Kota Rajasthan – Places to visit in 24 Hours

Kota Rajasthan – Places to visit in 24 Hours

Kota is the third biggest city in Rajasthan. It is better known for the coaching institutes and considered as coaching capital of India for IIT & medical entrance exam. Other then this identity of Kota, there are some interesting places to visit in Kota if you are in the there for a day or two. It is worth spending a day or two visiting some places as a traveler. Though there are not many historical places in Kota like other cities in Rajasthan.

When I planned my trip to Bundi and Garadia Mahadev, we planned to spend a day in Kota.

Where is Kota

It is situated on the banks of Chambal river in the southeast part of Rajasthan. The border of Madhya Pradesh is very close to Kota.

How to travel to Kota Rajasthan

* It is on one of the busiest railway lines of Indian railways and there are several trains to Kota from all major cities of India. Kota is a major railway station of the western central railway.
* The closest airport of Jaipur is 250 Km from Kota.
* It is well connected with all cities of Rajasthan through RSRTC bus service.

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Must visit places and things to do in Kota Rajasthan

Chambal Garden and River Front

As I mentioned earlier Kota Rajasthan is situated on the banks of Chambal river. The Chambal garden is a riverfront developed on the banks of the Chambal river for recreational purpose. It is approximately 3 km from the Kota city center but still not outside the city.
This beautiful garden has well-maintained grounds with different trees and plants.Chambal garden Kota
A toy train runs in Chambal garden and it is popular among kids as well as adults.
Chambal garden is a perfect picnic spot for kids and families. When we visited we saw a big group of school kids there for the picnic.Chambal garden Kota Rajasthan

The Chambal riverfront is well developed and there are some good spots for sitting.
In the middle of the park is a pond, which we crossed through a hanging bridge. Before visiting, I read on some travel websites that there are Crocodiles & Ghadiyals in this pond. During my trip, I have not seen any crocodile. There was very less water in the pond. In spite of everything, it was fun crossing the bridge though it made noise and swayed when we walked on it.Bridge in Chambal garden Kota

Chambal garden ticket is only 5 INR and there is no camera ticket.Chambal river
Inside the garden area is a food stall where water, soft drinks, and a few snacks items available.

Boating in Chambal River

The boating facility is also available in the Chambal river and its boarding point is in the Chambal garden. They offer different boating options in a speed boat and super speed boat.
i. Tour till hanging bridge – This is the shortest of all. They take the boat till hanging bridge and return. It costs 400 INR per person and 1000 INR for full boat.
ii. Tour to the Ghadiyal sanctuary- The boat goes to the Ghadiyal sanctuary. It costs 800 INR per person and 2000 INR for full boat.
iii. Tour to Garadia Mahadev – This is the longest tour and it goes to till the bend of Garadia Mahadev. It costs 1400 INR per person and 4000 INR for full boat
I personally feel the tour till Ghadiyal sanctuary is the best and value for money. The boat tour till Garadia Mahadev is not worth because there is no facility to climb up to the viewpoint.Chambal river boating

Seven Wonders Park Kota

We got the first glimpse of Seven wonders park when we entered the Kota city. It was around 8.30 PM and we were going to our hotel from Kota railway station. The sight of illuminated monuments from the road was very captivating and we decided that we will spend our evening here next day.Seven Wonders park Kota

Seven wonders park is built on the banks of Kishore Sagar. The seven wonders of the park are Taj Mahal, Great Pyramid, Eiffel Tower, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Christ the Redeemer of Brazil, Colosseum, and Statue of Liberty. The miniatures of these famous monuments are made nicely and attract travelers as well as locals to the park.

The seven wonders park is very well maintained and clean. A row of cafes is at the end of the park, which are ok for refreshments. There are washrooms also behind the restaurant area but I can’t vouch for the cleanliness of those.Food stalls in Seven wonders Kota

There are two entry/exit gates to the seven wonders park but only main entry gate is kept open. The second gate at the end of the garden was locked when we visited.

The Seven wonders garden looks beautiful in daylight as well as at night when they illuminate it after sunset.

The Mugal and Rajputana styles of Arcs with Jalli work are made between Kishore Sagar & garden. These add to the beauty of the place.Boating point Kishore sagar in Seven wonders Kota

Entry ticket is 20 INR for Indian and 40 INR for foreigners. Camera ticket is 50 INR.
Seven wonders park remain open on all days of the week from 2.00 PM to 8.30 PM.Seven wonders park Kota

Kishore Sagar & Jag Mandir

The Kishor Sagar is also commonly known as Bada Talab (Big Lake) by locals in Kota. Kishore Sagar is a man-made lake built in 1346 by a Bundi prince when Kota was also part of Bundi empire.

In 1740, a palace named Jagmandir was built in the center of the Kishore Sagar lake. It is a mix of Rajputana and Mughal architecture style. The Jag Mandir can be reached by boats but when we visited the entry to it was closed due to some reasons. It can be seen up close from the boat.

Boating and jet ski rides are available in Kishore Sagar.Jet ski in Kishore sagar

We saw some birds and a Ghadiyal sitting on the structures built inside the lake.

Kishore Sagar is open from all sides. On one side of Kishore Sagar is Seven wonders park and on its opposite side is Chowpati area. The Chowpati area is popular among locals as there are many street food stalls.
Unfortunately, the water of Kishore Sagar is not clean and it needs better maintenance.Jag mandir in Kishore sagar

Hanging Bridge

Kota Chambal bridge is popularly known as Hanging bridge and it is quite popular among locals as it was recommended to us by many people. This is a cable-stayed suspension bridge on Chambal river is approximately 10 Km from the main attractions of Kota. If you have already seen cable bridge of Bandra Kurla in Mumbai or Yamuna cable bridge in Delhi then skip it.
We crossed this bridge when we went to Garadia Mahadev from Kota.

Kota Barrage

It is mentioned as one of the top places to visit in Kota on different travel websites. But from my personal experience, I can say it is worth visiting only in monsoon months. I have come to know that during monsoon season the massive flow of water with the froth of water makes a spectacular sight when gates are opened. When water is released, it vibrates the bridge and along with water flow create a dramatic scene.

Shopping in Kota

Kota is famous for its “Kota Doria sarees”, “Paintings” and “Stonework”. Most of the shops selling these products are in Main Bazaar of Kota. Be prepared to bargain.

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Food in Kota

There is nothing spectacular about the food in Kota. It was difficult to find traditional Rajasthani meal in Kota though I managed to get the thali in Food Capital (Maheshwari’s) restaurant in front of Seven wonders parks. On the ground floor, they have casual sitting arrangements and on top a little formal & funky sitting overlooking the Seven wonder park. I liked the service as well as food.

 

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Another place I recommend is also named Maheshwari restaurant in Bharat hotel. Food and service were up to the mark.

In most of the restaurants in Kota, we found North Indian Vegetarian food and very few restaurants served non-veg food.

Before our visit, we read some good things on Trip Adviser about Right Place cafe in front of Seven wonders park. The opening time is at 2.00 PM and we went there at 1.50 PM as we planned to have lunch there. Unfortunately, they didn’t allow us inside because we were 10 minutes early which I found strange for a casual place.
If you want to try street food from stall then go to Chopati next to Kishore Sagar or to a street named Chopati in Gumanpura.Chowpaty at Kishore sagar

Where to stay in Kota

We stayed in Premier Hotel, it was a basic hotel. Staff was friendly but there is nothing special about the hotel. It was just ok. It is in the main market close to all major attractions but it was peaceful.
My advice is to stay in Gumanpura because it is central and all the attractions are within 10 to 20 minutes drive.

There are a lot of temples in Kota, which we didn’t visit because they were like any regular temple anywhere in India.

My advice is that if you are traveling in a southern part of Rajasthan then it is worth spending a day in Kota because it is different from other cities like Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, and Jaisalmer in Rajasthan.

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