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"City of Ponds"

Janakpur Tourism

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. Every year, Janakpur sees thousands of tourists throng its borders, as pilgrims from all over the world visit this holy city. 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.

Restaurants and 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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How To Reach Janakpur

Janakpur Airport is served by small daily flights from Kathmandu.

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