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Rajasthan - Kota - A Traveller's Guide
The city of Kota is spread across the eastern banks of Chambal River.
Civil lines, Chambal Garden, Kota Barrage and City Palace (Fort) are the sought after tourists’ destinations of Kota.
The prime and foremost attraction of Kota is its fort which was the celestial creation of the emperor Jait Singh. The fort had been erected on the shrine which was built on the chopped head of Kotya, the chief of Bhil clan. It’s no wonder, that the fort has derived its name from Kotya. The city of kota is surrounded by a fortification or Kot as well just like any other city of Rajasthan.
The fort, built by Rao Madho Singh Ji, resembles the time-honored structure of Agra and Delhi Mughal fort. A number of additional monuments were added to the age-old edifice of the fort later on. The city palace, inside the fort, soothes the eyes of every tourist. Countless numbers of visitors visit the fort to witness and recall the old reminiscence and gory days.
Tourists flock to the fort and access it through the Hathi Pol, constructed in 1625. The entire fort is creatively prettified my innumerable colorful fresco pictures. Rediscover the royal history of India right here on the fort premise.
A Government Museum, at the entrance, is there but is poor in archeological anthology. The historical museum can be observed during 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
If you get into the fort with a purpose, then you must notice that plenty of Mahals on the fort premise are built without any proper planning. However, numerous mahals or palaces, such as, Akhade Mahal, Badal Mahal, Arjun Mahal, Raj Mahal and Jenana Mahal, are the real trinkets of the palace. Built in 1864, the Hawa Mahal, showcases the same architectural touch of the Jaipur palace.
The splendid fort still demonstrates the ancient kingly affairs through the stately throne, tales of hunting and mosaic of silver and gold in the Raj Mahal. The engraved mythological tales entertain tourists as well. The innovative work of silver along with the decorative glasses on the ceiling makes this fort singular and unique.
The Rao Madho Singh Ji museum, at the right hand side of the Kota fort, is open for the swarms of the holiday makers and historians during 10- 16:30. watch the ancient art forms in the museum. Kota miniature, Kotacomb frescoes, sculptures, attires, weapons and primeval pictures are put on display.
Bhim Mahal recalls the old traditions and history of 18th century. The doorway of the Darbar hall of Bhim Mahal is built with Albus wood. The teeth of elephants artistically decorate the grand entrance of the Darbar Hall and it proves the affluence of the ancient dynasty. The architectural work with astonishing glasses would entertain everyone on any given day. The rich Saraswati Bhandar has thousands of manuscripts and rare collections of books.
The Umaid Bhawan palace, located at the northern side of the city of Kota, greets tourists gleefully. The Rajput architectural grandeur and flairs of this palace are amusing tourists since 1904.
Placed at the southern corridor of the city, at the back end of the beguiling Kota fort, the Kota Barrage was constructed spending as much as 3 million 80 lakhs of rupees on the River Chambal.
Spend a quality time in the evening at Chambal Garden. The water body full of swimming crocodiles, woman with a pitcher (made up of marbles), and grand entrance of the garden enthrall one and all. The artificial animals, cut out of trees artistically, are the additional attractions of the garden.
The feral water stream of the Chambal River marks its way through the lower acclivity. Watching the untamed stream of the astonishing Chambal River is truly a pleasing experience. Boating on the prolonged water surface of the river is another enticing experience.
Porya Garden, Gandhi Garden and Adhar Stone (shrine of saint) are the other coveted destinations of Kota. The industrial city has Hydro-Electric Plant, Nuclear Power Plant, Thermal Power Plant and the largest petrochemical factory.
Engrossed and interested tourists can purchase Kota Saris to remember the trip of Kota. Kaithoon, about 20 km towards the south- eastern side of Kota, is famous for producing saris which are embellished with expensive gold and silver. City dwellers know these saris as massoria.
Inhabitants stroll around the city with joy and enjoy the festivity of Dasara. An eventful fair is the prime and foremost allurement of the 7 days long festive season.
The Kishore Sagar, excavated long back in 1346, is positioned just beside the Tourists Bungalow. Enjoy a boat ride on the Lake. A tiny Island, nestled in the water of the Kishore Sagar, houses the Deep Mahal. The Mahal looks marvelous with the combination of red and white colors. It was erected by the queen in 1740. Deep Mahal, also known as Jag Mandir, is inaccessible for the general public but you can move around the palace riding on a boat and watch the splendid exterior of the Mahal during 10- 17:00 hours. The atmosphere around is spectacular but the Mahal has lost its old splendor due to the lack of maintenance.
The nearby Brijraj Bhwan Palace, Hanuman temple and the Shrines of the emperors in the Jawahar Vilas garden deserve a visit as well.
The Sridhar Ji Haveli, amidst the market, displays impressive frescoes and wall paintings.
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How to reach: Kota is well connected to Chittor, Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai, Amritsar, Dehradun, Ahmadabad, Chennai, Bangalore, Indore, Kanpur, Kolkata, Ajmer and Lucknow by train. To move around the city and watch its attractive places comfortably, you should hire a car or an auto.
Where to stay: Hotel Chambal Kota, Hotel Kusum, Brijraj Bhawan Palace Hotel, Shri Sitaram Sadan Guest House, Hotel Phul Plaza, Hotel Supreme Palace, Ummaid Bhawan Palace, Hotel Maheswari, Hotel Sishimahal and Hind Hotel. Check our hotel booking links below for photos, rates, options and online bookings.