It was my first trip to mountain resorts – Nainital and Sattal in 2015. No doubt it was exciting, but more than that the sight of the lofty mountains all around simply took my breath away. (For the information of readers: Nainital is a Himalayan resort town in the Kumaon region of India’s Uttarakhand state, at an elevation of roughly 2,000m. Sattal or Sat Tal is an interconnected group of seven freshwater lakes situated in the Lower Himalayan Range near Bhimtal, a town of the Nainital district.)
A view of Mt. Kailash
Though it is not visible in this picture, Mt. Kailash clad with snow (as was seen by a telescope) was a real treat to watch so much so that I couldn’t stop singing praises of the magnificent Creator in my heart all through.
Fishes in Lake Naini
The clear cool waters of Lake Naini are thriving grounds for fishes, ducks and swans. It was so tempting to capture this photo before the fishes could swim downwards and vanish.
A view of the mountain-town from the Lake Naini
While boating in the Lake Naini, one could have a view of the houses and habitation around. I wondered how amazingly these houses have been constructed and maintained!
This view was an absolute treat to capture – one of the best clicks of the trip! The white and yellow bright spots are the lights coming up in the houses in the mountain resort as darkness set in. The houses are all in varying elevation. This view could be got while exploring the Tibetan market.
It was an hour and a half’s descent from Nainital to Sat Tal. If you are a person who loves quiet serenity, Sat Tal is a must visit. It is a place where you can simply feel one with nature without any disturbance. No mobile networks penetrate into this area. No hustle-bustle of towns and markets.
A view of the dense trees atop the mountains at Sat Tal
The lakes in Sat Tal are deeper than in Nainital. While boating across the lakes, when one turns around, it is overwhelming to see the dense trees atop the mountains surrounding the lakes. No matter in whichever direction you look, the view is almost the same – dense greenery – tall trees – lofty mountains – and the blue sky above!
This was my first tryst with nature and an unforgettable one. Even now as I remember those breath-taking views, I can only exclaim with wondrous admiration, “Oh God! How great thou art!”
Truly the Psalmist writes –
The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
The lofty mountains, the dense trees, the blue skies, the cool clear lakes never utter a word. Yet they stand as silent testimonies to the Creator!