| Kota is an important historic city of Rajasthan. Once the part of the erstwhile Rajput kingdom of Bundi, Kota became an independent princely state in 1624, when the Mughal emperor Jehangir defeated its rulers. Kota is famous for its architectural heritage comprising of beautiful palaces, temples, museums, all reflecting the splendor of the bygone era. Kota has a number of exciting tourist attractions to see. The major tourist attractions in Kota Tour include the City Fort and Palace, Rao Madho Singh Museum, Jagmandir Palace, Haveli of Deaji and Chambal Gardens among many more. Kota is a fascinating mixture of medieval grandeur and modern industrialization. Kota is situated on the banks of the Chambal river below a deep gorge at an altitude of 515 meters above sea level. In the Kota tour we visit the Kota fort. The Kota fort overlooking the Chambal river and housing a museum has elaborately painted chambers and is a prime attraction of Kota.
Along the eastern bank of the Chambal River lies Kota - an amazing example of majestic medieval age and modern industrialization. Its wealth of impressive forts, opulent palaces and splendid temples of past centuries retain their former glory. Its present-day edifices and heavy industries have made it the industrial heartland of Rajasthan.
The history of the city dates back to the 12th century AD, when chieftain Rao Deva, conquered the territory and founded Bundi and Hadoti. Later in the early I 7th century AD, during the reign of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir, the ruler of Bundi - Rao Ratan Singh, gave the smaller principality of Kota to his son, Madho Singh. Since then, Kota became a hallmark of Rajput gallantry and culture.
Tourists Attraction :
Situated in the old palace, it houses a rich collection of Rajput paintings of the Kota school, exquisite sculptures and other valuable antiques. The museum is the treasure house of artistic items used by the rulers of Kota.
It is one of the oldest and most beautiful temple complexes in Rajasthan. These 9th century temples are characterized by a high standard of artistic sensibility. Built in the usual Panchayatan (group of five) style, one of the groups still has its rich carvings almost intact. There are several shrines worth a visit, some of which are in a good state of preservation.
Chambal Garden :
A beautifully landscaped garden at the Amar Niwas. Its lush surroundings make it a popular picnic spot offering enjoyable boat rides
Haveli of Devtaji :
The beautiful Haveli of Devta Shridharji is located in the middle of the busy market. The haveli is noted for its splendid frescoes and rooms ornate with lovely wall paintings.
Jag Mandir :
Amid the picturesque artificial lake of Kishore Sagar constructed in 1346 A.D. by Prince DherDeh of Bundi, stands the enchanting little palace of Jag Mandir. The azure waters around the red-sandstone monument enhances its beauty. Boat-rides can be enjoyed in the lake. The Keshar Bagh famous for its royal cenotaphs lies in the vicinity.
How to Reach There :
Air : Jaipur 245 kms is the most convenient airport to Kota. .
Rail : Lying on the Delhi-Mumbai route, Kota is will served by regular and fast rail services.
Road : A good network of road connections including National Highway No. 12 links Kota with many important cities in and outside the state. Some notable distances are : Udaipur, 270 kms; Bundi 40 kms; Delhi 504 kms; Ahmedabad, 522 kms & Jaipur 245 kms .
Local Transport : City bus service operate in the city. Unmetered taxis, auto-rickshaws, tongas, and cycle-rickshaws are also available for commutation.
Climate of Kota
Max 42.2 ºC, Min 27.3 ºC (summer); Max 27.5 ºC, Min 9.5 ºC (winter)