Manila - An Unknown Hamlet in Uttarakhand near Delhi | Photo Tale

Tripoto

That sunset over Trishul from Manila

Photo of Manila - An Unknown Hamlet in Uttarakhand near Delhi | Photo Tale by Dheeraj Sharma

Heard of Manila? Well, I bet you did. But, this one is not from Philippines folks! So, what if I tell you that there is this hidden hamlet in Kumaon, Uttarakhand near Delhi also known as Manila?

Well, yes, it is indeed true and let me share this photo tale with you of this tiny little yet beautiful hamlet from Kumaon.

Family Drive to Manila - Munsiyari

Winter is when we travel as a family to Uttarakhand. I tossed up the idea to drive down to Manila - Munsiyari on a new year’s eve. How’s that for a drive to end the year??

Well, “Hell-o-Yeah” was the answer from my friends and my wife !!

Nine days and we drove through the lush green jungles of Kumaon and to the deepest corner of India adjoining Nepal.

Day 1 was all about driving through the dense fog of Delhi/NCR and bad roads through Jim Corbett to an offbeat place located in Ranikhet region of Kumaon called Manila.

Drive was not so hard. We started at 6.30 AM and ended at 3.30 PM. It was enough for us to witness the magical sunset over the mighty Himalayan range visible from Manila.

We started the drive from Delhi and followed the route via Moradabad – Kashipur – 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.

Just for the information, we stayed at the KMVN Rest House at Manila. There are two of them in case one gets full you can opt for the new building. There is a mediocre guest house as well in case you are interested.

The Photo Tale

Here are some pictures from our first day of the trip, from lovely little hamlet of Manila in Uttarakhand.

That's my kiddo enjoying a little break near Mohaan.

Photo of Manila - An Unknown Hamlet in Uttarakhand near Delhi | Photo Tale 1/17 by Dheeraj Sharma

As you move further towards Mohaan to Marchula.

Photo of Manila - An Unknown Hamlet in Uttarakhand near Delhi | Photo Tale 2/17 by Dheeraj Sharma

The views gets better and better with size of hills increasing as you climb up towards Manila.

Photo of Manila - An Unknown Hamlet in Uttarakhand near Delhi | Photo Tale 3/17 by Dheeraj Sharma

And then you run through a jungle!!

Photo of Manila - An Unknown Hamlet in Uttarakhand near Delhi | Photo Tale 4/17 by Dheeraj Sharma

Of course to witness the layers of the lower Himalayas of Kumaon.

Photo of Manila - An Unknown Hamlet in Uttarakhand near Delhi | Photo Tale 5/17 by Dheeraj Sharma

One of the best overlook that comes one the way to Manila from Marchula.

Photo of Manila - An Unknown Hamlet in Uttarakhand near Delhi | Photo Tale 6/17 by Dheeraj Sharma

And there you go, first sight of snowcapped peaks of mighty Himalayas and you drool over it.

Photo of Manila - An Unknown Hamlet in Uttarakhand near Delhi | Photo Tale 7/17 by Dheeraj Sharma

The views gets better as you near this quaint little village.

Photo of Manila - An Unknown Hamlet in Uttarakhand near Delhi | Photo Tale 8/17 by Dheeraj Sharma

Then you get a spot to frame Mount Trishul!

Photo of Manila - An Unknown Hamlet in Uttarakhand near Delhi | Photo Tale 9/17 by Dheeraj Sharma

Finally, the KMVN Rest House at Manila - New Building.

Photo of Manila - An Unknown Hamlet in Uttarakhand near Delhi | Photo Tale 10/17 by Dheeraj Sharma

A lovely parking

Photo of Manila - An Unknown Hamlet in Uttarakhand near Delhi | Photo Tale 11/17 by Dheeraj Sharma

And the show of sunset begins!

Photo of Manila - An Unknown Hamlet in Uttarakhand near Delhi | Photo Tale 12/17 by Dheeraj Sharma

That golden glow from the roads of Manila...

Photo of Manila - An Unknown Hamlet in Uttarakhand near Delhi | Photo Tale 13/17 by Dheeraj Sharma

The magic of sunset continues...

Photo of Manila - An Unknown Hamlet in Uttarakhand near Delhi | Photo Tale 14/17 by Dheeraj Sharma

Finally fading the golden colors away as night takes over.

Photo of Manila - An Unknown Hamlet in Uttarakhand near Delhi | Photo Tale 15/17 by Dheeraj Sharma

Those red and orange hues in the sky with mystical silhouettes.

Photo of Manila - An Unknown Hamlet in Uttarakhand near Delhi | Photo Tale 16/17 by Dheeraj Sharma

That's the next morning sunshine of old KMVN TRH.

Photo of Manila - An Unknown Hamlet in Uttarakhand near Delhi | Photo Tale 17/17 by Dheeraj Sharma

This concludes my photo tale of this tiny little hamlet in Kumaon near Delhi. Now, you also know that there is this hideout named Manila in India as well.

If you have any questions, I would be happy to help with answers. Shoot'em-up!

Till then happy travels in the Himalayas...

Be the first one to comment