Kota is one of those typically Indian, or rather Rajasthani cities that is hurtling towards progress and innovation, while clinging on to its rich Rajputana history and cultural ethos. Burgeoning trade centers and manufacturing plants are springing up all over the city, even as the erstwhile palaces and ancient royal structures stand tall, having weathered time, the elements, and wars
Located on the banks of the Chambal River, Kota also has its fair share of scenic landscapes and lush greenery. History suggests that Kota was founded back in the 12th century. The city used to be a part of the Bundi, the Rajput kingdom, until it became a separate princely state in the 17th century. The Rajput influence still remains strong in Kota, which can be seen in the architecture of the city, as well as in the people’s way of life.Forts, palaces and ancient temples dot this beautiful city, providing a historical experience to tourists visiting from far and wide. Rajasthan is known for its colorful textiles and attire, delectable food, the hospitality of its people, vibrant culture and boundless talent. Kota is no exception. If you’re headed to the north, carve out some time to visit this lively city.Kota is known for its textile weaving, Doria saris, cotton garments and dairy products. This means that it’s also holds great appeal to shoppers and you can rest assured that your money will be well spent. Weave your way through the markets of the city, where colorful window displays and effervescent sellers are sure to catch your eye.Plan a day to explore all of the old structures that date back to the Rajput and Mughal empires. The City Fort Palace is perhaps the most popular tourist attraction in the city. The establishment of the palace and fort complex dates back to the 13th century, but changes and renovations introduced by each successive emperor shaped it into the structure it is today. Intricate carvings, stunning murals, and paintings and sculptures characteristic of life in Kota at the time can be found throughout the complex. Of particular interest are the Hawa Mahal, the Raj Mahal, and the Bada Mahal.Add the Maharao Madho Singh Museum to your itinerary, especially if you’d like to delve deeper into the history of the region. Filled with paintings, artifacts, sculptures and armor from the Rajputana era, this used to be a palace before it was converted into a museum.Auto-rickshaws are fairly accessible in Kota and are a convenient way of getting around. Most of them do not have meters, so fix your fare before getting in. You can also get shared rickshaws if travelling within the city. Buses also ply through the city and can also get you to destinations in neighboring states. Hire a private taxi or car if you want to enjoy the sights and sounds of Kota at your own pace.Be careful when hiring a tour guide in Kota. They may try and fleece you.Take care of your belongings especially in crowded tourist spots
Kota is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Jaipur at a distance of 183kms.
Airports: Jaipur International Airport
You can easily get regular trains to Kota from other major cities of the country..