Kotah Garh (City Palace)

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Kotah Garh (City Palace)
Points of Interest & Landmarks • History Museums
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10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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Very good

Trisha K
Bromborough, UK506 contributions
Jan 2015 • Couples
Kota City Palace very much exceeded expectations. Make sure you get tickets both for the Rao Madho Singh Museum and the separate ticket to see inside (a small part of) the palace - well worth it for the additional frescoes. If you have the extra ticket then while you are in the museum an attendant will come to you and unlock doors so that you can climb the steps into the palace itself.

There is a great deal here in the way of frescoes and miniatures to please art lovers. After the blues and greens of Bundi it is cheering to return to the full palette of colours.

As for the museum I enjoyed seeing the howdah and palanquins and other royal memorabilia and particularly the collection of old photographs (including the visit of Queen Mary and her ladies, the Kota cricket team which famously beat Mayo College no less, and a charming photograph of the rulers of Kota, Bikaner and Bundi - one of the most affectionate portraits of three old friends that I have ever seen; look out for it).
Written February 25, 2015
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329 contributions
This is a nice fort. There are charges to enter the fort and you have to pay separately for photography the ancient things of maharaja has observed in this fort. There are things like force and different things with which fight was done in old times but looking at the fort from inside i am going back in history
Written March 21, 2015
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Kota, India634 contributions
Jan 2015 • Friends
Not one of the greater fort-palaces of Rajasthan . Yet has a rich record of local Rajput History, for heritage buffs it is advisable to carry cameras on payment inside. Occasionally one may have to persuade the local guide to allow photography of the miniature paintings. The Kota school of Rajput paintings does reflect the Moghul features of historical painting. The carvings And frescoes on the upper levels makes it a worthwhile 3-4 hours. Although the entire complex is not open for casual touristy sight-see-er, serious visitors may be entertained on request. The views from the upper portions, lend a charm to the palace-fort. One has to overlook the the dust-laden artefacts, however it is a valuable historical collection of the Rajput Royalty.
The toilets and the restaurant are a relief for the tourist, a walk around can add to the local flavour of the place. While exploring around please be dressed in keeping with the Local ambience, as Foriegn visitors venturing out on their own still draws curious looks!
Written January 10, 2015
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Melbourne, Australia2,194 contributions
Mar 2011
Kota Fort Palace is quite a bastion. It overlooks the city and is a vast complex. However the visitor only sees a small portion of it. There is a large parking area with a small restaurant with some really good nimbu pani (lime drink) and kulfi. The restaurant is built into the stables so each has been converted into a restaurant room.
The Raj Mahal leads to a photogallery and armoury. If you have any knowledge or interest in modern Rajput history, this is an interesting place to spend an hour or more. The photographs are an excellent historical record of this particular dynasty. The armour could be better preserved but is nevertheless interesting- lots of evil looking knives and spears. Unfortunately some of the beautiful silk emblems and other items of office are slowly fading and fraying away. The palace has recently been painted on the outside.
While you are permitted to view the photographic gallery at your leisure, you are led from one area to another by a guide who speaks only a few words of English but nevertheless expects a tip. The doors are bolted behind you so you cannot retrace your steps for a second look. The frescoes on the ceilings are slowly fading and the mirrors in what must have been a very beautiful audience hall are slowly cracking and discolouring. There is some renovation taking place, but unless the city or the royal family put in some serious funds, it will fade into a shadow of its former glory. The minature paintings on the walls are beautiful but you are not allowed to take photographs (perhaps you can persuade the guide to allow you with a promise of a larger than usual tip). You pay a fee for each camera or video but there is little that you can phorogoraph because of poor lighting or fading of the subject or else the guide just wont let you.
The palace looks on to the outer walls and courtyard and one can easily imagine it filled with horses, elephants with canopies and gold cloth - horns and drums making loud music.
The fort has installed new toilets which are free.
Although definately fading, it is worth a visit just to be see the photograph gallery and the role of the British in shaping Rajput history.
Written May 29, 2011
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New Delhi, India20 contributions
Mar 2019 • Family
We're too excited when we made a plan to visit Garh palace and we were amazed on reaching the destination.Garh Palace is a place of excellence architecture showing the legacy of Indians in the historical time. If you are in kota you should visit Garh Palace once.
Written May 16, 2019
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Debabrata G
Mumbai, India410 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
This palace has nothing to show for itself. It is small and significant parts of this palace are out of bounds for the common tourist. While there has been an attempt to preserve and maintain the property, I did not find anything that would be worth mentioning. The museum, which is a part of the palace also does not have anything much to speak of.

Best avoided unless you have a lot of time on your hands while visiting the Kota / Hadoti areas of Rajasthan.
Written October 31, 2018
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Sanand, India156 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
Visited Very Nice place , lots of interesting facts and knowledge you'll get to know their is ticketing for the fort as they provide you guide for explaining and you'll get the beautiful view of city kota. Spend almost half a day enjoyed good time.
Written May 16, 2018
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Goa, India585 contributions
Oct 2017 • Family
Not sure if the 'Garh' in the name Kotah Garh, means a House or a Fort, however, it appeared more like a palace or a Royal house rather than a fort. The place is huge and quite attractive. All the sections of the palace are not open to visitors. There is a nominal entry fee to visit the palace, which gives access to Museums displays and 'Sheesh Mahal'. Additional fee, which is slightly steep, is charged for access to Kings bedroom on the top sections of the palace. The Kings bedroom is usually locked and opened only for visitors on producing the ticket. The palace allows good back drop for photo enthusiasts. The palace is not modernized but maintained very clean. During our visit, there were hardly any visitors to the palace apart from us.
Written February 22, 2018
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Shivani S
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India13 contributions
Jan 2018 • Couples
its good clean and well maintained but again costly affair 100 rs per adult & parking also not free.. it is maintained by royal family itself . although it has many selfie points but it does not provide you look of a palace as original palace is converted into school.. you can visit.
Written February 2, 2018
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Doncaster, United Kingdom1,726 contributions
Nov 2016 • Couples
My wife and I visited the City Palace (Kotah Garh) in Kota during a tour of northern India. We were accompanied by a good guide (Narenndra Mishran) – apparently one of only two official ones in Kota).
The Palace is painted in has a pleasant white and orange combination and is quite impressive, overlooking the wide Chambal River. It houses a museum, with a vast collection of medieval weaponry, outfits and apparels of former kings and queens, artifacts and handicrafts displaying the region’s heritage. Without our knowledgeable guide, we probably would not have been able to appreciate these as much.
The building itself is not as well-preserved as others in the region but is still worth looking around. It appeared that we were the only foreign visitors there, so our photos were free of other people.
Kota is clearly not on the tourist route around Rajasthan and the reason we stopped there on our tour was to break up the journey from Udaipur to Ranthambore (that would take about 10 hours). Frankly, it is not worth visiting for its own sake, as there is not enough to see and the accommodation options are very limited.
Written December 2, 2016
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