Barmer is a desert town in the western part of Rajasthan and located 153 km from Jaisalmer. The town has many historical sites and is a tourist destination which is still secluded and unexplored. It forms a major part of the Thar Desert. Jaisalmer is to the north of this district while Jalore to its south, Pali and Jodhpur form its eastern border and shares a border with Pakistan on the west. Barmer is known for its rich crafts, dance and music. Small villages with mud-houses decorated with folk motifs, and colorfully attired people dot the landscape.
Barmer was formerly called Mallani after Rawal Mallinath, the son of Rao Salkha, the first Maharaja of Barmer. Barmer gets its name from its ruler Bahada Rao Parmar popularly known as Bar Rao Parmar who is said to have founded the town in the 13th century AD. He built a small town which is presently known as “Juna” which is 25 kms from the present city of Barmer.
After the Parmar’s, Rawat Luka – Grand Son of Rawal Mallinath established their kingdom in Juna Barmer with help of his brother Rawal Mandalak. They defeated the Parmars of Juna & made it their capital. Thereafter, his descendant, Rawat Bhima, who was a great warrior, established the present city of Barmer in 1552 AD and shifted his capital to Barmer from Juna. He built a fort on a hill situated in the city centre named Barmer Garh or Barmer Fort.
Once a camel trade route, this area is rich in craft that include wood carving, pottery, embroidery work and ajrak prints.
Sightseeings and Experiences
– Barmer Fort
– Jogmaya Devi Temple
– Mahabar Dunes (Thar Desert)
– Redanna Rann (Salt Desert)
– Kiradu Group of Temples
– Ajrakh Block Printing Centre
– Mangniyaar – Folk Singers
– Temple and Fort of Juna (Approx. 25 kms)
– Shri Nakoda Jain Temple (Approx. 100 kms)
– Devka Sun Temple (Approx. 60 kms)
There is only one property in the area for stay which is Sanchal Fort, please visit website for more details – https://www.sanchalfort.com/index.html