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"City of Ponds"

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Janakpur is a city in Nepal which is believed to be the birthplace of Goddess Sita and the place of her marriage with Lord Ram. Also known as the City of Ponds, Janakpur boasts of more than seventy ponds that dot its verdant landscape. Here you can learn more about the ancient and revered Hindu epic, the Ramayana and its significance today. Visit the actual sites mentioned in the great epic and listen to local lore as well! 

The city is located in the Terai region of Nepal and is the administrative headquarters of Dhanusa district. The Ram Janaki Temple is the main attraction in Janakpur. The centre of Mithila culture, Janakpurdham is also one of the revered sites on the holy Parikrama (route undertaken by devout Hindus) along with Ayodhya, Kashi and Brij in India.

The pleasant weather, the grand and colourful festivities through the year, the stunning architecture of the temples and the friendly locals make Janakpur a favourite spot for tourists and pilgrims alike.

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History of Janakpur

Janakpur, historically called Mithilanchal, is the place where ancient Maithili culture originated. It has the birthplace of the Chhath festival and the Maithili language and script. The place is said to be the home of Princess Sita and the witness of Lord Rama and her marriage. In addition, Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, and Vardhamana Mahavira, the 24th and final Tirthankara of the Jain religion, are said to have lived in Janakpur.
Statue of Lord Ram and Sita inside the Vivaha Mandap Source

Janakpur Customs

Refrain from wearing short clothes. The city is close to the Indian border and a Hindu dominated city, all hence the etiquettes followed in India shall be applicable here also.

Language of Janakpur

Maithili language is widely spoken in the area as the first language. Nepali, Hindi and English, etc. are well-understood.

Nightlife in Janakpur

Being a Hindu religious place, the city has no nightlife. Even finding a liquor store will be difficult.

Shopping in Janakpur

The city is home to Maithili art and handicrafts. Mithila Paintings from Janakpur are famous internationally. 

Best places to shop in Janakpur:
  • Janakpur Women's Development Centre for handicrafts and arts
  • Family Shopping Mall
  • Das Market

Exchanging Money in Janakpur

You can exchange the currency at Janakpur airport. Other popular money exchange centres are Mithila Money Changer, Prabhu Money Transfer and Shah Money Changer all located in the main city of Janakpur.

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Ram Janaki Temple in Janakpuri

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What are the places near Janakpur?

The top places near to Janakpur are Kathmandu which is 125 km from Janakpur, Nagarkot which is located 118 km from Janakpur, Pokhara which is located 255 km from Janakpur, Lumbini which is located 263 km from Janakpur, Bhaktapur which is located 116 km from Janakpur

What are the things to do in Janakpur?

The top things to do in Janakpur are Janaki Mandir, Ram Mandir, Janakpur, Rolwaling Valley, Jaleshwar, Ram Sita Vivah Mandap, Dolakha Bhimsen Mandir. You can see all the places to visit in Janakpur here

What is the best way to reach Janakpur?

Janakpur Airport is served by small daily flights from Kathmandu.
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What is the best time to visit Janakpur?

May, July and August is the best time to visit Janakpur, Nepal. March-May falls under the spring season in Nepal. The temperature is warm with highs ranging between 80.8°F (27.1°C) and 63.3°F (17.4°C). Rainfall happens for about 5-9 days per month, and it is the second busiest tourism season in Nepal.

June-August is the summer season, and there’s precipitation rate of around 15-19 days per month. August comes under peak seasons and hence, accommodation and other prices are predominantly higher. The fall season of September-November has daily temperature highs between 79.5°F (26.4°C) and 64.2°F (17.9°C), which is pretty comfortable even with a bit of humidity. Tourism is slowest during these months, and hence, you can have a very relaxing time, minus the crowd, during summers in Janakpur. Winter months of December-February are too cold in Janakpur with temperature highs ranging between 65.7°F (18.7°C) and 57.8°F (14.3°C). However, the roads are empty during this time as tourists are a few.
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What is the local food in Janakpur?

There are few restaurants in Janakpur serving Nepali and Indian food. 

Top restaurants in Janakpur:
  • Rooftop Family Restaurant
  • Bhagawati Mistan Bhandar
  • Hansraj Sweets and Food
  • Massala Cottage
  • Naya Navrang Hotel
  • Thakali Bhansha Ghar

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