SatTal, located at about 20-25 kms from Nainital, literally means ‘seven lakes’. These are mysteriously interconnected fresh water lakes namely, Hanuman Tal and Bharat Tal which have less water and are located side by side; Ram Tal, Lakshman Tal, Sita Tal make up the three main lakes; Panna or Garud Tal ; Nal Damayanti or Sukha Tal which is mostly dry
SatTal was one of the very few tea plantation areas during the British rule. Oak and pine trees make up for its dense forest and its a good birding place as it attracts many migratory birds. You will also get to see a variety of butterflies and a museum on them built by Frederic Smetacek at Jones Estate. You also get to feed the famous sacred masheer fishes.
I had a beautiful experience of boating in moonlight – romantic, leisurely, serene and enchanting. I believe the quietude was possible as I chose an off season time to enjoy the place (which during tourist season is crowded and noisy). Early morning treks are the best way to explore the place and its beauty. In fact, SatTal has some of the best cycling and trekking trails in Uttarakhand.
Try your hand at trekking, cycling, angling, birding, boating, nature watch ….. The rest of the day time one can visit Bhimtal, Naukuchiatal, Mukteshwar. There is a freshwater spring Subhash Dhara in the dense oak forest which I could not visit.
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Monika Ohson / TravelerInMe