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Today known as an educational hub, Kota was previously a land filled with maharajahs and their hunting parties. Still littered with the impressive palaces and forts of its former glory, many of these are now heritage hotels. Kota provides a wonderful, off the beaten track destination. This said the traffic making its way through the old town’s ramparts is noisy and congested. We suggest staying a little out of town for the most pleasant experience. Our pick of the best places to stay in Kota are all perfectly placed for experiencing the best of Kota’s history and charm.
For the best weather, visit Kota during the cooler months between October and March.
One of the largest in Rajasthan, Kota’s City Palace and Fort previously housed the residence, treasury, courts, arsenal and much more of the ruling kings of Kota. Impressive even today it is well worth the visit.
A scenic 45-minute drive, the town of Bundi and its impressive palace and fort are also worth a stop for Mughal architecture enthusiasts.
Owing to its status as an educational hub, Kota is well connected throughout Rajasthan and Delhi by rail and road. An easy venture.
Our pick of the best places to stay in Kota all provide a majestic stay.
For a princely stay
- Umed Bhawan Palace was built at the turn of the 20th century by the maharajah Umed Singh who decided that he needed a more modern abode, outside of the city. Boasting all the amenities that such a princely residence could want; and a few more up to date ones too. Get lost along its endless corridors and marvel at the old hunting trophies and works of art.
For riverside locale
- Brijraj Bhawan Palace Hotel is another ancestral home, turned hotel. This one enjoys a wonderful riverside location and offers an intimate atmosphere with just seven guest rooms.
Still not sure which to book? Browse through our list of the best places to stay in Kota to start to plan your trip. Or you can check out all our Rajasthan recommendations, or contact one of our friendly gurus for advice.
Best Hotels in Kota
Brijraj Bhawan Palace Hotel 7 rooms from $109Kota (Rajasthan)
A charming ancestral home located outside of Kota with far reaching views of the town and Chambal river. With just seven rooms, decorated in a typical Rajasthani style there are pretty gardens in which to relax with plenty of quiet reading nooks. Delicious local cuisine is served.Great walks - Through the pretty Chambal Gardens - fortunately crocodiles no longer live here!Sailing - A wonderful way to get out of town is a boat trip along the Chambal River.Local markets - If visiting in October make sure to catch the Dussehra Mela.Sights nearby - The City Palace and Fort is a must visit.
Umed Bhawan Palace 32 rooms from $100Kota (Rajasthan)
Impressive turn of the century residence built by Sir Swinton Jacob located outside of town. Get lost along its labyrinthine corridors amidst taxidermy tigers. Rooms are grand with high ceilings, chandeliers and Rajasthani accents. There is a smart dining hall, sitting room and well stocked bar.Sailing - Take a boat trip along the Chambal River - you might even spot the odd croc!Sights nearby - Make sure to visit Kota's City Palace and Fort.OpulentFull of character