Welcome to Janakpur
Janakpur is best known as an important pilgrimage site for Hindus, due to its connection with the Hindu epic, the Ramayana. Legend has it that it’s where Sita was born and married Rama. This gives the city a heady religious atmosphere, in which the residents often speak of the characters in the Ramayana as if they were walking the streets today.
While Janakpur's culture is primarily Indian, it was also once the capital of the ancient kingdom of Mithila, a territory now divided between Nepal and India. More than two million people here still speak Maithili. The Maithili people are famous for their wildly colourful paintings.