Sonepur Mela 2010 is scheduled to begin on 21st November. It will last for 15 days to one month. It draws more than 600,000 visitors to the Sonepur. One of the major attractions of the fair is the sight of scores of elephants that are beautifully decorated and lined up for sale. This is the only place in India or probably in the world where largest number of elephants are traded at one place. The buyers are mainly government forest department officials. You may even find the trading of large number of horses, goats, buffaloes, donkeys, ponies and dogs etc along with elephants and other household cattle.
About Sonepur: Sonepur mela is held at a small town named Sonepur that is situated in Saran district of Northern Bihar. Sonepur is located approximately 35 Kms from Patna. There are flights to Patna but you may also take overnight train to Patna as per your preference. Patna is the capital city of Bihar that is well connected to the major cities of India by the wide India Railways network.
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SONEPUR MELA ITINERARY
Destinations : Delhi-Sonepur-Delhi
Duration: 4 Nights/ 5 Days
Validity: 21 November 2010 to 20 December 2010
Day 1: Delhi / Patna: Overnight train to Patna, dep approx 5pm
Day 2: Arrival Patna: Having arrived transfer to Sonepur on traditional boat to visit the fair. Overnight stay.
Day 3: At Sonepur, visiting the fair and excursion to Vaishali later in the day.
Day 4: Sail downstream to Patna to catch overnight train to Delhi
Day 5: Arrival Delhi in the morning at 7.30 approx. the trip ends.
About Vaishali: This is sacred place to Buddhists and Jains that lies a few km north of Sonepur. Lord Buddha preached his last sermon at this place. You may see a historic pillar erected by the emperor Ashoka around 230 BC and archaeological museum along with ancient Jain temple.
PER PERSON COST OF THE TRIP: USD 648
A.C. First class train ticket, deluxe accommodation, traditional boat ferry, all meals and transportation.
Sonepur Cattle Fair is held on Kartik Poornima (the full moon day) in the month of November in Sonepur, Bihar. Sonepur is a small town located 35 kms away from Patna city on the confluence of river Ganga and Gandak. A bath at this holy confluence and a visit to the Hariharnath temple is the aim for thousands of devotees on full moon day. This month is regarded as one of the most auspicious months for Hindus. It is also called as Harihar Kshetra Mela that attracts visitors from all over. It is the biggest cattle fair in Asia that stretches on from fifteen days to one month. The sprawling fair ground at Sonpur has the widest possible range of cattles and commodities and the array of shops sells all sorts of merchandise.
This historic Sonepur fair was originated from the time immortal when a Hindu king Chandragupta Maurya used to buy elephants and horses across the river Ganges. This Sonepur Cattle Fair used to attract traders even from Central Asia as per the historical records. The original venue of this fair was Hajipur that was later shifted to Sonepur under the rule of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. The temple of Harihar Nath is believed to have been originally built by Lord Rama as per Hindu mythology. Raja Ram Narain, an influential person during the late Mughal period, built the present temple structure.
There are plenty of other attractions and entertainments on offer at this pulsating festival; visitors can simply browse through the stalls or enjoy live music, traditional dancing, storytelling, carnival acts, and regional food and drink specialties. There are Handicrafts, paintings and pottery on display from all over India. You will find the variety of stalls selling almost everything under the sun from garments to weapons, furniture to toys, utensils and agricultural equipments to jewelry and handicrafts etc. You may also taste varieties of famous local delicacies such as Papdi, Khazoor, Halwa and much more. There are folk shows; folk music and dance are performed during the fair, which make the atmosphere lively.
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