The Kota city is located on the eastern
bank of Chambal River.
In summer it may not be too pleasant to visit this city due
to the high temperature. The months between October and
February are pleasant period to visit.
Tourist Information Tourist Office is at Chambal Tourist
Bungalow. The only bank where you can change traveller's
cheques is State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur. Today Kota serves
as army headquarters. It is also Rajasthan's industrial
centre (mainly chemicals), powered by the Hydroelectric
plants on the Chambal river. Local transportation includes
cycles, auto-rickshaws and local buses.
PLACES TO SEE IN KOTA:
Chambal Garden, KOTA
This garden is situated south of the fort at Amar Nivas and
forms a popular picnic spot. It has a pond where one can
take boat rides, but this pond is also home to Garhwal
Rao Madho Singh Museum, KOTA
This museum is situated in the old palace. It has on display
weapons, clothing, a superb collection of Rajput miniature
paintings of the Kota school, exquisite sculptures, and some
of the best preserved murals in the state. The museum also
houses a rich collection of artistic items used by the Kota
rulers. This museum is open daily from 11 am to 5 pm, it is
closed on Friday.
The Government Museum, KOTA
This museum is housed in the Brijvilas Palace near the
Kishore Sagar. The museum has on display a collection of
stone idols, rich collection of rare coins, manuscripts.
Timings: 10.00 am to 5.00 p.m There is some very minimum
entry fee. Closed on every Friday and Government
holidays. Photography is prohibited.
Jag Mandir, KOTA
Situated between the city palace and the tourist bungalow is
the picturesque artificial lake, Kishore Sagar constructed
in 1346 AD by Prince Dher Deh of Bundi. In the middle of
this beautiful lake stands the impressive little palace of
Jag Mandir. This palace was built in 1740 by one of the
Maharanis of Kota. Boat-rides can be enjoyed in this Kishore
Sagar lake. The Keshar Bagh famous for its royal
cenotaphs(tombs) lies in the vicinity.
Haveli of Devtaji
This beautiful Haveli of Devta Shridharji,which is located
in the middle of the busy market is noted for its splendid
frescoes and rooms decorated with lovely wall paintings.
EXCURSIONS TO KOTA
Enroute to Pratap Sagar Dam is Bardoli, 48 kms from Kota .
It has one of the oldest and most beautiful temple complex
of Rajasthan dating back to the 9th century A.D. One can
come across some intricate carvings and also an exquisite
image of Natraj (Shiva, the cosmic dancer) on the door of
the mandap, offer fine examples of craftsmanship. Many
interesting shrines are located close on heels.
Bhainsrodgarh Fort lies 55 kms from Kota on the right bank
of the Chambal River admist picturesque surroundings. A
village lies within the fort. An ancient temple of Gaipar
Nath Mahadev on the way is an idyllic picnic spot.
This place which is situated near the village of Kelwara in
the Baran district enroute to Kota-Shiv Puri at a distance
of 120 kms, is an ideal picnic spot. The old temples of Sita,
Laxman and seven water tanks here are worth visiting. The
place is the venue of a tribal fair held in May/June every
Jaipur - Kota - Jaipur Tour
Day 1:: Jaipur - Kota (Km260)
Arrival at the Airport/Railway station and transfer to the
hotel. Rest day at leisure. Evening (Optional Dinner at
Heritage Hotel )
Day 2:: Kota Sightseeing Tour
Fullday sight seeing of Kota with Kota Palace, Bundi Fort,
Madho Singh Museum, Kota Bairaj, Bardoli Temples, Evening
walk through the local markets.
Day 3:: Kota - Jaipur Tour (Km260)
After breakfast drive to Jodhpur Airport or Railway Station
to reach your next destination.