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- Kota- the 3rd largest city of the north Indian state – Rajastan, located in its south-west region of the state and is about 250 km south from the state capital Jaipur. Recently it is famous as an educational hub especially students preparing for entrance exams such as IIT, JEE etc. . Myself with family visited Kota city in July 2016. By car it will take about 3 hours from Jaipur city.
It is good to know a bit about its history. The golden age of Kota was in the 17th century under the ruler ship of Rajput prince Madho Singh during the reign of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir.
The major attractions in Kota are a fort –Kangra Fort, Chambal garden along the bank of the river Chamba – a tributary of Ganga, Kishore sagar lake, Jagmandir Palace etc. Palace is at the centre of the Kishore sagar lake looks very beautiful. For the public, entry to this palace is prohibited. At night time the lighting around this lake and the reflection of Jagmandir palace in the sourrounding water makes the area much fascinating.
There is a National Bird Sanctuary in Kota. Mainly we can see peacocks. It seems very friendly to the public. We can take photos when it comes near to the walkways and can feed them. The very famous Kangra Fort in Kota is in the northern border of the district on the bank of the river Chamba. We can enjoy the beauty of the river, Fort and the thick greenery along the bank of the river, from a nearby bridge over the Chamba River.
There are many other tourist attractions in Kota such as Gaipernath Waterfall, City palace, Government museum, Kota barrage etc. But unfortunately we could not visit them all.
There are many major hospitals in Kota, We visited one among them, but the hygiene and neatness have to be improved much….. more. The free life for hundreds of cows and dogs on the streets and the shortage of the public urination sheds makes the city very dirty. Even though there is a small Airport, it is functioning for military use only because that area is very sensitive being a boarder state. So the nearest airport for the public is Jaipur. We can see many temples there. Most of them are built in the traditional Indian style of architecture.Written 29 December 2016This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Best Boat safari in Mukundra Tiger reserve. My best trip in monsoon season . family friendly environment .Written 22 July 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- I have been visiting Kota for the last 2 years to explore the immense natural beauty , which this place has to offer and i can confidently say that this is a hidden treasure which needs to be explored by anyone who wants to experience nature / birding / wildlife along with the perfect mix of culture / heritage / food . However each treasure box needs you to gain access to a key which would help you open it !
Kota Trails , is the key to the treasure box called Kota . This is a forum which has been created to help people experience this wonderful place which has never been truly recognised for its potential . People usually end up associating Kota with IIT & Medical coaching institutes whereas very few people know the beauty this place has to offer .
This initiative was started by Col Keshvendra Singh and his wife Neha , so as to enable people from all parts of the country to come and relish the beauty of this place .
Depending on the kind of experience you are looking for , they help you customise your holiday . I usually go to Kota for wildlife photography and this time i was travelling along with a group of friends who wanted to relax , have fun and celebrate a friends birthday We had two small kids with us and hence there were a lot of factors which had to be stated , including the request for a birthday cake for a friend.
Such a trip was a blend of experiencing wildlife , the natural surroundings , the food and the heritage of this old City and hence we reached out to Col & his wife through Kota Trails and discussed our requirements . They spoke to us at length, understood what we were looking for and helped curate the perfect holiday .
Each evening had something different and existing in store for us - One of the evenings we went for an exciting boat safari in the beautiful chambal river , sighting various birds and animals and the next day we went to see the gorgeous views from Gadaria Mahadev ( a pic which has been featured in a lot of magazines pertaining to Rajasthan ) , finishing off with a drive into the local forest area .
Being people who love good food , all of us really enjoyed the wonderful food this place had to offer - the perfect mix of authentic Rajasthani and North Indian cuisine along with the mouth watering street food ( which can't be missed for sure ) . For people who love to eat Indian Sweets - Shambu Ji Sweet Shop is the perfect stop
There are some quaint temples around the Chambal river which were the perfect spots to spend a nice morning .
All of this was truly an experience because of the value add / guidance / support and warmth shown by the team behind Kota trails who really believe in sharing the love for their beloved city , along with their guests . Everything was professionally managed , starting from the pick up from the station till the end .Written 7 January 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.