Kota Fort and City Palace
This is one of the largest forts in Rajasthan. The fort was built in 1264, but was expanded over the years, reaching its present size in 1625, when the city palace was completed. The fort is not well-maintained so it is looking a bit run-down, but the palaces are in good condition.
You enter the fort through the south Naya Darwaza Gate (New Gate). There are some good views from the walls of the fort. The best part of the City Palace is the excellent Maharoa Madro Singh Museum (232-3040). You enter the museum through Hathian Pol, an ornate gateway with a brass cannon and painted elephants on either side.
To the right is the Raj Mahal, which has excellent mirror work and is intricately painted. On the left are many exhibits, such as statues, silver waterpipes, instruments, clocks, vases, and chess sets. There are excellent Kota Kamba, painted miniature figures that are a local specialty, and a good weapons exhibit.
Open daily except Fri 11 am to 5 pm; Admission foreigners/Indians Rs 50/10, camera Rs 50, video Rs 75.