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 rulersKota 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.
Jodhpur is situated at the edge of the Thar Desert with Jaisalmer on its west, Barmar, Jalor and Pali on its south, Bikaner on its north, and Nagaur on the eastern side. It has a typical desert climate, dry and hot. The ideal time to visit this place is the period between November and March. The city is like an oasis in the vast desert, with a variety of thorny shrubs all over the area. It also has some of the animal species that can survive in an arid and dry environment. There is much to do in town and for shoppers, it is a delightful treasure trove of goodies. Amongst other things, Jodhpur is famous for its tie-dye fabrics and leather goods.
Major Attractions of Kota
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.
Places to Stay in Kota
The RTDC has done a lot to retain the traditional flavour in its hotels in and around Kota. Hotels like RTDC's Khadim, come with AC Deluxe rooms as well as ordinary rooms, which give a comfortable stay in the city. There are also Sarai facilities for the pilgrims. The government sponsored paying guest scheme makes the visitor feel at home.
Shopping in Kota
There are quite a few market areas in Kota, full of the heat and dust of Rajasthan. Some of them are Hope Circus, Bajaja Bazaar, Sarafa Bazaar, Mala Khera Bazaar and Kedalganj Bazaar. Jewellery and other handicraft items are the best things you could take back home. Hope Circus, which is quite a busy place, gets its name from a monument of the same name. The latter is a circular structure with flights of steps leading to the top from all four sides. It was named after Miss Hope, daughter of Lord Linlithgow, the then Viceroy of India, on the occasion of her visit to Kota in 1939-40. and while we're still at shopping and bazaars, you should try the wonderful mawa (a kind of sweet made of milk) in Kota. You simply shouldn't miss that!.
How to Get 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.
Festivals in Kota
Dussehra is celebrated in Kota in Sep-Oct. This festival is celebrated all over the country but the Kota Dussehra is quite unique for it marks more than just the beginning of a festive period. More than 75 feet tall effigies of the demons Ravana, Kumbhakarana and Meghnad are burnt on Dussehra day to symbolise the victory of good over evil. Usually these effigies are filled with crackers. A young child dressed as Lord Ram is made to shoot an arrow of fire at Ravana and the huge figure is burnt.
Climate of Kota
Max 42.2 ºC, Min 27.3 ºC (summer); Max 27.5 ºC, Min 9.5 ºC (winter)