Kota is a city on the Chambal River in Rajasthan, northern India. In 2013, Kota was ranked the second most livable city in the state (after Jaipur) and forty-first in the country among 50 cities. 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 of a stone called Kota Stone, used for the floor and walls of residential and business buildings. 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 surrounded by five power stations within its 50 km radius.
Inside the Kota Garh, or City Palace, the Maharao Madho Singh Museum exhibits miniature paintings and antique weapons. South, along the river, tranquil Chambal Garden has a pond with crocodiles. Northeast, 18th-century Jagmandir Palace sits in the middle of Kishore Sagar Lake. Seven Wonders Park includes mini replicas of the Eiffel Tower, Taj Mahal etc.
Kota is well connected with road and rail to all major cities within Rajasthan as well as those located outside the state.
It is also connected by air, although only chartered flights are available. Kota Airport has had no scheduled services operating since 1999. The nearest international airport is Jaipur International Airport situated 250 km away from Kota.
Kota is well connected to all the major cities of India. Kota Junction is one of the divisions in West Central Railway. It is an important station on the New Delhi–Mumbai main line. There are four railway stations within Kota and in its vicinity.