Sattal : Absolute calmness

March issue of Outlook Traveler had a small booklet about adventure holidays in India that I read when I was going to Bhimbetka on 2nd of April 2011. From all the entries “Sattal” nearby Nanital was stuck to my mind. It seems to be a quite promising place with possibly lesser tourist at sight. So, finally on April 16, 2011 it was decided by me and my friend Ravinder to give it a shot. I visited the and got the number of KMVN Sattal (05942247047, 08650002529). Due to off season the rate was already discounted with INR 1125, 1425 and 1675 for the three categories. Breakfast and dinner are included in this for two persons.

So finally we started at 12 in the night from Sahibabad and drive through NH24 via Ghaziabad, Hapur bypass, Moradabad, Rampur then on NH87 to Rudrapur, Haldwani, Nanital and finally Sattal. Total drive was around 320 km. Nanital to Bhimtal road takes a right diversion to Sattal, which has the best view of entire route.

Beautiful skyline of Sattal

We reached here by 7 in the morning. Nestled by small hills this is actually one lake which has total seven corners that is why it is known as Sattal.

Staying option also included YMCA lake side camps which charges 2500 Rs. including complementary breakfast for four bedded camp, however in off-season it was available at 1800. But we liked the KMVN room much. There are no houses and most of the people came here for day trip from Nanital.

YMCA camps
Deluxe cottage of KMVN

After taking some rest we started with boating. Although one hour time is not adequate for boating but we enjoyed every moment of it. Boating facility is also available in moon night if somebody like to.

Boating experience is just superb
In these pics camera is mounted on binocular lens

After that we purchased two small torches available at nearby shop and trek till YMCA hill side cottage.

YMCA hill cottage

It was all vacant and we stayed there till dark, enjoying our little adventure and complete darkness and calmness which is no ways to feel in cities.

Finally we can’t resist to set timer
Complete calmness and listening the voice of forest

Back to hotel we asked for bonfire. There we learn how to use the Pine tree flowers, its leafs and Pine wood to lit the fire.

Ravinder is very good in these kind of stuff
There is no reason that everybody should do work

Dinner was served in room on request which was very good. We stayed till 12 to enjoy the complete silence and our privacy with nature.

It was constant drizzling but still we managed by taking dining table plastic sheets from hotel staff.

Next day by 7 AM we started from there and this time took the route of Sattal, Bhimtal, Haldwani then same as earlier. This way Haldwani is just 32 km and one will get to drive along Bhimtal which is quite pleasant experience. We reached Delhi by 2 PM to attend the office, thanks to media job if we don’t get leave easily then at least can manage our shifts.
No regrets we are completely rejuvenated and ready to take the world for another week.
Few Statistics:

On CNG we run till Haldwani i.e. 240 km
Total Petrol Cost was 1500 Rs.
Driving time 7 hours approx. considering the traffic jam due to few uncompleted flyover on NH24.
Deluxe cottage costs 1425 Rs (Off season is till 30th April).
Boat rides 190 Rs for one hour.
And finally on 30th of April 2011 I am going to Ranthambor. So wait for more.


  • vinaymusafir says:

    Mast travelogue.
    Jyaada ghumne wale cost cutting karne hi lagte hain.
    Even I used CNG in one side on my last journey.
    Pics are well-clicked, but make them isolated from each other.
    Which camera you used there?

    • amitk227 says:

      Thnaks Vinay. Actually I didn’t put caption in few images, so it got stuck with each other. I used a regular 10.3 mp digital camera. Although I am planning to buy a Nikkon D3100 for me.

  • venkatt says:

    Great pictures Amit. These short trips are always more thrilling than planned holidays.

    • amitk227 says:

      Thanks Venkatt. I usually go for one day tour. You know there are three kind of expenses while travelling besides travel cost. First is food, second is stay and third is shopping. I am least bothered about shopping. With one day plan most of the time I save hotel cost too, so its all about food and fun while travelling. This really makes my short trips thrilling and also allow to me travel almost on every sunday.

  • Vibha says:

    Hi Amit,

    Nice post. The deluxe KMVN cottage looks superb. I have never been to Sattal and have only looked at Bhimtaal from a distance while travelling to Mukteshwar. Sattal looks like a nice place for camping.

    Keep writing,


    • amitk227 says:

      Thanks a lot Vibha. The double story KMVN cottage and off-course the food, both was really great. KMVN rest house are always at best locations and the best part is that you can book it online. You are write about camping options, Sattal offers lots of it. Few are in deep forest where the source of light is only lanterns.

  • Nandan says:

    I was there the next weekend, Good friday one.

    I have been to sattal about 25 times (if not less) and would have stayed for one night or more for about 15 times :-). I stay at ‘Getaway Jungle Camp’. Its on the other side of lake, you cross the lake and then a hike of about 20 minutes takes you to camp. Its a bliss place.

  • Nandan says:

    Sure. Their Delhi office is manned by Manav. You can reach him at 0-9810440150

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