Janakpur Zone

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Janakpur (Nepali: जनकपुर अञ्चल About this soundListen ) was 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.

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)

The headquarters of Janakpur Zone and its main city was Janakpur. Close to the Indian border, it is a historic city of Hinduism. The city is believed to have been 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 Janakpur 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, Hariwan, Lalbandi, Gaushala Bazar and Matihani (Outer Terai).

Since 2015, the districts of the area previously known as Janakpur Zone have been redistributed as parts of Bagmati Province and Province No. 2.


Janakpur is divided into six districts:

District Type Headquarters Since 2015 part of Province
Dhanusha Outer Terai Janakpur Province No. 2
Mahottari Outer Terai Jaleshwar
Sarlahi Outer Terai Malangwa
Dolakha Mountain Charikot Bagmati Province
Ramechhap Hill& Tarai Manthali
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