The city of Kota (previously spelt as Kotah) is located in south-eastern Rajasthan along eastern bank of the Chambal River, a very region widely known as Hadaoli, or the land of the Hadas. It is third largest city of Rajasthan in terms of population after Jaipur & Jodhpur, and covers an an area of 318 sq km.
Hadoti comprises of Bundi, Baran, Jhalawar and Kota and is a treasure trove of history dating back to several centuries. Prehistoric caves, paintings, formidable forts and the mighty Chambal river characterize the region. The Independent state of Kota became a reality in 1631 when Rao Madho Singh, the second son of Rao Ratan of Bundi was made the ruler.
Soon Kota outgrew its parent state to become bigger in area, richer in revenue and more powerful. The city is dotted with magnificent monuments and havelis adorned with frescos, as well as number of hi-tech industrial units. It is widely known for three Ks:
- Kachoris: Hadoti is famous for its spicy and mouth watery snack which is easy to find in every lane of the City.
- Kota Stone: It is famous worldwide for its characteristics like durability, beautiful appearance, availability in different colors and different shapes. Kota Stone are used for exterior, balconies, corridors, driveways, pathways, commercial buildings, etc.
- Kota Doria / Saree: It is famous for its translucent cloth known as “Masuria malmal”, chich can be plain, printed or zari. White is the base color, which can be later dyed with different colors.
It also boasts of one of the largest fertilizer plants in Asia, precision unit and atomic power station. More recently, Kota has been in the limelight for its various coaching institutes which provides training for engineering and medical entrance exams, and hence attracts vast numbers of young brains to Kota.
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