#Previous. Nestled in the Kumaon pine forest is Sattal is one of India’s finest lake towns, 4000 feet above sea level. It is one of the most underrated and beautiful tourist destinations, of Uttaranchal. It is one of the prime uncommon getaway destinations for a weekend trip from Delhi. Surely among the best that the majestic Kumaon hills have to offer.
Sattal is well connected by rail and road
You can drive down to Sattal in a day. The route is the same as the one to Nainital, and the road is good. First take the NH 24 from Delhi and drive down to Rampur. Thereafter take the NH 87 and drive to Kathgodam. From there drive past Bhimtal which is just seven kilometers away from Sattal. You may also take the overnight Ranikhet Express from Delhi to Kathgodam and then take a Jeep ride from Kathgodam to Sattal. The DTC and the UP roadways, both provide a direct bus service from Anand Vihar ISBT to Kathgodam. You could get more details of accommodation from the KMVN tourist Centre at Barakhamba Road.
Sattal is magical with its seven lakes.
The seven lakes of Sattal surround a majestic oak forest. It is dense, deep and lush green with pine, oak and fir trees The crystal blue placid lakes surround this massive evergreen forest from three sides. The accommodation at Sattal is limited. But there are a lot of opportunities if you are keen on adventure sports and living out in the camps and tents. Also if you are driving down you need not worry. There are enough resorts on the way near Bhimtal, Naukuchiatal and Nainital all in the 20 km periphery. It is possible that you will not get a lakeside view if you do not reserve early. However, you will definitely get a night pad amongst the pine groves somewhere on the way.
Adventure sports in Sattal.
Sattal is a place for hikers and back packers. It is also a paradise for young mountaineering aspirants. You can do rock climbing and even rappel down from ‘Suicide Point’. Several camps are there which organize hikers to go up the forest tracks and help you participate in various entertaining excursions. The beauty of trekking uphill in green forests with clouds hovering down the mountains is simply wondrous.
Water games are happening.
Who said you can’t have water sports in the high mountains? At Sattal you can even go and get fishing permits and fish in the vast placid lakes. You may also go kayaking in the lakes. Don’t worry if you do not have the right gear. There are camps that provide the gear on hire. If you are not adventurous to take a boat yourself, there are plenty of boatmen to take you on a trip. So what are you waiting for! Take the trip and tell us about it #MoreTo Come