Rao Madho Singh Museum is a key tourist attraction of Kota. It is named after the first king of Kota, Raja Madho Singh. It was a palace that was later converted into a museum. Specimens are displayed in a chronological manner in the museum. Everything in the museum is well preserved, hence, making it one of the best museums in Rajasthan.
Visitors can see beautiful paintings, ancient coins, silver utensils, manuscripts, sculptures, epigrams, idols, weapons and frescoes in the museum. Small paintings from the Kota School of Painting are also put on display here. The museum remains closed on government holidays and Fridays.
Kota Barrage is considered as an engineering marvel of the contemporary period and serves various purposes of the city. It is the main source of water for the farmers of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. Additionally, the barrage is also renowned for its remarkable capacity to generate power. It was the fourth dam constructed under the Chambal Valley Project in 1960. With a total storage capacity of 99 cubic millimetres, this dam sprawls over a catchment area of 27,332 sq km.
Chambal Garden is situated on the banks of the Chambal river at the Amar Niwas. This beautiful and big park serves as a perfect picnic spot as it is located amidst picturesque surroundings. A pond located in the middle of the garden is home to some crocodiles. A suspension bridge is also built over this pond.
There was a time when the entire river was full of crocodiles. However, during the mid 20th century, a number of crocodiles were hunted down. A few of them that survived can be spotted here in the pond. Gharial, a type of crocodile with a thin snout, can also be spotted in this pond.
City Fort Palace, located on the eastern edges of the river Chambal in Kota, is known for having the largest fort complexes in Rajasthan. The palace is a major tourist attraction of the Kota city. The fort’s rugged walls and bastion decorated with domes and hand rails display the majesty of the kings of that time. The Hathi Pol or the Elephant Gate, built in the 17th century, is the main entrance to the fort.
Garadia Mahadev Temple is a noted shrine of Kota and is located near the Chambal river. This place provides a mesmerising view of the Chambal Gorge and the plains. It is also counted among the famous picnic spots of the destination. The tranquil and calm atmosphere attracts a large number of travellers who wish to unwind in the lap of nature.
Jagmandir Palace stands amidst the beautiful, artificial Kishore Sagar Lake in Kota. The lake was built in the year 1346 by the Prince Dehra Deh of Bundi, and the palace was constructed in 1740 by one of the queens of Kota. This palace is made up of beautiful red sandstone and looks really splendid. Tourists can see the reflection of the palace in the pellucid waters of the lake as they enjoy boating. This palace was built for recreation of the former kings of Kota. Keshar Bagh, which is popular for its royal cenotaphs, is located in the vicinity of the palace.
Godavari Dham Temple, located on the banks of river Chambal, is a beautiful shrine in Kota and is made of white marbles. The towers of the temple are quite high and impressive. Devotees in large numbers visit this temple every year.
Raniji ki Baori (stepwell) was constructed in 1699 by Rani Nathavati, the youngest queen of Rao. Baoris played an important role during medieval India, and they were counted as vital social structures. This particular stepwell, which is 165 ft deep, displays the remarkable architectural style of the Rajputs.
The entrance to this well is quite narrow, and there are elephants made of stone at the top of the pillars. The steps leading down in the well are relatively wider. The well is decorated with a beautifully carved S-shaped bracket.
Government Museum is a popular tourist attraction of Kota located inside the Brij Vilas Palace, close to Kishore Sagar Lake. The museum has an exceptional collection of old coins, ancient manuscripts, and Hadotio sculptures. Amongst all the sculptures exhibited here, the statue brought from Baroli is the most incredible one. It is an elegant and beautifully carved piece of artwork. Some of the statues present here are quite old and date back to the 4th century. The manuscripts and the paintings displayed in the museum speak volumes about the creative minds of people from the medieval era. In addition to all this, visitors can also see beautiful costumes and handicrafts in the museum.
Prior permission is needed from the director of archaeology and museums, Jaipur to visit this museum. The place remains closed on Fridays and government holidays. On working days people can visit the museum between 10 am and 5 pm, on payment of a nominal entry fee of Rs. 2. Photography is not allowed inside the museum.
Baroli is a beautiful place situated at a distance of around 45 km from Kota. It lies on the way to Rana Pratap Sagar from the destination. The peaceful and serene ambience of Baroli attracts a large number of travellers from all over the country.
The place is renowned for its old and beautiful Ghateshwara Temple. This is the only temple that managed to stand through the hard times though some of the idols in the shrine are partly damaged. A beautiful idol of the Hindu Lord Shiva or Nataraja is placed on the door of the mandapa. Rajasthani craftsmanship is clearly apparent on the pillars of the shrine.
Mathuradheesh Mandir is one of the popular religious sites of Kota. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu Lord Krishna and the Vallabh sect, which includes the followers of Krishna. The idol of the Hindu deity Radha can also be seen just next to Lord Krishna in the temple.
Kaithoon is known for the handmade Kota Doria saris. Quality cotton fabrics embroidered with beautiful gold and silver threads are available here. Interested tourists can also watch the weaving process of the saris.
Alnea is a place located close to Kota and is famous for its prehistoric carvings. Archaeologists and historians have confirmed that the rock carvings found here date back to the prehistoric era. These were carved using sharp tools made of rocks and stones. The rock carvings are mostly inspired from the ancient folktales.
Darrah Wildlife Sanctuary was founded in the year 1955. In earlier times, the place served as the favourite hunting ground of the kings of Kota as the place was home to a number of rhinos, deer and tigers. At present, the sanctuary provides habitat to various species of animals including deer, sloth bears, wolves, antelopes, leopards and nilgai. Wolves and antelopes can be spotted here in large numbers.