Rajasthan Travel Guide
Barmer Tourism

Barmer - The Desert City

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Barmer

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The sultry town of Barmer in western Rajasthan forms a major part of the exotic Thar Desert. This desert town is located about 153 km from Jaisalmer and houses several minion villages, showcasing its mud-houses embellished with folk motifs and patterns. Keeping the culture of Rajasthan alive, the locals of Barmer can be seen clad in vibrant hued attires with several traditional jewels decked on their bodies.The erotic landscape, the barren land with harsh climate and tough terrains makes Barmer a ‘land of the glimmering sun’. Celebrated for its rich art, culture, craft, dance and music, the town also houses several historical sites which lure many great historians to visit here.

Barmer got its name from its ruler Bahada Rao Parmar (Pariwar) or Bar Rao Parmar who founded the town in the 13th century AD. The town was formerly named as Bahadamer which literally suggests “The Hill Fort of Bahada”. However, the formation of the present Barmer district took place in 1949 when Jodhpur state was merged with Rajasthan. The high point for the town was the year 2009, when India’s first onshore oil field was discovered in Barmer.

Fairs and Festivals at Barmer

The regional fairs and festivals are celebrated with utmost gaiety in Barmer, the iconic Mallinath Cattle Fair at Tilwara is an important festival that is annually celebrated in the loving memory of Rawal Mallinath. Veertara Mela and Barmer Thar Festival are other popular occasions that are celebrated with great enthusiasm here.

Tourist Attractions in Barmer

The beauty of Barmer lies in its culture, heritage and rural charm. Many tourists who visit this place are lured by its famous tourist attractions that offer a sneak-peek into the culture and lifestyle of Barmer. Some of the must visit places in Barmer are the Barmer Fort, Rani Bhatiani Temple, Vishnu Temple, Devka-Sun Temple, Juna Jain Temple, Safed Akhara etc. The best time to visit this place is between January-February and from August to December. Plan your trip accordingly as during summers the temperature in Barmer can rise up to 51 °C and during winters it can drop down to 0 °C.

Why visit Barmer ?

The glistening town of Barmer is truly a desert flower amidst the barren sand structures. Graciously sprawling over an area of 28,387 square km, Barmer is among the larger districts of Rajasthan and the fifth largest district in India. This pictorial town is famous for its handicraft items that are beautifully crafted by the locals, so if you happen to visit this place then don’t forget to buy some souvenirs for your loved ones. Visit some of the popular tourist spots of Barmer, soak in the sun, click some candid pictures of the town, feast like a Maharaja or stroll around the desi bazaars of the boisterous Barmer. Here you can also admire the famous hand block printing done on the fabric or wooden furniture that looks pleasing to the eyes.

Best Time to Visit Barmer

Barmer summer temperatures are extreme and conditions can be unbearable. The best time to visit the place is from October to March. Winters are mild and this is the peak tourist season.

Weather in Barmer

The summer season is from the month of March to May.
Temperatures can reach a maximum of 46°C during the month of May.
Rainfall is very limited in this region and the place remains dry even during the monsoon months.
The months of October and November are pleasant


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