Along the eastern bank of the Chambal River lies Kota – an amazing juxtaposition of the majestic medieval age and modern industrialisation temples its untouched wealth of impressive forts, opulent palaces and splendid temples dating back over several centuries retain the past glory, the 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 A.D. when the Hada Chieftain, Rao Deva, conquered the territory and founded Bundi and Hadoti. Later, in the early 17th 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 the Rajput gallantry and culture.
Dussehra, an important festival of the Hindus commemorating the victory of good over evil, is celebrated in Kota like other parts of India with great fervor. The specialty of Dussehra in Kota is the Dussehra Mela celebrated in the month of October.
HOW TO REACH
By Air – There is a small aerodrome, which is not operational. Nearest main airport is Jaipur (240 km).
By Train – Kota is well connected by Train with all major cities in the state and outside the state.
By Road – Kota is located on the N.H. No. 12 (Jaipur – Jabalpur) and well connected with all major ciites.
WHEN TO GO
The best time to visit Kota is between the months of October and February, but one may also visit it in October, when the Dussehra festival is celebrated here.
Â WHAT TO SEE
Chambal Garden :-
The Chambal Gardens are on the banks of the Chambal River, south of the fort. They are popular place for picnic. The centerpiece is a murky pond stocked with crocodiles, which can be crossed by a wobbly suspension bridge. Once common all along the river, by the middle of the 20th century the crocodiles had been virtually exterminated by hunting. There are also some rare Gharial (thin-snouted, fish eating crocodiles
Maharaj Madho Singh Museum:-
It is situated in the old palace, the museum has a superb collection of Rajput miniature paintings of the Kota school, exquisite sculptures, frescoes and armoury.
The museum also houses a rich repository of artistic items used by the Kota rulers. The museum is definitely not to be missed as it is reportedly one of the best museums in the state. This was formerly a palace and is named after the son of the ruler of Bundi who was made the first ruler of Kota State by the Mughal emperor Jehangir. It gives a wonderful glimpse of the glory and history of the place with miniature paintings and ancient armoury on display.
A part of the irrigation canal system on the Chambal River, Kota barrage is beautiful setting ideal for outings and evening strolls. Other Places worth visiting: Kansua temple with a four faced Shiva Lingam, Bhitria Kund, Adhar Shila Budh Singh Bafna Haveli and Yatayat Park. not only does this barrage control floodwater and irrigate canals, it also serves as an alternative bridge in the monsoon season.
Between the City palace and the RTDC Hotel Chambal is the picturesque artificial tank of Kishore sagar. Right in the middle of the tank, on a small island is the beguiling little palace of Jagmandir.
Built in 1740 by one of the maharanies of Kota, it is best seen early in the morning but is exquisite at any time of the day. 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.
WHERE TO EAT
You can try the special restaurants at the luxury hotels.