During the Treta Yug/ period about 12,000 years ago Janakpur used to be the capital of King Janak’s Kingdom of Mithila. Known as the capital of Province 2 today, Janakpur the birthplace of Janaki or Sita, the consort of Lord Ram, is an important religious pilgrimage site in the Terai plains, in south central Nepal. Apart from being mentioned in the Hindu epic Ramayana, Janakpur is also famous for its temples, ponds, Mithila art and vibrant festivals. The prime attraction of Janakpur is the magnificent temple dedicated to Sita called the Janaki Mandir.

Known as the cultural center for Hindus in the Terai plains of Nepal, Janakpur has held a special significance for Indian travelers since centuries. Similarly, Janakpur is also of particular interest to Thai travelers as the Late King Bhumibol expressed special affinity for Janakpur as a cultural center of Mithila. The Royal household of Thailand still receives mangoes from the orchards of Janakpur annually. These fruits are in abundance during the peak summer months from May to mid-June are savored for their sweet taste and unique flavor.

Janakpur is approximately 390 km and 10-hour drive from Kathmandu. Buses to district headquarter Janakpur city leave from Central Bus Station, Gongabu, Kathmandu. One can also take a 40-minute flight to Janakpur city from Kathmandu. Janakpur lies in the Terai belt where the temperatures soar during summer months making it quite hot while winters are mild and temperate. Monsoons from June to September bring rainfall in this sub-tropical region.

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