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Kota is a famous for its industries as well as natural
beauty. It is situated on the bank of the river Chanbal in the southeast
Rajasthan. 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.
By Road: There is a good bus service
between Kota, Ajmer, Chittorgarh, Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur and Bikaner.
By Train: Kota railway station is
located at the extreme northern end of the town. As Kota is on the main
Delhi–Mumbai railway line via Sawai Madhopur, a number of trains pass
through and stop here. It takes about 10 hours to reach Kota from Delhi by
By air: Nearest airport is Jaipur (240
Places of tourist interest
Neelkanth Mahadev’s temple is one among the oldest temples
of the city. It is situated in eastward of the palace. There is a
beautiful water tank of Visvanath and a statue of four faced Shiva here.
Twelve miles away from this place there is a 200 feet high waterfall.
Shiva temple of Nagda , temple in Ramgarh , temple of Vijasan Goddess on a
high hill near the city and Karuneswar temple are some of the other
Shiva temple of Bardoli
built in 8th century, are situated 30 miles from Kota and are
famous for artistic beauty.
(Ramgarh) (110 km): Situated in the Baran district atop the
Ramgarh hill, is the 11th-12th century temple now in ruins. Easily
approachable by jeep and car.
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 armory. The museum also
houses a rich repository of artistic items used by the Kota rulers.
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 Bardoli.
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 picnic spot. Near the fort is Rana Pratap Sagar Dam.
- 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. The Keshar Bagh famous for its royal
cenotaphs lies in the vicinity
Dara game sanctuary -
Fifty km from Kota surrounded by hills is a valley called Dara. Many
animals including leopards, Neel Gava, deer and different type of birds
can be seen in this sanctuary. Waters of Amjar River further add to the
beauty of this region.