Madhesh is a magnificent magnet for tourism. It is a paradise for tourists who prefer tropical climate. It is neither hot in the summer nor cold in the winter. Its culture is riverine and also full of diversity. It is a decent destination for white water rafting for the tourists of all the countries of the world. It is a marvelous, mystic and mysterious meeting point of many Hindu and Buddhist gods and goddesses.
Madhesh is an integral part of Nepal, which is mainly famous for several rites and rituals, fairs and festivals and several world renowned temples situated in its geographical territory. Saint king Janak was born in Janakpur, the ancient capital of Mithila. His dutiful and beautiful daughter Sita also saw the first light of the world here.
Lord Rama, obedient son of king Dasharath of Ayodhya, came and broke the ceremonial bow of king Janak and married Sita, a symbol of chastity. There is magnetic attraction in the Madhes because several world renowned religious centres are situated in its periphery.
Lumbini is a worth seeing Buddhist heritage not only of Madhes or Nepal but of the whole world. The sacred garden is the centre of attraction for the pilgrims as well as tourists spread over 8 sq. km. It possesses treasures of the historical area.
The Maya Devi temple newly built after renovation is a tourist attraction. Lumbini is known as the place where the Buddha was born in 623 B.C. It is also one of the world’s cultural heritage sites of Nepal declared by UNESCO. Gadhi Mai is one of the mother goddess of the Madhesi people. It is also one of the forms of goddess Kali who has been blessing the whole of Madhes since time immemorial. The Gadhi Mai fair takes place every five years.
Janaki Temple is situated almost in the heart of the city of Janakpur, the ancient capital of Mithila. This temple is the most beautiful among all temples of Janakpur. This is called Janaki Mahal, Janaki Shishmahal (Glass House). Ram Temple stands only a short distance west of Dhanush Kshetra. This was constructed in 1939 B.S. (1882) by king Rana Bahadur’s commander in chief Amar Singh Thapa.
Jaleshwor Mahadev Temple is one of the prominent places of Madhes. Pilgrims visit this renowned religious temple on the auspicious occasion of Mahashivaratri and Basant Panchami every year.
Besides these several sacred places of worship, there are many national parks and wildlife reserves in Madhesh which are visited by tourists and wildlife lovers and birdwatchers. Now the government should frame plans and programmes for the whole of Madhes.
It needs to decentralize the country’ tourism by promoting potential tourist spots in Madhesh that possesses historical, religious and cultural importance. The then government had endorsed this initiative to promote the Madhesh region and preserve its historic, religious and cultural heritage sites.