visiting India would be cheating himself or herself if they didn't
get a taste of Indian countryside. It's not that difficult. Udaipur
is surrounded by natural beauty on all sides and within a few
minutes, one can be up in the hills, where peace reigns: the only
sounds may be those of the birds or an occasional buffalo. From the
aspects of proximity to the city as well as the countryside, access
and utter, unspoiled beauty, staying at Mountain Ridge in Sisarma is
a good choice. The little village is just at the back of Lake
Pichola and has easy access to Udaipur around the lakeside lane or
via the main road from Chetak Circle or Brahmpol.
Once you get to Sisarma, the scenery changes dramatically. Here the
panorama opens up into the wide river valley stretching away to the
surrounding mountain slopes. For those who enjoy hiking, cycling,
bird-watching or merely relaxing in the peace and quiet, this area
is simply perfect!
Just beyond Sisarma are some of the prettiest country tracts; these
are also the least well known. There are a variety of minor routes
that climb mountain passes or thread through valleys where you may
never see another vehicle, let alone another tourist. The
mountainous area just west of Sisarma is a terrain that, towards the
end of the monsoon season, resembles Wales with the gentle green
hills dappled with patches of trees, dry stone walls, rocky outcrops
and crystal-clear, gushing streams. It is only when one sees a
passing or tribesman or an occasional palm tree that one is brought
back to India.
A five-minute stroll from Mountain Ridge through the village will
take you to the western shore of Lake Pichola where you can enjoy an
uninterrupted panorama of the Old City, the islands and the palaces
across the water.
Sisarma is a charming, utterly traditional village of about 2000
people. It moves at the typical slow pace of such villages, and you
may remark that a lot of people seem to spend a lot of time just
sitting around chatting. Well, they do. Nobody here seems to die of
Udaipur is a fascinating city with much to recommend it, but as with
all Indian cities, it is not peaceful, so even if you choose to
spend the day shopping or sightseeing, its certainly recommended to
travel the short distance to Mountain Ridge for a perfect evening
and a peaceful night.
Mountain Ridge is unusual in style. The architecture is
contemporary, rustic and non-conformist. Every effort has been made
to ensure that it fits in with the immediate environment, and that
it is pleasant to be in. The atmosphere is one of space, light and
airiness. In the hot months the doors and windows can be opened to
give cooling cross-ventilation yet in the cold weeks of the winter
with logs blazing in the fireplace there is nowhere cosier.
Each bedroom is en-suite and has a private balcony with amazing
views. The lawns are spacious and the flowerbeds give splashes of
colour around the garden.
There are several private corners for a tete-a-tete and a pleasant
barbeque area. Mountain Ridge has a friendly, intimate atmosphere
that will calm and relax you.
We can provide lunchtime snacks and substantial, delicious evening
Horse-riding and countryside trekking arranged.