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KOTA - A ERSTWHILE RAJPUT KINGDOM

DISTANCE FROM MAJOR CITIES

Ajmer:

201 km

Baroli:

56 km

Bundi:

27 km

Jaipur:

242 km

BEST TIME TO VISIT:

October and February

The town of Kota was once 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 erstwhile glory of the town, Kota is also known for its palaces and gardens.


LOCATION

Kota is located in the southern part of the state of Rajasthan, in the northwestern part of India. It is located on the eastern bank of Chambal River and is drained by its tributaries. Kota is on a high sloping tableland forming a part of the Malwa Plateau. The Mokandarra hills run from southeast to northwest axis of the town. It is 36 km from Bundi. Summers are quite hot (April–June) while winters are cool (October–February). It experiences scant rainfall between June and August.

PAST

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.

FAIRS AND FESTIVALS

Dussehra, an important festival of the Hindus commemorating the victory of good over evil, is celebrated in Kota like other parts of India with great fervor. The specialty of Dussehra in Kota is the Dussehra Mela celebrated in the month of October.

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

The City Palace that reflects the turbulent history of the state which evolved over a long period, growing in times of stability and stagnating in adversity. Built from 1625 onwards, there is no ordered plan other than a large Durbar Hall, which is covered with Rajput miniatures depicting the history and legends of Kota. There is a fine collection of ivory and ebony inlay work and a profusion of surface ornaments.

The Umaid Bhawan or New Palace was built for Umed Singh II in 1904 to the designs of Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob. It is faced in buff-coloured stone with stucco dressings and incorporates a great deal of scholarly Rajput detail, but the overall composition and much of the interior is European and Edwardian in concept.

Modern Kota has Asia’s largest fertiliser plant, a precision instrument unit, and an Atomic Power Station for nuclear research among other things.

GETTING THERE

Rail : 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. Trains to Madhopur take about 2½ hours. There is a daily train for Chittorgarh via Bundi, from Kota. The journey to Bundi takes about 1½ hour, while it takes 5 hours to reach Chittorgarh from Kota. The trip to Jaipur takes about 5 hours, while it takes 10 hours to reach Delhi from Kota.

By Road : The main bus station in Kota is located on Bundi Road near the eastern bank of the Chambal River. There is a good bus service from Kota to Ajmer (6 hours), Chittorgarh (6 hours), Jaipur (6 hours), Udaipur (6 hours), Jodhpur (11 hours) and Bikaner (12 hours). Buses leave for Bundi every half an hour and the travel time is 50 minutes.

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