Kundri Mela, which is mainly celebrated in Pratppur, Chatra District, Jharkhand, is all about understanding the importance of livestock in our lives. And since Jharkhand is a noted state for cattle fairs, shouldn't you be knowing about the best one of them all?
Apart from Kundri Mela, there are many other fairs too, such as Kolhaiya Kolhua, Tutilawa Mela, Belgada Mela and Lawalong Mela which strongly resemble this fair in its essence but the Kundri Fair is simply unbeatable.
During the celebrations of this fair, the cattle traders from across the country gather at one place to participate in the trading of their cattle stocks.
Major Attractions of Kundri Mela
The major highlight of Kundri Mela in Chatrais traders getting their cattle in the fair in colourful attires, making them look unique.
This cattle fair holds many other attractions as well which include tribal dance performances, folk music performances, various competitions, and even sports events. All this and much more makes Kundri Mela a must-visit do.
Apart from that, cattle are also on sale here which is a lot more fun then what people think it is, as the way people bargain on them will certainly tickle your funny bones.
How to Reach
Jharkhand is one of the youngest states of India and it is 1,271, 413, 1,859, and 2,005 km from Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Bengaluru respectively. Kundri Fair is certainly worth a visit for all the globetrotters and if you are keen on ticking it off your travel bucket list then here's how you can reach Chatra, the venue of this fair.
By Air. The nearest airport from Chatra is the Gaya Airport, located at an approximate distance of 60-75 km.Airlines like IndiGo and Air India have good connectivity here.
The Gaya Airport is an international airport connected with other Indian cities like Delhi, Chandigarh, Lucknow. Apart from Gaya airport, the Ranchi one is also a prominent airport, connecting Jharkhand with other Indian cities.
Chatra is nearly 156km away from Ranchi Airport, hence, after you deboard at the airport, you will have to cover the remaining distance via some means of public transport.
By Road. Chatra is well-connected with the major Indian cities, hence, planning a road trip would not be much of a task, especially, if you have good company tagging along. Here's the route you can follow from different cities to reach Chatra.
Delhi - 1,117 km via NH 19 or NH 43
Kanpur - 597 km via NH19
Lucknow - 586 km via NH19
Gwalior - 858 km via NH 19
Jaipur - 1,146 km via Agra-Lucknow Expressway or NH 19
You can also rely on interstate buses to reach this place.
By Train. Chatra has its own small railway halt, Chatra Railway Station. But you need to note here that it is a small railway station and is not very well-connected with the railway stations of the major cities. However, if you are still planning on visiting Chatra by train then you can opt for the nearby railway stations that are in Ranchi, Koderma, and Gaya.
Some other places that have good train connectivity with Chatra are Patna, Varanasi, and Sahibganj. Here's how you can get there via train.
Patna - ANVT SDAH EXP from Patna Junction
Varanasi - ANVT SDAH EXP from Varanasi Junction
Sahibganj - BSB SDAH EXPRESS from Sahibganj Junction
After you deboard at Chatra, you will need to cover the remaining distance via public transport like a cab or a bus.