Janakpur and Ayodhya connected through a bus service as part of the “Ramayan Circuit”

Highlights:

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nepali PM K. P. Sharma Oli jointly inaugurated a direct bus service between Janakpur and Ayodhya two sacred cities.
  • Nepal’s Janakpur and India’s Ayodhya have been connected through a bus service as part of the “Ramayan Circuit” to promote religious tourism in Nepal and India. 
  • The service was jointly inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepalese counterpart K. P. Sharma Oli on 11 May 2018.
  • Janakpur is known as the birth place of Sita, the wife of Lord Rama. 
  • Janaki temple was built in memory of Sita in 1910.
  • The Indian government has identified 15 destinations in India for development under the Ramayana Circuit theme namely Ayodhya, Nandigram, Shringverpur & Chitrakoot (Uttar Pradesh), Sitamarhi, Buxar & Darbhanga (Bihar), Chitrakoot (Madhya Pradesh), Mahendragiri (Odisha), Jagdalpur (Chattisgarh), Nashik & Nagpur (Maharashtra), Bhadrachalam (Telangana), Hampi (Karnataka) and Rameshwaram (Tamil Nadu).