Janakpur, also known as Janakpurdham, was founded in the early 18th century. It is a sub-metropolitan city in Dhanusa District of Nepal. This city is located about 225km south-east of Kathmandu. Janakpur is the third largest city in the Terai region after Biratnagar and Birgunj, and it is the seventh largest city in Nepal. The five major rivers surrounding Janakpur are Dudhmati, Jalad, Rato, Balan and Kamala. The climate here is humid-subtropical. It is one of the fastest developing cities of Nepal.
Diverse ethnic groups of people live in the district of Dhanusha such as the Yadavs, Brahmins, Kyastha, Tharu, Musahar, Rajput and Chetris. This city has a number of good schools, colleges, health care facilities and parks as well. People mostly rely on tourism, agriculture and local industries for their economy. Mithila Art, which is famous all over the world is made by Maithili women of Janakpur. The grand Ram Janaki Temple is located in the center of the city and it draws large number of visitors every year.
Janakpur is an important pilgrimage site for Hindus due to its connection with the Hindu epic, the Ramayana. It is believed that Goddess Sita was born here and it is the place of her marriage with Lord Ram. Janakpur possesses more than seventy ponds and it is also known as City of Ponds. Thousands of tourists come to visit this holy city every year. The pleasant weather, the grand and colorful festivals throughout the year, the stunning architecture of the temples and the friendly locals make Janakpur a favourite spot for tourists. But Janakpur is not just about temples and monuments. The city is well known for its rich cultural history, arts, language and literature. It is the heartland of the Mithila civilization, a melting pot of diverse cultures, religions and opportunities.