Umed Bhawan Palace, situated on Palace Road, is a unit of WelcomHeritage Group of Hotels. Built in 1905 by Maharaja Umed Singh II of Kota, the palace is a blend of Rajput and Victorian architecture. Its marble corridors, elegant ceilings, lush lawns and exquisite royal heirlooms are reminiscent of a bygone era. The palace is an architectural marvel inviting guests to experience the lifestyle of maharajas. It has 32 air-conditioned rooms with modern amenities like television and direct-dial phone.
The palace houses a multi-cuisine restaurant, which leads to a spacious courtyard. Further, there is a well-stocked Swinton’s Bar that is named after Sir Swinton Jacob, the architect who designed Umed Bhawan Palace. The palace also has Durbar Mahal, Mehakma-e-Khas and Board Room for corporate travellers.
During the stay, guests can enjoy cycling and play carrom, croquet, chess or badminton. They can also plan excursions to the City Palace and Fort, Rao Madho Singh Museum, Darrah Wildlife Sanctuary, Bundi and other exciting places.
Situated in close proximity to the City Palace, stands Palkiya Haveli, the former house of 'Rathores' of Palkiya. This architectural splendor built in 18th century houses beautifully carved courtyards, lovely gardens and ethnic furniture to make for a royal retreat. Each traditionally designed guestroom provides excellent amenities to the travelers. There is also a multi-cuisine restaurant to savor authentic meals and a swimming pool to enjoy a refreshing dip after a hectic and tiring day.
Situated in Rajasthan, Kota is a city at a distance of around 240 km from state capital Jaipur. With its imposing forts, marvellous palaces and grand temples, it catches the attention of a lot of people. The experience of Kota sightseeing is enhanced because of the unique juxtaposition of modern industrialisation over the exclusivity of medieval temples and forts. The winter season is the best time for travellers to visit Kota as temperatures are mild during this period.
Kota tourist places include Chambal Garden which is a popular picnic spot due to its lush green surroundings. It has a pond which houses several crocodiles and gharials and also contains enclosures for rabbits, birds, etc. Yatayat Park, an interesting theme park is also close to this garden. Temples like Jag Mandir, Khade Ganesh Ji Temple, Karneshwar Temple and Godawari Dham are some other famous places to visit in Kota, for many tourists and devotees. Kota Barrage, Maharao Madho Singh Museum, Darrah Widlife Sanctuary and Sawan Phuhar Water Park are also liked by travellers.
Shopping is one of the prime things to do in Kota as it is a prominent base for the textile weaving industry. Visitors can fetch some great deals on products like dress materials, sarees and curtains. Laakh ki Chudiyan and beautifully carved jewellery are also hugely popular. Tourists will find large varieties of these things in the local shops. Apart from shopping, tourists can also relish the outstanding Rajasthani dishes. Although foods like samosa and kacohri are found in abundance in Kota, Daal-Bati-Churma is the speciality of the place which can satiate the taste buds of food lovers.
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