How to get to Janakpur Dham, a city in Nepal
By Shuvechchhya Pradhan
Janakpur promises a visitor a healthy dose of adventure as well as a rich experience of Hindu mythology and Mithila culture. However, getting there can be its own adventure .
Fly into Kathmandu’s Tribhuwan International Airport, the only airport in Nepal for non-domestic flights. Use Google Flights for the most convenient routes and tickets.
Once in Kathmandu, take a short domestic flight (about 25 minutes) to Janakpur Airport (code). Buddha Air offers twice-daily flights, and Yeti Airlines also has a daily flight to the city. Flying is by far the shortest way to get to Janakpur, and Nepalis and Indian citizens can avail of special prices.
There are many ways to get to Janakpur via road, from various regions of Nepal and even the Indian border.
You can take a microbus that leaves from Koteshwor in Kathmandu or even reserve a jeep. Usually, it takes around 7-8 hours from the BP highway, a picturesque highway named after the first democratically elected prime minister of Nepal. Microbuses leave every half hour from from 6 am to around 10:30 am.
Another option is to take a bus from Kalanki that goes from Kathmandu via Narayangarh. Night buses are also available from this route. It usually takes around 12-15 hours to reach from this route.
There are also daily buses from Birgung, Biratnagar, and Kakarbhitta.
If you are coming from India, you can take a taxi from nearby cities next to the Nepal border. Remember that visas for Nepal are only waived for Indian nationals.
Check the Nepal tourism website to see if you can get visa on arrival or if you would need to apply for visa in advance.
Every year, StoryCycle and Sambridha Sindhuli organize a cycling event to promote Sindhuli and Janakpur. It attracts a lot of international crowd as over 150 cyclists from different parts of Nepal and abroad participate in the event. The ride will contribute towards preservation and promotion of the historical heritage fort Sindhuli Gadhi and the heritage city Janakpur by collating information, designing it, and disseminating to a wider audience in order to promote tourism and economic status of the locals. Learn more.