Janakpur Zone

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जनकपुर अञ्चल
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Country Nepal
Region Central Development Region
 • Total 9,669 km2 (3,733 sq mi)
Population (2001)
 • Total 2,557,004
 • Density 264.5/km2 (685/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+5:45 (Nepal Time)

Janakpur (Nepali: जनकपुर अञ्चल About this sound Listen ) is one of the fourteen zones of Nepal, reaching from the Indian border in the south to the Tibetan border in the north and Sagarmatha Zone in the east and Bagmati and Naryani Zones in the west.

The headquarters of Janakpur Zone and its main city is Janakpur. Close to the Indian border, it is a historic city of Hinduism. The city was believed to be the capital city of King Janaka, the father in law of Lord Rama, the son of the then king of Ayodhya, Dasharatha. The city was then called 'Mithila Nagari'. The name of this zone is related to the historic King Janaka and his capital Janakpur.

Other cities within Janakpur Zone are Kamalamai (in Inner Terai) and Bhimeshwor and Bardibas, Dhalkebar, Jaleshwor, Malangwa, Gaushala Bazar and Matihani (Outer Terai).


Janakpur is divided into six districts:

District Type Headquarters
Dhanusa District Outer Terai Janakpur
Dolakha District Mountain Charikot
Mahottari District Outer Terai Jaleshwar
Ramechhap District Hill Manthali
Sarlahi District Outer Terai Malangwa
Sindhuli District Inner Terai Kamalamai

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Coordinates: 27°10′N 85°55′E / 27.167°N 85.917°E / 27.167; 85.917