Kota serves as an army headquarters. It is also Rajasthan's
industrial centre (mainly chemicals), powered by the
hydroelectric plants on the Chambal river - the only
permanent river in the state - and the nearby nuclear
plant. Kota is strung out along the east bank of the
Chambal river. The train station is well to the north.
Dinner at the
Bhawan Palace a
colonial style palace, situated on the bank of river
Chambal, was build in the early nineties. The palace
has large spacious rooms that are tastefully done
up with antique furniture. An interesting feature
of the palace is the fact that almost all the rooms
overlook the Chambal river providing an arresting
view of the mighty river.
Umed Bhawan Palace is
one of the most beautiful palaces of Kota. Built in
1009 by Maharao Umed Singh II of Kota. This palace
was designed by Sir Swinton Jacob who spent many years
in Rajasthan. The overall design of the palace is
European. There is an Edwardian drawing room, a billiard
room and a very well laid out garden surrounding the
palace.There are long corridors, courtyard and Italian
The lush green garden at Amar Niwas makes a lovely
picnic spot. While absorbing the ambience of the place
one can enjoy a boat ride.
Maharao Madho Singh Museum: Situated
in the old palace, it houses a rich collection of
Rajput paintings of the Kota school, exquisite sculptures
and other valuable antiques. The museum is the treasure
house of artistic items used by the rulers of Kota.
are several express buses from Kota to Ajmer, Jaipur,
Udaipur, Chittaurgarh, Jodhpur and Bikaner.
By Train: There
are many trains operating from Kota to Delhi, Mumbai,