Sattal also called Sat Tal (“seven lakes”) is an interconnected group of seven freshwater lakes situated in the Lower Himalayan Range near Bhimtal, a town of the Nainital district in Uttarakhand, India. It is situated in the Mehragaon Valley at an elevation of 1370 m above sea level. These seven lakes are Garud Tal, Purna Tal, Sita Tal, Ram Tal, Laxman Tal, Nal-Damyanti Tal and Sukha Tal. These lakes are surrounded by lush green forests and oak trees.
Sattal is an important stopover for migratory birds. Around 500 species of birds, 525 types of butterflies and over 11,000 species of insects and moths can be seen in the area. About 20 species of mammals are also found in this area. Sattal also has a natural growth of medicinal plants, shrubs, orchids and uncommon creepers.
The Butterfly Museum is established by Frederic Smetacek to preserve some rare species of butterflies which were found in India. This museum currently holds up to 2,500 species of butterflies and 1,100 types of moths and insects found in surrounding areas.
Sattal is also ideal for activities like trekking, rappeling, mountain biking, rock climbing and many more. Activities like boating and angling can also be enjoyed at the lakes.
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How to reach Sattal
Sattal by Air
The nearest Domestic Airport is Pantnagar Airport, Uttarakhand. It is well connected to New Delhi and Mumbai via Jet Airways, Air India and Spice Jet.
Sattal by Railways
The nearest Railway Station is Kathgodam Railway Station which is connected to the major cities of Uttarakhand and is 196 Kms from Sattal.
Sattal by Road
Sattal is well connected to various major cities of the state. It is 20 Kms from Nainital, 23 Kms from Kathgodam, 30 Kms from Haldwani, 60 Kms from Rudrapur, 133 Kms from Moradabad, 295 Kms from Dehradun and 297 Kms from New Delhi.