Given the massive amounts of tourists that Nainital gets every year, it comes as no surprise that it has become commercialized and overcrowded to the core these days. Thus, people are increasingly looking for destinations around Nainital that are equally beautiful and promise greater solitude and peace. If you are someone searching for the same, then you must visit Sattal, a town in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand.
The town gets its name from the seven freshwater lakes that surround it, namely, Sukh Tal, Nal Damyantia Tal, Garud Tal, Laxman Tal, Sita Tal, Ram Tal, and Purna Tal. Local legend says the place was once visited by Ram, Laxman, and Sita during their years of exile, and you can guess the effects of it in the names of the lakes. Sattal waterfall, myriad of birds, misty mountains, and breathtaking treks are enough to make any traveler fall in love with it.
When to visit Sattal and how to reach
Though you can pretty much come here at any time of the year, the best time to visit Sattal is definitely from April-June (summers) and November-February (winters). The summers are pleasant in this pretty town and the winters cover it in a blanket of snow, which makes these seasons the best time to visit Sattal. Monsoons are characterized by heavy rains, which increases the chances of landslide.
In terms of reaching Sattal, you can either get down at the nearest railway station, which is Kathgodam Railway Station at 26 km, or at the Pantnagar airport, which is at 50 km from here. You’ll get taxis from both these places to reach Sattal. On road, buses and taxis ply between Nainital and Sattal, and you’ll reach your destination within an hour.
Things you must do while in Sattal
Checking out the Sattal images online might have given you the idea that the place is nothing but a quiet hilly hamlet. Though that is absolutely true, there is no reason to believe that there is any dearth of activities to do in here, such as:
The best thing to do in Sattal is definitely bird watching, as it has over five hundred species of migratory and local birds and butterflies, and over eleven thousand species of bugs, beetles, and moths. Just go for a walk early in the morning and the chirping of myriad colorful birds will wish you a good morning along your way.
If you are into water sports, Sattal has that covered for you too. In the lakes, you can partake in activities like boating or kayaking and snorkeling (seasonal), and even go for river crossing and swimming. Unlike Nainital, in here you can enjoy long boating rides at ease because neither will you be asked to hurry nor will you have to pay hefty charges.
The attraction of the lakes go way beyond only the water sports. It has earned fame among the tourists for also being a great angling destination. Casting a line in the waters that are loaded with all kinds of fishes, like Catla, Carp, Rohu, and Trout, is a thing of sheer joy.
Visiting Subhas Dhara
What makes this Sattal waterfall so unique is that it is one of the few spots in the country that boasts of having a natural waterfall near the lake. Subhas Dhara is a natural waterfall with pristine waters that cascades down a lush oak forest. Take a bath in its waters or just roam around the place adding to your stock of Sattal images: the choice is yours.
Trekking and cycling
The trekking and cycling trails at Sattal are arguably one of the best in the state. You do not need to be a professional to enjoy trekking and cycling along its beautiful paths. Sattal has all types of routes to suit different skill levels, from easy, moderate, to challenging. All you need to do is get your gear ready and set out.
So, are the hills calling out to you for another vacation? Go ahead and pack your bags for Sattal this time.