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Kotah Garh (City Palace)
Ranked #6 of 24 things to do in Kota
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Kota, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Average”
Reviewed 3 January 2012

Not a very attractive place if you have seen other forts in Rajasthan.Kota's City Fort Palace is not very maintained and does not offers much to see.Kota is not very Historical Place so very few tourist come here and therfore the government has not maintained these places. However the near by spots are very nice.

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Mumbai, India
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“Must See”
Reviewed 4 November 2011

This palace has one of the biggest fort complexes in the State of Rajasthan. City Fort Palace in Kota has rugged bastion and ramparts, which is adorned with delicate domes as well as balustrades. The Hathi Pol is this fort's beautiful entrance.

Visited June 2011
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Good preservation of history”
Reviewed 29 May 2011

Kota Fort Palace is quite a bastion. It overlooks the city and is a vast complex. However the visitor only sees a small portion of it. There is a large parking area with a small restaurant with some really good nimbu pani (lime drink) and kulfi. The restaurant is built into the stables so each has been converted into a restaurant room.
The Raj Mahal leads to a photogallery and armoury. If you have any knowledge or interest in modern Rajput history, this is an interesting place to spend an hour or more. The photographs are an excellent historical record of this particular dynasty. The armour could be better preserved but is nevertheless interesting- lots of evil looking knives and spears. Unfortunately some of the beautiful silk emblems and other items of office are slowly fading and fraying away. The palace has recently been painted on the outside.
While you are permitted to view the photographic gallery at your leisure, you are led from one area to another by a guide who speaks only a few words of English but nevertheless expects a tip. The doors are bolted behind you so you cannot retrace your steps for a second look. The frescoes on the ceilings are slowly fading and the mirrors in what must have been a very beautiful audience hall are slowly cracking and discolouring. There is some renovation taking place, but unless the city or the royal family put in some serious funds, it will fade into a shadow of its former glory. The minature paintings on the walls are beautiful but you are not allowed to take photographs (perhaps you can persuade the guide to allow you with a promise of a larger than usual tip). You pay a fee for each camera or video but there is little that you can phorogoraph because of poor lighting or fading of the subject or else the guide just wont let you.
The palace looks on to the outer walls and courtyard and one can easily imagine it filled with horses, elephants with canopies and gold cloth - horns and drums making loud music.
The fort has installed new toilets which are free.
Although definately fading, it is worth a visit just to be see the photograph gallery and the role of the British in shaping Rajput history.

Visited March 2011
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