Sonepur Mela

Fair in Bihar & Jharkhand

With 700,000 attendees, and thousands of animals from parakeets to elephants changing hands, this three-week annual festival and livestock market comes alive on the 15th day (full moon) of Kartik Purnima at the site where the Gandak River meets the Ganges. It is four times the size of Pushkar’s Camel Fair, and is arguably one of Asia's biggest cattle fairs.