Romance of the Desert
The Heritage Rajasthan
13 Nights / 14 days Delhi- Agra-Jaipur- Udaipur- Jodhpur - Jaisalmer- Bikaner- Mandawa- Delhi
13 Nights / 14 days Delhi - Agra- Jaipur - anthambore - Kota- Chittaurgarh - Dungarpur- Udaipur- Bombay
The Heritage Rajasthan
18 Nights / 19 days Delhi - Agra -Ranthambhore - Jaipur- Pushkar - Udaipur - Mt Abu- Jodhpur - Jaisalmer - Bikaner - Mandawa - Delhi
|Kota is a city of contrast with a wealth of towering forts, majestic palaces and temples shining in brilliance in the midst of rapid industrialization. Thus it is relatively tourist free though it has much to offer. But those that have been there sing in her praise.
Lying along the eastern banks of the Chambal River it is a picturesque beauty. Its history goes back to the 12th century when Hada chieftain, Rao Deva, conquered the territory and founded Bundi and Hadoti. It was a small principality of Bundi and separated in the 17th century when the ruler Rao Ratan Singh gifted it to his son, Madho Singh. After that the city rose in prominence and became a symbol of Rajput gallantry and culture.
Like the rest of Rajasthan, the city can be fully appreciated only by learning its culture. And for that one must visit during Dussehra in October. Dussehra commemorates victory of good over evil. Though a pan-Indian festival celebrations at Kota are the liveliest as it is combined with a large festival. Scenes are re-enacted on the mythological battle between Rama, the Divine king and Ravana, a demon. And the streets come alive with crowds of people coming to watch rousing cultural events.
Jag Mandir: This red sandstone monument is striking in beauty. It towers from the centre of an artificial Kishore Sagar tank.
Kota Barrage: Constructed on the River Chambal for irrigation, it is best seen when the flood gates are opened to drain out extra water.
Maharao Madho Singh Museum: It has some of the finest collection of miniature paintings, armory and sculptures on display. It is named after the first ruler of Kota.
The Government Museum: It has a rich collection of rare coins, manuscripts and a few selected sculptures of the Hadoti region most famous being the statue brought here from Baroli. The Museum is inside the Brijvilas Palace.
Chambal Garden: A favorite local picnic spot lying along the banks of the river Chambal. An attraction is a pond where rare gharial and crocodiles breed. It can be viewed from a suspension bridge. Plus, it is the starting point of boats safaris for close quarters with the crocodiles in the river. Don’t miss the haveli of Devtaji famous for its beautiful frescoes.
Gaiparnath Temple: Just 12 kms from Chambal Garden, it stands perched at a height of 200 ft from ground level and sprinkled by a waterfall. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The view from here is fantastic.
Other interesting places of worship are Khade Ganesh Ji Temple dedicated to Lord Ganesh; Karneshawar Temple, the Hanuman temple Godawari Dham and the Agamgarh Saheb Gurudwara, the largest in the region with a large community kitchen.
Area : 193.58 sq km, Altitude : 251.1 meters, Climate : [ Summer : 42.6 degree C 29.7 degree C ] [ Winter : 24.5 degree C 11.6 degree C ], Rainfall : 88 cms Best seasons : october-february Clothing : summer light tropical Winter : light woolen, Languages : English, Hindi, Rajasthani