Popular for its historical sites, Barmer is a desert town in Rajasthan. This town is noted for its carved wooden furniture, handicrafts, hand block printing, large cattle fair (Tilwara), camel milk and woolen industries. It is also the largest crude oil producer in India, with a capacity of producing 3 Lakh barrels per day.
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Barmer fort tops the list of major attractions of this place. Along with this, there are also some ancient temples located around Barmer. Some of which are, Shri Parshwanath Jain temple, Vankal Mata temple and Shiva Mahadev temple.
- KIRADU TEMPLE
Originally known as Kiradkot, Kiradu was a town ruled by the Kirads during the 6th and 8th centuries. The Kiradu temples are located at a distance of almost 30 kilometers from Barmer. From a total of 5 temples, Someshvara temple is the most remarkable one. The spectacular Solanki style of architecture is quite prominent in these temples.
- MAHABAR SAND DUNES
Known for its beautiful sunrise and sunset view, Mahabar Sand Dunes are located almost 5 kilometers away from Barmer. With ceaseless sandy hills, this place is a great spot for camel riding.
- SHIVA MAHADEV TEMPLE MUNDI
This age-old temple is located on a pictorial hill in the western part of the city and is a captivating religious site. One can view the entire city and experience the enthralling sunset from the high hill.
- VANKAL MATA TEMPLE
Surrounded by picturesque mountains and valleys, Vankal Mata Temple is one of the important centers for religious faith. This temple is located at the west-end of Barmer on a 675 feet high hill.
Music and Dance
What is Rajasthan without folk music and dance? Just like any other city of Rajasthan, Barmer is also well known for its melodious heritage. In Barmer, the Bhopas (priest singers) compose music dedicated to the religious deities and war heroes. Muslim Dholis are another set of musicians who are famous in this area. These musicians display their skills mainly on social occasions and festivals. Along with this there are famous musical instruments, algoza (two flutes played together) and the Kamayacha (a stringed instrument played with a bow), that owe their popularity to Barmer.
Festivals and Fairs
Among several festivals held in Barmer, the cattle fair is the most popular one. This festival is organized in Tilwara Village every year for a fortnight, during the month of March and April. Another important festival is the Barmer Thar Festival of Rajastan, which was initiated to magnify the tourism of Barmer. There are also some significant religious fair held here every year, including one at Khed on every Poornima (full moon) at the Ranchor Rai Mandir, another at a Jain Mandir on Posh Badi (Dec-Jan) every year and also a village called Nagar Meva.