The ‘Tals’ of Uttarakhand: Sat Tal

Fateh Veer Singh Guram, Travel @ The Hush Post: An interconnected group of seven freshwater lakes, Sat Tal in Uttarakhand is located in the Lower Himalayan Range of the Himalayas. Situated close to Bhimtal, the area is an ideal getaway location, which is located at a height of 1,370 metres.

One of the few unspoilt and unpolluted freshwater biomes of the country, the lakes attract migratory birds and are surrounded by oak and pine forests.

The seven lakes that make up Sat Tal are:

  1. Panna Tal: It is also known as Garuda Tal.
  2. Nal Damyanti Tal: Considered to be a holy place by locals, it is believed that King Nala and his wife, Queen Damyanti, who was very beautiful, drowned in the lake as the gods were angry at their togetherness.
  3. Sukha Tal: Also known as Khudariya Tal, this lake remains dry for most of the year, and only fills up with water during the monsoon season.
  4. Sita Tal
  5. Ram Tal
  6. Laxman Tal
  7. Purna Tal

Places to Visit around Sat Tal:

Subhash Dhara:

A natural fresh water spring, the Subhash Dhara is located amidst dense oak forests. Its pristine water draws a large number of tourists to this place.

Butterfly Museum:

Located at the John Estate, it houses nearly 110 species of insects and around 2500 species of butterflies. It was set up by Federic Smetacek.

Methodist Ashram:

A colonial architectural wonder, it was created in 1930 by Stanley Jones, who was a close friend of Mahatma Gandhi. This historical place marks the entry point to the seven lakes of Sat Tal.

Other Activities to do:

At Sat Tal, one can trek to the various hill tops located around the seven lakes to get a panoramic view of the valley and the beautiful snow capped peaks in the back ground.

Fishing, kayaking and boating are popular activities that tourists can undertake while paying a visit to the seven lakes spread around this area.

This place is a popular destination for wildlife lovers, as a diversity of plant, bird and animal species can be found in the region as well.

Best Time to Visit:

Since the lakes are situated at an average elevation of around 1350 metres, the area experiences mild summers. However winters can become chilly due to the cooling effect of the lakes and the surrounding forests. Hence, for those looking to escape the unforgiving heat of the Northern Plains, the summer months of April, May and June are an ideal time to visit this region.

How to Get There:

Sat Tal is located at a distance of 47 kilometres from Nainital, which is the district headquarters. Dehradun, the state capital of Uttarakhand, is located at a distance of 268 kilometres.

Chandigarh and New Delhi are located at a distance of 446 kilometres and 262 kilometres, respectively.

The nearest railhead is in Kathgodam, which is located at a distance of 21 kilometres, and the nearest airport is in Pant Nagar, which is located 54 kilometres away.

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