Kota lies along the banks of the Chambal River. The historical palaces and temples are getting surrounded with signs of modern development such as the chemical and other industries that have come up here, as has the Chambal River Valley Project, an irrigation and power project.The city came up in the 12th century A.D, when the Rajput conquests began. Rao Deva founded Bundi as the capital of Kota. Kota was later to become a separate state in the 17th Century. What to see:
The Rao Madho Singh Museum: The Rao Madho Singh museum is definitely not to be missed as it is reportedly one of the best museums in the state. This was formerly a palace and is named after the son of the ruler of Bundi who was made the first ruler of Kota State by the Mughal emperor Jehangir. The museum is closed on Fridays and state holidays. It gives a wonderful glimpse of the glory and history of the place with miniature paintings and ancient armoury on display. Govt. Museum: This houses various archeological finds of the vicinity, such as 9th century sculptures from the temples of Baroli 56 km away.
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Haveli of Deaji: The Haveli of Deyta Shridharji contains many frescoes and paintings.Day trips can be made to:
Baroli (56 km): This temple complex dates back to the 9th century A.D., and can be visited on the way to Pratap Sagar Dam. Many sculptures found in the temple complex are now housed in the Govt. Museum of Kota. Rana Pratap Sagar Dam and Bhainsrodgarh (50 km): Bhainsrodgarh Fort is built alongside the Chambal River. Many tourists stop by at the ancient temple of Gaipar Nath Mahadev on the way. Jhalawar: 87 km away from Kota, this place is famous for a palace and a small museum. It is also host to a cattle fair every year. 10 km away from Jhalawar, nestling in splendid solitude, is the fortress of Gagron. Sitabari (120 km): The ancient temple here is devoted to Sita and Laxman and a tribal fair is held in May/June. Rock Paintings (25 km): These rock paintings can be seen alongside the River Alaniya. Bundi (40 km): Bundi is home to the famous Taragarh Fort, which was built as far back as 1354. How to get there:
Air: Jaipur, 245 km, is the nearest large airport though a local airline has flights to Jaipur from Kota.
Rail: As it comes on the important Delhi-Mumbai route, a number of good train connections are available for Kota.
Road: Kota is located 504 km from Delhi, and 270 km from Udaipur by road.
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