Dhanusa District

Country Nepal
Region Central (Madhyamanchal)
Zone Janakpur
Headquarters Janakpur
  Total 1,180 km2 (460 sq mi)
Population (2011[1])
  Total 654,777
  Density 550/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
Time zone NPT (UTC+5:45)
Main language(s)

Maithali (85%)

Nepali (4.4%)
Website ddcdhanusha.gov.np

Dhanusa District, (Nepali: धनुषा जिल्ला  Listen , a part of Province No. 2, is one of the seventy-five districts of Nepal.[2] The district, with Janakpur as its district headquarters, covers an area of 1,180 km² and has a population (2011) of 754,777.[1]

During the elections in April 2008, the district was divided in seven constituencies. It is also the home district of the first president of Nepal, Dr. Ram Baran Yadav, who contested and won the elections from constituency 5. As a political center of the region, it has prominent leaders like Bimalendra Nidhi from the Nepali Congress, Anand yadav (Gangaram yadav) from the CPN-UML, and Matrika Yadav from the CPN-Maoist.

The most common language spoken in Dhanusa is Maithali.

Among the major places to visit in Dhanusa are its famous temples and lakes, mostly situated in Janakpur. These include the Janaki Temple, Dhanusadham where according to Hindu mythology a part of Shiva's bow that Lord Ram broke is said to have fallen, and the Vivah Mandap where it is believed Ram and Sita were married. A beautiful Mithila Women's Art Center is also a major tourist attraction.

Dhanusha district has an airport and the only Railway System of Nepal is also situated here which connects Janakpurdham with an Indian town, Jayanagar. It has several good hotels like Hotel Rama, Hotel Sita Palace including the starred hotel Hotel Welcome.[3] It also has the Janakpur Zonal Hospital and several private hospitals.

Geography and Climate

Climate Zone[4] Elevation Range % of Area
Lower Tropical below 300 meters (1,000 ft) 92.5%
Upper Tropical 300 to 1,000 meters
1,000 to 3,300 ft.

Municipalities and VDC/s

Map of the VDCs in Dhanusa District


  1. 1 2 "National Population and Housing Census 2011(National Report)" (PDF). Central Bureau of Statistics. Government of Nepal. November 2012. Retrieved November 2012. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. "Districts of Nepal". Statoids.
  3. "Registered Star Hotels". Government of Nepal, Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Tourism Industry Division. Retrieved 2010-08-09.
  4. The Map of Potential Vegetation of Nepal - a forestry/agroecological/biodiversity classification system (PDF), . Forest & Landscape Development and Environment Series 2-2005 and CFC-TIS Document Series No.110., 2005, ISBN 87-7903-210-9, retrieved Nov 22, 2013 horizontal tab character in |series= at position 91 (help)

Coordinates: 26°43′43″N 85°55′31″E / 26.728598°N 85.925250°E / 26.728598; 85.925250

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