Sattal : Sattal Forest Resort

A stay at the Sattal Forest Resort is the perfect weekend break we city people crave for. For an all season holiday escape close to Delhi, what exactly do we or more specifically, I look for :

1) A hill station cool enough and free from heat and humidity of the plains
2) Full of greenery and free of concrete to soothe our eyes
3) Free from pollution, noise and hustle-bustle of city life preferably offbeat location
4) Presence of a water body – a lake or river is a bonus
5) Adventure activities and beautiful long walks to unwind oneself
6) A hotel or resort which should be clean, hygenic and have good location and service
7) Most importantly, it should be within driving distance of Delhi (6-7 hours) so as to enjoy a 2N/3D weekend.

The serene Sattal lakes surrounded by greenery

The serene Sattal lakes surrounded by greenery

The Sattal lakes as viewed form the cottages. Every room had similar views.

The Sattal lakes as viewed form the cottages. Every room had similar views.

The last point being a strong constraint for a 2N/3D holiday, I began hunting for a place. Having been to Binsar (Khali Estate) earlier, I didn’t have very high expectation of any place to be that good enough closer to Delhi. I happened to see an ad in Outlook Traveller’s last pages of Sattal Forest Resort. I remember going to Sattal twice earlier for a few hours as an excursion from Nainital. All i could remember was that it was very green but it’s altitude was not much – only about 1200-1300 metres above sea level. So the air was not expected to be as crisp as in Nainital or Mukteshwar. Reluctantly I called up for booking towards end of May. Mrs Usha Upender, the owner old me very confidently that we would have the best location and would certainly enjoy. And right she was! This trip happened to be one of the best short trips I have ever taken… exceeded our expectations from every aspect.
The steep hike to the resort. You need a 4 wheel drive to go to the top......

The steep hike to the resort. You need a 4 wheel drive to go to the top......

LOCATION/ HOW TO REACH : Sattal is conveniently located at a distance of about 320 kms from Delhi. The driving time is 6 hours non-stop.Add 40-45 mins for a tea break or 1 our for a breakfast or lunch break. The road through Hapur, Garh, Gajraula, Moradabad, Rudrapur, Haldwani and Bhimtal is quite good. Gajraula is the most preferred stop for breakfast. After Kathgodam, turn right towards Bhimtal. Sattal lies between Bhimtal and Bhowali. Alternatively one can board an overnight train to Kathgodam and from there its about an hours drive for which you can hire a cab.
The 2 bedroom Pine cottage with personal verandah

The 2 bedroom Pine cottage with personal verandah

ABOUT THE RESORT : The cottage has 10 rooms currently with one more cottage under construction. There is a 3 bedroom cottage – Taruvar in which there is 1 Bedroom, 1 Drawing room and 1 Kitchen on the ground floor and 2 bedrooms on the 1st floor. One of these bedrooms have an attached room for kids too. All the bedrooms have a verandah from where there are very nice views of the lakes below. The cottage also has a small garden. The drawing room has a TV & DVD player. There is another 2 bedroom cottage – Pine cottage. Then there are 4 independent rooms above the common dining area. The rooms are very well maintained and tastefully decorated.
Taruvar cottage - the 3 bedroom cottage with private garden

Taruvar cottage - the 3 bedroom cottage

The common room is next to the dining room and has a pool table, luxurious sofa, carrom, a library with coffee table books (very nice collection i must say) and a DVD library also. The resort also has a garden of decent proportions and on the side is the Table Tennis room. A gym was also about to come up. Badminton rackets are available on request but it is advisable to carry shuttles.
Another good thing about the resort was the quality of food served. Excellent, without excess oil, just like homemade. The menu was not very exhaustive as it is a small resort or i should say more like home but the choices were good. The staff was also very courteous and helpful.
Trying a hand at the oars ... phew it takes a lot of energy

Trying a hand at the oars ... phew it takes a lot of energy

THINGS TO DO : The place is an idyllic retreat and is best to lie down, relax and watch the lush green surroundings. The views and the ambience are so good that you would not like to move out of the resort. And if you do, there are plenty of things to do. You can take leisurely or strenuous walks around the lakes as you like. A boat ride is just a stone’s throw away. You can enjoy the snacks and delicious corn by the lakeside dhabas.
Common room with Pool Table and Library

Common room with Pool Table and Library

If you happen to visit in summers, you can also do activities like kayaking, river crossing, rappelling, burma bridge which are carried on by independent operators like Wildrift etc. While kayaking, you can also take a dip in the Hanuman tal. Paragliding is also being done in Naukuchiatal which is just 20-25 mins drive from the resort. Otherwise you can spend hours reading the coffee table books lying in a hammock or a rocking chair (I request Usha Ji to arrange for these)
Garden at the resort with canopy

Garden at the resort with canopy

BOTTOMLINE : It may seem that i am pouring heaps of praise for the place and the resort but I am confident that one would not be disappointed after visiting the place or the resort. Country Club also has a resort there at Sattal but Sattal Forest Resort beats it hands down owing to its wonderful location. My heart says not to recommend this place too much and let it be hidden from most people for as long as possible but I just can’t wait to share my experience. Go ahead and enjoy.

Website :
Contact : Ms. Usha Upender
Cell : 9810107116; 9868187116
Tariff : INR 4,400 per day per couple including all meals

The separate cottage where the owners stay during their visit...

The separate cottage where the owners stay during their visit...


  • nandanjha says:

    Hey Anand – The pics are too big for the layout. I would try to fix them but if you see this message, please see if you can make them smaller.

    Just choose a medium size when you insert them. That would do the trick.

    Here’s a more detailed tutorial

  • Mahesh Semwal says:

    I had been to sattal , but never stayed there. Pictures of Resorts are beautiful. what are the charges?

  • nandanjha says:

    Looks like a cozy joint to spend some precious moments together.

    I have visited sattal few times, probably 15, and stayed over for about 10 odd times. Rest of them were stop-on-the-way-up/down kinds.

    Once I stayed at the Country Club thing which is technically in Bhimtal, but all the rest were with ‘Getaway Jungle Camp’. This is on the other side of lake, essentially you paddle to other side and then trek for about 20-30 minutes. Its more like a camp so a good fit for small-groups looking for some adventure.

    Thanks Anand for sharing.

  • AbhijitD says:

    Great pictures. How do we upload pictures here? I couldn’t find any option/key.

  • Karthik says:

    Wondering how I missed this post!!

    I have been to Sattal and it was a wonderful experience, esp to stay in the tents on the other side of the lake.

    This post brought back good old memories :-)

  • Buck Teeth : says:

    i always get my hotel reservations in advance specially during peak seasons’.’

  • i always make sure that i got a hotel reservation at least 1 week in advance to ensure that i got a reservation ‘.:

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