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Pink House – Reminiscing a 100 Step Journey

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Pink House takes me back to the memories of Himachal Pradesh visit in April 2017. I had always wanted to visit Dharamsala and McLeodganj. While looking up stays, Pink House caught my attention, for its quirky wall art and cool vibe. And the fact that it was high rated on all travel sites and also offered trek packages (Triund) helped us in our decision.

Pink House

After a comfortable stay in Palampur, we headed to McLeodganj. The famous-infamous 100+ steps walk greeted us, however we were prepared for it. The hotel itself is a bhool-bhulaiya as you walk through a network of steps and rooms and sections. We finally reached our room, which felt claustrophobic from the hallway. But as we saw the view, we just fell in love with it.

The breezy view and functional rooms are perfect for backpackers. The hotel is owned by a Kashmiri family –  so its no wonder we were treated to some refreshing, authentic Kahwa tea. It was so good we kept asking for more. I’ve spent a lot of time in the balcony, watching the clouds float over Dhauladhar range, sketching, and sipping a cup of hot Kahwa .


McLeodganj has a distinct hippie vibe. Crowded Jogiwara road (main city road) and hundreds of cafes lining it up, the Dalai Lama monastery, and from amidst the chaos, majestic views of the Dhauladhar range of Himalayas.

Dalai Lama’s Residence

We roamed up and down Jogiwara, always coming back to Pink House, an epicenter for our sojourns. I specifically remember the morning when we were a little apprehensive for the upcoming Triund Trek and Pink House was the exact opposite – calm and chill as usual. We decided to relax with some parathas for breakfast and dug into few hiking books in their pretty dining place, and asking for more cups of the Kahwah, obviously.

Rhododendrons spreading cheer
Magpies chirping and playing in my balcony, Pink House

Wall Art in Pink House


Seema Misra

Seema Misra undertakes freelance projects for illustrations, content creation, copywriting, and social media marketing through her blog Lonely Canopy. To unwind, she watches world cinema or travels across it. She talks to her plants and sometimes people as well. But more often than not … you will find her curled up in her favorite corner reading a book while sipping strong coffee.

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Deborah Weber

What a lovely peek into your travels! Pink House sounds like it’s full of quirky charms, although I think I’d find the 100 steps daunting.


100 steps to get back to your room! Wow, a small trek after the main trek! 🙂 Your painting of the rhododendron is just mesmerizing!


I love macleodganj. Is Pink House the name of the hotel? Your rhododendron painting is absolutely gorgeous.


i cant stop myself loving your beautiful art. and the pink house seems to be interesting. we have plans for dharmasala. hope to travel soon.


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We had a different experience in McLoedganj but that’s another story. Coming to your experience and artwork – take a bow, lady!


Wow! It’s again captivating! Never been to Himachal but heard a lot about its beauty. It’s there in my list. Now, I got a mentor who can guide me 😉

Ashwini Menon (@Ashwini_Menon)

I loved the rhododendrons’ painting. With your artwork people are able to visualize these beautiful places so much better.


OMG I love magpies! What a lovely image. And all the sketches are fabulous! 🙂

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What a delightful place! Your paintings of the Rhododendrons and magpie are lovely.


Rrohan Kachalia (@rohank01)

Mcleodgang is on my list of places to be visited in a couple of years and your post, along with vivid imagery painted by you, makes me to visit the place asap.


Shilpa Garg

This post brought back some memories of our trip to Mcleodganj. Love that place.
Pink House has a cool artistic vibe to it and I am sure the artist in you must have loved staying there. Your rhododendron painting is simply gorgeous!! You are so creative and talented, Seema!! 🙂

Iain Kelly

The tree picture in particular is beautiful. An interesting place to visit 🙂


I remember Palampur from that Amir khan movie 🙂 and your beautiful art work bought back lots of memories of Rhododendrons and kahwa tea.. superb


The 100 steps bit is really daunting and would make me wanna miss it though it sounds just right to stay. Loved your sketches as usual Seema 🙂

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I have never been to Dharmashala or the nearby regions. And never tasted Kashmiri Kahwa, or seen the Rhododendrons. Or magpies. OMG. This post is so beautiful in many ways. *Sigh* I want to visit and see it all. Hehe!!
I remember a trip to Shimla with my parents and his colleagues, and the hotel we stayed at, too had a labyrinth of corridors and steps. Reminded me of those days of yore…


Visiting this place has been on my list. Also, the 100+ steps seems quite a task 😀 though, it does seem worth it 🙂


My life here seems so boring compared to this!