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tiny yet lively town in sun - drenched sands, Barmer
is a miniature Rajasthan with all its colour, warmth
Although a barren land with harsh climate and tough
terrain, Barmer is known for its rich crafts, dances
and music. Once on the ancient camel trade route, the
town in now the centre for wood carving, pottery, carpets,
intricate emboidery work, block printed fabrics and
multi- hued traditional costumes
Especially famous are the geometric Ajrak prints in
dark shades of red and blue, ideal for protection against
The most interesting part of a trip to Barmer is the
journey through rural Rajasthan. The small villages
with mud-walled houses decorated with delicate folk
motifs and colourfully attired people on the way, offer
a fascinating sight.
Every year in March, the desert town is at its colourfull
best during the exuberant Barmer festival. The festival
is the best time to plan a visit to Barmer.
to history, the 13th century founder of the district,
Bahada Rao (popularly known as a Bar Rao ) gave the
town its name - Barmer i.e., the hill fort of Bar.
Once called Mallani (12th century AD) the present Barmer
district, formed in 1949 upon the merger of Jodhpur
state in the United States of Great Rajasthan, is a
cluster of ancient paraganas- Mallani Shiv, Pachpadra,
Siwana and the Chohatan area.
ATTRACTIONS IN BARMER
: Perched on a rocky hill, the town has ruins of
an old fort. Of interest are a temple dedicated to Balark
(the Sun) and the ancient ruins of Juna Barmer. The
three Jain temples, an incription of 1295 AD and a maassive
pillar in the hall of the largest temple of Maharaja
Kula Sri Samanta Sinha Deva, a ruler of Bahadmera (now,
Barmer) are also worth a visit.
Kiradu : Situated on the foot of a hill near
village Hathma in Barmer tehsil is Kiradu.
The incription dating back to 1161 AD reveals that the
place was called Kiratkoop and had once been the capital
of Punwars. The ruins of five ancient temples-one dedicated
to Lord Vishnu and other four dedicated to Lord Shiva
are of interest to archaeologists and art lovers, alike.
The biggest of these temples is the Someshwar Temple.
Khed : Rao Siha, the founder of the Rathore clan
along with his son (Asthanji) conquered Khed from the
Guhil Rajputs and planted the standard of Rathores.
An old Vishnu temple of Ranchhriji is surrounded by
a crumbling wall and an image of Garuda (the eagle)
at the gate guards the complex.
Other temples nearby include temples of Brahma, Bhairav,
Mahadev and a Jain temple.
Jasol : Once a principal state of Mallani, this
ancient village has got its name from the descendants
of a Rathore sub-clan. A Jain temple and a Hindu temple
are worth visiting. The Hindu temple is ornamented with
fine sculptures, which were brought from a Jain temple
of Lord Mahavir.
Meva Nagar : Once called Viranipur, this 12trh
century village is situated on the slope of a hill called
Nagar - Ki - Bhakarian, 9km away from Baltra. The village
has three Jain temples. The biggest of these is the
one dedicated to Nakoda Parsvanath. A Vishnu Temple
is also worth visiting.
Mahaveer Park : Mahaveer Park is a beautifully
laid out park with a tiny museum housing ancient stone
Safed Akhara : (Sidheswara Mahadev Temple Complex)
is a tiny yet pretty garden near Barmer. Temporary accommodation
and cooking facilities are available.
Neemari : Neemari is another picturesque garden
on Chohatan route, 23 km away from Barmer. An old swimming
pool is an attraction.
EXCURSIONS AROUND THE CITY OF BARMER
Mela : Held
at Veeratara (12 Km from village Chohatan) the fair
venerates goddess Vakladevi and is held thrice a year
in the month of Chaitra, Bhadrapada and Magha.
Khed Fair (Aug.-Sep.) : A
big religious fair is held on the day of full moon in
FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
is treasure trove of vibrantly coloured embroidery with
excellent mirror work. Also famous are beautifully embroidered
fabrics and pouches, often patterned with tiny mirrors.
Traditional rugs, blankets, shawls, carpets, 'Pattius'
Dari in typical Barmer colours and weave, are a speciality
of the region. The shopping spots include the tiny shops
along the narrow lanes of the colourful and lively Sadar
Cattle Fair (March-April) : A major cattle fair
lasting a fortnight, held in village Tilwara.
Nakoda Parasvanath (Dec. - Jan.) : The festival
held in Mevanagar village commemorating the birth anniversary
Nearest airport is Jodhpur
Barmer is well connected by train with Jodhpur.
Road: Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation
connects Barmer with all major cities in the state.
The Bus Stand is situated near Railway Station and Tilak
Bus Stand connects Barmer with Jodhpur, Balotara, Jalore
(Via-Siwana) Jaisalmer, Ahmedabad (Via-Sanchore), Mt.
Abu, Udaipur and other places. .