Located on the banks of the Chambal River, about 250km from Jaipur, the city of Kota is famous for its rich history, gold jewellery, grand palaces, gardens, sanctuaries, waterparks and more. Kota is a great place to learn about the history, art and culture of ancient India, and this is what you must do while you’re visiting here.

Located on the banks of the Chambal River, City Palace is the biggest fort in Kota. Painted in a gorgeous white and orange combination, the rooms are decked with magnificent miniature paintings and tiny mirrors. Intricately decorated halls with glass panels and paintings further add to its beauty. There is a museum inside the Palace, that has a huge collection of artifacts and handicrafts, that you will enjoy going through if you’re a history buff.

Jagmandir Palace is another important attraction in Kota, located in the middle of Kishore Sagar Lake with the Seven Wonder Park on one side and Chaupati on the other. The palace was originally a temple, constructed way back in 1740, and is a mix of Mughal and Hindu architectural style.

You can watch crocodiles at close quarters in Chambal Gardens, located on the banks of the Chambal River. The garden is home to a well-maintained pond which is the habitat of crocodiles. Boating through the river gives an opportunity to catch a glimpse of the crocodiles.

An interesting place to visit in Kota is Raniji ki Baoli, a 165 foot deep step well built by Rani Nathavati, displaying the grandeur of Rajput architecture. This beautiful step well is situated outside the old walls of the town of Bundi.