an amazing juxtaposition of the majestic medieval age and modern
industrialisation temples its untouched wealth of impressive forts,
opulent palaces and splendid temples.
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.
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 in 1947.
Maharao Madho Singh Museum
Situated in the old palace, the museum has a superb collelction
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.
A part of the irrigation canal system on the Chambal River, this
beautiful setting is 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.
Amid the picturesque artificial lake of Kishore Sagar constructed
in 1346 AD by Prince Dher Deh of Bundi, stands the enchanting little
palace of Jag Mandir. 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.
A beautifully landscaped
garden at the Amar Niwas. Its lush surroundings make it a popular
picnic spot offering enjoyable boar rides.
Rana Pratap Sagar Dam and Bhainsrodgarh
Bhainsrodgarh Fort lies on the right bank of the Chambal River and
a village lies within the fort. The fort is set amidst scenic surroundings.
An ancient temple of Gaipar Nath Mahadev on the way is an idyllic
The Government Museum
Housed in the Brijvilas Palace near the Kishore Sagar, the museum
displays a rich collection of rare coins,manuscripts and a representative
selection of Hadoti sculpture. Especially noteworthy is an exquisitely
sculptured statue brought here from Baroli.
Haveli of Devtaji
The beautiful Haveli of Devta Shridharji is located in the middle
of the busy market. The haveli is noted for its splendid frescoes
and rooms ornate with lovely wall paintings.
Kota does not have an airport of its own. Kota railway station is
located at the extreme northern end of the town. There is a small
aerodrome, which is not operational. Nearest airport is Jaipur (240
The main bus station in Kota is located on Bundi Road near the eastern
bank of the Chambal River. There is a good bus service from Kota
to Ajmer (6 hours) , Chittorgarh (6 hours), Jaipur (6 hours), Udaipur
(6 hours), Jodhpur (11 hours) and Bikaner (12 hours).
Kota railway station is located at the extreme northern end of the
town. As Kota is on the main DelhiMumbai railway line via
Sawai Madhopur, a number of trains pass through and stop here. The
trip to Jaipur takes about 5 hours, while it takes 10 hours to reach
Delhi from Kota.
To move within the city, travelers can either use auto-rickshaws
or cycle-rickshaws. Minibuses link the main bus station with the
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