The city of seven lakes – Sattal, is perched high in the Nainital district of Uttrakhand. The interconnected network of seven lakes in the mighty Himalayan range elevates at a height of 1370 meters above sea level.
The spotless Sattal is one of the few freshwater biomes in India. The interconnected and unspoiled network of the seven lakes, is a paradise for the migratory birds, escaping the harsh temperatures of the deeper Himalayas. The seven lakes – Ram Tal, Sita Tal, Laxman Tal, Nal Damyanti Tal, Sukh Tal, Garud Tal and Purna Tal are all named after the Hindu mythological figures.
The lush green hills surrounding Sattal are richly populated with numerous species of flora and fauna. Home for about 525 species of butterflies, 11,000 species of moths, beetles, about 20 species of animals and around 500 resident and migratory bird species, Sattal makes the best destination for the nature lovers.
There’s something for adrenaline junkies also. Popular activities like mountain biking, trekking, rappelling, rock climbing and many more, are organized here in the hills and are highly sought-after.
Only 22 km away from Nainital, and its close proximity to Bhimtal, Sattal is very conveniently connected by roads. Take a 2-hour ride in a taxi/cab from the nearest Kathgodam Railway Station. Pantnagar airport (50 km away), is the closest airport. You can arrive here by road in your private vehicle or taxi, as it is connected to major cities by roads.
Wondering when to visit Sattal? Well, Sattal is a year-round destination, though the monsoon time gets a little risky here. Summers are really cool and pleasant and the winters are chilly, lasting till February. Temperatures drop down to 0° C, but the beauty is astounding and at its peak during this time.
When you are in Sattal, do visit the natural spring of fresh water oozing out of the Oak Forest. The Subhash Dhara in Sattal has pristine, crystal-clear water along with the picturesque surroundings attracting and captivating the tourists.
The Christian Ashram of Sattal is a retreat in dense forest, with a historic significance. The ashram has splendid colonial architecture, which is evident in its various structures, cottages and really old Churches. Unwind here in the serene environment.
Explore and study over 2500 specimens of butterflies and insects of this region in The Butterfly Museum. This museum at the Stanley Jones Estate is a big attraction for tourists in this region.
So many activities you can make memories here with, like, bird watching, trekking, kayaking, fishing, nature walk amidst the dense forests and more. Do not forget to visit the famous Nainital and Bhimtal which are in close proximity to this place.
Witness the unspoiled beauty of the mystique Sattal and unravel amidst the rich flora and fauna. There’s everything for everyone on Sattal. If you are lucky enough, you may come across the magnificent Leopards, Tigers and other Big Cats of this region.
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