Janakpur is a city in Nepal.
Janakpur Municipality is the District HQ of Dhanusha and a busy historic religious centre with an estimated population approaching 90,000 people. It is home to the historic 500-year old Janaki Temple, a major attraction for Indian Hindu pilgrims and international tourists. Janakpur is also the birthplace of the Goddess Sita and place of her marriage to the God Ram while the “city of ponds” is also home for Nepal’s only railway and railhead (a tourist attraction for steam international locomotive enthusiasts), and many annual colourful festivals. Dhanusha (Janakpur in particular) is regarded as the world centre of Mithila Culture.
For tourists that want to sample Nepal’s Indian culture, Janakpur is an interesting and worthwhile one-two-night trip. In addition to many temples, shopping bazaars and over one hundred ponds, Janakpur has three reasonable hotels, a wide selection of Mithila handcrafts at the Janakpur Women Development Centre, and a daily flight service to Kathmandu from the local airport.
Janakpur has an airport.The airport is served by a few private airlines, with daily flights to and from Kathmandu.The duration of flight is about 20-25 minutes.The aircrafts are usually small with 17-20 passenger capacity.
Airports in nearby India have domestic flights to major Indian cities.
It used to be on the Janakpur railway, which goes to Jaynagar station in India. The line was closed in 2014 as part of an upgrade by India to build a new line.
However, It is near to Jaynagar railway station which is just 32kms and Sitamarhi railway station which is just 45kms, both in nearby India. Both stations are connected to important cities like New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai.
It is possible to drive to the city from India.
From Kathmandu: There are no typical tourist buses from Kathmandu to Janakpur. But buses with the same standard often called "Deluxe Bus". You can buy these bus tickets easily with at the travel agencies in Thamel, tickets between 950 to 1100 rupees. buses will pick you up at the new bus station or at the Trishul Petrol station in Kalanki. Recommended bus company: Ram Rath Deluxe, Dhanusha Delux, Har Har Mahadev A/C Delux, Gulf Delux.
Cheaper, but with less comfort are the local buses. Go to the Long Distance Bus station in Gongobu. These tickets cost around 750 rupees.
Departure Time is between 17:30 and 18:00, you will arrive in Janakpur at around 5 am the next day.
Dhanusha Sagar Lake
Shankat Mochan Mandir (also written Sankat Mochan Mandir)
Ram-Janaki Vivah Mandap
Dhanusha Dham (also written Dhanusa Dham or Dhanusadham)
Rooftop Restaurant. Nice family Run Restaurant, located at the station road. Offering also some western food.
There are many vegetarian restaurants around Janaki Mandir. Nepali food is available at the restaurants close to the Welcome Hotel.
There are not many options in Janakpur. But you can find some cheap guesthouses with very simple rooms, oriented in Pilgrims from India. With or without attached bathroom.
Hotel Manakamani International, 041-521540, located at Station Road, big white Building. Double rooms without AC for 1200 Rupees, attached bathroom.
Hotel Welcome, 041-520646, located at Station Road left side. Double rooms from 1200 up to 2500 Rupees, attached bathroom. Nice staff at the reception.
Hotel Rama, 041-520059, close to Suba Chowk at Station Road. Double rooms without AC for 1100, with AC 1300 Rupees, attached bathroom, TV and Wifi in Room.