|Kota City Facts|
|Road Distances||Jaipur – 249 KM, Bundi – 135 KM, Ajmer – 200 KM, Udaipur – 270 KM.|
|Climate of Kota||Average Summer max 42° C,
Winter min 11° C
|Best season for Kota||October to February|
Kota Travel – Kota is the only city in Rajasthan with a permanent river called Chambal. Kota today has an atomic power station and one of Asia’s largest fertiliser and chemical plant. It has various manufacturing industries ranging from precision instruments to chemicals. The Kota Stone is world famed. At Kota, shop for famous Deoria Saris in the streets of Rampura Bazaar and Bhairoo Gali. The village of weavers, Khaitoon, 22 km from Kota is the famous place to see these saris stretched out on the looms and buy at very reasonable prices. Kota offers various tourist places to visit for travelers coming to Rajasthan.
The history of the Hadoti region of which Kota is a constituent along with the other two Bundi and Jhalawar dates back to the 12th century when Rao Deva conquered the territory and founded Hadoti. Later the independent Rajput state of Kota came into existence carved out of Bundi in 1631. Rao Madho Singh, the younger son of Rao Ratan Singh of Bundi was made the ruler by the Mughal Emperor Jahangir.
The sons of Rao Madho Singh continued to fight on behalf of the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan against Aurangzeb and five out of six sons thus sacrificed themselves. Rao Bhim Singh played a pivotal role in Kota’s history and was the first in his dynasty to have the title of Maharao.
The kingdom of the Kota had a turbulent past, raided by various Mughal rulers, Maharajas of Jaipur and Mewar, their own cousins in Bundi and even the Maratha warlords.
Zalim Singh, a diplomat and statesman also played a very pivotal role in modern Rajput history, early 18th century. From a General of the Kota army he raised to become Regent of the kingdom when the king died, leaving a minor on the throne. He administered the state very shrewdly and in 1817, he signed a treaty of friendship with British on the condition that a separate state will be carved out of Kota for his own descendants. Thus Jhalawar came in to existence in 1838.
The Fair Ground at Kota is witness to a grand Dussehra Mela in October/ November each year.