Sattal means ‘seven lakes’. And indeed it has seven lakes out of which four are interconnected. The area around Sattal is shaded by tall oaks and pines and the Himalayas offer a picture-perfect backdrop. Trails abound here for nature walks, also many activities like mountain climbing, rappelling, boating, and biking are on offer. The day-trippers are mostly concentrated near the lakes where they enjoy boating and satiate their cravings at the food stalls. If you are a solitude-seeker, you’ve got to stick to your nature trails. Though there are a couple of hotels in the vicinity, the real taste of Sattal can be had only in the campsites. Sattal now figures in the popular travel destinations of Uttarakhand.
Attractions in Sattal
All the lakes of Sattal have mythological names. Ram, Sita, Lakshman, Hanuman, Bharat, Garur, and Naldamayanti are the names of the lakes. The interconnected ones are Ram, Sita, Lakshman, and Hanuman. If you are here, you should at least opt for one boat ride. The dense forests around the lakes and the mountains in the backdrop impart this place a surreal appearance.
The Forests and Trails
When you see the forests of Sattal for the first time, you feel that they have conspired with the hills to hide this place from the world. The oaks and pines offer shaded trails in these dense woods. And these forests are home to several exotic birds. So, when you go on trails to be with yourself and nature, you will be treated to the melodious bird-songs. If you are up for a full-fledged trekking experience, you can reach their with your rucksack and pitch your own tent.
Sattal’s beauty and its forests would compel you to live in the wilderness. But if you are with your family, you can opt to stay in one of the several campsites. Some of the popular campsites are Getaway Jungle Camp, YMCA Sattal, Wildrift, Sattal Adventure and Jungle Camp. They offer different types of stays across a wide price range. So, most probably you will get something of your choice.
Children and teenagers have no dearth of activities here. Most of the campsites offer several types of sports, like badminton, volleyball, rock climbing, kayaking, Burma bridges etc. You can also hire a bike for hill-biking. And rambles are never too hard to begin, especially when you have a combination of woods and hills.
When to Go?
Sattal receives monsoon rainfall during the months of July and August. Hence any other month is preferable. The winter is from November to February. And during the peak winter, the temperature can go down to 1 degree Celsius. Hence, you’ve got to go prepared.
How to Reach?
Rail: The closest railway station is at Kathgodam, which is 32 km south. Kathgodam has daily trains to Delhi and Dehradun.
Road: Sattal is 330 km east of Delhi and is about 22 km southeast of Nainital.
Air: While the nearest airport is Jolly Grant (297 km north) near Dehradun, the airport at Delhi is (330 km west) is more preferable as you get plenty of choices.
Here is a short video of Sattal: