dreams to conquer the sky!

  100. Yash Wadhwani says

    Abode of the clouds, serene and overlooking the tiny miniscule world below…

  101. kennethdelrosario22 says

    It would be like living your most beautiful dream–brief but sweet to the taste.

  102. Starrie says

    Te Aroha will be a the-road-less-travelled experience for this Manila girl!

  103. Anand Shankar says

    Te Aroha is Prayer meeting Soul. Some places just meet eyes, it is etched in my creation.

  104. Ian Carl Abastillas says

    one thing i have imagine a placed full of wonders and dream come true

  105. Priyanka Mitra says

    The Blue abode providing for introspection and epiphany. That color of mountain, sky, waking dreams!

  106. Marizen Villamora says

    I think my Te Aroha experience would be like serenity above thousands of feet of Earth yet still be reminded that I am a human given the opportunity of admiring God’s creations.

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