Janakpur Women’s Development Centre
The sugar-cane fields and Mithila villages around Janakpur form a lush and magical mosaic. Many of the villages are built in the...
Ram Mandir & Danush Sagar
Hidden away in a stone courtyard southeast of the Janaki Mandir, the Ram Mandir is the oldest temple in Janakpur (constructed in 1882)...
At the heart of Janakpur lies the exquisite marble Janaki Mandir, one of the finest pieces of architecture in Nepal. Built in...
Rooftop Family Restaurant
Facing the small Janak Mandir, this upstairs restaurant has an excellent selection of vegetarian curries, plus cold beer and outdoor...
Janakpur Women’s Development Centre information
Lonely Planet review
One of the best-known social projects is the Janakpur Women’s Development Centre , just outside Janakpur in the village of Kuwa. Around 40 Mithila women are employed at the centre, producing paper paintings, papier-mâché boxes and mirrors, screen-printed fabrics and hand-thrown ceramics. The bright colours and animated imagery are both unique and delightful, and the money raised goes directly towards improving the lives of rural women. You can meet the artisans and buy directly from the centre. It’s also worth picking up a copy of the Master Artists of Janakpur, which provides an excellent insight into the lives of several of the artists and how they’ve benefited from the JWDC. A rickshaw from Janakpur to the centre will cost around Rs 80.