Janakpur Zone

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जनकपुर अञ्चल
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RegionCentral Development Region
 • Total9,669 km2 (3,733 sq mi)
 • Total2,557,004
 • Density264.5/km2 (685/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+5:45 (Nepal Time)

Janakpur (Nepali: जनकपुर अञ्चल About this soundListen ) 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 Outer Terai Janakpur
Dolakha Mountain Charikot
Mahottari Outer Terai Jaleshwar
Ramechhap Hill Manthali
Sarlahi Outer Terai Malangwa
Sindhuli Inner Terai Kamalamai

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