Subir Basak Photography

Sonepur Mela

World Famous Sonepur Cattle Fair is organized every year during November-December. It is considered by many as World’s Largest Cattle Fair where one can find large number of Elephants. Major attraction is the sight of numerous elephants, beautifully decorated for the purpose of sale Apart from elephants, a large number of cattle and horses are also brought to the fair for sale.The Fair has its origins during ancient times when noted Magadha ruler Chandragupta Maurya (340 BC – 298 BC) used to buy elephants and horses across the river Ganges.The Fair commences on the day of Kartik Poornima and lasts for more than a fortnight The Fair attracts International Visitors from countries like France, Italy, US, Japan, Switzerland, Australia, Kazakhstan, Austria and Portugal.

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