constructions carried out
by different rulers at different stages without
any predefined plan. You will see citadels and
massive ramparts adorned with elegant cupolas
and engraved balustrades where the Mogul fundamentals
of decoration are applied to on Rajput structures.
The Rajmahal (king’s palace) is decorated
with mirrors coated with gold and silver that
glitter in the roof and on the walls. Check out
some beautiful colored glass and frescoes most
of which portray Lord Krishna with the gopis
Close to the Rajmahal is Akhada
Mahal where one can see exhibits of jewelry
and other precious items among which is an ivory
palanquin. On the first floor Bhim Mahal has
some excellent Rajput miniatures on the walls.
Further up, Bada Mahal and Chattar Mahal also
have exquisite miniatures, frescoes and a rich
decor protected by glass. Beside the City Palace,
is another royal abode. Built in the middle
of a lake on an island, the Jagmandir Island
Palace is not open to visitors.
The city itself has managed
to preserve some remnants of its colonial past
in the buildings such as the Herbert
Curzon Wylie Memorial and Crossthwaite
Kota is definitely the destination
to feel the lives and times of the erstwhile royalty.