Situated on the banks of Chambal River, Kota is a thriving trade centre for an area rich in millet, wheat, rice, pulses, coriander and oilseeds. Kota is industrially advanced with many prominent chemicals, engineering and power plant projects set up here. The soil is very fertile and well irrigated spreading a wonderful green cover all around.
It is an amazing juxtaposition of majestic medieval age and modern industrialization, mainly the Hydro Electric Plant on the Chambal River and the Nuclear Power Plant. It has a few traces of its past still left. The fort overlooking the river Chambal is the foremost tourist attraction. It also houses the museum with a rich collection of art and artifacts and some elaborately painted chambers.
Earlier it was a part of Bundi State, but later it grew into an independent and bigger State. What retains the past glory are the untouched wealth of impressive forts, opulent palaces and temples dating back to over several centuries. These temples were conquered by the Hada chieftain Rao Deva. It was at the time of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir that Rao Ratan Singh gifted this territory to his son Madho Singh.
The Kota State is reflected in the form of a beautiful collection of Stone Idols (murties) in the Raj Mahal, embellished with gold stained glass work on the walls, silver mirror work on ceilings and marvelous wall paintings. Besides the Akh-ka-Mahal Regalia shows paraphernalia and the State. Then there is the Badal Mahal (privacy quarter) in Kota models flaunting their beauty. The paintings of the schools in different periods are fixed at the glass walls, the ladies in the eco interactions Zanana Mahal is worth a look.
Other buildings of the bygone era are represented in Brij Raj Bhawan Palace, Jag Mandir, a palace on the island and a magnificent Haveli (mansion) with beautiful frescos and royal cenotaphs. Kota is now well known for its famous dams and Kota Doria saris, woven in the nearby village Kaithoon. These are made of cotton and silk in an assortment of colors, and delicate gold thread.