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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Its a quaint little place far from the city chaos. Suitable for the ones who like to sip their in sheer tranquility and beauty. The suite is luxurious with a unique touch of class in its decor, accompanied by unmatched hospitality.

Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
Thank Parul M
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went to the property hearing a lot of positive things about it. Since we had booked another property for our stay we decided to visit this and have lunch there.
Food-5/5
The food was ammmazing. Continental dishes are hand down. Indian food is good too.
Service 5/5
Ever smiling and courteous staff. Accommodating so much that we changed our table from inside to outside seating and back to inside area as it was quite sunny outside. But these staff had no issue and served us with a smile.
Ambience 5/5
The property is beautiful. Rooms are also very good. We looked at family suite. It’s gorgeous.three beds two batch and a lining area. Very good for a family and reasonable price.
We sat in the lawns for sometime and kids went to library for reading.
We are definitely going here to stay on our next visit.

Stayed: June 2018, travelled with family
Thank Saurabh A
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The two of us being newly wed but unfortunately not being able to plan out a long honeymoon, found this place as a perfect getaway to start the journey of the rest of our lives. And boy, did it serve its purpose or what!

The first thought that comes to your mind as you reach there after the 2 hr journey from Kathgodam is the fact that this property has been created with passion and heart. Spread over several layers on the hill slope, it embodies nature as its integral component in the structure, without compromising on style or luxury. The rooms are on the topmost levels giving a bird's eye view to the entire city down below-a pleasant sight to wake up to in the morning.

Special mention about the service. They have not left anything to chance here, with their impeccable service and attention to details. They were gracious enough to provide us a customized dinner for the two of us, as it was sort of a honeymoon, and I'm really thankfull to them. Breakfasts out in the morning sunshine, overlooking the hills, and the evening bonfires were a delight.

There are a few avenues around the place to spend the days, there's the Mukteshwar Temple and its adjoining hilltops. The resort also arranges for a village walk around the place, to enable the guests have a taste of the life beyond the hustle-bustle. But it's essentially a place to enjoy peace, sanguine, to Forge new love or rekindle the old love, for that matter! There's a reason they don't provide TVs in the rooms and you really won't miss them here, at all.

Stayed: March 2018, travelled as a couple
Thank Pratik P
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Reviewed 8 June 2018 via mobile

No other name apart from 'Te Aroha' could do justice to this place of Love... its simply magical. We (me, my wife n daughter aged 6 yrs) stayed for 1 night in 'The Front Room' in the later half of May 2018. Its a stunning property in White with Yellow roof, right at the Dhanachuli Bend. All the rooms are located on different levels and you need to climb a lot of stairs and thats the fun part of the stay. Luckily we were the only guests that night and we got to see a few other rooms as well - The Family Cottage (blue upholstery n the decor is to die for) n The Long House stand out. Te Aroha is aesthetically very rich. The decor speaks for itself and shows that the makers have spent a lot of effort n thought n love in developing this place. The Front Room comes with a private terrace where we spent a good time in the evening watching the sunset. They also offered us Bonfire in the evening in the garden area. The dining area is wonderful with a section which displays yesteryear advertisements, film posters n all. Superb!!
The chef asked for our choice for dinner and we zeroed in on Continental - soup, cottage cheese steak, mashed potatoes, boiled vegetables n fruit custard. Food was too good - in both taste n presentation. They even served Pasta for our daughter. It had rained in the evening and the weather was chilly. The staff placed hot water bags in our bed while we were having dinner. Breakfast was equally good - cutlet, hash browns, baked beans, juice, fruits, bread n jam.
In the morning we visited Chitrashala - the museum with vintage posters, matchboxes, tins, etc. It was truly enjoyable as some photos, matchboxes n other stuff take you back down the memory lane. One of a kind!! The Activity Room is equally good and has all the stuff to keep you n your kids engaged. The Library has a good collection of books for adults n children. They also have a shop from where we bought a Kilmora Shawl. Special mention for all  their Staff - happy to serve you at all times. Surender gave us good tips about visiting different places in Kumaon.
To sum it up, it was a luxurious stay and we enjoyed it very much. Hope to return to Te Aroha sometime. Love you... Te Aroha.

Stayed: May 2018, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 June 2018

If you are thriving for a well deserved holiday, you can choose to go to the hills for a refreshing weather and the enchanting mountains. The choices have been mind boggling so far with options like Nainital, Mussoorie and Simla being the favorite picks of the season.


However, the mid-summer night dream becomes a crude nightmare, as these frequently visited mountains are thronged by city dwellers each year.To the rescue comes a refreshing take in vacationing. Dhanachuli, a quiet hillock breathes fresh air and gives vacationers uncountable reasons to enjoy. Located approximately 7000 ft above sea level, this quaint hill station has exactly what your summer getaway requires - a breathtaking scenery with astounding weather.

Just a kilometer beyond the main market of Dhanachuli is perched Te Aroha – Magnificence beyond compare. Synonymous with classic heritage and a magnificent view of the mountain ranges, this place is a winner. The summer colonial house owned by Mr. Sumant Batra is now converted into a boutique luxury hotel which is the perfect getaway for families and buzy corporates who love experimenting with new destinations.

My search for an unconventional summer getaway ended at Te Aroha. Barely 3 hours drive from the plain region of Kathgodam, the smooth drive uphill is a totally different experience. The swaying trees give your eyes a visual treat while the fragrance in the air pleases your nostrils. Since Dhanachuli is not a frequented place, there is barely any traffic to be seen.

The arrival to the resort was rather timely and warmly welcomed by the hospitable staff. A fresh glass of Rhodendron juice, made from Rhodendron flowers grown in the Himalayas was offered as welcome drink. Devoid of any artificial preservatives, it was truly fresh and energizing.



The attic - Our abode for two days
We were escorted to our room that was way too high but offered a spectacular view of the mountain ranges. The suite had a rather warm ambiance with a touch of British heritage that was displayed in every corner of the room. While the antique furniture transported us to the British colonial style, the colossal glass windows displayed the breathtaking views of the landscape.

The luxury in the room was oozing with high rise beds and soft mattress alluring us for deep sleep. Such beds are not to be seen these days unfortunately.

The attic, as it was appropriately named had another room adjoining the main room taken up by a flight of stairs. The room above was thrown open to the most enticing view I can ever imagine. Calm and serene, it had an interesting blue colored couch and a coffee table book written by Mr. Sumant Batra. A few cookies with a cup of tea while looking at the mesmerizing view of the delirious mountains satiated me.


Comfortable high rise beds
A warm shower relieved my tiredness completely. Later, we were invited for lunch in the restaurant. A touch of class with finesse is what the fine dining restaurant can be stated.

With a cover of 32 people, the restaurant is well lit up with natural light entering from every corner. Devoid of fans or air conditioners, the temperature was apt for a scrumptious meal. The attendants in their smart uniforms offered us fresh Indian cuisine. The chef, a talented native from the Garhwal region was well aware with the Indian and Chinese cuisine who ensured the meal was without any artificial preservatives. The simple food was extremely palatable and devoured.

Mr. Batra was kind enough to take me around the place. A lawyer by profession, he began his ardent journey when he came to Dhanacholi 13 years back. A romance with the place and he was ready to build a dream home away from the maddening city life of Delhi. It was with the support of his friends and family that he later built it into a beautiful resort.


Exquisite lanterns hanging outside the rooms
The Te Aroha resort has overall 12 rooms which are made with special attention to décor and ambiance. The resort that was his home around 13 years back is now a magnificent abode to tourists who come here to take back unforgettable memories.

Each room at Te Aroha has very different names that are basic but very unique. Names like Three steps down, the Attic, the Master’s Bedroom, the Deck seemed basic but were adorned with different color tones and artifacts’.

Chosen with perfection, every furniture is carefully selected and placed accordingly in every room with precision matching the color tone. Each room has splendid views of the mountain ranges. The Master bedroom with a large shower area and a separate sitting area had a view of the garden, so if you would like to sit with a cup of tea before a shower you can do that willingly. Each room has its own balcony that offers complete privacy for the guest.


The epitome of undying love - Waheeda and Guru Dutt
Each room at Te Aroma has another interesting concept. It follows a different theme of famous pairs from Hollywood and Bollywood that is rarely seen anywhere. The unforgettable pair of Waheeda and Guru Dutt was framed in the attic that spoke in volumes about the duo’s odyssey. Similarly other pairs were also framed in other rooms that talked about their meticulous journey while being in sync with each other.

A few stairs up further took us towards a museum that was ardently done. A small tea room with a floral upholstery matched with the quaint surrounding of the beautiful room. Different flavors of tea, tea jars and artifacts’ looked perfect. The tea room had masterpieces of the most allured books of old times. Classic novels or recent memoirs were placed neatly in the shacks that reflected a classic aura.



The magnificent Tea Room
Adjoining to the tea room is a recreation room with all indoor activities to unwind and get occupied with. A favorite with children, it is clubbed with every little facility to entertain them while the parents are involved in reading their favorite books.

A large area with a volleyball court looks magnificent. If you love outdoor sports, you can try your hand for a good match with your friends. The open air volleyball match amidst trees and fresh air is bound to satisfy you more than a match played in a metropolitan club.

While touring around the property, a thunder storm breaks and a downpour is welcomed as a respite for us. The air got chiller and the rain elevated our spirits even further. We were then escorted to our rooms to dry ourselves. As dinner time approached, we looked forward to another scrumptious meal prepared by the talented chef. A Chinese meal was served that consisted of Chicken clear soup and Vegetable clear soup followed by some rice and Chinese vegetables that were made with perfection.



Mesmerizing collection of Artifacts
A good night sleep was something we were all looking forward to and we took leave to retire for the day. The next morning we woke up to see the sun rise. Early morning sun at Dhanachuli is a sight you should not miss. The Te Aroha resort offers a spectacular view of the morning sun that can be witnessed easily. The beautiful sun rising above the mountains looks enchanting. A cup of tea devoured while watching the sun rising between the mountains is a sight incomparable.


We looked forward to the morning trek that was taken by a native of Uttarakhnad, Mr. Dongar Singh. He escorted us through the thick jungles explaining about the flora and fauna of Dhanachuli. While we huffed and puffed through the high terrain, gasping for breath, we stopped to absorb the scintillating view. Though it was bit late for the bird watching, we did manage to look at few parrots here and there.

The one hour long trek ended and we returned back to the resort. Famished as ever, we walked towards the restaurant. The open dining area of the restaurant offers a panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges with a spectacular view of the morning sun. We chose to sit outside and enjoy the continental breakfast the chef prepared for us. Different varieties of jams on the table made fresh without preservatives were the most delicious jams I have ever tasted. The platter of sausage, eggs, Hash brown with fresh juice was thoroughly enjoyed with the cool breeze and magnificent view.


Th spectacular sun rise from Te Aroha
A village trek was organized that took us through the local farms and residents of Dhanachuli. We passed though different kinds of trees like Rhodendron, pine, oak while on the trek. The natives were warm and friendly who gleamed with happiness and offered us local fruits from their orchards. A tea experience in one of the local’s house was organized that tasted different and pleasant. The ripe plums and peaches offered to us straight from their kitchen garden were juicy that were fresh without any fertilizers or preservatives.

While we returned back, it was dark and chilly. The wind was cold and the attendants were kind enough to light up a born fire for us. Chilled beers and some snacks got us ready for a fun filled evening with few friends staying at the resort. It was time for dinner and although we were filled to the brim, the Himalayan cuisine specially prepared for us ignited our appetite.


The adventurous village Trek
The main dishes that consisted of Pahari Mutton, Besan ki sabzi, Palak ki subzi was served with rice and rotis. Light and delicious, these dishes were totally different and enjoyed by us.

It was time to retire to bed and sadly the stay was coming to an end. The morning after, I quietly sat and immersed myself to the beautiful surrounding of Dhanachuli. I was truly impressed by the waywe were looked after by the staff of Te Aroha. My stay will always be a memorable one.

Te Aroha has completed three years and is gearing on to become the most unconventional way to holidaying on the hills. If you are looking for a dream vacation with good time to spare, visit Te Aroha place for an unforgettable time.

  • Stayed: June 2018, travelled with family
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