Ram Janaki Temple is in Janakpur Zone. Janakpur lies 375 km southeast of Kathmandu valley. Janakpur is half an hour flight or 10 – 12 hours drive by bus. This is another holy place for Hindus. It is a place of tremendous religious and historical importance as it had once been the capital of Mithila. According to the legend, king Janak, an ideal king, ruled here. It is also the birthplace of Sita, wife of lord Ram. Their marriage ceremony is believed to have occurred in the nearby Bibaha Mandap. Various relics dating back to the 11th and 12th century AD can be found here. The temple architecture is a blending of both classical and neo- classical design consisting the elements of fortification within a unique environmental setting. The temple was built by a queen from central India in 1911 AD. It was built at a cost of Nine Hundred Thousand Rupees. So the temple is also called Nau Lakhaa Mandir or the temple of Nine Lakh Rupees.
The temple is constructed in 4860 sq. feet area. This is 50 m high and built in Islamic – Rajput dome style. The temple is built by the stone and the marble. All the 60 rooms are decorated with beautiful paintings, engravings, and colorful glasses.
There are many ancient temples and artistic statues in Janakpur. Janakpur is the center for the renaissance of the ancient Mithila arts and crafts.
Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350 m) and Transfer to hotel
Day 02:Sightseeing of UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu valley
Day 03:Drive or fly from Kathmandu to Janakpur, 12 hours by bus. Overnight stay at hotel
Day 04:Sightseeing around Ram Janaki Temple, Ram-Sita Bibaha Mandap, Hanuman Temple
Day 05:Drive or fly back to Kathmandu from Janakpur
Day 06:Transfer to the Airport
Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350 m) and Transfer to hotelAfter you get off the plane, you pass through the passage where the panels are hung on the wall those identify the country and you approach the custom clearance section. After the custom formalities, you arrive in the exit door of the airport. Our representative from Himkala Adventure will be waiting for your arrival and greets you heartily and transfers you to hotel at Thamel. Thamel is 5 km west from airport which is touristy place and you could recreate a lot with its old and new architectures, many different souvenirs shops, restaurants, narrow lanes, artistic wooden arts and crafts etc. Overnight at Kathmandu
Day 02Sightseeing of UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu valley After breakfast, we begin our sightseeing, first we head towards Swoyambhu Stupa or people call it lovingly ‘The monkey Temple’, perched on hill 3 km west of Thamel. It is the great place to get your bearings, geographically and culturally. The hill commands a sweeping view of the Kathmandu Valley. It is a real eye opener. The monks and the visitors walking around Stupa , the monkeys running here and there, seems playful and the old stupa with Buddha eyes painted in all its four sides is the most profound expression of Buddhist symbolism in Nepal. Tantric Buddhists consider it the chief power point of the Kathmandu valley. After this, we come to teeming, touristy Kathmandu Durbar Square which is known by other names like Hanuman Dhoka, Basantapur. It has many Hindu temples, the Kumari – the living goddess Gaddhi Baithak, Nasal Chowk where the coronation would take place. The third place we visit is Boudhanath Stupa, which is about 6 km from Kathmandu, is one of the largest stupas in the world. It is generally acknowledged to be the most important Tibetan Buddhist monument outside Tibet. Tibetans simply call it Chorten Chempo or “Great Stupa”. This has been the Mecca of Tibetan exiles in Nepal. The fourth place for today’s sightseeing is Pashupatinath – the Shiva Temple, the temple of supreme Hindu God. It is Nepal’s holiest pilgrimage sites where we can see a time warp enclave of exotic temples, cremation Ghats, ritual bathers and half naked Sadhus. After the sightseeing of these four places, we return back to hotel in Thamel. Overnight at Kathmandu
Day 03Drive or fly from Kathmandu to Janakpur, 12 hours by bus. Overnight stay at hotel Janakpur, 165 km, east of Birgunj is indisputably the Terai’s most fascinating city. It is 30 km south of the Mahendra Highway. Direct buses connect it with Kathmandu and Kakarvitta and the dtation is an easy rickshaw ride from the city center. We will reach at Ramananda Chowk, topped by a giant metal sculptor of crossed elephant tusks. The town center is east of the junction while the bus stand is due south at Zero Mile Chowk. We can fly to Janakpur and land at the airstrip 2 km south of town. Overnight at Janakpur
Day 04Sightseeing around Ram Janaki Temple, Ram-Sita Bibaha Mandap, Hanuman Temple Janakpurdham is the holy site of Hindu pilgrimages since at least 4th century BC and the city features prominently in the Ramayana; it was in Janakpur that Rama, one of the tenth incarnations of Vishnu in mortal form- strung a magic bow to win the hand of Sita, the Mithila princess. We visit the most important temple dedicated to Sita, built in extravagant baroque Mughal style, the Janaki Mandir in 1912. Almost next door to the Janaki Temple, we visit the temple where Rama and Sita married. There is Ram Mandir in a stone courtyard southeast of the Janaki Mandir. Opposite the entrance are the series of ghats leading down into the Dhanush Sagar, the largest ceremonial tank at Janakpur. Janakpur’s other most distinguishing feature is its sacred ponds. Janakpur runs a full and varied festival calendar, the highlight being Vivaha Panchami, the re-enactment of Rama’s and Sita’s wedding which falls in late November or early December. Overnight at Janakpur
Day 05Drive or fly back to Kathmandu from Janakpur After breakfast, we drive back to Kathmandu. This is a long journey by bus through the plains, hills, enjoying the varied landscape on the way. Overnight at kathmandu
Day 06Transfer to the Airport Your trip to RamJanaki Temple Tour ends today. We depart you to airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight. If you would like to buy dainty gifts for your family, relatives and friends, we could help you guiding into the bustling local market of Kathmandu. Finally, we escort you to the airport and leave you on the gate of departure. Wishing you safe and happy journey, we say bye and Namaste!!!