The history of Kota is linked with the history of Bundi. Both Bundi and Kota came
under the rule of the Chauhans in the 12th century. The descendents of the Chauhans
set up their capital at Bundi and ruled from here. While Bundi was the capital,
Kota formed the land granted to the eldest son of the ruler. This arrangement continued
until 1624. In 1624, Emperor Jahangir, the great Mughal ruler, partitioned Bundi
and made Kota an independent state. Rao Madho Singh, son of the ruler of Bundi,
ascended the throne of Kota. It became a part of the British Empire in 1818 and
later became a part of the Indian state of Rajasthan, when it gained independence
HOW TO REACH
BY AIR AND RAIL - Kota have an airport of its own. Kota railway
station is located at the extreme northern end of the town. As Kota is on the main
Delhi-Mumbai railway line, a number of trains pass through and stop here.
BY ROAD - Kota is linked with Ajmer (6 hours), Chittorgarh (6 hours),
Jaipur (6 hours), Udaipur (6 hours), Jodhpur (11 hours) and Bikaner (12 hours) by
PLACES TO STAY
Budget hotels are few in Kota. Most of the accommodation available here is mid range.
One can also find erstwhile palaces converted into hotels here. Umaid Bhavan Palace
and Brijraj Bhavan Palace are two such hotels. Most of the important hotels in Kota
are located on or around the Station Road.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
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.
There are a number of interesting places to be visit in Kota. The city fort and
palace, one of its main attractions, is located on the eastern banks of the Chambal
River, near the Kota Barrage. This type of fort-palace complex is one of the largest
to be found in the state of Rajasthan. The museum within the city palace is worth
visiting, as it houses a good collection of artifacts. Kishore Sagar pond, built
in 1346, located near the palace is an important tourist attraction. The little
Jagmandir palace, built on a small island at the center of this tank by one of the
local rulers in 1740, is another place to visit. Adjacent to the Kishore Sagar is
the Brij Vilas Palace Museum, a small government museum. Other tourist spots in
Kota include a number of gardens. The Chambal gardens and the Chhattar Bilas gardens
are the main ones to be visited. Chhattar Bilas gardens has a number of royal cenotaphs.
PLACES AROUND KOTA
The town of Bundi is 36 km from Kota and was the capital of one of the erstwhile
Rajput princely states. A number of monuments are to be found in Bundi. Baroli,
56 km southwest of Kota, is known for its ancient temples. These temples date back
to the 9th century and are some of the oldest temples to be found in the state of
FAIRS & FESTIVALS
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.