Kota is Rajasthan's industrial centre. The Chambal Gardens, the Fort and the Kota Barrage are to the south. City Palace and Fort : Standing beside the Kota Barrage, overlooking the Chambal River, the City Palace and Fort is one of the largest complexes in Rajasthan. Entry is from the south side through the Naya Darwaza, or New Gate. Just inside the New gate is the small Government Museum. It has a collection of stone idols and other such fragments. The Rao Madho Singh Museum is on the right-hand side of the complex's huge central countryard and is entered through a gateway topped by rampant elephants like those at the Bundi Fort. Inside, you will find displays of weapons, clothing and the best preserved murals in the state. Indeed, everything about this former place is colourful.After visiting the museum, it's worth wandering around the rest of the complex just to appreciate how magnificent this place must have been in its heyday. Chambal Gardens : The gardens south of the fort at Amar Niwas are popular for picnics and feature a pond well stocked with crocodiles. Jagmandir : Between the City Palace and the Tourist Bungalow is the picturesque artificial tank of Kishore Sagar.



Kotagiri and Coonoor are hill stations and are within easy reach of Ooty. From Kotagiri, the more pleasant of the two, about 28 km from Ooty you can visit Catherine Falls (8 km away), Elk Falls (8 km) and Kodanad View Point (16 km), where there is a fine panoramic view over the plains and the eastern slopes of the Nilgiris.



GETTING THERE AND AWAY BUS There are bus connections to Bundi, Ajmer, Chittorgarh, Jaipur, Udaipur and other centres in Rajasthan. If you are heading into Madhya Pradesh, several buses a day go to such places as Gwalior, Ujjain and Indore. Buses leave for Bundi every hour. TRAIN Kota is on the main broad-gauge Bombay to Delhi line via Sawai Madhopur, so there are plenty of trains to choose from.

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