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Nearest Airport: Jaipur (Check Flights)

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Kota Tourism

Kota, the third most populous city in Rajasthan, lies alongside the banks of River Chambal which is both its beauty as well as a lifeline, being the source of water supply to the city and a site of scenic beauty itself. Locals and tourists alike visit the river shores for watching crocodiles, sighting birds and for boat riding in general. Kota is famous for its thriving coaching culture and every year more than four lakh students visit and live in the city to receive training for engineering and medical entrance examinations. Not many cities witness such influx of students every year and this has earned the city various names such as  Education City of India and Coaching Capital of India.

It is also considered to be the second most livable city in Rajasthan after Jaipur and is becoming an industrial hub with numerous power plants in and around the city. Kota has also contributed to the rich fabric heritage of India with its trademark Kota Doriya (where Dora means thread) fabric which is known for its delicate, translucent thread weaving pattern, thus giving the textile its name.  The sturdy and dark Green coloured eponymous Kota stone also comes from the city and is traded all across the country for building projects of all kinds. Apart from a flourishing industrial scene, the city also offers a glimpse of history in the form of palaces and a flash of nature in the form of various gardens, the most famous being Chambal Udhyan.

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Kota is a fort based city situated in the state of Rajasthan. The third most populous city of Rajasthan after Jaipur and Jodhpur, Kota is emerging as an educational hotspot for the entrance exam aspirants from all over India, be it for Indian Institute of Technology or for All India Institute of Medical Sciences. No wonder why Kota is also nicknamed as the 'Coaching Capital of India'. However, there's more to Kota than what actually meets the eye.
Kota is also famous for its clothes, particularly the fine woven muslins, also famous as Kota  Doria. Besides the above, Kota is also equally famous for its limestone, which is fine-grained, tough, and waterproof as well. So next time of Kota, just don't limit to drab coaching institutes only. There's a lot more to be explored.          

Delicious combination of the wholesome Dal, Bati and Churma meaning a platter of lentils, wheat balls and cereals is staple in most parts of the state. Sweet dishes and desserts are also very popular in the region.

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Day 1 - If you have reached Kota, take some rest, and begin with a stroll in the main bazaar of Kota, where you can buy some of the exquisite Rajasthani curios and souvenirs, including clothes of Kota muslin.
Day 2 - Start your day with blessings from Khade Ganesh Ji or Garadia Mahadev Temple, then you can proceed towards the Jagmandir Palace, situated in the middle of Kishore Sagar Lake.
Day 3 - This day should ideally be earmarked for destinations such as Kota Palace, built by rulers of Bundi dynasty. Not very far from here is the Chambal gardens, which is another scenic place to visit, only a 7 minute from Kota Garh (or Kota Palace). If you don't wish to visit Chambal Gardens, there is another site worth visiting in Kota, Seven Wonders Park. It is an 11-minute drive from Kota Garh and houses replicas of all the seven wonders of the world right now.

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Kota Reviews

8 months ago by Rohit Shroff

- If you are visiting Kota in winters, do pack some light woolens.

8 months ago by Naveen Kumar

Good place to see in Kota picnick spot with family week off days can enjoy...

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  What's Great?

A hotbed of education. Home to some of the best handicrafts.

  What's not so Great?

Risky without proper guidance.

For Whom

Ideal for bold adventurers and coaching seekers. Suitable for travellers from Jaipur, Jodhpur etc.

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Kota is well connected to the rest of Bir by rail and road. Regular rail and bus services ply to and fro the city of Kota. There is no direct flight connectivity to Kota, despite the presence of an... (Read More)

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