Welcome to Kota Fort, the grand fortress that looms over the tumultuous Chambal River like a sentinel!
If you’re a history buff, this place is a must-visit. According to local legends, Chief Bhil Kotya was killed by Jait Singh, the grandson of Rao Deva, and the foundation of the fort was raised near the Salar Gazi Gate where the chief was killed. To this day, the Royal Family of Kota offers prayers at this very spot.
The ramparts of Kota Fort are some of the highest in all of Rajasthan and the fort is heavily reinforced with massive bastions, 6 double doors, and 25 towers (burj). In its vicinity, you’ll find a number of palaces like Madho Singh Mahal, Raj Mahal, Bada Mahal, Chhatra Mahal, and Jhala Haveli, all of which are part of the largest palace-fort complexes in the state. Although a small portion of the palace is now a museum, it could use some extra flavor in the form of a trained guide to make your visit more interesting. But don’t let that deter you, the Kota school of Rajput paintings is worth a look and you’ll find carvings and frescoes on the upper levels that will keep you occupied for 3-4 hours.
Keep in mind that while exploring, it’s best to dress in a manner that’s in keeping with the local ambience as foreign visitors often draw curious looks. And if you’re a photographer, be sure to bring your camera, as the views from the upper portions of the palace-fort are truly charming. Just be prepared to negotiate with the local guide for permission to take photos of the miniature paintings. Despite the dust-laden artifacts, the entire complex is a valuable collection of Rajput royalty and heritage. So, get ready for an adventure and explore the rich history of Kota Fort!