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Barmer - Weather

Best Travel Duration

Summer: Max: 43C Min: 27.5C
Winter : Max: 26C Min: 10C
Rainfall : 28 mm


History of Barmer

A city that traces its origins to the 12th century. Once you're mounted on the ancient camel route; adventurous barren land and rough terrain surrounding the town wait to the explored.

Tiny yet lively town in sun-drenched sands, Barmer is a miniature Rajasthan with all its colour, warmth and tradition. According to history, the 13th century founder of the district, Bahada Rao (popularly known as Bar Rao) gave the town its name - Barmer, i.e., the hill fort of Bar.

Although a barren land with harsh climate and rough terrain, Barmer is known for its rich crafts, dances and music. Once on the ancient camel trade route, the town is now the center for woodcarving, pottery, carpets,intricate embroidery work, block printed fabrics and multi-hued traditional costumes. Every year in March, the desert town is at its colorful best during the exuberant Barmer festival.

Places to Visit at Barmer



Perched on a rocky hill, the town has ruins of an old fort. Of interest are a temple dedicated to Balark (the Sun) and the ancient ruins of Juna Barmer. The three Jain temples, an incription of 1295 AD and a maassive pillar in the hall of the largest temple of Maharaja Kula Sri Samanta Sinha Deva, a ruler of Bahadmera (now, Barmer) are also worth a visit.



Situated on the foot of a hill near village Hathma in Barmer tehsil is Kiradu.The incription dating back to 1161 AD reveals that the place was called Kiratkoop and had once been the capital of Punwars. The ruins of five ancient temples-one dedicated to Lord Vishnu and other four dedicated to Lord Shiva are of interest to archaeologists and art lovers, alike. The biggest of these temples is the Someshwar Temple.



Rao Siha, the founder of the Rathore clan along with his son (Asthanji) conquered Khed from the Guhil Rajputs and planted the standard of Rathores.
An old Vishnu temple of Ranchhriji is surrounded by a crumbling wall and an image of Garuda (the eagle) at the gate guards the complex.



Once a principal state of Mallani, this ancient village has got its name from the descendants of a Rathore sub-clan. A Jain temple and a Hindu temple are worth visiting. The Hindu temple is ornamented with fine sculptures, which were brought from a Jain temple of Lord Mahavir.

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How to Get to Barmer

By air:


Nearest Airport is Jodhpur– 240kms.

By rail:


Well connected with major towns of India.

By road:


 Delhi- 949 kms, Jaipur- 316 kms, Jodhpur- 240 kms & Jaisalmer- 330 kms.