Barmer is located in Rajasthan, India. Name Barmer is derived from Bar Rao Parmar. He was the founder of the town in 13th century. Western part of the state forms part of Thar Desert. This place is known for historical sites. Barmer is also famous for music, dance and crafts. When visitors are approaching to this place, visitors can enjoy the atmosphere of rural Rajasthan. Colourfully attired people, mud houses decorated with folk motifs can also be seen on the way to this place. Oil fields were discovered recently at this place. Worth buying things of this place are hand block printed textiles, carved wooden furniture, wood carvings.
What to see in Barmer:
Juna Barmer: It is small place located between mountain peaks. Major attraction of this place is Jain Temple. This was built in 12th or 13th century.
Safed Akhara: It is a garden. This offers temporary accommodation and cooking facility.
Chintamani Parasnath Jain Temple: It is located in west Barmer. This temple is dedicated to Parasvanath. He is a Jain Tirthankara. This temple was built in 12th century. Ornamental Paintings and sculptures are more attractive.
Mahavir Park: This is so beautiful with manicured greeneries. It consists of small museum. Major attractions of this museum are ancient stone carved statues.
Other attractions of Barmer: Other attractions of Barmer are 3 Jain Temples, Temple of the ruler Bahadmera, Maharaja Kula Sri Samanta Sinha Deva Temple.
What to see around Barmer:
Neemari: Major attraction of this place is swimming pool. It is located 23kms away from Barmer.
Kiradu Ancient Temples: It is located 39kms away from the city. These temples are located in Hathma Village. 5 temples are situated in this complex. Major attraction of this place is multi turreted tower. This tower consists of sculptures of Hindu mythology Gods and Goddesses. Temples are dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. Someshvara temple is the largest temple of all the five temples. This was built in 11th century.
Balark Sun temple: Balark means Rising Sun. Golden colour statue of Sun God at the entrance is the one of the major attractions of this place. This is located on the top of the hill rock. Photographers, Archaeological students love this place so much. Other attractions near this sun temple are Safed Akhara, Juna Jain, Devka Sun Temple, Jain Temples. It is located 42kms away from Barmer.
Devka Sun Temple: This temple is well known for its architecture. It was built in 12th century or 13th century. This temple is located in Devka village which is 62kms away from the Barmer. Other two ancient temples can also be seen at this place. But they were in ruin stage.
Getting to Barmer: Barmer is well connected with road and railways. From Udaipur, Jaipur, Jodhpur etc buses come to this place. Barmer railway station is well connected with Jodhpur. Jodhpur railway station is well connected with all the major cities of India. Nearest airport is at Jodhpur which is 220kms away from the city. From Udaipur, Jaipur, Mumbai and Delhi flights come to Jodhpur. From Jodhpur airport, taxis are available to reach Barmer.
Getting around Barmer: Camels are the major means of transport in the desert. Terrain Vehicles are used to visit the surrounding places of Barmer. These are maintained by the Government.
Best time to visit Barmer: Best time to visit this place is between October to March.
Where to stay in Barmer: Major rest houses of this place are small Barmer hotels. Cost of these rest houses is below Rs.200. Near oil wells some good hotels can be found. Few luxury hotels are available.
Where to eat in Barmer: Best food is available at luxury hotels. On the highway Dhabas, traditional Rajasthani food is available.