Let’s explore Kota
Along the eastern bank of the Chambal River lies Kota (formerly known as Kotah) - an amazing example of majestic medieval age and modern industrialization.
Kota is located on a high sloping tableland forming a part of the Malwa Plateau in the western Indian state of Rajasthan. Once the part of the erstwhile Rajput kingdom of Bundi, Kota became a separate princely state in the 17th century. Kota is one of the important industrial centres of Rajasthan. It boasts of Asia's largest fertilizer plant, precision instrument unit and atomic power station nearby.
Kota (Rajasthan’s 3rd Largest City) at a glance:
Area: 310 Sq. Km
Population: 10,00,000 (estimated 2011)
Altitude: 251.1 metres above sea level
Languages: Rajasthani, Hindi & English
Clothing: Cotton-Summer, Woolen-Winter
Telephone Exchanges: 44
STD Code: 0744
Best time to visit: October-February
Kota is linked with Ajmer (4 hours), Chittorgarh (3½ hours), Jaipur (5 hours), Udaipur (5 hours), Jodhpur (10 hours) and Bikaner (11 hours) by road. As Kota is situated on the main Delhi-Mumbai railway line, it is linked with all the major cities of India. Kota has its own domestic airport but presently it is not in operation. The nearest operational airport is Jaipur (240 km).
Surprisingly unexplored, the Kota region of Rajasthan has some splendid treasures for the tourist to take home memories. 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.
Summers in Kota are quite hot. The city experiences ample rainfall between June and August. Winters are pleasant and are the best times to visit the city. Rich in courtly splendour and age old traditions, the Dussehra festival here is marked by a glittering procession, which attracts thousands from the surrounding villages.
Kota city is the trade centre for an area in which cotton, paddy rice, millet, wheat, coriander and oilseeds are grown; industries include cotton and oilseed milling, textile weaving, distilling, dairying, and the manufacture of metal handcrafts. Many prominent chemical and engineering companies are based here like Chambal Fertilisers, DSCL - DCM Shriram Consolidated Limited (DSCL), Instrumentation Ltd, Shriram Rayons.
With the large industrial powerhouses like the Kota Super Thermal Power Plant, it has been the greatest source of Energy/ Power to many parts of Rajasthan.
Kota is famous for its distinctive style of painting. Kota is well known for its saris, stone products and a vibrant education sector. In fact, the numerous coaching centres which prepare aspirants for India's elite engineering (IITs/ NIITs) and medical colleges (AIIMS) have given a totally new character and identity to the city.