Barmer Tourism

Barmer Tourism

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  • State: Rajasthan
  • Famous for/as: Desert
  • District: Barmer
The township of Barmer belongs to the district of Barmer of Rajasthan. The district of Barmer, which is a part of the Thar Desert, is one of the ancient cities of India. Though Barmer is a barren land with very harsh climate, it is known for its rich handicrafts and traditional art forms.       

Barmer district had been a prominent place in the ancient times and many dynasties and clans thrived and perished in its soil. The ancient city of Barmer was comprised of areas like Khed, Kiradu, Pachpadra, Jasol, Tilwara, Sheo, Balotara and Mallani.  

The origin of Barmer can be traced back to the medieval age. According to history, Barmer district was founded in the 13th century by Bahada Rao or Bar Rao. The township of Barmer was named after him as ‘Bahada-mer’ (the hill fort of Bar), which over a period a period of time became ‘Barmer’. The camel trade route of the bygone era went through the small town of Barmer.

When the British came to Barmer district in the year 1836, Barmer town came under the rule of the Superintendent. In 1891, Barmer was integrated to the state of Jodhpur. After Independence in 1947, both Barmer and Jodhpur became part of the State of Rajasthan. The Barmer district of today comprises historic places like Mallani Shiv, Pachpadra, Siwana and the Chohatan area.

Though Barmer is a land of tribal folk, it has emerged as the centre for wood carving, pottery, carpets, intricate embroidery work, block printed fabrics and multi-hued traditional costumes which are famous all over the world. 

Barmer is well known for folk music and dance also. The folk musicians of Barmer come from different communities of which the most famous are the Bhopas and Dholis. Bhopas are the priest singers who sing about deities and war-heroes. For the Muslim Dholis or the drummers, folk music is a means of livelihood. 

A trip to Barmer reveals the rural beauty of Rajasthan as well as its culture and heritage. The historic monuments like Barmer Fort, Siwana Fort, Jain temples, Ranchorrai Mandir, Sun Temple, Someshwara Temple, etc. are some of the popular destinations.    

The festivals and fairs of Barmer also attract tourists. The Mallinath Cattle Fair at Tilwara conducted in memory of Rawal Mallinath, Veeratara Mela, Barmer Thar Festival, etc. are some popular occasions. 

Barmer is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Jodhpur and Udaipur.

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Pritvi Kanchi

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  • Lives in Bangalore
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"A Trip to Barmer"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Dec 19, 2016
I had been to Barmer by road in the month of November 2016. Barmer is a must-visit attraction in the tourism circuit of Rajasthan. The must-visit attractions around Barmer include the Safed Akhara, Neemari and the Nakoda Temple. Safed Akhara has a wonderful garden and has good provision for cooking and accomodation facilities. This place is widely known as the Siddeshwar Mahadev Temple Complex. Neemari is enclosed with a swimming pool which is a must-visit attraction for all tourists. This wonderful garden is located at a distance of 23 kilometers from Barmer. The Nakoda Temple is believed to have been constructed around 2300 years ago. This temple is located on the top of a hill at an elevation of 1500 feet. This is one of the main centers for Jain Pilgrimage in India and it contains an idol of Lord Parshvanath.
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Aneri Shah

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  • Aneri Shah
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
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"Lonely Place-Barmer"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Jan 5, 2016
Barmer was included in plan when we wanted to drive to Jaisalmer and needed a halt in between. Barmer is a small town wherein we stayed in Rishab Club and Resort. The resort is very good in terms of hospitality, ambience, room, service and food. It's a palace hotel. Barmer we went to Kiradu temples which are 30 km away. I have also heard of Mahabar Sand dunes. The thing I missed is that Barmer has a railway station about 80-90 km away from where you can see the Indo-Pak border.
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Kiran Patel

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"Brilliant place t go"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 28, 2015
Jay Vankal Viratra Mandir, its near Barmer 50 km. Good to visit during navrartri. Karadu temple good historical places. An oldest attractions. Barmer local food is a very tasty dal kachori dal pelican. Ghevar. Next to Jaisalmer desert and golden city. Only 150 km.
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Rahul Saran

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  • Lives in Bikaner
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"Heritage with desert safari!"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Oct 11, 2015
It's a great heritage place with lot's of stuff to watch. You can enjoy with your friends and relatives and take a ride of desert safari. You see much more heritage place with camel & heritage place. If you go Barmer than see the Kiradu temple, the Khajurao of Rajasthan.
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Dev Nagar

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"A good place to visit"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Oct 12, 2014
Barmer may not be associated with the usual bubbling tourist destinations but it has its own typical Rajasthani flavour not marred by the veils of civilisation!

A quiet place that is ideal for peace lovers who would like to spend time with nature. With oil-fields having come up it is taking the hue of a commercial place but it still is maintaining its pristine rustic glory.

Mahabar dunes provide a fantastic back-drop to this lovely place.

Trip to Barmer cannot be complete without a trek into the dunes, a visit to Kiradu temples, Mahaveer park, Nakoda temple and many more.

The market has the typical Rajasthani handicrafts items for the tourist, block print bed sheets, wooden carved items, leather goods, etc.
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