Sattal – We visited Sattal on 24th December, a time of chilling winter in North India. It wasn’t extremely cold there so we could enjoy the weather rather than just shivering. It’s a beautiful location surrounded by seven lakes, that’s why named as Sattal. The weather remains pleasant but doesn’t get any snowfall.
We chose V Resorts to stay with. It was perhaps the best decision of the trip. They truly made the trip unforgettable for us. At first glance, we find it just another holiday resort, but there was much more to it. After reaching the resort, a very humble staff of theirs greeted us. They lead us to our room from where we could see the breathtaking views. The room had many windows and a small balcony with a sitting area. We could see the mystifying beauty of Sattal from there.
Experience with V Resorts
Apart from the impressive views, the USP of this resort is its generous and humble staff. The hospitality that we got from Mr Tyagi (manager of the resort) is remarkable. He seems to make a personal investment of his efforts in making the guests happy.
On the first day, we checked in early. We wanted to have breakfast in the garden. The staff arranged the same with no hesitation. Although, it was a buffet breakfast, yet they brought all the menu items to our table that too in the garden instead of a restaurant.
After breakfast, one of the personnel, Dheeraj, accompanied us to the waterfall and lakes of Sattal. He told us about the location and activities. We didn’t feel that he was just doing his job. It felt as if we were going with a friend who wants us to savour the trip and was making every effort for it. The lake was not very far away from the resort, but because of the difficult trek, we were driven by their jipsey to the destination. There is a total of 7 lakes there which are collectively called Sattal and all are majestically beautiful.
Waterfall and Bird Watching
You can do activities like boating and kayaking. Also, the charges are very nominal, about Rs 220. From the lake, we walked towards the waterfall. We just loved the silent and serene path. Fallen leaves filled the pavement and chirping of birds filled the air. Nature lovers sit there for hours for bird watching. We saw the beautiful kingfisher bird on the way.
To explore more visions, you have to be patient. People wait there impassively for hours to see different varieties of birds. After walking for 10-15 minutes, we reached the waterfall. We relaxed there and appreciated its sound for long hours before moving back to the resort.
If you are here with a large group then they can arrange lunch and various activities near the waterfall. There is open ground on the way where bonfires and other activities are arranged by the resort.
We had lunch at the resort, and it was more like home-cooked food. So you need not worry about having restaurant food for a few days. In the evening, they provided bonfire and music.
Candle Light Dinner
Over very casual talk with Mr Tyagi, we were discussing activities available for the following day. Other than paragliding, most of the activities like karaoke and bonfire were group activities. Therefore, he suggested that since we might not take part in these activities, he could arrange a candlelight dinner for us. It was totally unexpected and unplanned and we became enthusiastic about it.
And when he actually arranged it, we were speechless. We were amazed by their efforts and humbleness as we came to know that this was the first time they did something like this for a guest. They arranged dinner in the garden with twinkling dim lights and soft music. We cannot thank enough Mr Tyagi for doing this and making the trip unforgettable for us.
Next day, we commenced to the much-awaited activity – Paragliding. Know about our experience here: Monolith Bhimtal: A Spellbinding charm
Note of Thanks
On the day of checkout, Mr Tyagi walked us till the exit to bid us goodbye. As a note of thanks, I am expressing my gratitude towards the staff of V Resorts:
Mr Tyagi for being so humble and nice towards the guests.
Dheeraj, for being generous and helpful every time we took a ride with him.
Rest of staff, to always greet and serving us with a smile.
So if you are looking for a serene and offbeat destination, go to Sattal and if you are going to Sattal stay with V Resorts.
How to reach Sattal
To reach Sattal, you first need to reach Kathgodam, below are the options for it:
By Train: The distance from Delhi to Kathgodam is about 250 km. Shatabdi express and Ranikhet express are two good options available to reach there.
By Bus: You may reach Kathgodam by UTC buses or by private buses. The better option is to go with UTC Volvo’s.
By Road: It’s an easy drive from Delhi to Haldwani and Kathgodam. You should only opt for it if you can drive in hilly areas since after this all the routes are hilly.
Reaching V Resorts, Sattal
To reach V Resorts Sattal we have two options available:
By Taxi: From Kathgodam or Haldwani, you can easily get a taxi. If opting for a taxi, you should ask the resort staff to arrange it for you. They arrange it at a reasonable price and it’s better and safe as compared to bargaining with local taxi drivers.
By local Transport: V Resorts arrange to pick up by their vehicle from local points. So you can take a local bus from Haldwani to reach a nearby point. You should stay in touch with the resort about it. They would tell you the exact location where you should reach and can send their vehicle for pick up.
If you are travelling in the odd hours like very early morning, then you should opt for a taxi only.
What to do in Sattal
Below are the activities that you can do in Sattal:
- Nature Walk
- Bird Watching
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The best thing to do in Sattal
The best thing to do in Sattal is to do nothing. Just sit and relax in the lap of nature at this offbeat destination.
So, go for it. Plan a trip and share your experience.