Top things to do

Palace in Kota

City Palace

The City Palace, and the fort that surrounds it, make up one of the largest such complexes in Rajasthan. This was the royal residence and centre of power, housing the Kota princedom’s treasury, courts, arsenal, arme…
Religious in Kota

Dussehra Mela

During the Dussehra Mela massive effigies are built then spectacularly set aflame. The festival commemorates Rama’s victory over Ravana, the demon king of Lanka – a victory re-enacted through costume plays during th…
Clothing in Kota

Hamid Bihari

Hamid Bihari sells exquisite kota doria (gold-woven saris), which you can see being woven upstairs. Located near Kaithoon police station.
Lake in Kota

Kishore Sagar

This picturesque artificial lake was constructed in 1346. In the middle, on a small island amid palm trees, is the enchanting little tangerine palace of Jagmandir. Built in 1740 by one of the maharanis of Kota, it’s…
Museum in Kota

Brij Vilas Bhavan Museum

This small, run-down government museum, just north of Kishore Sagar, has a collection of 9th- to 12th-century stone idols and other sculptural fragments (mainly from Baroli and Jhalawar), as well as some miniature p…
Gardens in Kota

Chhattar Bilas Gardens

Just north of Kishore Sagar, next to the tourist office, these gardens contain the Kshar Bagh, a collection of overgrown but impressive royal cenotaphs interspersed with carved elephants.
Park in Kota

Chambal Gardens

Kota is surprisingly blessed with gardens. Chambal Gardens are on the riverbank south of the fort from where you can take boat trips.
Religious in Kota

Kashavrai Patan

Held between Bundi and Kota, this festival sees thousands of pilgrims descend for the month of Kartika.