Sat tal – Bird Watcher’s Paradise

‘Sat tal’ in Hindi means the ‘Seven Lakes’.

sattal lake
One of the lakes of the Sat tal

These are seven inter-connected lakes of freshwater, 7 km down the main road from Bhowali to Bhimtal. The seven lakes are namely:

  • Panna Tal or Garud Tal
  • Nal-Damyanti Tal
  • Purna Tal
  • Sita Tal
  • Ram Tal
  • Laxman Tal
  • Sukha Tal or Khurdariya Tal
Nal-Damyanti Lake is a small lake near Bhimtal
Nal-Damyanti Lake is a small lake near Bhimtal

Nal-Damyanti Tal is the one lake that is not interconnected with the other six. Instead of a lake, calling it more of a pond will be much justifying. 

Khurdariya Tal was a flourishing lake but due to water leakage from its western end, it dried up and named as Sukha tal or the dry lake.

What is Sat tal famous for?

Sat tal is famous for the beautiful lake among the commoners. While some biologists and photographers visit the place for numerous species of birds and butterflies. 

Blue-throated and brown-headed barbets at Sat tal
 Blue-throated and brown-headed barbets at Sat tal. Image courtesy:

Sat tal is biologically very diverse.

The place does not have a lot of hotels nearby, there is one Tourist Rest House from KMVN and a few clubhouses. Apart from that, you don’t find a huge crowd. 

How to reach Sat tal?

Sat tal is easily accessible from Kathgodam. It is the nearest Railway station to Sat tal at a distance of 35 km. No direct vehicles are available for Sat tal. You will need a special vehicle all for yourself to reach Sat tal.

And the nearest Airport is Pantnagar Airport. Pantnagar airport is 35 km ahead of kathgodam.

How to reach Sat tal from Nainital?

Sat tal is at an altitude of 1,370 meters from the sea level and is 45 km from Nainital. The route follows from Nainital to Bhowali and take the diverted route on the way to Bhimtal.

2 Replies to “Sat tal – Bird Watcher’s Paradise”

  1. very nice blog… Sattal is really an awesome place to hangout and fun.

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