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Sitamarhi Tourism And Travel Guide
32.6° C / 90.7° F
October to March
1 to 2 Days
Jay Prakash Narayan Airport Patna (120 kms)
Sitamarhi (2 kms)
Sitamarhi goes back to the days of Ramayana. It is here that Sita was probably born. Things have changed of course and today Sitamarhi is the headquarters of Sitamarhi District. Tourism in Sitamarhi will take you to some fine places such as the sanctuary that has been cut from the rocks that go back to the Mauryans. A travel guide to Sitamarhi is placed below. Of course if you have time on your hands you could always land in Patna, see the city’s charms and then take a taxi to reach Sitamarhi.
How to Reach
Sitamarhi is fairly well connected with the Indian landmass. The roads leading in and out of Sitamarhi are generally good and one can easily drive to the other major cities of the state of Bihar. Similarly, Sitamarhi is connected well by rail with the rest of the country. However, this town does not have its own airport and one has to use the one in Patna.
Sitamarhi is connected to Bihar with at least two national highways which are NH 77 that connects with Patna and NH 104 that connects Sitamarhi with the districts that are nearby. Muzaffarpur District is also well connected with Sitamarhi through these roads. Then there are other state highways as well and these connect Sitamarhi with Madhubani in the east and Sheohar in the west.
Sitamarhi has several rail connections that connect the town with Mumbai and Lucknow besides Kanpur, Guwahati and Hyderabad among others. This is a great convenience since irrespective of where you plan to start your journey you are never too far from Sitamarhi if you wish to travel by train. Visitors from abroad will find rail connections from Mumbai and New Delhi to Sitamarhi.
Though Sitamarhi does not have its own airport there are really no problems. One can take a flight to Patna and thereafter catch a taxi to cover the 120km road distance to Sitamarhi. As mentioned, one can land at New Delhi and then catch a train to Sitamarhi. This is also a good option.
Weather and Best Time to Visit
Sitamarhi is almost at sea level, its height above SL being 70m. The climate of this place is therefore temperate and warm. Sitamarhi has an average annual temperature of around 24.6°C. Its summers are hot, the monsoon season is fairly wet while the winters are cold. December experiences minimum rainfall.
The summer in Sitamarhi is fairly acute with temperature going beyond 34°C. Being at only 70m above sea level the humidity remains high with rains coming somewhere around the month of May. While the minimum temperature remains at an average of 24.3°C in May this moves up to about 25.6°C in the month of June. The average temperature of the place is about 28.2°C in the month of September.
The climate of Sitamarhi is such that it rains here almost right through the year. With about 237 mm of precipitation in the month of June and around 362mm in the month of July Sitamarhi gets flooded during the rainy season. August is also fairly wet with about 314mm of precipitation in the month. Tourism is therefore not encouraged during the monsoon in Sitamarhi.
Winter is absolutely bliss in Sitamarhi. In October the minimum temperature might drop to a comfortable 21.7°C. What is interesting is that this temperature does not rise even in the month of April. Therefore, one can visit Sitamarhi even in April. However, the minimum temperature does drop to a low of around 9.2°C and remains around this temperature even in February. So, plan a trip to Sitamarhi in winter but do be prepared for chilly nights.
Things to Do
Sitamarhi is a place which has strong vibes for the Hindus because of it being the birth place of Sita of the epic Ramayana. There are therefore several sites connected with Ramayana in Sitamarhi.
Haleshwar Sthan founded by King Videha is an ancient Shiva Temple that is very popular for Shaivites. Try to visit this temple during Mahashivratri.
A visit to the Hanuman Mandir is promised to be memorable. Visit the temple along with your friends and families preferably during the Navratri period.
Bairagnia, located near Motihari is around 32km from Sitamarhi. It is also the place where Mahatma Gandhi was incarcerated just more than a hundred years ago in 1917. There are two Ashoka edicts, one each in Ramgarhwa and Lauria Areraj and a Shiva mandir at Areraj.
This Sita Temple was constructed just a hundred years ago. According to legend Sita was found lying in a furrow close to this place. There is a Janaki Kund nearby where Raja Janak is said to have bathed his adopted daughter, Sita. Visit this temple during Navratri festivals.
Panth Pakar near Sitamarhi is known as the place where Sitaji stopped to rest when she was on her way to Ayodhya. You will find a banyan tree here which is said to be the tree under which Sita rested. This is a quiet and peaceful place.
Pupri is a place that is located near Sitamarhi. Here you must pay a visit to the temple known as Baba Nageshwarnath after Lord Shiva. According to stories going around Lord Shiva visited the sacred place in order to meet the demands of his disciple. Shivratri would be the appropriate time one must visit this temple.
There are, according to the local reports some good family restaurants in Sitamarhi City. One of these is the Amanita Family Restaurant on Dumra Road where one could dine in with family or friends. Food on order can be delivered as well. There is also the Sai Delight Restaurant also on Dumra Road and this one could be tried out. The Biryani Mahal near Aman Vihar Hotel is also supposed to be a good restaurant in Sitamarhi.
Shopping is a must when you go visiting places. In Sitamarhi one can try out Byahut Stores on Janki Mandir Road. This is supposed to be a decent place for your shopping needs in Sitamarhi. One could also try out Sitamarhi Chandni General Store which is a grocery and general purpose store. There are other stores too such as Laxmi Decorators and Gift Corner General Store on Gaushala Chowk which you could try out.