Kota is a part of the southeastern region of Rajasthan, known as Hadoti and is one of the important industrial centres of state. Kota has Asia''s largest fertilizer plant, precision instrument unit and atomic power station nearby. Chemicals, fertilizers, synthetic fibres, tyrecord, sophisticated instruments, have taken the city in the mainstream. Withstanding these material qualities, it is mainly the beautiful and picturesque locations that form the basis of Kota travel and tourism. Massive forts, magnificent palaces, charming waterways, along with the exotic wildlife and delicate fresco paintings surely capture the heart of the tourists.
The city of Kota is well connected by road and rail transport with all the major cities of the country. Kota junction is an important rail intersection in the state. However, there is no direct air connectivity to the city. The nearest airport is the Sangamner airport in Jaipur which is about 191kms away.
Kota experiences long and dry summers starting from March till June. The monsoons are normal and generally humid. Winters are the best time to visit this historical delight.
Kota is a popular historical tourist destination in the state of Rajasthan. With many palaces, forts, sand dunes, lush forests and wildlife, the city boasts of a rich cultural heritage.
Maharao Madho Singh Museum is situated in the old palace. The museum has on display a rich collection of Rajput miniature paintings (Kota school), sculptures, murals, arms, etc. Also exhibited are some artistic items used by the former rulers of Kota. Government Museum exhibits an array of rare coins, manuscripts, sections of Hadoti sculpture, etc. The most remarkable item on display is a sculpted statue brought here from Baroli. Kishore Sagar is a scenic lake which houses a palace, Jag Mandir in the centre. Made up of red sandstone, the palace looks a picture of serenity standing in the middle of the lake. Nearby is Keshar Bagh, housing some royal cenotaphs. Chambal Garden situated near the river Chambal serves as a popular picnic spot. The garden is nearby Amar Niwas Palace and presents a picturesque sight. One can even go for boating in the Chambal River. Kota Barrage, the irrigation canal system on the Chambal River serves as an ideal venue for excursions and evening walks. Haveli of Devtaji, in the heart of a busy market, is adorned with impressive murals and rooms beautifully decorated with some amazing miniature paintings. Kansua Temple is famous for a rare four-faced Shivlinga that it enshrines. Darrah Wildlife Sanctuary is located about 50 km from Kota. There are spotted deer, wild boars, bears, sambhars, leopards, panthers and antelopes. Apart from these some other places to see in Kota are Mathuradheesh Temple , Yatayat Park, Adhar Shila, Budh Singh Bafna Haveli, Godavari Dham Mandir, Bhitria Kund, Haryali Water Park, etc .
The most prominent festival in Kota is the annual Dusshera Mela. It is a 12-day celebration held in October. Other important festivals include the kite festival, Nagaur fair, Camel fair and Pushkar fair.
With its rich tradition in arts and crafts, Kota has a special place in the heart for every Indian woman as its exclusive range of hand woven sarees appeal greatly to them. They are made of cotton and silk. One can have an assortment of these Kota Sarees at the Kota Main Bazaar. One can obtain miniature handicrafts and hand woven checkered and printed Kota saris.