Thursday, May 3, 2012

Kota Barrage

Kota Barrage, Kota Rajasthan 
A part of the irrigation canal system on the Chambal River, this beautiful setting is ideal for outings and evening strolls. Other Places worth visiting: Kansua temple with a four faced Shiva Lingam, Bhitria Kund, Adhar Shila Budh Singh Bafna Haveli and Yatayat Park. not only does this barrage control floodwater and irrigate canals, it also serves as an alternative bridge in the monsoon season. 

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Abheda Mahal, Kota Rajasthan 

Abheda Mahal
Haveli of Devtaji 

The beautiful Haveli of Devta Shridharji is noted for its splendid frescoes and rooms ornate with lovely wall paintings. 

e hadn’t heard of Abheda Mahal – even our (otherwise dependable) guidebook didn’t have a mention of it. But the driver of the car we’d hired said it was a nice place to visit, and since we had time to kill, we decided we’d go and check out Abheda Mahal. The mahal (palace) stands about 8 km from Kota city, past the Chambal river, with the road meandering between fields and brush.
Abheda Mahal, according to the (only in Hindi) sign outside, is named "after abheda, a corruption of the word abhyaaranya" (park). Prior to the founding of the Kota dynasty, this area was jungle; in 1346 AD, however, the Maharaja Dheer Deh had it cleared and got an artificial watertank created. Several centuries later, probably in the 18th century, a small palace was built on the bank of the watertank. During the 1800s, the watertank was home to a large number of crocodiles that had been trained to come out of the water on to the bank and ‘entertain’ visitors. (I’m quoting this from the sign – it didn’t explain how the crocs entertained people!)
We bought our entry tickets (Rs 10 per person, and Rs 30 for a camera) at the small gateway, and were shown the way in. You step in from the gateway, and you’re in a walled garden, divided into plot of lawn, bordered with flowering shrubs and with large trees dotting the garden. All very pretty. Off to our left, the wall was decorated with huge colourful murals depicting Rajasthani warriors in procession, with horses and elephants and whatnot. Through the wall, a couple of doorways led into an adjacent plot of land, on which stands the three-storied pavilion that overlooks the watertank. The pavilion is painted cream, with cusped arches and red sandstone railings. On the land side, it overlooks a strip of grass and a small medieval well that is now home to some (very shy!) turtles. On the water side, it is bounded by a square pool, with paved walkways and benches enclosing a section of the tank. Beyond, separated from this enclosed pool, lies the main stretch of water – lots of fish here, and dragonflies buzzing about, iridescent in the sunshine. The enclosed section was, despite the lotuses flowering in it, rather dirty and scummy.
There’s not much to see at Abheda Mahal. You can admire the turtles and the dragonflies and any lotuses in bloom; or you can have a little picnic in the garden. You can, if you want, climb up to the top of the pavilion – we found it offered a good view over the surrounding area. But the pavilion, though freshly painted and in surprisingly good condition, turned out to be a little boring. If you come here expecting vivid paintings and carving and mirrorwork like that which you’ve seen at the City Palace, you’re going to be disappointed. Come here to relax and get a breath of cool river air, and you might like it.

Chambal River

Chambal River, kota of Rajasthan

Kota India

Kota City Facts
Road DistancesJaipur - 249 KM, Bundi - 135 KM, Ajmer - 200 KM, Udaipur - 270 KM.
STD Code0744
RegionSouth-east Rajasthan
Climate of KotaAverage Summer max 42° C,
Winter min 11° C
Best season for KotaOctober to February

Kota Fort in Rajasthan, IndiaKota Travel - Kota is the only city in Rajasthan with a permanent river called Chambal. Kota today has an atomic power station and one of Asia's largest fertiliser and chemical plant. It has various manufacturing industries ranging from precision instruments to chemicals. The Kota Stone is world famed. At Kota, shop for famous Deoria Saris in the streets of Rampura Bazaar and Bhairoo Gali. The village of weavers, Khaitoon, 22 km from Kota is the famous place to see these saris stretched out on the looms and buy at very reasonable prices. Kota offers various tourist places to visit for travelers coming to Rajasthan.

The history of the Hadoti region of which Kota is a constituent along with the other two Bundi and Jhalawar dates back to the 12th century when Rao Deva conquered the territory and founded Hadoti. Later the independent Rajput state of Kota came into existence carved out of Bundi in 1631. Rao Madho Singh, the younger son of Rao Ratan Singh of Bundi was made the ruler by the Mughal Emperor Jahangir.

The sons of Rao Madho Singh continued to fight on behalf of the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan against Aurangzeb and five out of six sons thus sacrificed themselves. Rao Bhim Singh played a pivotal role in Kota's history and was the first in his dynasty to have the title of Maharao.

Chambal River in Kota, RajasthanThe kingdom of the Kota had a turbulent past, raided by various Mughal rulers, Maharajas of Jaipur and Mewar, their own cousins in Bundi and even the Maratha warlords.

Zalim Singh, a diplomat and statesman also played a very pivotal role in modern Rajput history, early 18th century. From a General of the Kota army he raised to become Regent of the kingdom when the king died, leaving a minor on the throne. He administered the state very shrewdly and in 1817, he signed a treaty of friendship with British on the condition that a separate state will be carved out of Kota for his own descendants. Thus Jhalawar came in to existence in 1838.

Shivpuri Shivpuri Dham ,Kota Rajasthan

Kota About this sound pronunciation  (Rajasthaniकोटा), formerly known as Kotah, is a city in thenorthern Indian state of Rajasthan. It is located 240 kilometres (149 mi) south of state capital,Jaipur. Situated on the banks of Chambal River, the city is the trade centre for an area in which milletwheat, rice, pulsescoriander and oilseeds are grown; industries include cotton and oilseed milling, textile weaving, distilling, dairying, manufacture of metal handcrafts, fertilizers, chemicals and engineering equipment.
The city of Kota is situated at a center of the southeastern region of Rajasthan a very region widely known as Hadoti the land of the Hadas. Kota lies along the banks of the Chambal river. The historical places and temples are getting surrounded with signs of modern development. Kota is on a high sloping tableland forming a part of the Malwa Plateau. The Mokandarra hills run from southeast to northwest axis of the town. It is 36 km from Bundi. The town of Kota was once the part of the erstwhile Rajput kingdom of Bundi. It became a separate princely state in the 17th century. Apart from the several monuments that reflect the erstwhile glory of the town, Kota is also known for its palaces and gardens.
It has fertile land and greenery with irrigation facilities through canals. Kota is one of the industrial hubs in northern India, with chemical, engineering and power plants based there. The rail junction, a road hub, lies 4.8 km (3 mi) to the north.
Kota is one of the principal cities of Rajasthan state.
Kota has a distinctive style of painting. The Crosthwaite Institute is located in Kota, as are old and new palaces of the Maharao (the maharajahs).
City Mall, Kota, Rajasthan

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about city mall

the first and only mall of kotacity mall

The City Mall will be coming up on the city’s most important thoroughfare, adjacent to the Instrumentation Township and only a kilometer from Talwandi, the main institutional hub. A 15 minutes drive will take you to the railway station and the bus stand while the airport lies merely 2.5 km away from the Mall. The famed Chambal gardens is situated at a distance of 5 km with Chambal river, the only perennial river in Rajasthan and the magnificent Kota Fort lying not very far from the Mall’s location. The catchments area of the City Mall will cover a target population of 2 million making it the most investor friendly location.
Business Centre Palika Bazar

the next-gen fun zone

city mallFor the generation next, the City Mall will be the Mecca of entertainment and recreation, where fun, food and frolic will co-exist under the same roof, together with an enriching shopping experience. The four-story construction of the mall will cover a built-up area of around 2,60,000 sq ft, well embellished with stunning interior design and dazzling decoration. The ground, first and second floors will be covered by Big Bazaar and variety of showrooms, while the third and fourth floor will comprise of four cinema screens, which will be complemented with restaurants, amusement corners and food court. With brands like MC Donald's, Fun Multiplex, Levi's, Domino's Pizza, Cafe Bollywood, Pepe Jeans, Fundoo Zone, Adidas, Cafe Coffee Day, etc. it would be a destination every one would prefer.

Shopping Arcade

  • Conveniently spread over 4 floors.
  • Shopping space spread over a large area of 2.60 lac sq. ft.
  • 45,000 sq. ft. of anchor store across 3 floors by Pantaloons - BIG BAZAAR
  • Various sizes of kiosks and showrooms ranging from 150 sq. ft. to 1500 sq. ft.
Food Courts

the never ending fashion carnival

Food CourtsVibrant, colorful, attractive, fashionable, trendy, exotic, mystical and the list goes on. It is impossible to narrate the incredible shopping experience at City mall in words. It will only be felt and appreciated when actually visited. A haven for shopaholics offering irresistible choices from branded apparels to designer jewellery from furniture to fashion accessories and from exclusive western outfits to celebrated kota-doria saris. Being an ideal retreat for every shopper the retailers at City mall can never sit idle.

the sinful delightcity mall

Indulge yourself in the world of aromas that tantalize, the exquisite presentation that is feast for the eyes and savory flavors that titillate the taste buds. Food that ranges from Indian, Chinese, Continental and Italian to American fast food, thus drawing all type of consumers invariably. Infinite variety of Foods that can satiate your appetite but not your yearning. So stop pondering, submit to the temptation and relish the guilt. The feast at City mall grows perpetually and so does the profits.
Food Courts

Food Courts

  • Spread over an area of 6000 sq. ft.
  • Large multi cuisine food court with 200 person seating capacity.
  • A coffee lounge on the ground floor to relax and rejuvenate.
  • Exquisite experience of dining on a roof top restaurant.


  • Theatres by India's leading multiplex chain, Fun cinema of Zee group.
  • 4 screening halls with total seating capacity of 950 persons.
  • Ticketing facility on the ground floor.
  • Spread over an area of 30,000 sq. Ft.
Food Courts

Abode of the cheerful and lively beings

Food CourtsThe boastful guys, the giggling girls gossiping together and filled with the energy of youth. They are highly ambitious and studious yet enjoy life to the fullest. At City mall the most happening venue in town, where teenagers can chill out with friends and reenergize themselves with the fun filled recreational activities and exciting games. Not just the youth but kids can have their share of fun with a play station designed specially for them. Successfully attracting the most potential buyers, City mall offers limitless possibilities for businesses to flourish.

Entertainment Zone

  • Covers an area of 6,000 sq. ft.
  • Encouraging footfall of the youth with Bowling Alley, Virtual reality games and Billiard's court.
  • Open plaza on ground floor with fountains and sit outs accompanied by beautiful landscaping.
  • Special attraction for kids: a play station.
Food Courts