Travel: Four Hours In ... Udaipur

This lakeside city of labyrinthine streets and temples is known as the most romantic city in Rajasthan, India's largest state. It rose to stardom as the setting for the 1983 James Bond film, "Octopussy."

Explore the passageways and courtyards of the City Palace, taking in some 300 years of history. The palace was built in the protective shadow of the mountains surrounding Lake Pichola, and the city grew up around it.

Stroll through the winding streets of the old city, browsing the market stalls of skilled craftsmen, artists and antiques dealers. Watch out for elephants carrying people.

Shop at Sandouk, a fashion house known for contemporary, Western-style designs. They also do custom tailoring almost overnight.

See the sunset from the heights of Monsoon Palace, an abandoned mountaintop abode set in parkland a short rickshaw ride from town.

Dine at the Tiger Hotel, new among several "high-rise," lakeside establishments, ideal for enjoying the view along with a simple but delicious Indian menu (www.thetigerudaipur.com).

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