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Rajasthan - Barmer
Amidst the protracted sand dunes, a pleasing destination, the oasis of the Deserts, is Barmer. The city was founded way back in 13th century by the royal emperor Bar Rao. The city was named after the name of its founder. The meaning of Barmer is “hilly fort”. The primeval fort however, is not there anymore though.
The holy deity Durga with her eight arms bless the city dwellers from the top of the hill, situated at the end of the city. Throngs of spiritual crowds quite often take the pain of walking through 450 stair ways to watch the divine face of the Goddess Durga. Watching the panoramic sight of the entire city of Barmer would be an additional enticement for those who travel to the peak of the hill to see the Durga idol, made up of white marbles. Watch the small villages, located on the tiny tilas from the hilltop. The lifestyles and vibrant cultures of the inhabitants of these villages are prominently visible on the excellent architectures and sculptures, kept inside the village homes.
Jain temple, built with white marbles during 1295, positioned on the western slope of the hill, showcases admirable artistic architectural touches. Astounding carvings on the temple walls would definitely mesmerize you. Two other hallowed Jain temples in the close proximity are attracting Jain pilgrims in numbers as well.
The well ornamented Aatchala temple, the abode of the God Surya, depicts magical architectural stylishness and flair.
Located at a distance of 7 km from the city of Barmer, the Rupashi sand dune, offers an excellent view of the sunset. If you take a walk then you would hit the sanctified Shiva temple, on the way to the Rupashi sand dune.
The grandeur of the city would fascinate one and all. The handicrafts, such as, carpets, block printing, bag, embroidery with attached glasses and Daru items of Barmer, are attractive and appealing.
The biggest cattle fair of Rajasthan is held in Barmer during the month of January every year.
Kiradu, previously known as Kiratkup, about 38 km away from Barmer, is a pleasing nearby destination. Plenty of tourists who visit Barmer flock to Kiradu which was demolished long back in 1200 due to the attack of the brutal and devastative Turkey army. Astonishing sculptures, three Shiva temples and Vishnu temple would amuse spiritual crowds. The Someshwar temple, constructed in 1020, at the wonderful foothill, would take you to another world of joy. The age old architectures and primeval temple structure still recall the old glory days. Sprinkled Jain sculptures and idols are really stunning to look at. To watch the interesting architectures and dotted sculptures of primeval era, hire a car from Barmer to Kiradu.
If you are really attracted towards the time-honored structures and architectural splendors then you can book a room in PWD Rest House in Kiradu for a night stay.
Munabao, about 119 km away from Barmer, is situated at the border of India and Pakistan. Take special permission from BSF to watch the border city of Munabao of Rajasthan. Trains and Buses regularly travel to Munabao from Barmer.
The wood fossil park, on the NH-15, is another fascinating destination which can be accessed both from Jaisalmer and Barmer. 18 Jurassic trees (180 million years old) decorate the park.
How to reach: Barmer is well connected to Jaisalmer and Jodhpur both by bus and by train. Hiring a car from Jaisalmer to Barmer would not a bad idea though.
Where to stay: Agra Rest House, Krishna Lodge, Hotel Kailash Sarovar, Hotel Khartal and many more hotels.
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