Kota, formerly known as "Kotah". It is a city in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan. Situated on the banks of Chambal River, the city is the trade centre for an area in which millet, wheat, Rice,Pulses, coriander and oilseeds are grown; industries include cotton and oilseed milling, textile weaving, distilling, dairying, manufacture of metal handcrafts,fertilizers,chemicals and engineering equipments.It is also known as the power house of rajasthan.It has very fertile land and greenery with good irrigation facilities through canal. Kota is one of the major industrial hubs in northern India, with many prominent chemical,engineering & power plants are based here. The rail junction, a road hub, lies 4.8 km (3 mi) to the north.
Kota is famous for its distinctive style of painting. The Crosthwaite Institute is located in Kota, as are old and new palaces of the Maharao (the maharajahs).