Located in the south of the Indian state of Rajasthan, Kota was formerly known as Kotah. It is located on the banks of the famous river Chambal and is the third most populous city of Rajasthan after Jaipur and Jodhpur. Earlier Kota was the part of the erstwhile Rajput kingdom of Bundi. It became a separate princely state in the 17th century. Apart from the several monuments that reflect the glory of the town, Kota is also known for its palaces and gardens. Currently, Kota serves as a major coaching hub of the country for competitive exams for engineering and medical. In 2013, Kota was ranked the second most livable city in the state and forty-first in the country among 50 cities.
If you are in Kota then visit the places mentioned below:
1. City Palace
Located in the old city the City Palace is an outstanding mix of Mughal and Rajasthani architecture and art. The palace is adorned with imposing wall paintings, mirror walls, mirror ceilings, hanging illuminated lights and floral decorations. The palace is surrounded by green attractive gardens which increase the beauty of the place. The palace also has within it a museum which showcases the collection of medieval weaponry, costumes, and apparels, artifacts etc showing the glorious cultural heritage.
2. Seven Wonder’s Park
This park is the major attraction of Kota. This park presents the exact replicas of the Seven Wonders of the World including Taj Mahal, Pyramids of Egypt, Eiffel Tower, Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer, Statue of Liberty and Rome’s Colosseum. The park is a must see place especially during the night when the vivid lightning illuminate the place beautifully.
3. Kota Barrage
Kota Barrage is a beautiful dam on the Chambal River which was built as the part of irrigation canal system. The inhabitants of Kota can be seen visiting the dam for outings or evening strolls. Swimming or Getting in water is strongly discouraged as there have been losses of lives in the past and proper care must be maintained.
4. Chambal Garden
This is the beautiful garden on the backside of the Chambal River. The garden located at Amar Niwas on the landscape of Chambal River encloses a well-maintained pond, a habitat for crocodiles. A suspension bridge facilitating the crossing of the bridge is very attractive. It is a park for children and adults. The plenty of playing field in the park make this place a weekend destination for families. Boat riding in the pond offers exciting moments for the visitors.
5. Kishore Sagar
Constructed in 1346 by Dehra Deh Kishore Sagar is a picturesque artificial lake. Located on the side of Brij Vilas Palace Museum it attracts many tourists. A palace named as Jagmadir is located at the heart of the museum. The enchanting palace is a red sandstone monument of the grandeur days of Kota. The reflections of the exquisite palace walls and domes in the azure water of the Kishore Sagar Lake are breathtaking.
Kaithoon is renowned for the specialized designer handwoven saris named as Kota Doria saris. These saris are hand woven with real gold threads. The textile weaving rules this place. Tourists can purchase excellent export quality Saris and other dress materials from this place.