Nestled in the middle of the enchanting pine (चीड़) forests and perched at an elevation of 1830 meters (6000 feet) is the newly renovated Manila Birding Lodge - that was a delightful experience during my two-day birding trip to Manila in Almora District. The region has been recently discovered as the perfect place for the ever-so-elusive Cheer Pheasants, Koklass Pheasants, Mountain Scops Owls, two varieties of Nightjars and many other common species of that altitude.
Each of the four Guest Rooms in the lodge, appropriately named Kalij, Koklass, Cheer and Chukar, is very spacious, each has its own balcony, and each has been very tastefully done up. The washrooms are modern and maintained in a spotlessly clean condition and the linen provided was freshly laundered.
The dining facility is located across the road and has pleasing ambience. Food, served as buffet, is hot, very delicious and home-like. Almost a dozen species of birds, like Black-headed Jay, Eurasian Jay, Streaked Laughingthrush and Kalij Pheasant visit the area behind the dining room every morning, adding value to the Birding Lodge for the birders staying there.
Just as Manila of Uttarakhand is strongly recommended for sighting of the pheasants for every birder across the globe, I would equally strongly recommend Manila Birding Lodge as the choicest place to stay there