Wild Kota, Rajasthan


Chambal Gorges
Chambal River

Looking to get away from your stressful city life? Then join us for a three night (or longer) stay in Kota, Rajasthan (3 hour drive from Jaipur and 8 hours from Delhi). 


Go off-the-beaten path and see wildlife, landscape and heritage in a part of India that is mostly known for it's coaching classes, saris and stone and less built and natural heritage. Kota is Rajasthan's third largest city but unlike Jaipur, Udaipur and Jodhpur it has not been given it's due recognition for tourist attractions which there are plenty of. It's palaces, museums, heritage hotels, the Chambal river, wildlife and more are to the most part overshadowed by the city's main revenue sources - coaching centers, stone quarries and saris. 

Birds of Kota
Dusky Eagle Owl

Itinerary (can be customized)

Day 1: Check in to the hotel (if you are arriving by train, let me know if you need to be picked up). You can also fly in to Jaipur and then a taxi to Kota which is only three hour drive. Freshen up, explore the property and depending on the time of the day you arrive, we can get you out and about in and around Kota.

Chambal River Safari Kota
Chambal River Safari

Day 2: Camera check? Binoculars check? Join us as we take you on an adventurous trip on one of India’s cleanest river eco-systems – the Chambal River. You will be accompanied by experienced naturalists who know the river and its fauna extremely well. We may see crocodiles, several species of birds including endangered vultures nesting on cliffs, owls (some big species), kingfishers, migratory birds and if you're lucky perhaps even smooth-coated otters, sloth bear and leopard.

Wildlife of Kota
Indian Sloth Bear. Photo by Mr. Tomar

Post lunch, we drive to Garadia Mahadev temple. Be prepared to see the mighty Chambal and it's deep forested gorges. The horse-shoe bend in the river were made famous in a commercial by the Rajasthan Tourism Board. Apart from birds including endangered vultures, the caves and crevices in the gorges are home to painted spurfowls, leopards, sloth bears and other wildlife.

Chambal river and gorges
Chambal river and gorges

By the time we make our way back to Kota, it will be close to sunset. Rest, relax and dine. 

Day 3: After breakfast, we will do either a walking tour to explore Kota's lesser known built heritage - both it's Colonial past and it's rich Rajput history. Many think of Kota as a sprawling urban city, known only for it's educational coaching centers but little do they know that the city has a rich history and most of it is well preserved and worth visiting. Our walk leader is an English lady married to a Rajput who is passionate about the city's historical heritage. She has been living in Kota for the past 30+ years OR another boat ride, this time upstream from 
Jawahar Sagar dam. You will be in the Mukundra Hills Tiger Reserve, an ambitious plan by the State and Central governments to re-introduce the Bengal tiger in this densely forested region. Peaceful and pristine forests on both sides of the river will leave you in awe that such nature exists in India!

Kota Garh Palace Museum
Kota Garh Palace Museum

Day 4: Check-out after breakfast. 

Additional activities:
  • Kota Doria Weaver Village Walk: Discover why Kota is famous for it's saris. Meet the artisans and the history behind this renowned art of doria saris.
  • Day trip to historic Bundi
  • Jhalawar: visit to the famous yet little known Gagron Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, an ancient Jain and Sun temple and a heritage walking tour of life in the old streets of off-beat Jhalawar.
Widlife in Chambal Kota
Smooth Coated Otter

For inquiries, please email info@travelwith.in or call/whatsapp +91 9717148483

Birding in Kota
Stork-billed Kingfisher

Please Note: 
  • There is no guarantee that you will see the above wildlife. The river and / or sanctuary is their habitat and sightings depend on water level in the river, human interference, climatic conditions, weather and other factors, migratory pattern of birds, most of which are beyond your and my control. I will do my best to show you all there is to see.
  • The itinerary may need to be altered due to weather and other factors. We will cover as much as possible during your time in Kota.
  • What to carry during the safari: photo identification, camera, binoculars, warm jacket (in the winter), backpack, sun glasses, cap, vizer, sun block, some cash, and drinking water.
  • Smoking and drinking alcohol is strictly not permitted in National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries.
  • To prevent any disturbance to wildlife, I do not recommend the use of call playback to bring birds out in the open, feeding or baiting of wildlife. Despite this, if you do and are caught by the authorities or called out by locals or fellow wildlife enthusiasts, then be prepared to face the consequences too!

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