A cluster of seven interconnected lakes, Sattal is located about 22 km from Nainital, at an altitude of about 1,370 m above sea level. The group of lakes, namely, Purna Tal, Ram Tal, Sita Tal, Laxman Tal, Nal Damyanti Tal, Sukh Tal and Garud Tal, are nestled amidst dense forests of oak and pine trees. The Garud Tal is a solitary lake while the Ram, Sita and Laxman Tal together form the Sattal main lake. The surrounding area is home to more than 500 species of resident birds, 20 species of mammals, over 525 species of butterflies and more than 11,000 species of moths. A freshwater spring named Subhash Dhara comes from the dense forests of Sattal. The area also offers boating facilities and water sports opportunities like rowing, kayaking and paddling. Sattal has an interesting myth associated with it. According to the epic Mahabharata, king Nala and his wife Damayanti drowned in one of the seven lakes while they had been exiled by the king's brother. Thus, that lake was named as Nal Damyanti Tal.

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