Kota- Experience the History
Located in the southern part of Rajasthan near Chambal River, Kota looks like a sloping tableland which forms a part of Malwa plateau. Kota is located 36km away from Bundi and has the history of Rajput Kingdom.
The town of Kota was once under the rule of Rajput kingdom of Bundi. Later it became spate princely state in the 17th century and has now the home of several monuments which reflects the glory of kingdoms. Kota was once the part British Empire in 1818, and later it became the part of Rajasthan after India’s Independence.
Kota is not only known for ancient villas or palaces, but also for some forts, garden and other such sightseeing which are worth exploring. Every sight has its own history which would take you to the Mughul and Rajput era. The place is also known for some beautiful temples that carries many legendary stories with it.
The architectural work of palaces and forts are worth seeing and also some temples in Kota are beautifully designed and are the major tourist attractions. One such temple is Kansua temple which is the shrine of Lord Shiva with four faces. Also, city is known for museums where you can get to see some marvelous paintings and other such art work.
Presently, if you visit Kota, then you can witness major change happening in the city as it is adapting itself to modernization. You can get to see some textile weaving and handicraft work which are purely original and Kota is the only place where you can get Doria Saris.
Attractions in Kota:
City Palace: Attracting thousands of visitors every year, City Palace reminds of the fabulous work of Mughul and Rajput, also the glorious past of the Kota rule. Adorned with beautiful painting, mirror walls, hanging huge illuminated lights and floral decorations are attractive features of City Palace.
Moreover, beautiful landscape around the palace with lush green garden makes the whole area look breathtaking.
Chambal Gardens: Located behind the Chambal River, this garden is the perfect picnic spot for children and adult. Well maintained pond with habitat of crocodile and suspension bridge from crossing is very well designed.
Rao Madho Singh Museum: The museum was named after the son of first ruler of Kota state under Mughul emperor Jahangir. There are many beautiful collections of ancient paintings, attractive sculptures, royal armors and miniature paintings. If you are an historian or an art lover, then this is the perfect place to visit.
Jag Mandir: This beautiful palace is built in the center of Kishore Sagar artificial lake. The artificial work of the palace makes it a picturesque place to visit. The best time to visit this palace is during night time as you can enjoy watching the illuminated red sandstone building reflecting azure waters of serene lake.
When to Visit:
Summer and winter are two seasons when you can visit Kota to explore its history and enjoy the place.
How to Reach Kota:
By Air: Sanganeer Airport is the nearest airport which is 245 km away from Kota and is well connected to different city airports in India.
By Train: There are some superfast and passenger express trains which run from other cities of India and take halt in Kota railhead.
By Bus: Kota is well connected to Udaipur, Ajmer, Bikaner and Jaipur via road. The Rajasthan Road Transport Corporation connects Kota (Bondi bus stop).