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Barmer Jaisalmer

   A 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 , Bahaba Rao ( Populary known as Bar Rao) gave the town its name - Barmer , ie the hill fort fo Bar .
Once called Mallani ( 12th Century A.D ) the present Barmer District Formed in 1949 upon the merger of Jodhpur state in the United states of Great Rajasthan , is a cluster of ancient paraganas - Mallani shiv ,Pachpadra ,Silwana and Chotana area .

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 wood carving , pottery , carpets ,intricate embroidery work , block printed fabrics and multi -hued traditional costumes . Especially famous are the geometric ajrak prints in dark shades of red and blue , ideal for protection against the sun .
The most interesting part of a trip to Barmer is the journey through rural Rajasthan .The Small villages with mud -walled houses decorated with delicate folk motifs and colourfully attired people on the way offer a fascinating sight . Every year in March , the desert town is at its colourful best during the exuberant Barmer festival .The Festival is the best time to plan a visit to Barmer .


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 inscription of 1295 A.D and a massive piller in the hall of the largest temple of Maharaja Kula Sri Samanta Deva , aruler of Bahadmera ( now Barmer) are also worth a visit .

Kiradu :
situated on the foot of a hill near village Hathma in Barmer tehsil is Kiradu . The inscription dating back to 1161 A.D reveals that 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 deicated to Lord Shiva-are of interest to archaeologists and are lovers , alike .the biggest of these temples is the Someshwar temple .

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

Other temples nearby include temples of Brahma , Bhairav , Mahadev and a Jain temple .

Jasol :
Once a principal state of Mallani , this ancient villages has got its name from the descendants of 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 Mahaveer .

Meva Nagar
: Once called Viranipur , this 12th century village lies on the slope of a hill called Nagar-Ki-Bhakarian ,9 km away from Baletra . The Village has three Jain Temples .The Biggest of these is the one dedicated to Nakoda Parsvanath . A Vishnu temple is also worth visiting.

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