India, Nepal flag-off Janakpur-Ayodhya bus service under Ramayan Circuit

May 14, 2018 20:14 IST
India, Nepal flag-off Janakpur-Ayodhya bus service under Ramayan Circuit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepalese counterpart KP Sharma Oli on May 11, 2018 jointly flagged-off a direct bus service between the two sacred cities Janakpur and Ayodhya, as part of the ‘Ramayan Circuit’.

The bus service was launched during PM Narendra Modi’s visit to Nepal during May 11-12, 2018.  This was the third visit of PM Modi to Nepal and the first high-level visit from India since the formation of the new Government in Nepal in 2018.

Religious tourism in Nepal and India

• The bus service seeks to promote religious tourism in Nepal and India.

• As per mythological story ‘Ramayana’, Ayodhya is Lord Rama’s birthplace, while, Janakpur is the birthplace of goddess Sita.

• Janakpur is known as the birth place of Sita, the wife of Lord Rama. The Janaki temple of Janakpur was built in memory of Sita in 1910.

• The bus service will provide Janakpur-Ayodhya-Janakpur transportation facility to pilgrims.

Ramayana Circuit

The Ramayana Circuit is among the thirteen thematic circuits identified for development under Swadesh Darshan Scheme of Union Ministry of Tourism.

Under the Ramayana Circuit, 15 destinations have been identified for development.

15 destinations of Ramayana Circuit




Ayodhya, Nandigram, Shringverpur & Chitrakoot

Uttar Pradesh

Sitamarhi, Buxar & Darbhanga



Madhya Pradesh



Nashik & Nagpur









Tamil Nadu

All these destinations will have all the necessary facilities like drinking water, lodging and parking for tourists and pilgrims.


India-Nepal bilateral Summit 2018

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepalese counterpart KP Sharma Oli held delegation level talks on May 11, 2018.
  • Both the sides agreed for effective implementation of the bilateral initiatives in agriculture, railway linkages and inland waterways development.
  • They emphasised on the need for regular convening of bilateral mechanisms, including Nepal-India Joint Commission at the Foreign Affairs Ministers level, to review the overall state of bilateral relations.
  • They highlighted the importance of trade and economic ties between India and Nepal.
  • They underlined the role of connectivity in stimulating economic growth and agreed to undertake steps to enhance the economic and physical connectivity by air, land, and water.
  • They reiterated the importance of advancing cooperation in water resources for mutual benefit in areas such as river training works, flood management, irrigation, etc.
  • Both the leaders jointly laid the foundation stone of 900 MW Arun-III hydro-electric project in Nepal which would help enhance cooperation in the generation and trade of power.
  • They underscored the importance of regional and sub-regional cooperation under BIMSTEC, SAARC, and BBIN frameworks for cooperation in identified sectors.


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