Along the eastern bank of the Chambal River lies Kota - an amazing juxtaposition of the majestic medieval age and modern industrialization 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.
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. Exquisite miniatures of the Kota school are housed within the Hall. Other noteworthy edifices of the bygone era are the Brij Raj Bhawan Palace, Jag Mandir and island Palace, a splendid haveli (mansion) with beautiful frescoes and the royal cenotaphs.
This impressive structure overlooks the turbulent waters of the Chambal River and is a popular tourist attraction. According to local legend, the Bhil chieftain Kotya was slain by Jait Singh, the grandson of Rao Deva, the founder of Hada Rule. The foundation of the Garh, (fort) were raised over the slain chief near the Salar Gazi Gate, Where till today, the Kota Royal House customarily offer prayers.
The Kota fort rampant is one of the highest in Rajasthan, with its three layered fortifications heavily reinforced by massive bastions and 06 double gates and 25 towers (burj). Within its precincts are numerous palaces, Madho Singh Mahal, Raj Mahal, Bada Mahal, Chhatra Mahal and the ruined Jhala Haveli.
The City Palace and the Fort comprises one of the largest of such complexes in Rajasthan.
A beautifully landscaped garden at the Amar Niwas. Its lush surroundings make it a popular picnic spot offering enjoyable boar rides.
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 armory. The museum also houses a rich repository of artistic items used by the Kota rulers. The museum also has a wildlife gallery, photo section, painting gallery and mirror painting gallery, fresco paintings of Lakshmi Bhandar, Bada Mahal and Chaatra Mahal. The paintings of Raj Mahal, Chhatra Mahal and Jhala Haveli are exquisite.
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 Baroli.
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 enhance its beauty. Boat-rides can be enjoyed in the lake. The Keshar Bagh famous for its royal cenotaphs lies in the vicinity.
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.
A part of the irrigation canal system on the Chambal River, this beautiful setting is ideal for outings and evening stroll.
Designed by Sir Swinton Jacob, it is an attractive creation in beige stone. One half of it is now the residence of the Rajmata and other half has been converted into a Heritage Hotel.
Another interesting palace is Brijraj Bhawan, high above the banks of the Chambal River. This white Pillared colonial building was once the British Residency.
The foremost tourist attraction in Kota is the ‘Garh’. This large complex, also called the City Palace is built in a predominantly Rajput style of architecture. The palace is a rambling complex of suites and apartments built by different rules at different times.