Ideal Time: Less than 1 hour
Open Time: 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Cost: No entry fee
The Lakshman Jhula is a famous hanging bridge across the river Ganga that connects two villages, Tapovan in the Tehri Garhwal district and Jonk in the Pauri Garhwal district. Located 5 kilometres to the northeast of the town Rishikesh in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, the entire bridge is made up of iron, is 450 feet long and is situated at the height of 70 feet from the river. The Lakshman Jhula is extremely well known amongst tourists because of the rich mythological associations that are connected with the bridge. It is widely believed that Lord Lakshman, the younger brother of Lord Rama, had crossed the river Ganga at this same site, where the bridge now majestically stands for all to see.
As per mythological tales, it is believed that at one point in time, Lord Lakshman, brother of Lord Rama, crossed the river Ganga at the same spot where the present bridge is now constructed. Legend has it that Lord Lakshman crossed the river using just two ropes. To honour this brave act of Lord Lakshman, a 284 feet long hanging rope bridge was built and came to be known as the 'Lakshman Jhula'.
Until 1889, this particular bridge was used to cross the river. Unfortunately, the bridge was washed away in the floods of October 1924. Following this, the eroded jute bridge was replaced by an iron bridge along the same path in 1939. The name of the bridge was not changed, and now the iron Lakshman Jhula stands majestically across the river Ganga.
If you happen to visit Rishikesh, absolutely do not forget to cross the Lakshman Jhula. On either side of the bridge, you will see markets, where you can buy a variety of things including wooden goods, Rudraksha, idols of Gods and Goddesses, holy books, gems, local jewellery, clothes, semi-precious stones and other knick-knacks. These local markets are also noted for their excellent street food.
A visit to the Lakshman Jhula is best enjoyed when coupled with visits to the nearby attractions and temples. The famous 13-storeyed temple- the Trayambakeshwar Temple is located very close to the Lakshman Jhula. Another thirteen-storey temple, called the Terah Manzil, is also situated near to the Lakshman Jhula. The top floor of magnificent temple provides a beautiful view of the nearby surroundings. According to locals, the Lakshman Temple, around the Jhula with Risha Kund, is where Lord Rama and Lord Lakshman took a bath in after killing the demon Ravana to wash away their sins. This temple too is a must visit. Other prominent temples in proximity to the Lakshman Jhula include the Sachha Akhileswar Mahadev Temple and the Sri Raghunath Ji's Temple.
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The Lakshman Jhula is located on the way to the Trayambakeshwar Temple, 12 kilometres away from the Inter State Bus Terminal in Adarsh Gram, Rishikesh. You can reach here by taking an auto from almost anywhere in the entire town.
3 months ago by Soumita Ghosh
Stay safe on the suspension bridge located seventy meters above the river flowing below as it swings from side to side while you are walking. The bridge as well as the roads around tend to get crowded owing to the two-wheelers, buffaloes, cows and oxen. The surroundings get dirty due to the aforementioned animals. Nowadays, the pedestrians pollute the place too. The bridge is not very wide, but in spite of it, people stop in between to click pictures, feed monkeys, buy trinkets and so on. These make it even more crowded. You will find several food joints here, although the cuisine consists only of vegetarian food. Alcohol is strictly prohibited.
3 months ago by Ukinfo
Laxman Jhula is a very nice place. I just love this place. The best part of this place is when the vehicle crosses the bridge it shakes.
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