"Remote Barmer- for perfect desert handicrafts" Barmer by lynnehamman

Barmer Travel Guide: 5 reviews and 6 photos

Barmer was founded in the 13th century, according to legend.It was once a stop on the ancient camel trade-route, and despite its harsh climate and remote location, it still holds a certain appeal - for me, lack of tourism.
We visited Barmer on a day-trip. Its an easy 3 hour drive from Jaisalmer, but the road is quite bearable.

This remote little desert town, does not attract tourists. This may change, with the wonderful craft work that is originating from here. It is bound to end up as a major centre for anyone who is looking for genuine for unusual and imaginative crafts in Rajasthan.
Situated about 160 km south-east from Jaisalmer, it is pretty raw, with dusty narrow streets, mud huts and populated by typical desert dwellers, who wear bright colours- giving a splash of colour to the otherwise dreary browns and beiges of their surroundings.
The Barmeri are particuarly proud of their skill at decorating their mud-huts. Geomatric or Floral - the patterns are innovative, and the huts are re-decorated as often as possible-' Keeping up with the Jones' syndrome, even here in the remote desert.
The crafts , especially Block-Printing are numerous. Wood Carving, embroidery and carpet weaving are also good here.
I have made a tip on the Block Printing Process

Just after our visit , the drought prone area was devasted by flash floods. 103 deaths were recorded in Barmer. It happened in August 2006.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Traditional desert village life and crafts, friendly folk
  • In a nutshell:I was glad to have a visit there.
  • Last visit to Barmer: Dec 2005
  • Intro Updated Apr 9, 2009
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  • mircaskirca's Profile Photo
    Jan 29, 2010 at 12:17 PM

    Barmer sounds like a lovely little desert town and the sunsets are certainly part of its magic! Block-printing looks nice - I would like to have one of those colourful bed-covers :)

  • janiebaxter's Profile Photo
    Jan 13, 2010 at 8:31 AM

    Interesting page - I had to check your map to see where it is! Thanks for visiting my Marib page.

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Dec 27, 2009 at 2:03 AM

    it sounds so colourful

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Nov 26, 2009 at 3:35 PM

    It really is in the remote area of India. It seems to be a spot I would like to visit. My last trip to Utah/Arizona parks was similar terrain and I enjoyed the remote of Moab & Natural Bridges areas.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Nov 15, 2009 at 10:55 AM

    Interesting tips on this remote desert town with its friendly people in their brightly colored clothes. (Barmer is the name of a large semi-public health insurance provider in Germany, so I was surprised that it is also the name of a town in India.)

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Oct 19, 2009 at 9:06 PM

    Lovely page Lynn. Beautiful intro photo! Hope all is well!

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Aug 29, 2009 at 2:36 AM

    Oh block printing! Sounds fantastic!! I love your intro photo, it looks like a Christmas tree and a giant gingerbread house :-) Could shop there for ages :-))

  • junecorlett's Profile Photo
    Jun 6, 2009 at 6:54 AM

    ~~Nice one~~

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Jun 5, 2009 at 9:32 PM

    Barner is awsome and as a desert lover, I would enjoy to visit! I feel that Rajasthan deserts is very different from the Sahara.

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    May 30, 2009 at 2:52 PM

    Lovely colours entwind in your tips!!

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