Kota’s tourism sector has the potential to benefit with the introduction of direct flights between Jaipur and Kota and cable-stayed bridge.
“The bridge, located on Kota-Chittor National Highway (NH 27), has made it easier for tourists to enter Kota from Chittor and Udaipur,” said a tour operator, Neeraj Bhatnagar.
As a tourist site, Kota has a lot to offer. It is ideal for religious tourism as it offers tour to sacred places like Vallabh Sect’s Mathuradheesh Temple, and the Chandkheri Jain temple. For eco tourism, there’s the Chambal river, Chambal Ghariyal Sanctuary, Kota Barrage and Jawahar Sagar Dams and other many for adventure sports.
There are also places like Garh Palace, Abhera Mahal, Seven Wonders Park and Kishore Sagar Lake for heritage tourism.
The tour operators can now prepare itineraries connecting Kota with Agra and Khajuraho.
Tourism department sources said that around 2,400 foreign tourists and around 2.50 lakh domestic tourists visit Kota every year, which includes parents of students coming to Kota for coaching.
The cable stayed bridge and air connectivity are likely to boost Kota’s tourist inflow by 20%.