Today, 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.
Brijraj 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 marble floors.
Chambal Garden: 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.
By Bus: There 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, Jaipur.