Barmer - Desert City Of Rajasthan
About Barmer | Tourist Attractions in Barmer | How To Reach Barmer | Where To Stay in Barmer | Where To Shop in Barmer
Barmer is one of the administrative districts of Rajasthan located in the western part of the state forming a part of the Thar Desert. Situated in south-west Rajasthan, Barmer shares borders with the Rann of Kutch in Gujarat and Sindh in Pakistan.
Like all other districts in the desert region, Barmer is known for its folk music and dance. The Bhopas (priest singers) are found in Barmer, who composes music in honour of the deities of the region and its war heroes.
Barmer is known for its Jain temples and a small fortress overseeing the town. Known also for its handicrafts, Barmer is peppered with villages, specializing in different crafts. Applique motifs of trees, leaves, flowers, animals in hues of pink, red, green, black seek their inspiration in nature.
Dhanoo, a small town 40 km from Chooten, is well known for such craft. Shawls woven from local wool, a part of the traditional attire, are soon becoming a part of contemporary fashion in the metros.
Tourist Attractions in Barmer
Famous Fort Siwana is situated on a hilltop. The fort was built by a famous Rajput ruler Raja Bhojs son Veernarayan, who at one stage controlled much of Barmer and had close ties with the Solanki dynasty of Gujarat.
The fort is not in the best of condition now however it still houses a beautiful pond. The fort fell to forces of Alauddin Khilji in 1308. When Alauddin Khilji, the Sultan of Delhi, besieged the fort the people led by Sutal Deo mounted a heroic defence.
To commemorate this ancient event an annual fair called the Kalyan Singh Ka Mela is still held within the precincts of the fort in the month of Shravan (July-Aug). Later in the period (1318-20) Luntiga Chauhan stormed the fort of Siwana and slaughtered its Muslim garrison, no Sultan of Delhi tried to recover this fort.
Siwana is also famous for mines producing fine quality of granite.
The Kiradu temples are located at about 35 km from Barmer. There are five temples in all and most remarkable of them is Someshvara Temple .These temples feature impressive sculpture and a Solanki style of architecture.
Juna Jain Temple:
Jain Temple in Barmer is ascertained from an inscription carved on a stone pillar situated right adjacent to the temple. On the hilltop nearby is an old fort which encompasses an area of about 15 sq km.
The fort is surrounded by a series of hills, adjacent to which lies a small lake. Between the mountain peaks is a small island known as Juna Barmer which houses a small well. At one time Juna was quite densely populated, but most of its inhabitants migrated from the area. It is believed that the emigres from Juna established the town of Barmer.
Khed - Ranchorrai Mandir:
The old Ranchhriji temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu is the biggest attraction of this place. The temple is surrounded by a crumbling wall and has a statue of a Garuda (eagle) guarding the complex. Brahma, Bhairav and Mahadev temples also adorn the town.
For the history bit, Khed was conquered by Rao Siha, the founder of the Rathore clan along with his son Asthanji, from the hands of the Guhil Rajputs.
Ancient Sun Temple:
About 12 km north of Shiv is a tiny hamlet by the name of Devka, also situated on the Jaisalmer-Barmer road. Established in the 12th or the 13th century the major tourist spot in this little village is the Vishnu Temple, famous for its temple architecture.
Nearby lie two more temples in a very dilapidated state. However, still existing in these temples are beautifully carved images of Lord Ganesh (the elephant god and Shivas son) on stone.
How To Reach in Barmer
Fly Away: The nearest airport to Barmer is Jodhpur (222 kms.)
On Tracks: The district is linked with neighboring districts of Jodhpur, Jalore and Jaipur in the State and with Agra in UP and Munawa in Pakistan, by railway line.
On Wheels: Barmer is well connected by roads to all major cities of the state and nearby area. The district is linked with Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Pali, Jalore, Jaipur, Ajmer and Ahmedabad. There is regular bus service from Barmer to Ahmedabad 485 Km, Delhi 887 km, Jaipur 588 Km, Jodhpur 198 Km, Jodhpur 224 Km, Udaipur 462 Km
Where To Stay in Barmer
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Where To Shop in Barmer
Barmer is indeed a shopper's paradise, its narrow lanes lined up with tiny stalls displaying vibrantly coloured and embroidered fabric, embellished with excellent mirror work. If you are out for shopping, don't forget to get an 'ajrak' (scarf) in dark shades of red and blue, decorated with geometric patterns, for protection against the blistering sun of Rajasthan.
Visit the Sadar Bazaar for anything related to embroidery and block-printing, whereas visit the Station Road if one is interested in getting some wooden memorabilia. The clustered stalls will also provide you with the opportunity to buy some of those traditional rugs, blankets, shawls, carpets, and the famous'Pattius' Dari in typical Barmer colours.
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