Kota at a Glance

Along the eastern bank of the Chambal River lies Kota - an amazing example of majestic medieval age and modern industrialization. Kota is located on a high sloping tableland forming a part of the Malwa Plateau. The Mokandarra hills run from southeast to northwest of the city. Once the part of the erstwhile Rajput kingdom of Bundi, Kota became a separate princely state in the 17th century. Today, besides being Rajasthan's industrial centre, Kota also serves as army headquarters. Its wealth of impressive forts, opulent palaces and splendid temples of past centuries retain their former glory. Its present-day edifices and heavy industries have made it the industrial heartland of Rajasthan. Summers in Kota are quite hot. The city experiences scant rainfall between June and August. Winters are cool and are the best times to visit the city. Dussehra festival is celebrated all over the country but the Kota Dussehra is quite unique for it marks more than just the beginning of a festive period. Rich in courtly splendour and age old traditions, the Dussehra festival here is marked by a glittering procession, which attracts thousands from the surrounding villages.

In last 8 to 10 years Kota has become a major centre for studies and coaching centers for all professional courses like JEEIIT, AIPMT, AIEEE, CPT, RPET, RPMT and many more. Instead of earlier known and recognised as Industrial Town of Rajasthan it is now known as Educational City and has a proven name all aorund the world. Even students from abroad are staying in Kota and taking coaching.

Apart from coaching, the schools in Kota have come up to International Standards. One of the example is Lawrence And Mayo.

Ancillary service sector e.g. hostel facility, bi-cycle shops, malls etc. have developed to astonishing levels in last 5 years.

Reaching Kota :

By Air
Kota is having an airport which is operational and used by private flights only. Commercial flights are expected to start very soon. Nearest airport is Jaipur (240 km).

By Bus
The main bus station in Kota is located on Bundi Road near the eastern bank of the Chambal River. There is a good bus service from Kota to Ajmer (6 hours) , Chittorgarh (6 hours), Jaipur (6 hours), Udaipur (6 hours), Jodhpur (11 hours) and Bikaner (12 hours).

By Train
Kota railway station is located at the extreme northern end of the city. As Kota is on the main Delhi–Mumbai railway line via Sawai Madhopur, a number of trains pass through and stop here. The trip to Jaipur takes about 5 hours, while it takes 10 hours to reach Delhi from Kota.

Getting around
To move within the city, travelers can either use auto-rickshaws or cycle-rickshaws. Minibuses link the main bus station with the railway station.