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Janakpur

Stroll through the ancient Mithila city to experience the Tarai culture of southern Nepal and visit the grand Ram Janaki Temple in the center of the city that draws allusions to the famous Hindu epic Ramayana. The temple is the main attraction of the city.

Janakpur has been mentioned in Ramayana as the birthplace of Sita, Ram’s consort. As Ram is believed to be the incarnation of Lord Vishnu, Sita is believed to be the incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi.

It is believed that it was in Janakpur that Lord Ram and Sita met and were married to each other. Janakpur is also one of the holy sites on the route of Parikrama (holy circle) which is carried out by devout Hindus as a form of worship along with Ayodhya, Kashi and Brij in India.

Another important religious site nearby is Dhanushadham, its reference again dating back to the Ramayan era. It is believed to be the place where the broken remains of Lord Shiva's bow fell after Ram broke it to obtain Sita's hand in marriage.

A fossilized fragment of the broken bow is still believed to be preserved here. Dhanusha offers: religious sightseeing, lush surroundings of trees and groves, semi-rural charm of the Tarai suburbs, and the colorful Maithali art and culture.

People

Diverse ethnic groups live in the district of Dhanusha such as the Yadavs, Teli, Brahmins, Kyastha, Tharu, Musahar, Rajput, and Chhetris. They are the main inhabitants of these villages around Dhanusha and most are farmers by occupation. The whole region is also considered the center of Maithali culture, therefore Maithali art and culture is predominant in this area.

Getting There

Dhanusadham is in Dhanusha district in Janakpur zone.

Janakpur is approximately 390 km and a 10-hour drive from Kathmandu. Buses to the district headquarters Janakpur city leave from the Central Bus Station, Gongabu in Kathmandu. One can also take a 40-minute direct flight to Janakpur city from Kathmandu. Dhanushadham is 18 km from Janakpur, an hour's drive away. Public transportation services are available to Dhanushadham from the city area.

Tourist Services

Luxury hotels to budget accommodation and many types of restaurants are found all over Janakpur city. Dharamshalas (accommodation for pilgrims) are also available. The delicious food here has a touch of Indian taste. Varieties of sweets and vegetarian specialties are the norm. Other tourist facilities are also available in this city. 

 

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