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Kota Travel Guide, India

Kota (also known as Kotah in olden days) is the hub of medical and IIT entrance exam coaching institutes in India. It is located in Rajasthan, a state in northern India. Kota is also the industrial hub of northern India with many chemical and engineering companies located in this region. Kota is located on the banks of river Chambal and excels in trade of cotton, wheat, millet, oilseeds, and coriander. Many industries which specialize in these things are located in and around Kota.

No international flights take off from Kota and one will have to travel till Jaipur (239 km. away). Kota airport offers only local flights mostly flying to Jaipur. Kota is located on National Highway No.12 (which connects Jaipur to Jabalpur and is 1,752 km. long) and this turns out to be another reason why it is easy for tourists to reach Kota.

Kota is located round 450 km west of Delhi, the capital city of India, and faces tropical type climate as it is located near the Tropic of Cancer. Summers are extremely hot while winters are not that cold, one can bear the cold waves of winters.

Along with the economical advantages due to being an industrial hub, Kota is also a famous tourist spot due to its beautiful looks and charming locations. Natural waterways, historical palaces, huge forts, and wildlife worth watching are enough to drag tourists towards it. Kota is also known for its versatile paintings, stone products, and saris which bring in loads of foreign tourists.

Dams like Gandhi Sagar, Kota Barrage, Jawahar Sagar, Rana Pratap Sagar, etc. give exotic looks to the city. And old palace facing the Kota Barrage is simply the sight worth watching. Brij Raj Bhawan Palace, Island Palace, Jag Mandir present the tourists the memories of the era which no more exists.

The average literacy rate of Kota is 70% that is way above the national literacy rate of 60%. The coaching centers have surely changed the attitude of the residents of Kota and this reflects on the local literacy rate.

Kota is very famous for fine translucent muslins (also known as Masuria Malmal). Saris of this material are called as Masuria because initially they were made in Mysore and later the weavers were brought to Kota by a general of Mughal Army.

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