The elephants are the highlight of the mela. There were more than 40 elephants in 2013. The number of elephants is steadily decreasing as there is a ban on the sale of elephants. Most people who bring elephants simply keep elephants for prestige. Elephants are taken for their daily bath to the Gandak river all afternoon.
The horses 'races' are also very popular. It is not really a race but horses gallop to-and-fro along a set path. Riders show off their horses to potential buyers.
The 'Chiriya Bazaar'(bird market) is a small bazaar where birds(and other animals) can be legally bought. A parrot can be bought for Rs 350(2013 prices). A cage for the parrot costs about the same amount as well. Parrots, guinea pigs, dogs, pheasants, and a wide variety of small birds are sold here.
Livestock such as cattle, goats, buffalo are also for sale. Prized cows can fetch Rs 10 lakh($15,000) or more.
Enjoy the local culture in the heart of India.