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 –Β  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


35 thoughts on “Pink House – Reminiscing a 100 Step Journey

    1. Thanks! Deborah, Pink House is fascinating and McLeodgunj is full of quirky cafes and home stays. Lovely to wander around.


  1. 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!! πŸ™‚

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  2. 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…


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