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“Delightful Saattal Birding Camp !!” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Sat Tal Birding Camp
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Sat Tal Birding Camp
Ranked #56 of 139 Speciality Lodging in Nainital
New Delhi
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Delightful Saattal Birding Camp !!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2011

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.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2011

.....at least in winter or if you are in less than perfect health.This camp is not at all equipped to deal with cold winters.We found ourselves here in January,put all our faith in their advertisement boasting of a "all season camp with all modern amenities" and bitterly regretted it.
The tents are at least 40 feet below the main road.There is a tiny path and a couple of very steep flight of stairs to access the tents from the restaurant and office.The path is bordered by thorny plants so you have to be careful to walk in a straight line,no swaying here or there !
The worst part is the heating arrangement,or rather the lack of it. The gas room heaters in both the tents were faulty,breaking down in the middle of the night.The water heaters were also of the same quality,providing only a meager amount of lukewarm water.The sink in the bathroom had no hot water outlet so we had to wash our hands in ice cold water.
We left the camp early next day without waiting for the lunch we had paid for.
A very poorly managed camp indeed!

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank CDceedee
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New Delhi, India
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2010

I have mixed feelings about Sattal Birding Camp...I had gone there for 2nights/3 days

First,the plus-es : Really nice tents with attached bathrooms. The best part about the stay was the friendly staff,homely feeling and above all the food.The cook is really very good,and it was a pleasure to have relaxed long meals served to perfection.On our insistence,one of the staff took us for a trek early morning,which was very enjoyable.

Now,for the downside.. this camp has no property at all.it is on the roadside,and i was not happy at all that my car would be parked on the road for two days(sply being in the hills where roads are narrow). there are just 5 tents next to each other,and if one wants to just sit outside and enjoy the weather or property,there is no place! so either u sit in your tent or 'trek' up to the dining hall. this is the biggest downside of this place. Not suitable with small children,as one has to go up and down stony pathway.

All in all,good experience,but if you minus the staff and cook,there is nothing to this place at all,and it is feels little steep due to lack of any facilities / property.

Stayed October 2009, travelled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2010

Sattal Birding Camp is a nice small lodge situated near Sattal with 5 tents. The surrounding is wonderful with small ponds around and great pine and oak trees to give delight to your eyes. !! The service at the lodge is also very good and the food dey serve is sumptuous !! There is a nearby lake Nal Damyanti where we went trekking from the lodge and the trek was awesome and the peace, calm and serene feel that you get here is just unbeatable and in the evening we went for boating nearby.
Another wonderful feature was the huge lemon trees the sight of which is so soothing that you just feel like going into your childhood days and go breaking the lemons from the trees !!

The tents are also well maintained and spacious and so are the bathrooms. To sum it up, a very beautiful lodge and a good place to stay !!

  • Liked — the location
  • Disliked — no hot water geyser in the bathrooms
  • Stayed January 2009, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank sweettravellerIndia
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HimalayanLodges, Owner at Sat Tal Birding Camp, responded to this review, 13 May 2016
Dear Esteemed Guest,

Sincere thanks for sharing your valuable review and we heartily desire to serve you again really soon.

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Additional Information about Sat Tal Birding Camp

Property: Sat Tal Birding Camp
Address: Sattal Road | Bhakgtura, Nainital 263001, India
Region: India > Uttarakhand > Nainital District > Nainital
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #56 of 139 Speciality Lodging in Nainital
Price range (per night): ₹ 1,63,613 - ₹ 2,29,058
Number of rooms: 5
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 

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