|Barmer is fondly called miniature Rajasthan. Desert, temples, forts, handicrafts and warm hospitality; everything irresistible about the state is found here. It is no surprise that Barmer is the most visited rural destination in the state. It is both a town and headquarter of a district with the same name.
Barmer spreads in the Thar about 157 south of Jaisal-mer. The place derived its name from Bahada Rao (Bar Rao) who found the town in the 13th century.
To get a complete picture of rural life, it is best to go exploring on a camel. It is a par-ticular delight seeing mud-huts with beautiful folk motif decorations. Not to mention the equally colorful natives in multi-hued costumes cooking their meal in wood fired stove. These people are skilled craftsmen and their handicrafts especially hand block printing and carved wooden furniture are considered the best. These items including traditional rugs, blankets, shawls, carpets, and the famous 'Pattius' Dari in typical Barmer colours can be found in the bustling market places. Barmer is indeed a shopper's paradise. If you ever get here, don’t forget to pick their 'ajrak' (scarf) in dark shades of red and blue, deco-rated with geometric patterns. The Sadar Bazaar is famous for its embroidery and block printing and Station Road for wooden memorabilia.
Rooted in tradition, the area is also famous for its dance and folk music. An age-old tra-dition of Bhopas or priest singers is followed here. The musical compositions of the priests are meant to honour war heroes and the deities of the region. Barmer puts on its best show during the Barmer Festival in March. It is also famous for its annual cattle fair held at Tilwara village in March and April.
Other attraction is Kiradu Temples. This group of five temples is found 35 kms away. They are exquisitely carved in Solanki style of architecture but each is unique in their own way. There are inscriptions dating back to 1161 that refers to the place as Kirat-koop. Make it a point to see the Someshwara Temple, which has a multi tier spire. Atop there is a fort that houses a magnificent shrine dedicated to Balark or the Sun God. The ancient ruins of Juna Barmer are also worth a visit.
Close to the town are three Jain temples dating back to 1295 bedecked with ornate pillars and exquisite doorways. On a pillar of the largest temple, there is a mention of Mahara-jakula Sri Samanta Sinha Deva ruling Barmer at that time.