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Sat Tal Camp

Location: Sat Tal Camp is situated at Sattal village near Nainital, atop a hill at an altitude of 1350 m. Sattal, 22kms from Nainital, gets its name from the seven lakes the camp overlooks.

Sat Tal is an ideal all-season camp. And because it's a mere 7 hour drive from Delhi (or a comfortable overnight journey by train), escaping to Sat Tal is easy.

About: Sat Tal is a group of seven natural lakes. Of these five are perennial - Ram Tal, Sita Tal, Lakshman Tal, Hanuman Tal and Garur Tal; two are seasonal - Sookha Tal and Biyun Tal. The perennial lakes are named after the main characters in India's best known epic - the Ramayan. The placid water of these lakes holds great charm. The lakes lie in the basin of the surrounding hills. The presence of reserve forests, consisting of dense mixed jungle, in the vicinity of these natural waters greatly add to the charm. There are a few villages in the area. A few old bungalows and a Church from the British era still stand. Special visual effects of these lakes can be captured under varying weather conditions - in the rain, fog, mist and cloud.

Apart from the abundance of natural beauty around you, the camp promises a lot of fun and action. You can enjoy kayaking, fishing and swimming in crystal clear lakes, rock-climbing and treks through dense jungles past hidden villages and waterfalls. Camp-fires, games and barbeques complete the outdoor experience. For those looking for a more laid back holiday, you can laze on the hammock with a book or a pair of binoculars to spot a variety of exotic Himalayan birds.

For a yet more wholesome experience, you can participate in our community-based development programmes and interact with the locals to learn more about the area, the people and their culture.


Residential tents: Accommodation in American Safari Tents along-with camp cots, mattresses and sleeping bags ensure a comfortable stay in the wilderness.

Toilet tents: Fully equipped with W/C toilets, running water flushes and toilet paper.

Bathing tents: Four tents with buckets, mugs and soaps and fresh running water. Wash area with wash basins, running water and mirror.

Kitchen facilities: A spacious tent equipped with modern facilities under hygienic conditions and infrastructure to provide Continental, Indian or Chinese cuisine along-with local delicacies. Bar-be-ques are also arranged around the campfire. Any special requests for food specifications can be made if advance notice is given.

Dining area: A summer house set in the midst of the garden with a stone table and benches makes an appetizing place to enjoy meals



Rock climbing: Basic and Advance including Bouldering, Rappelling, Jumaring and Long-pitch Climbing.

Kayaking: Still water kayaking is ideal for exploring the three inter-connected lakes (Ram, Sita and Laxman).

Trekking: Various grade options for treks to villages, streams and neighboring lakes.

River Crossing (tyrolean traverse): Crossing a section of the lake on a rope base.

Rowing : The lakes can also be explored on traditional wooden boats . The special attraction is the night boat ride.

Hadimba Ashram Trek: A 2 km steep climb to the Ashram situated on top of the hill near a meadow where one finds a large variety of trees planted by the Babaji himself. Also offers a panoramic birds-eye view of the Ram and Sita lakes.

Water fall Trek: A short walk from the camp down a dry stream bed brings you to Subhash Dhara, the only waterfall in Saattal. You may have a refreshing bath or just lie around lounging near the stream.

Tirchakhet Trek: A short trek to a quaint little Kumaoni village taking you back to yesterday. Untouched by modern civilisation, the village has paved pathways and beautiful houses in stone.

Biyun-tal Trek: This is a short familiarisation trek through the general Saat tal area to the dry lake bed of Biyun.

Night trek: A short post dinner hike into the wilderness of the isolated Garur Tal with the help of lanterns. The open chapel at the lake side acts as a dramatic stage for star/moon-lit presentations and talks.

Visit to the local museum
Trek 3 kms through the Bhimtal valley with villages and small farms to the Museum. Dr. Mathpal's museum provides a good insight into Kumaoni folklore and culture. Also on display are a kaleidescope of water colours on Kumaoni landscapes and ancient rock-art.

Village based interactions
Carpentary: Learn to use various carpentary tools to help the carpenter make local village furniture and wood carvings.

Street Plays: Learn the art of doing street plays (to create awareness) from the village theatre group 'Bhiner' which means "fire" in the local dialect.

Crafts making: Learn to make small wooden souvenirs from small pieces of dry wood or roots from a local craftsman.

Wildlife Tracking: An early morning trek through the Sukhatal gorge guarantees sighting of the barking deer or the Ghurar ( the mountain goat ).

Bird Spotting: Commonly found birds in Saat-tal area are Magpies, Barbets, Thrushes, Tits, Woodpeckers, Kingfishers, Nightjars, Owls etc.

Field and Camp-fire Games: Various sport facilities are available at the camp like Volleyball, Badminton, Football and Chess. Treasure hunt- find hidden villages with the help of maps and clues.

How to reach there:


By Train: The overnight train, Ranikhet Express leaves Old Delhi Railway station at 10:45 p.m. daily for Kathgodam, 33 kilometeres away from Saat-tal Camp. Cabs are readily available at Kathgodam station to take you to the camp.

By Bus: Day and night buses ply between Delhi and Nainital. Cabs may be taken from Nainital for transfer to the camp.

By Car: Drive yourself to the camps from Delhi (278 Kms) through Moradabad, Rampur, Rudrapur Haldwani and Bhimtal. Last place for fuel is in Haldwani.


Tariff: Valid till 31 March 2013


Rs. 1,750/- per participant per day (Double sharing)

Rs. 1,500/- per participant per day (Triple sharing)

Tax applicable of 3.09%.

The above cost includes:

  • 3 Meals on Full Board - veg / non-veg

  • Accommodation on sharing basis in American safari Tents.

  • All activities mentioned above.

  • Complete field & safety equipment and instructors for all activities.


  • Extra meal @ Rs. 250/- per person.

  • Barbeque snacks @ Rs. 150/- per person per night.

  • Children in the age of 0-5 are not charged. Those between 6-12 are charged Rs 1000.

Things to Carry:

  1. Warm Clothing for the evenings

  2. A hat or cap

  3. Sunscreen / Tan Lotion

  4. A torch with extra batteries is a must.

  5. Adequate change of clothing (Comfortable T shirts and shorts/lowers for activities on water and rock)

  6. Good hiking shoes

  7. Personal toiletries and medications.

  8. Personal Music Devices (if you can't do without it).

Also note that:

  • Our camp is Eco Nature Camp (No electricity).

  • Drivers/maids/servants accompanying clients can be provided accommodation and food at an extra charged of Rs.750/- per person per day.

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