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The Creative Side of Rajasthan
Kota, the wonderful city of Rajasthan, has a lot to offer to tourists—captivating paintings, beautiful saris, arresting establishments, and Kota stone. Located ideally on the banks of the Chambal river, Kota has a rich history, which dates back to the 12th century. From the Rajputs to Mughals and British, all ruled over Kota at some point of time and contributed something to its culture. Kota and Bundi were once a part of the same kingdom Haditi, but later both of them were separated in the 17th century as individual states.
The charming palace Jag Mandir is located in the lovely artificial lake of Kishore Sagar. This red-sandstone palace with romantic surroundings attracts many a visitor who come here to spend some quality time. Jag Mandir offers an opportunity to enjoy boating on the azure waters of the lake. Located near Jag Mandir is a beautiful garden, Keshar Bagh, which is known for its royal cenotaphs.
Maharao Madho Singh Museum
A visit to the museum will give you an opportunity to see the rare and rich collection of Rajput miniature paintings of the Kota school, exquisite sculptures, frescoes and armoury. Some of the important possessions of the then Kota rulers are also displayed in the museum.
Umed Bhawan Palace
Showcasing the architectural heritage of Rajasthan, Umed Bhawan Palace was once the royal residence of the erstwhile Maharaja of Kota. The palace was built by Maharaja Umed Singh II who ruled over Kota in the early 19th century. Later the palace was converted into a luxurious heritage hotel for tourism purposes. The Rajput and Victorian architecture were flawlessly combined together to give the palace a stunning look.
Kota Doris Saris
Famous for their beauty, elegance and wonderful designs, Kota Doris Saris is the most talked about attraction of Kota. Kota Doria is a fine quality cotton and silk yarn woven in the form of a graph. Handwoven printed Kota saris are very graceful and durable. There are several centres in Kota, which manufacture amazing Kota Doris Saris.
Kota PaintingsKota miniature paintings are famous for their beautiful style. The paintings are incredibly beautiful and are mostly based on hunting scenes. The Kota paintings are quite popular with tourists. Explore the markets of Kota and take back home some of the paintings, which will surely add a new flavour to your house.