Kota is in the Hadoti region of Rajasthan. It is located on the south-eastern side of the state. The Chambal river flows through the town, because of which the place is unlike the arid climate prevalent in the state.
Kota does not have an airport of its own.The closest airport is at Jaipur, 240 km away.
Kota is well connected to all cities/towns in Rajasthan.It also has a good road network for cities like Delhi(510 Kms.),Jaipur (250 Kms.) & Ahmedabad 950 Kms.). The main bus stop is at Nayapura Area (However, a new Bus stand is proposed and will be ready by 2010). Major modes of travel include the state transport buses, private buses and jeeps/cars for hire. The on-hire vehicles are a good idea,
as they are fast and convenient,though they require fair amount of bargaining.
Kota is a major junction in the Western Railway sector, on the Delhi-Mumbai line. As a result,most of the trains pass through Kota. A train journey to Jaipur is of about 4 hours, to Delhi about 7 hours.
Moving around within the city is limited to auto-rickshaws, privately operated buses and cycle-rickshaws for short journeys. They charge anywhere from 50 Paise/Km. to Rs.4/Km., but it's advisable to fix the rates before taking a seat.
Kota also has a larger three wheeler called tempo, which is by far the cheapest travel mode within the city. It is a shared vehicle with pre-fixed stops and fares, generally .50 Paise/Km.
- Jag mandir Right in the center of the artificial Kishore Sagar tank stands the beautiful red sandstone monument, Jagmandir.
- Kota Barrage A dam as part of the irrigation canal system on the river Chambal, this is a popular spot especially when the flood gates are let open to allow extra water to flow off.
- Maharao Madho SIngh Museum Named after Kota's first ruler, the museum has a spell-binding collection of miniature paintings, armory and sculptures. It remains closed on Fridays.
- Chambal Garden This garden stretches along the banks of the river Chambal. It houses a pond with rare gharial and crocodiles, which can be crossed via a teetering suspension bridge. It also has enclosures for birds, rabbits and such. Right next to it is the unique Yatayat(traffic) park. It is a theme park; with miniature flyovers, speedbreakers, tunnels, buildings and such all used to showcase traffic rules.
- Khade Ganesh Ji Temple Its ganesh temple situated in the south part of the city. The thing make this place famous is that this sort of temple where GANESH is standing is nowhere else in india. you can also visit Rangbadi Balaji temple on the way.
- Karneshawar Temple
- Godawari Dham It is a Hanuman temple at few km from Chambal garden.
- Aalnia Dam (25 km)
- Darrah Wildlife Sanctuary (50 km)*Darrah Wildlife Sanctuary (50 km)
- Garh Palace (in city)*
- Sawan Phuhar Waterpark It is the only waterpark in the Hadoti Region and houses the biggest pool in the city
- Haryali Resort cum RestaurantIts a resort with a typical rajasthani village feel.Dine the best of cuisines in mud houses and sheds
- Boat Safari Take a boat safari on the Chambal river and observe crocodiles at close quarters. It starts from Chambal Garden.
- Gaiparnath Temple, (about 12 Km from Chambal Garden). A beautiful and acient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva constructed more than 200 feed below ground level. The temple is constantly showered by a natural waterfall. The greenery and rocky cliffs around gives a fantastic view. A must visit. Caution : the place is usually deserted, hence avoid going alone. A group of 7 to 8 people would be fine, the more the better.
- Kota Textile The very famous Kota textile can be bought as sarees, dress materials(for salwar-kameez). Innovative uses include curtains, scarves and such like.
- Puppets Colorful, handmade puppets make for great souvenirs to take back home.
- Laakh ki Chudiyan The very famous laakh ki chudiyan (bangles) designed and resized by local shopkeepers. Your favorites can be Chudiyan (Bangles), Kade(Thick Bangles usually wore single-handed) or Sets (Mix of Chudiyan and Kade). The stylish, beautifully carved jewellery items increase beauty of your hands. You can get variety of bangles from local markets starting from a lowest range to as high as thousand's of rupees.
If you can handle hot, spicy food typical of the country, you would definitely want to try kachori/samosa (deep-fried flour pastries with lentil/vegetable filling) available in abundance here.A must-try.
Also try the Rajasthani speciality: daal-baati-churma. Daal is lentil curry,Baati is roasted balls of flour, churma is the sweet made with wheat flour, ghee and sugar or jaggery. Also served with the dish is gatte-ki-subzi, which is steamed rolls of gram flour cooked in yogurt gravy.
- Abhera About 10 km away from Kota stands this royal palace with Kotah style of paintings on the inside.
- Baroli Temples Situated in the Hadoti woods, about 50 km from Kota are these beautiful temples of Lord Shiva. They boast of fascinating carved walls and peaceful surroundings.
- Gangaur Fort