Spent a delightful night at the Sattal Birding Camp as a part of Corbett (2N) , Pangot (1N) and Saattaal (1N) trip. I must admit, I was really apprehensive about going after reading the reviews posted here considering that my kids are 4 & 9 years old.
However the pristine setting of the camps in the densely wooded hillside, the beautiful tents (with golden starry motif on the ceiling), the great food, the super Birding Guide Hari Lama and the perfect and prompt planning from Abhishek at Asian adventures at New Delhi ensured that we had a great time.
Admittedly the gradient of the land on a hill slope dictates some serious steps but all it meant was that i had to be extra careful when my kids were negotiating them. My older son spent all the time picking the brains of the birding guide and my younger son with the crayons and paper that we took along with us.
The Tents are spacious, with a thatch roof protection on top. this cuts out the heat and also serves additional protection from the rain. The tent had a kingsize bed , we took an extra bed and still had reasonable space to move around. The doors and windows have mosquito screening and the inner lining of the tent is with frilled cotton drapes which gave them a very upmarket look. The toilet has a standalone EWC, a wooden counterbasin and an enclosed shower area with gasfired hotwater. This ensures that there is round the clock hotwater although only in the shower area.
Although we were on a birding specific trip and notched up a good 125 species during the trip, its the perfect place for young couples taking a break from the city. There is pretty much nothing to do and the perfect place to take long romantic walks in the oak, Pine and Rhododendron forest that surround the property. Though we arrived by train, we had a car with us for the duration of our stay and that was a huge help in moving from place to place. Dont know if it is a positive or negative but mobile phones do work in the camp.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Know where you are headed! Here is some useful information that we would like you to know to help plan your trip better. Sat Tal birding camp is a campsite set up to give you a feeling of luxury and yet maintain the jungle setting of the Forest. The rustic look and pristine forest cover surrounding the lodge unfortunately prevents us from having wide open spaces for children to run around and play. Kids can be engaged with books on wildlife that we store in our little library or enjoy walks with the adults around the campsite. The camp at times may face power cuts which are unavoidable. Being part of the Himalayan cover and passionate about maintaining its beauty, we avoid the use of generators to omit any input of carbon dioxide by us. The camp however is well equipped with solar lights, torches and candles for emergencies. You can also bring in your own torches to complete your camping gear!! To keep you warm we do have hot water showers through LPG heaters which are highly effective. During peak winters, due to the cold the heating may be a little slow, but hot water will be provided in buckets. The campsite is part of the rugged terrain and the tents are connected to each other with a small stony path. Not much of a climb but if needed we'd be happy to help elderly guests with it. Water being a valuable resource and even more precious on a campsite, we try and minimize wastage as much as possible. If your bath towels need to be washed everyday, we request you to leave them in the basket or floor in the washroom, otherwise we will have them changed as per schedule. This really helps us to save water. The camp does not have televisions and we are certain you won't miss it a bit as mother nature will leave you spellbound with her myriad colours. Lastly may we suggest you bring a small notebook along and make an entry everyday, maybe add a sketch or two of the view from your tent and check out the stars in the middle of the night - they are incredible! ... more less