Manila is in the lap of the Himalayas, Manila Village, an abode of Manila Devi, imbibes a sense of calmness among the travellers and does not fall away a inch by its meaning “enchanting”. Located in Almora district of Kumaon, Uttarakhand and contoured by dense forest range along with wide view of mighty Himalayas, this offbeat place remains un-crowded most of the year being unknown to many. Hindi is the official language in Manila while locals also speak in local Kumaon language. So, there is no issues in communication aspects.
Apart from peace and tranquillity, Manila village offers breath-taking panoramic views of mighty Himalayas right from Trishul to Panchchulli including Nanada Devi peaks. The experience of seeing golden glows at sunrise and sunset over this range of Himalayas is just enough to fall in love with this beautiful yet small village in Himalayas named Manila.
Manila village is located about 85 KMs from Ranikhet in Almora district of Kumaon region in Uttarakhand. Ramnagar near Jim Corbett is just 75 KMs from Manila. Marchulla, situated at the banks of Ramganga river and famous for its wildlife excursion being the tip of Jim Corbett National Park, is located just 45 odd KMs from Manila.
Manila resides at an altitude of 1820 Mtrs, good enough to keep it cooler in summers and quite cold with snow in winters. About 2-3 feet snow pours at time in Manila and you can consider it to be the closest place to Delhi to get snowfall.
You can travel to Manila all round the year and average temperature over an year is around 20 degree Celsius. The summers are cool while winters can be quite cold with temperature dipping down to zero degree Celsius too. We had a thick sheet of frozen ice on the wind shields of our cars in the morning when we woke up in December. It even snows about 2-3 feet in Manila, so take woollens with you while planning a trip to Manila in winters.
How to Reach Manila, Kumaon from Delhi
The route can be followed as Delhi – Moradabad – Kashipur – Ramnagar – Jim Corbett – Mohaan – Marchula – Maulikhal – Manila. Mohaan to Manila is 60 km. Route is Mohaan – Marchula (14 KM) – Maulikhal (35 KM) – Dotiyal (51 KM) – Manila (60 KM). Delhi to Manila is 365 KMs. We started at 6.30 AM and ended at 3.30 PM at Manila with decent number of breaks due to presence of small kids. You can also take the route from Nainital – Ranikhet side and exit from this side back to Delhi but that is a bit longer route. However, I will advice you to do a circuit only to enjoy both sides of the route and place.
By Bus: Ranikhet which is about 85 KMs is well connected to Delhi with both air-conditioned and non air-conditioned buses which are available from Scindia House, New Delhi and Anand Vihar Bus Terminal, Delhi. You can also take a bus to Ramnagar or Marchulla from where you will get connecting buses to Ranikhet or Bhikiyasain.
By Taxi/ Cab: We did saw lot of shared taxis running through Manila, so assuming, it will be well connected with major towns like Ranikhet or Ramnagar or Haldwani.
By Train: Kathgodam is about 145 KMs and Ramnagar is about 75 KMs which are the rail heads near to Manila.
By Air: The nearest airport is Pantnagar Aiport which is about 170 KMs from Manila.
Accommodation or stay options at Manila, Kumaon
Accommodation or stay options at Manila is mainly limited to twin block KMVN Rest House at Manila. It is about 4 KMs before Manila village on the road itself on either side. Right side is a new block and left side is a old block which is taken back from private lease into KMVN now. The old block also has quite decent and big rooms with running hot water.