Sonepur Cattle fair : Sonepur fair is one of the most astonishing cattle fairs to be held in Asia in terms of its size and scale. The sleepy little town of Sonepur (22 km from Patna) is thrown into a frenzy on Kartik Purnima, a fortnight after Diwali as people from all over the world congregate to participate in this huge event. It has all the fun and colour of a huge festival and is enjoyed by all.
Sonepur Fair is the only one where such a large number of elephants are sold. These are mainly purchased by different forest departments and people involved with logging operations. Apart from elephants, a large number of cattle, a wide variety of animals and horses are also brought to the fair for sale. Legends are also bought and sold in the fair.
The fair continues for about fourteen days but the few days before and after the auspicious day of Kartik Purnima draw the maximum crowds. The sleepy mango grove, where the fair is organized, turns into a wonderland, sure to overwhelm the sophisticated
Urban visitor as well as the simple rural folk.
Patna –Sonpur – Vaishali-Patna (2N/3D)
Tour Name : Sonepur Fair – Harihar Kshetra Mela or Sonepur Fair & Vaishali.
Covering Place : Harihar Kshetra Mela or Sonepur Fair & Vaishali.
Duration : 2 Night 3 Days
Highlights : Nepali Mandir, Lord Harihar Nath Temple, Sonepur Cattle Fair at Sonepur; Bawan Pokhar, Chaumukhi Mahadeva, Abhishek Puskarini, Lichhavi Stupa, Raja Vishal Ka Garh, Ashokan Pillar at Vaishali.
Place Cover :
Nepali Mandir : About nine km west of Hajipur, on the confluence of the Ganga and Gandak rivers is situated this unique wooden Shiva temple. This temple is constructed in late 18th century by on eof the army commanders of Nepal, the temple brings in a fresh Pagoda style architecture of the Himalayan Kingdom to the plains iof the Ganga. This temple is largely built by woods and fine carving on it which includes generous erotic scenes. Both in style and finish, the temple is quite singular and unique in Bihar.
Hariharnath Temple : The origin of the Shiva temple at Sonepur, known as Hariharnath Mandir. Orthodox comes that this temple is built by Lord Rama on his way to Janakpur to win Sita. History shows that Raja Ram Narain, a noted figure of Bihar during Mugal period , built the present temple. The temple was recently reconstructed by the Birlas. The temple of Hariharnath Mahadeo is principla place of worship with several small temple in premise. During Sonepur Fair lacks of devotees come and perform Puja at the temple.
Sonepur Fair : For a tourist who desire to see all elements of rular India diversity, Sonepur fair is the place to visit. It is believed Sonepur was the actual place where in Pre-historic times, the fight between Gaj and Grah (the elephant and crocodile) ended with the help of Lord Vishnu. The period of the inception of the fair is not known but it believe that fair at Sonepur appears to have come into prominence during the reign of Aurangzeb when the elephant trade went up. Sonepur was famous at the time of 19th century. A large number of English Man and European visit this place for social gathering. Now a day during the Sonepur fair the whole area of about four square miles becomes an area of day and night festivities. Thousands of people from different area come to bought and sold their cattle here, and make this place Asia’s largest cattle fair.
Vaishali : Vaishali ranked among few of the rare places in history that has left behind a trail of events that reflect the pride of ancient India. It was the capital of the Lichchhavis who are credited with the world’s first republic. Buddha visited Vaishali a number of times and is believed to have delivered several sermons which abound in interesting accounts of the different sojourns of Buddha. Legend has it that on one of his visits, several monkeys dug up a tank for his comfortable stay and offered him a bowl of honey. This is regarded as one of the great incidents in the legends of Buddha, who announced his approaching Nirvana and preached his last sermon here. A life-size lion Pillar beside a brick stupa at Kolhua commemorates Buddh’s last sermon and announcement of his approaching nirvana. The lion faces north, the direction Buddha took on his last voyage. Vaishali also have a archeological museum which house some of the archaeological remains of Buddha and his connection with Vaishlai.
Day 1| Patna (arrival) – Sonepur
Arrive at Patna Airport/Railway Station. Our company representative will assist you in getting transferred to your car. Then get driven to Sonepur. Enroute see the magnificent Banana farming at Hajipur. Reach Sonepur, check in at Swiss Cottage for overnight stay.
Day 2| Sonepur
Today early morning after tea get start to witness to see the holy bath in river Gandak by thousand of devotees. Later back to hotel for breakfast and get ready for elephant ride (optional) to see the vibrant color of Sonepur fair. During your ride/visit you will get chance to see all species of birds, poultry, bovines and beasts of burden especially elephants which comes here for trade. You also got entertain by visiting “nautanki” –a typical musical drama performance, circus, magic shows, fortune telling parrots and day activities like horse race, bull cart race etc. Evening will be enjoying with the live performance of local folk artist. Later back to Swiss tent for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 3| Sonepur – Vaishali – Patna (departure)
Today after breakfast, check out from Swiss tent and drive to Vaishali. Vaishali is credited with being the world’s first Republic to have a duly elected assembly of representatives. Vaishali is closely related with the life of Buddha and Mahavir. Some ancient Hindu temple and statue will also attract tourist for archeological interest. Visit Abhishek Puskarini, World Peace Pagoda, Lichhavi Stupa, Archeological Museum, Ashokan Pillar, King Vishala’s Garh in Vaishali. Later drive back to Patna. On arrival, transfer to Railway Station or Airport for your onwards journey to home.
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