Situated just 23 Kms from Nainital and surrounded by lakes, hills and lush green landscape, lies the beautiful and serene Sat Taal. The area is covered with oak and pine trees and the lakes are situated at an altitude of 1370 metres.
The name Sat Tal literally means seven lakes and it comprises of seven freshwater lakes Panna or Garud Tal, Nal-Damyanti Tal, Purna Tal, Sita Tal, Ram Tal, Laxman Tal, and Sukha Tal or Khurdariya. However, two of the 7 lakes have already dried up and the locals say just five active lakes can be seen which are Ram Taal, Lakshman Taal, Bharat Taal, Hanuman Taal and Garud Taal.
Ram Tal is filled with water throughout the year and so does Hanuman Tal. Bharat Tal mostly remains dry. While Ram Tal is accessible easily, Bharat Tal and Hanuman Tal needs to be reached by foot. Hanuman Tal has a waterfall, which although not magnificent, is enough to provide a grand look to the surroundings.
Garud Taal is probably the least frequented by tourists now as it has seen few deaths over the years. It is now mostly known as the Haunted Taal, as atleast one death is reported from here each year.
Subhash Dhara is a must watch if you have some spare time. It's a beautiful natural spring of fresh water arising out of dense oak forest situated west of Sattal.
Several migratory birds throng the area. It has one of the richest diversity of birds and flowers in this region, with over 500 different speices of birds visitng the area each year. OVer 525 species of butterflies and 11000 species of moths are also found here. The local Butterfly Museum has 2500 species of butterflu and moth specimens and over 1100 varities of insects, all of which are found in this region.
For those of you who like adventure sports, Sat Tal region offers you lot of options. Mountain biking, rappelling or controlled descent down a rope, boating, angling or rock climbing, you can do it all here.
Sat Tal Route Map from Delhi:
The best route to Sat Tal is from Delhi via Moradabad and Nainital. It's situated at 330 Kms from Delhi and roads are pretty good, so shouldn't take you more than 7-8 hrs to reach here.
The most obvious route to be followed will be:
Delhi - Ghaziabad- Hapur - Garmukhteshwar - Gajraula - Moradabad - Tanda - Dahriyal - Nainital - Sat Tal
Hotel or Lodging Options:
Saat Taal Birding Camp
Sat Tal Forest Resort