Weekend Getaways Near Sattal
Sattal has the unique privilege of being located near many other majestic locations, some of them as beautiful as Sattal itself. While staying at Sattal is a complete vacation in itself, and there are a couple of great resorts in Sattal to stay at; if you wish to extend your visit here further, there are a few great places nearby with some unique experiences of their own. So, without wasting any further time, here’s a list of places to visit near Sattal:
Located in the Nainital district, like Sattal itself, Bhimtal is quickly becoming one of the most popular tourist destinations in Uttarakhand. The town gets its name from the eponymous lake named after Bhim, the mythical character from Mahabharat. Gifted with natural beauty, tourists visit Bhimtal for the lush greenery, the many varieites of birds and boating and other adventure activities.
One of the most popular hill stations in India, Nainital is a delight for nature and peace lovers. While most travellers visit here to enjoy boating in the Naini lake amidst the gorgeous lower Himalayas, there are many other activities for adventure enthusiasts, religious devotees and shoppers alike. To differentiate your visit from the usual tourist holiday, visit the Naina Devi Temple, the Nainital Zoo, the China Peak and the Snow-View Peak (which offers great views of the Himalayas).
Naukuchiatal, getting its name from the mesemerising lake here which has nine corners, is another lesser-known destination near Sattal. The deepest lake in the Nainital region, it is great for angling and boating. Like most other hill stations here, Naukuchiyatal is a great bird-watching destination, but it’s most famous for the annual Escape Music Festival which attracts enthusiasts from across the country and even abroad.
One of the oldest hill destinations in India, Ranikhet, which literally means ‘Queen’s Meadows’ in Hindi, has been a preferred summer retreat for over 150 years, starting with the British Raj. Used as a military base and summer retreat by the British, Ranikhet, a three-hour drive from Sattal, is now a major army cantonment, besides being a popular hill station for people looking to relax and unwind in the midst of western Hialayas and pine, oak, deodar forests. The place is bustling with many wildlife species including leopards, jungle cats and foxes, and there are many old temples and gardens to visit here.
While Mukteshwar is widely known as a religious destination, not many realise it is a great hill getaway in it’s own right. Offering wide views of the Himalayas, Mukteshwar is good hill station to visit for families, friends and solo travellers alike. Choose between engaging activties like paragliding, rock climbing and rappelling, or go trekking and camping with your companions. If that sounds like a lot, even sitting and relaxing are rendered memorable because of the lovely surroundings here.