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Janaki Mandir

At the heart of Janakpur lies the marble Janaki Mandir, one of the grander pieces of architecture in Nepal, and the city's must-see sight. Built in extravagant baroque Mughal style, the temple is dedicated to Sita, …
Arts & Crafts in Janakpur

Janakpur Women’s Development Centre

At this art studio in the village of Kuwa, about 1km south of Murali Chowk, around 40 Maithili women produce paper paintings, papier-mâché boxes and mirrors, screen-printed fabrics and hand-thrown ceramics. The brig…
Religious in Janakpur

Sita Bibaha Panchami

By far the most interesting time to visit Janakpur is during the fifth day of the waxing moon in November/December, when tens of thousands of pilgrims descend on the town to celebrate the re-enactment of Sita’s marr…
Religious in Janakpur

Dasain

If you visit during the end of the Dasain festival (late September to early October), you and the rest of an enormous crowd will have the chance to see the ritual nighttime burning of an enormous paper Rama on Danus…
Religious in Janakpur

Holi

In March, Janakpur gets boisterous during this riotously colourful affair, but be warned: foreigners are not exempt from a ritual splattering with coloured powder and water.
Religious in Janakpur

Rama Navami

Celebrations for Rama’s birthday in March/April are accompanied by a huge procession, which attracts many sadhus (wandering Hindu holy men).
Hindu Temple in Janakpur

Ram Mandir & Danush Sagar

Hidden away in a stone courtyard southeast of the Janaki Mandir, the Ram Mandir is the oldest temple in Janakpur (1782) and built in the classic tiered pagoda style of the hills. The main temple is dedicated to Rama…
Hindu Temple in Janakpur

Ram Sita Bibaha Mandap

This rather bizarre temple next to the Janaki Mandir marks the spot where Rama and Sita were married. The temple is topped by a modernist interpretation of a tiered pagoda roof, and the walls are glass so you can pe…
Indian in Janakpur

Rooftop Family Restaurant

This upstairs restaurant is the best, and really only, pleasant restaurant option in Janakpur outside the hotels. There's an excellent selection of vegetarian curries to wash down with cold beer, but it's really kno…
Cultural in Janakpur

Maha Ganga Aarati

Every evening at the large, central bathing tank of Ganga Sagar, a small puja ceremony involving a lot of crashing of cymbals, ringing of bells and waving of candles takes place. Anyone is welcome to join in.