Hadoti is a region of Rajasthan state in western India. It includes the districts of Bundi, Baran, Jhalawar and Kota, and is bounded on the west by the Mewar, on the northwest by Ajmer regions of Rajasthan, and on the south by the Malwa, on the east by the Gird regions of Madhya Pradesh state.
This Lesser Known Region In South Eastern Rajasthan is Perfect For Your Weekend Getaway.
The Hadoti circuit is one of the least explored regions of Rajasthan. The circuit includes districts of Bundi, Kota, Jhalawar and Baran. The Hadoti region falls in Hadaoti Plains, which are interspersed with Bundi Hills and Kota plateau. The region has beautiful rolling hills, river valleys, lakes, biodiverse forests, rich farmlands which are dotted with numerous villages and archaeological sites that range from prehistoric caves to numerous temple complexes, Buddhist stupas as well as forts and historical city ruins.
Come and explore the Hadoti region with its National Park and Game Sanctuaries, stunning gorge, bird life, ancient Temples, Palaces, Forts and Buddhist caves, Kota Palace with its renowned murals, the Medieval town of Bundi with its splendid Palace and historic sites – all within easy reach from Kota.
A boat safari through the magnificent Chambal gorge will take you past basking crocodiles, gharials and otters.
The famous Kota Doria saris handwoven in cotton, silk and gold threads are made locally.
Prepare to be amazed by the greenery and the fertility of Hadoti.
Places Of Interest In Bundi
- The Taragarh Fort – One of the Hidden Destinations of Rajasthan
The city of Kota or Kotah is situated at a centre of the Hadoti, the land of the Hadas. Kota has fertile land and greenery with irrigation facilities through canals. Kota has a semi-arid climate with high temperatures throughout the year but cool and pleasant winters with monsoon rains during rainy months.
The city is the trade centre for an area in which cotton, millet, wheat, coriander and oilseeds are grown; industries include cotton and oilseed milling, textile weaving, distilling, dairying, and the manufacture of metal handcrafts. Kota also has an extensive industry of stone-polishing (tiles) of a stone called Kota Stone. Since last 15 years Kota has emerged as an Education hub of the country as producing excellent results in IIT-JEE and medical entrance exams.
Kota is well connected with road and rail to all major cities within Rajasthan as well as those located outside the state. It is a station on the New Delhi–Mumbai main line. The city is a halt for over 150 trains.
Even though Kota is overshadowed by some of the other far more alluring destinations in Rajasthan, there is little scope of denying that it too is a place that has quite a lot in store for its visitors. Home to some grand palaces, imposing forts, beautiful temples, lovely well-maintained gardens and serene lakes it also serves as the base for a visit to some very interesting places in its vicinity. Excursions from Kota are sure to be very delightful and enjoyable.
Guests Can Enjoy Various Activities In & Around Kota Which Include:
The Chambal Gorge Wildlife Sanctuary
This impressive and unique gorge is Kota’s best kept secret. Take a guided Boat Safari at dawn or dusk through the National Gharial Sanctuary.
Visits To Various Temple Complexes and Archaeological Sites
Alnia in Kota to Barad region of Bundi district passing through Chambal river valley and extending up to Bijolia in Bhilwara district is an abode to the rock shelters and paintings of the ancient and prehistoric era of which many have been discovered and many still remain unexplored. Temple Complexes like Badoli Group of Temples built in the Gurjara Pratihara style of temple architecture dated to the tenth century A.D. Keshorai Patan, 15 km from Kota known not only for archaeological but also for mythological signifinace. Termed as Masterpiece of the 8 th century Kansua Mandir at Kota is indeed a picturesque beauty. Surya
Mandir,Jhalarapatan ;Charchauma Temple Kaithoon; Kakuni Temple Complex; Amvan Temples Baran famous for its Bhumijh style Temple; Bhanddevra Temples often called as ‘Mini Khajuraho of Hadoti. Manas Gaon 18 kms from Kota , at the merge of Chandraloi and Chambal River are the 10th century Indo Aryan Nagar style temples of Vishnu and Shiva.
The Old City
Explore the old city on foot, by cycle-rickshaw, or on horseback with a guide. The city walls were rebuilt in the 19th century and are said to be the thickest and most complete in Northern India. Experience the sights, sounds and smells of traditional India.
Bird Watching at Several Wetlands and The Chambal River
Kota is a veritable paradise for bird watchers. Amateur and experienced bird watchers will be pleasantly surprised at the variety of migratory and non-migratory birds that inhabit the region. With its wetlands, thick forests and water bodies, the four districts of Hadoti — Kota, Bundi, Baran and Jhalawar have now come to be recognised as a paradise for migratory birds. Sightings of over 110 species of water birds have been reported from Dams, reservoirs, tanks and land rivers of Hadoti. The National Chambal Ghariyal Sanctuary, Jawahar Sagar Dam, Kishore Sagar, Alnia Dam,
Gharials and Muggers Chambal River
Eurasian Fish Owl Chambal Gorge
Shahabad Fort Baran
Taragarh Fort, Bundi
Kishore Sagar Lake Kota
Kotah Miniature Painting
Emple Carvings at Ramgarh Temple Baran
Blackbuck at Sorsan Wildlife Sanctuary
Godawan – Great Indian Bustard
Smooth Coated Otters Chambal River
Kanya Dah- Bilas Garh
Baroli Temples, Kota