Kota is a popular historical city in the famed northern Indian state of Rajasthan. Lying on the banks of Chambal River, the city is rich in architectural heritage that displays the grandeur of the foregone era. Similarly, the landscape here is brimming with architectural splendor of variety, including good-looking palaces, temples, and museums. The city is known as the ‘Industrial capital of the state’ for its richness of industries.
The eventful history of Kota dates back a long time, as the city was once the part of the former Rajput kingdom of Bundi. The defeat of rulers here by the hands of Mughal emperor Jehangir brought back its independent status in 1624. Since then, its stock has risen commendably, particularly in commerce and industry. Over the years, the city has become a big educational hub for its chain of engineering colleges and coaching institutes.
The present day Kota is a charming tourist destination which is rated among the most lively and appealing cities of the state. A part of the Malwa Plateau, a trip here enriches with a splendid past and prosperous heritage of land known for Rajput traditions and gallantry. The landscape here is awash in Rajput architectural styles visible in lovely temples, historical forts and remarkable palaces.
Places of religious worth are many in Kota, and some not to be missed include the likes of Gurudwara Azamgarh Sahib, Garadia Mahadev Temple, Godavari Dham Temple and Mathuradheesh Mandir. The Jagmandir Palace is a prominent place here, made of red stone and located in the heart of Kishore Sagar Lake. A visit at this palace would also allow seeing two popular museums of Government Museum and Maharao Madho Singh Museum.
History apart, in recent years, the fame of Kota has largely been due to a tremendous rise of ‘engineering education’, making it virtually a national hub of ‘IIT entrance’. More so, the city enjoys stature for its textile weaving, handicrafts, cotton milling, dairy products, and above all, Doria Saris. In overall, visit Kota to get a slice of the past existing against the backdrop of a thriving modernity!
Kota has no direct air connectivity, and the nearest airport is at Jaipur, at some 223 km. From here, domestic and global flights can be availed for superior connectivity.
The Kota railway station lies on the busiest Delhi-Mumbai route, so many trains pass through here. Mail, express and super-fast trees are available to reach any destination in India.
A network of roads link Kota to rest of India where state-owned buses are available round the clock. Cabs and taxis can also be hired to reach key destinations.