Tour to Kota
Chambal Garden, KotaBrijraj Bhavan Palace, KotaGodavari Dham Temple, KotaChambal River, KotaDussehra Festival and Fair, KotaJag Mandir-Kishore Sagar Lake, KotaUmaid Bhavan Palace, KotaNasiyan Ji jain Temple, Kota

Welcome to Kota,

Kota is situated at a center of the southeastern region of Rajasthan a very region widely known as Hadaoti the land of the Hadas. Kota lies along the banks of the Chambal river. The historical places and temples are getting surrounded with signs of modern development.

The Mokandarra hills run from southeast to northwest axis of the town. 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. Since then Kota became a hallmark of the Rajput gallantry and culture. The commanding fort stands overlooking the modern Chambal Valley Project with its many dams - Kota Barrage, Gandhi Sagar, Rana Pratap Sagar and Jawahar Sagar. An old palace, dating back to the time when Kota was under the control of Hada Chieftaincy-Hadoti faces the Kota Barrage. The Durbar Hall is ornate with beautiful mirror work and has ebony and ivory doors. Other noteworthy edifices of the bygone era are the Brij Raj Bhawan Palace, Jag Mandir-and island Palace, a splendid haveli (mandion) with beautiful frescoes and the royal cenotaphs. It also famous as educational city in India because of so many educational institutes and training centers.

Famous Places in Kota

Banks of River Alnea is a location near to Kota noted for its pre-historic carvings. Many enthusiastic travelers who have likings on archeological sites never miss the opportunity to visit Alnea. Historians and archeologists confirm that the carvings, especially on rocks, in Alnea are of pre-historical age, which are carved based on ancient legendary stories and using the ancient sharp tools made out rocks and stones.

Bheetariya Kund

On the bank of Chambal river, a cluster of temples is situated. A charming aura is what makes this place distinguished from rest of the places.

Brijraj Bhavan Palace

Brijraj Bhawan, a colonial style palace, situated on the bank of river Chambal, was build in the early nineties. The palace has large spacious rooms that are tastefully done up with antique furniture. An intresting feature of the palace is the fact that almost all the rooms overlook the Chambal river providing an arresting view of the mighty river.

Chambal Garden

A beautifully landscaped garden at the Amar Niwas. Its lush surroundings make it a popular picnic spot offering enjoyable boat rides. Presence of the River Chambal at one end of the garden makes it a very scenic place. The Chambal Gardens are on the banks of the Chambal River.

The centerpiece is a murky pond stocked with crocodiles, which can be crossed by a wobbly suspension bridge. Once common all along the river, by the middle of the 20th century the crocodiles had been virtually exterminated by hunting. There are also some rare Gharial (thin-snouted, fish eating crocodiles). It also having anothers park that are "Yatayat Park" and "Hadoti Traffic Garden".

Chambal River

Along the eastern bank of the Chambal River lies Kota - an amazing juxtaposition of the majestic medieval age and modern industrialisation temples its untouched wealth of impressive forts, opulent palaces and splendid temples dating back over several centuries retain the past glory, the present day edifices and heavy industries have made it the industrial heart land of Rajasthan.

Darrah National Park

A thickly wooded forest, along the south-east border of Kota, adjacent to the mountain range, is the former royal hunting preserve.

The 250 Sq.Km. Darrah wildlife sanctuary is located about 50 Km. from Kota. Here there are spotted deers, Wild boars, Bears ,Sambhars , Leopards , Panthers and Antelopes.The sanctuary is sometimes closed during the monsoon (usually from early july to mid -september ). Just 50 km from the main city.

Dussehra Festival and Fair

One of the big festivals celebrated in most parts of India is Dussehra. The festival is celebrated with zest and festivities as it also marks the beginning of the winter season after the long, unbearable, hot summer. Dussehra marks the victory of Ram over the demon king Ravana, and the rescue of his wife Sita. In north India, gigantic effigies of the ten-headed Ravana and his brothers are set aflame amidst bursting of crackers. Fairs are usually held on this occasion with lots to eat, buy and enjoy. Dussehra means the Tenth Day, being the 10th day of the bright half of Ashvin. This day is also known as Vijayadashmi, or the Victory Tenth, because of the victory of Ram over Ravana.

During this festival in kota a large and awesome fair is organised by the Urban Trust Kota every year. This fair is the largest Dussehra Fair in India.

Gapernath Shiv Temple

Right beside the bay of Chambal river, this temple is situated. A often visited place for Shiv-devotees, this place attracts lot of people in picnic days.

Garadia Mahadev

Garadia Mahadev is a wonderful eye catching small temple located at the gorge of River Chambal. It is one of the famous picnic spots in Kota. The temple is located in the scenic location with Chambal River magnifying the beauty of the location. The panoramic view of the Chambal gorge and plains is really worth while and has a calming effect. The cool breeze from the river makes the atmosphere very comfortable here. The tourists can spend long hours on the clean and unspoiled environment offered by Garadia. This is a nice place to sit relaxed from stress and strain.

Garh Palace (City Palace)

It is situated in the old city. A confabulation of Mughal and Rajasthani architecture and art, City Palace is the monument for the glorious royal past of the Kota city. City palace is a fantastic landmark in Kota attracting thousands of tourists every year. The palace is adorned with imposing wall paintings, mirror walls, mirror ceilings, hanging illuminated lights and floral decorations. Breathtaking marble floorings and walls and stylish fashioned entrance, all these make City Palace a memorable location. The attractive garden around the palace adds the beauty of the Palace. City Palace encloses a grand museum enclosing huge collection of medieval weaponries, costumes and apparels of erstwhile kings and queens, artifacts and handicrafts showing the cultural heritage of the bygone splendid days. The main part was constructed using red stone.

Godavari Dham Temple

This Hanuman Temple is located beside the swiftly flowing Chambal River. It has two high marble towers and huge marble swan built at the top of the entrance gate. It is visited by a large number of devotees especially on Tuesdays and Saturdays when a midnight Aarti of Lord Hanuman is organised.

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.

Jag Mandir-Kishore Sagar Lake

Kishore Sagar(Jag Mandir), a picturesque artificial lake was constructed in 1346 by the prince Dhee Deh of Bundi. Jagmandir and aesthetic monument was built in the middle of the lake with ripples of the blue waters enhancing the serenity. Boating facility is an added attraction of the place. Near the lake is Kshar Bagh, famous for its royal cenotaphs.

Amidst 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.

Jawahar Sagar Dam

Built in the yaer of 1972, Jawahar Sagar Dam is part of the chain of dams constructed under the Chambal Valley Project. Erected over the mighty River Chambal, Jawahar Sagar Dam is an important multipurpose dam of the region of Kota that serves several important functions.

Situated at a short distance of 29 km upstream and 26 km downstream from the Kota city and Rana Pratap Sagar Dam respectively, Jawahar Sagar Dam produces total power of 60 MW from the 3 units of 33 MW each. Apart from being a major source of producing power and electricity, Jawahar Sagar Dam releases excess water during times of natural calamities of drought.

awahar Sagar Dam has a height of 45 meters and is spread over 393 meters. Jawahar Sagar Dam has a catchment area of 27, 195 km ? and provides relief to the people of the area during times of severe water shortage. The Jawahar Sagar Dam is an important hallmark of the state of Rajasthan which plays various roles.


Kaithoon is renowned for the specialized designer hand woven saris named as Kota Doria saris. These saris are hand woven with real gold threads. The textile weaving rules this place. The majestic dress materials from Kaithoon are of high quality cotton fabrics. These are made exquisite and richer by designer fashions and embroidery with real gold and silver threads. Tourists can purchase excellent export quality Saris and other dress materials from this place. A live view of the hand weaving with fast and attractive hand movements will be an amazing experience in Kaithoon.

Kota Barrage

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. not only does this barrage control floodwater and irrigate canals, it also serves as an alternative bridge in the monsoon season.

Maharao Madho Singh Museum

Situated in the old palace, the museum has a superb collection 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.

The museum is the treasure bouse of artistic items used by the former rulers of Kota. It gives a wonderful glimpse of the glory and history of the place with miniature paintings and ancient armory on display. Situated in the old palace, it houses a rich collection of Rajput paintings of the Kota school, exquisite sculptures and other valuable antiques. The museum is the treasure house of artistic items used by the rulers of kota.

Nasiyan Ji jain Temple

This temple is famous temple in kota. It is known for its mysterious and auspicious signs. It is the temple of 23rd Jain tirthankar Parshvanatha ji.

Pahadajhar Mahadev Water Fall

Located in the outskirts of the district. A very pleasant picnic hot-spot and place for some ancient architecture.

Rock Painting

25 km from Kota, the beautiful rock paintings of primeval man on the bank of Alaniya are worth watching.

Umaid Bhavan Palace

Umaid Bhawan Palace exudes an aura distinctly its own.The Palace hotel subtly blends Rajput and Victorian architecture.Lush lawns and courtyards,picturesque ceilings,marble corridors,treasure troves, hunting trophies of yesteryears and exquisite royal heirlooms complete the regal picture.Since olden days, the Maharaos of Kotah (as Kota was formerly called) had always lived in the medieval Fort inside the city.

Wanting a modern palace for his personal use, Maharaja Umaid Singh II settled for nothing but the best. He commissioned Sir Swinton Jacob, a distinguished officer of the Royal Engineers in the British Army, to design the building. As expected, Umed Bhawan came up in 1905 in the prevalent Indo-Sarcenic style. Plentiful supply of white Khimach and Pink Sandstone from nearby quarries helped, while Italian marble, among other things, had to be imported for flooring.

Now it has been converted into 'Hotel' which has 32 air-conditioned rooms including 13 Deluxe Rooms, 16 Royal Suite, 1 Presidential Suite.

Other Places
  • Bahnddeora Temple, Tirupati Balaji Temple, Khare Ganesha Temple, Badgaon Gurudwara, Chambal River Ghariyal {Aligator} Reservoir etc.
  • Sawan Phuhar Water Park : the first and only amusement water park in the Hadoti region.
  • Adhar Shila : It is on the bank of "Chambal River".