Although not really ‘unknown’ and ‘untouristy’ Udaipur is worth a brief mention as we have a film-set theme going on here! Slightly older readers will probably recognise Udaipur as the setting for 'Octopussy' which is, I’m sure much to the frustration of local waiters, plays every evening in a number of roof-top restaurants. The city itself is great for a weekend, aside from the lake which is the main attraction; there are a number of palaces which are well worth a visit as well as some good shopping and some excellent restaurants. Udaipur is well connected with other cities and definitely not to be missed out! The City palace in Udaipur is one of the main attractions. It is well worth half a day to explore. Boat tours are also a good way to see the city.
Finally, there are a couple of other places worth mentioning, perhaps for the more intrepid traveller, or the traveller who is happy spending the best part of a day on Indian trains or buses would enjoy! From Jodhpur, you can continue your journey West towards Pakistan, just this side of the border, you find the town of Jaisalmer. As with most cities in this area, the fort is often the focus and the main reason to visit. The Maharaja Palace in Jailsamer is no exception, affording spectacular views of the city and surrounding desert. As with most of these cities, one night is really all you need.