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About Kota

Rajasthan, India's Kota, on the Chambal River, has a long history, a prestigious educational system, and expanding industries. Renowned for its coaching centers and historical sites like the Kota Fort, the city is home to the Kota Garh and Jagmandir Palace. Being an educational hotspot, it acts as a major hub for students getting ready for medical and engineering exams. Known for its cultural legacy and advantageous location along the Chambal River, Kota, a major urban center in Rajasthan with a population of over 1.2 million, is notable.


Kota, which dates back to the 14th century, became the capital of a princely state in 1625. In the 18th century, Kota fought a protracted war with Jaipur after separating from Bundi in the same year. By a treaty signed in 1818, British domination resulted. The history of the city began when Rao Deva founded Bundi and Hadoti in the twelfth century. In the seventeenth century, Kota was given to Madho Singh's son, the ruler of Bundi. Gradually, Kota transformed into a center of education, well-known for its coaching centers. It still serves as a testament to Rajput's bravery, culture, and academic brilliance today.

Culture The Indian state of Rajasthan contains the vibrant cultural tapestry of Kota, which is firmly anchored in Rajasthani customs. Kota skillfully combines historical influences with cutting-edge educational capabilities to create a distinctive and dynamic cultural landscape. This is seen in everything from traditional arts, such as the exquisite Kota Doria sarees, to vibrant celebrations of festivals, music, dance, and rich Rajasthani cuisine.

Climate Kota has a semi-arid climate with hot summers that last from late March to June and reach temperatures of over 45 °C. From July to September, the monsoons provide relief, and from October to February, the winters are chilly. The mild winter, when temperatures range from 12.0 °C to 26.7 °C, is the ideal time to visit. 660.6 mm of rain falls on average each year, primarily in the southwest monsoon.

How to reach

By road

  • From Jaipur

Start in Jaipur: Begin your journey from Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan.

Take NH52: Head south on National Highway 52 (NH52) towards Kota. The distance is approximately 245 kilometers.

Reach Kota: Continue on NH52 until you reach Kota.

  • From Delhi:

Start in Delhi: Begin your journey from Delhi.

Take NH48: Head south on National Highway 48 (NH48) towards Jaipur.

Continue on NH48: Drive towards Jaipur, and then follow the directions mentioned above from Jaipur to Kota.

  • From Udaipur:

Start in Udaipur: Begin your journey from Udaipur.

Take NH76: Head northeast on National Highway 76 (NH76) towards Kota. The distance is approximately 390 kilometers.

Reach Kota: Continue on NH76 until you reach Kota

By plane

The closest operating airport is Jaipur International Airport (JAI), so plan your flight there to get to Kota. Travel 4-5 hours by road or an equivalent amount of time by train from Jaipur to Kota. Kota does indeed have an airport (KTU IATA), but it is not currently in use. For your trip, think about using the airports in Jaipur, Udaipur, Indore, or Delhi as alternatives.

By train

Train travel is made more efficient by Kota, a significant intersection on the Delhi–Mumbai railway line. From Jaipur, it takes roughly 4 hours, from Delhi, about 6 hours, and from Indore, about 7 hours. Travelers can easily reach Kota from major cities like Delhi, Jaipur, or Mumbai thanks to the extensive railway network at Kota Junction. Local modes of transportation like auto-rickshaws and taxis offer easy access to various parts of Kota once you arrive. A smooth trip to this well-connected city can be achieved by checking the train schedule, purchasing tickets in advance, and making plans for local transportation.

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2 days itinerary

Day 1: Explore Historical and Cultural Heritage

Morning: Kota Garh (City Palace): Begin your day with a visit to Kota Garh, exploring the Maharao Madho Singh Museum and its collection of miniature paintings and antique weapons.

Afternoon: Jagmandir Palace: Head to Jagmandir Palace, situated in the middle of Kishore Sagar Lake. Admire the 18th-century architecture and enjoy the serene surroundings.

Lunch: Grab lunch at a local eatery or pack a picnic to enjoy by Kishore Sagar Lake.

Evening: Seven Wonders Park: Visit the Seven Wonders Park, featuring mini replicas of iconic structures like the Taj Mahal and Eiffel Tower.

Chambal Garden: Relax at Chambal Garden, known for its greenery and a pond with crocodiles.

Day 2: Educational and Recreational Day

Morning: Visit Coaching Institutes: Experience the educational vibe by exploring the coaching institutes for which Kota is renowned. Gain insights into the city's academic culture.

Lunch: Enjoy a meal at a local restaurant, savoring Rajasthani cuisine. City Mall: Spend the afternoon shopping or exploring City Mall for some leisure time.

Evening: Haveli Restaurant: Have dinner at a traditional Haveli-style restaurant to experience Rajasthani hospitality.

Night Views: Take a stroll along the Chambal River or enjoy the city's night ambiance.

Get around

Within Kota, short-distance cycle rickshaws, buses, and autorickshaws are available modes of transportation. From 50 Paise per km to Rs. 4 per km, fares range, and are frequently negotiated in advance. The city also provides an affordable shared-tempo option that travels between pre-arranged stops at an average of 0.50 Paise per km.

Things to do

  • Jag Mandir: In 1551, Maharana Amar Singh started building the Jag Mandir Palace. Maharana Karan Singh then carried on the construction until Maharana Jagat Singh finished it. Also known as "Jagat Mandir," it provides amazing views in the evening. See Rajput architecture, ornate halls, and murals of Hindu deities at Kishore Sagar Talab, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. A boat ride there takes you there. For families and tourists, the tranquil atmosphere, lush surroundings, and nighttime lights make it an enthralling place to be. The cost of a boat ride is Rs. 150 per person. There is no admission cost. Available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For an enthralling experience, visit during sunset.
  • Kota Barrage: Kota Barrage, the fourth in the Chambal Valley Projects, is located 0.8 km upstream of Kota City in Rajasthan. It's part of the irrigation canal system on the Chambal River. This site becomes popular when floodgates open to release excess water.


  • Chambal Garden: Situated in Amar Niwas, Kota, on the banks of the Chambal River, Chambal Garden is a charming retreat with a pond home to Gharials. The peaceful, well-kept garden is ideal for leisurely walks, picnics, and appreciating the beauty of nature. Get up close and personal with the fish-eating reptiles via a suspended bridge. Photographers will love this garden because of its rich vegetation and varied wildlife. A trip there is guaranteed to be revitalizing and offer a peaceful diversion from the bustle of the city. Please be aware that the suspension bridge may not be in use and that the pond may need maintenance as of February 2016.
  • Seven Wonders Park: Kota's Seven Wonders Park, located in Ballabhbari close to Sarovar, features small-scale replicas of famous buildings, including the Great Pyramid, the Taj Mahal, the Eiffel Tower, and more. A captivating glimpse of the Seven Wonders of the World is provided by this one park. The well-thought-out replicas and the views of the lake make it an essential Kota destination.
  • Darrah National Park (Mukundra Tiger Reserve): Darrah, National Chambal, and Jawahar Sagar are the three wildlife sanctuaries that make up the 759.99 km² Mukundara Hills National Park in Rajasthan, India, which was founded in 2004. Tiger relocation from Ranthambore is planned to maximize space for large cats at this location, which is situated in the dry deciduous forests of Khathiar-Gir. A buffer zone encompassing 342.82 sq km and a core area of 417 sq km make up the park.


  • Khade Ganesh Ji Mandir: Khade Ganesh Ji temple in Kota is a significant spiritual destination with a standing idol of Lord Ganesh Ji believed to be over 600 years old. The temple's unique features include the straight trunk and standing posture of the idol. The annual Ganesh Chaturthi fair attracts a large crowd. The temple offers a peaceful atmosphere, and its well-maintained surroundings, including Ganesh Udhyan, enhance the experience. Regular events, like the Wednesday mela, add vibrancy to this spiritual hub, making it a must-visit for those seeking tranquility amidst the daily chaos.
  • Karneshawar Temple
  • Kansua Temple
  • Mathuradheesh Mandir


  • Rao Madho Singh Museum: Named after Kota's first ruler, this museum features ancient sculptures, mural and miniature paintings, a royal armory, and frescos. The collection, once belonging to the royal family, captivates historians and tourists. Open on most days, the museum offers a spellbinding experience with its fine fresco paintings. Note: Closed on Fridays.

Offbeat places


Boat Safari Take a boat safari on the Chambal River and observe crocodiles at close quarters. It starts from Chambal Garden.

Walk near Kishore Sagar

Heritage in Fortified Old City: Heritage and architecture enthusiasts can stroll through the historic buildings from the Colonial era in Patanpole, Bajajkhana, and Rampura. Many enormous gates with exquisite paintings can be found throughout the Old City.

Fairs and festivals

  • Kota Doria Festival: Kota Doria, a lightweight, airy fabric handwoven in Kaithoon, near Kota, Rajasthan, is known for its characteristic checked pattern, or "Khat." Since it is soft and comfortable due to its unique weaving style, it is a popular choice for summer clothing. Its popularity in the fashion world is partly attributed to the fabric's elegance. Event offerings in Kota, which is well-known for its festivals and rich cultural legacy, showcase the diversity of the city. Check local news sources or official announcements for the most recent information on the Kota Doira Festival.
  • Rajasthan Diwas
  • Dussehra
  • Gangaur Festival
  • Teej


Shopping in Kota is a unique experience because the city is well-known for its stonework, handicrafts, and iconic Kota sarees, which are renowned for their comfort and enchanted appeal. Kota, which is known for its unique paintings, palaces, museums, and places of worship, is a city along the Chambal River. The city's specialties include silk sarees, gold jewelry, Kota stone, and Doria sarees. Famous Kota textiles, which are sold as sarees and dress materials, as well as colorful, handcrafted puppets and exquisitely crafted Laakh ki Chudiyan (bangles), are sought-after mementos that highlight the vibrant culture of the city


  • Bajre ki khichdi
  • Besan ki chakki
  • Dal bati churma
  • Gatte ki sabji
  • Papad ki sabji
  • Sev tamatar
  • Mirchi vada
  • Mawa kachori
  • Mohan maas
  • Laal maas
  • Bajri ki raab
  • Moong dal ka halwa
  • Rabdi

Must-try items:

  • Kachori/Samosa (deep-fried pastries)
  • Daal-baati-churma (lentil curry, roasted flour balls, sweet wheat flour dish)
  • Gatte-ki-sabzi (steamed rolls in yogurt gravy).

Stay safe

Government hospitals

  • MBS Hospital (Maharao Bheem Singh Hospital)
  • New Medical College and Hospital
  • City Dispensary
  • Jawahar Hospital

Private hospitals

  • Kota Heart Institute
  • The Maharaja Yeshwantrao Hospital
  • Suraj Hospital
  • Nayak Hospital
  • Kota Neuro Hospital
  • Manak Hospital
  • Agarwal Hospital
  • RBM Hospital
  • Lifeline Hospital

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