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Udaipur lies east of Lake Pichola; Sisarma lies to the west. On this
side of the lake the rugged Arawali Mountains rise up in jagged
chains, meandering valleys fanning off in various directions from
the main Sisarma valley.
The verdant, undulating bottom of the Sisarma valley contains three
large villages – Nai, Bujra and Sisarma, and a number of small
settlements. The massif of Banki-ka-Magra lies southeast of Sisarma
and between this and the serrated chain of Arnia Magra is the long
vale of Naya Khera. To the other side of Arnia Magra are
Nandeshwarji Lake and a revered Shiva temple. The road that passes,
heads off to the lovely mountainous countryside of the southwest.
Due west of Sisarma is a long ridge; Nai is near one end, and Bujra
near the other.
Mountain Ridge looks directly out over this wonderful landscape; the
broad valley and the backdrop of stark mountains in the direction of
the setting sun. There are great trekking routes over there. Up to
the northwest are the imposing peaks known as ‘the Brothers’.
Another route heads out this way to the shrine at Ubeshwarji and to
the magnificent Bari Lake. Up to the due north rises the Monsoon
Palace, presiding over the entire landscape; a focal point for miles
The mountains hide away tiny communities and secret valleys that you
may choose to explore. The India here is the India of centuries ago,
where farming is still practiced in the traditional methods. Most of
these settlements are inhabited by Bhil tribespeople – hardy,
sweet-natured folk who are gradually departing further and further
away from the city people to maintain the simple lifestyle they
The seasons play a great role in the mountain life. With the monsoon
rains, the dry river beds suddenly gush again with clear water,
cascading over the boulders to eventually replenish the city’s
This is a wonderland and Mountain Ridge makes a great base for
setting out to explore!