3 days in Janakpur Zone, Dharan & Ilam Itinerary

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Janakpur — 1 day

Janakpur is the capital of Dhanusa District in Nepal. Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ram-Janaki Marriage Hall, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Janaki Mandir, and then make a trip to Janakpur Dham Rail Station.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Janakpur road trip planning website.

Kathmandu to Janakpur is an approximately 3-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Dharan.
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Dharan — 1 night

Dharan is one of the Sub-Metropolitan cities in eastern Nepal, in the Sunsari District, and is situated on the foothills of the Mahabharat Range in the north with its southern tip touching the edge of the Terai region at an altitude of 1148 ft . On the 18th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Buddhasubba Temple and then stroll through Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Dharan trip maker.

You can drive from Janakpur to Dharan in 3 hours. January in Dharan sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Ilam.
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Ilam — 1 night

Ilam is a municipality of Ilam District, which is in the hilly region of Mechi zone, in the Eastern Development Region of Nepal. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): cruise along Fikkal Bazar and then stroll through Ilam Tea Garden.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Ilam online holiday planner.

You can drive from Dharan to Ilam in 5 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Dharan in January; daily highs in Ilam reach 18°C and lows reach 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Janakpur Zone travel guide

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Janakpur 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 Janak, 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 Janak 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).DistrictsJanakpur is divided into six districts: