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Travel Blogs from Kota
... are part of the sensory feast.
But we started to get a little disoriented so we hired a tuk-tuk to the other side of town and walked along the Nawal Sagar lake. It’s mostly dry now, but still provides a nice foreground to the city, palace and fort. We also spent time watching a bunch of kids play cricket and ate some sort of Indian crisps I bought from a cart by the cricket pitch. Sara said I was an idiot for eating ...
... Hazrat Imam Hussain, grandson of Prophet Muhammad. This involved a procession through the streets of floats representing the martyr’s tomb, accompanied by drumming and sword fighting. The celebrations began in the afternoon and by the evening the streets were jam packed with people.
... balls and moved onto 4. Then, three plates, and then 4 plates. Next, 3 rings (which required a second attempt after dropping one, and then 4 rings. Finally 3 clubs, although this time she held us in suspense and didn't go for 4, apparently just a bit tough, or slightly out of the circus' budget. After a dull wave to the crowd and exit through the back curtain, I decided I would see how the rest of the crowd were reacting to the show. Some of ...
... what we would do while we stayed there. Random people kept wandering around, but no-one said who they were or introduced us. All very strange. Maybe more of the real India than we and especially the kids could cope with so early on?!
The rooms were actually quite nice, spacious and full of old antiques dating back to when the fort was constructed in the 1700s, and the last time it had seen a paint brush. ...
... to catch the train to Bundi, but I made a (relatively) quick detour to the train station first in order to try to book a ticket out of Bundi for a couple of days' time. As it happened, I needn't have bothered, as the one train a day from Bundi to Agra was fully booked, and all I could do was to pay a token amount to get put on the waiting list and hope there were some cancellations.
Other places to stay in Kota
Palace Road, Kota | 3 star hotelfrom $108
11 Jhalawar Road, Kota | Hotelfrom $36
Plot No 1 and 2,Chawani Circle, Kota | Hotelfrom $33
Mokha-para, Kota | 3 star hotelfrom $47
Civil Lines, Kota | Hotelfrom $121
Bazar no. 1, Kota | Hotelfrom $17
6 B, Collectorate Circle, Kota | Hotelfrom $17
Gumanpura Road, Kota | Hotelfrom $13
1-B Kotri Gumanpura Road, Kota | Hotelfrom $35