Sonepur Fair 2013 from November 16


The world famous Sonepur Fair for the year 2013 will start from November 16 and will continue for a month (till December 15). Asia's biggest cattle fair attracts thousands of tourist every year, including foreigners in large number. The fair which is held during the pious month of Kartik, starts a day ahead of Kartika Poornima (the full moon day on November 17). Bihar State Tourism Department is organizing the fair since 2012.

Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation (BSTDC) is offering one day excursion tour program for all the people who wants to enjoy the cattle fair of Sonepur. The excursion starts with a boat journey (M V Ganga Vihar) from Gandhi Ghat at 9:00 AM and reaches Sonepur, which is situate on the bank of river Gandak, in 150 minutes. The tourist can enjoy the fair on vehicle arranged for the purpose. The excursion also include lunch during the day. The boat reaches back to Gandhi Ghat at 7:30 PM. The cost of package per person (terms and conditions included) is :

  • Rs 810 on Winger vehicle
  • Rs 660 on Non AC Mini Bus
  • Rs 760 on ISUZU

The Corporation has also made arrangements for providing hired four-wheeler from Hotel Kautilya Vihar to the fair who want to avail a day long tour. The tourist can also book Cottages (Swiss Cottages) in the fair. The Sonepur Paryatak Gram Tariff has a variable rate based on the booking date :

  • 16th November - 22nd November - Rs. 7000 + taxes extra
  • 23rd November - 29th November - Rs. 2500 + taxes extra
  • 30th November- 15th December - Rs. 499 + taxes extra