Sattal

Sattal - Cluster of Seven Lakes

Sattal is a cluster of mysteriously inter-connected seven freshwater lakes located in the Nainital district of Kumaon region. Sat Tal is perched at an altitude of 1370 mts above sea level offering splendors of nature. The group of lakes is set amidst dense forests of oak and pine trees.

Sattal that literally suggests the ‘Seven Lakes’ is a scenic place which exhibits idyllic surroundings accentuated by the delightful atmosphere that could even tempt the lousy ones to have a rendezvous. Sattal is a perfect destination for the honeymooners, nature lovers, groups, families and the leisure seeking tourists.

Why Visit Sattal?

Sattal is one of the few unspoiled and unpolluted fresh water biomes in India. The names of the seven lakes of Sattal are Purna Tal, Ram Tal, Sita tal, Laxman Tal, Nal Damyanti Tal, Sukh Tal and Garud Tal. Sattal is often compared with Westmore land of England by Britishers.

These lakes are paradise for migratory birds as they stay for some time here during their migration. These birds try to escape the harsh cold of the great Himalayan region by migrating to lower areas of the Himalayas. If you are an avid birder and photography fantasize you then this is an ideal place for your holiday.

Set amidst the dense coniferous trees of dwindling pines and old oaks, this lake is untouched by the hands of modernization. It is among one of the unpolluted freshwater biomes in India. One can spot various species of fishes, playful birds, vibrantly colored butterflies and varied flora and fauna around the lakeside, making it a safe haven on earth.

One can explore the natural vistas, catch a glimpse of the exotic Himalayan birds, indulge in butterfly watching, enjoy sightseeing or go for long nature walks in the gorgeous vistas. 

Sattal is located 302 km from Delhi. This makes it a plausible weekend getaway destination to spend some quality time with your family and friends by the lakeside.

Activities in Sattal

Camping around the lakeside: The local people organize camps which offer a nostalgic outdoor experience to the visitors. The visitors can camp in the wilderness around the lakeside and bond with the profoundness of nature. One can plan a trip to this gorgeous place in any month as the weather is always pleasant and romantic.

Boating: Boating on a lake is one the most popular activity among tourists and honeymoon couples.

Bird Watching: The dense oak and pine forests of Sattal is nothing but a paradise for the bird enthusiasts. There are innumerable varieties of birds, both resident and migratory, that are a delight to watch, observe and capture with a camera. 

Fishing/Angling: Fishing is another leisure activity popular at Sattal. After obtaining fishing permit, tourists can relax beside the lake and indulge in fishing. The best part of fishing is that, anglers are allowed to take the caught fishes their home for cooking. 

Adventure Activities: Even the adventure enthusiasts are attracted towards this place as the verdant hills around Sattal offers an array of adventure activities such as boating, angling, trekking, rappelling, mountain biking, rock climbing and much more.

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Sattal Travel Tips

  • During the monsoons months (July-August), learn about weather and road conditions with the local authorities and tour operators before travelling to the destination.
  • Best time to visit Sattal is during the months of March to May and again during December to January. On the other hand, travelling in off season is cheaper and it is less crowded.

Sattal is one of the several lakes present in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand. Being a fairly popular tourist destination, quite a few accommodation facilities have sprouted in Sattal. 

One can find plenty of places to stay available ranging from private hotels and resorts to budget guesthouses near Sattal. Government-owned guesthouses (KMVN) can also be availed for the tourists.

Sattal has quite a few restaurants and eating joints which offer cuisines ranging from Chinese, continental to the scrumptious Indian cuisine – both North Indian and South Indian. Apart from that, one can also enjoy street food like Momos which are available all over the place and sip a coffee by the lake side. The best option is to eat at the restaurants of the resorts and hotels.

The British used to compare the bewitching beauty of Sattal with the Westmorland of England. During the colonial era, Sattal had a tea plantation area which was among the four tea plantation estates of Kumaon region. 

The bedazzling Sattal meaning the ‘seven lakes’ is linked with a popular legend that is related with the epic Mahabharata. According to the famous mythology, King Nala drowned in the water of one of the seven lakes of Sattal with his wife Damayanti, during his fourteen years long exile given by his brother. Hence, the lake came to be known as Nal Damyanti Tal

The names of the other six lakes are Purna Tal, Laxman Tal, Sita Tal (named after the lead character of Ramayana), Sukha Tal and Garud Tal (named after the phoenix-like creature that carries the chariot of Lord Vishnu).

Birds and Butterflies at Sattal

The freshwater lake of Sattal is a home to the natural flora-fauna. These seven lakes are a home to the migratory birds that flock here in winters. More than 500 migratory bird species have been recorded in this area. One can easily spot birds like the red-billed blue magpie, kingfishers, blue-throated and brown-headed barbets in Sattal. Besides birds, the town is also home to 525 species of butterflies, more than 11,000 species of moths, beetles and about 20 species of mammals.

At present, the centre of attraction of this town is the Butterfly museum which lures many nature lovers to have a look at some of the vibrant species of butterflies.

   

Best time to Visit Sattal

Sattal is a universal destination which can be visited anytime of the year. The weather during summer is salubrious and pleasant. You can see the diversified greenery during monsoon months at Sattal. Sattal is at its picturesque best during monsoon months.Carry heavy woolens with you if planning a visit to Sattal during winters as the temperature can fall as low as freezing point.

Sattal Photo Gallery

Alluring view of Sattal Lake, Nainital
Sattal lake at Lower Himalayan Range near Bhimtal, a town of the Nainital district in Uttarakhand,
A beautiful view of Sattal lake, Nainital.
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