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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.
The construction of the bridge was completed in the year 1929, and presently, the Lakshman Jhula acts as an adjoining bridge across the river, along with the old route to the sacred shrines of Badrinath and Kedarnath. In the present day scenario, the Lakshman Jhula is visited by thousands of tourists each year not just because of its ancient origins and religious sanctity, but also due to the recent developments that have taken place around the bridge. Grand temples and famous markets have sprung up in the vicinity, and the entire area is a now a particularly renowned attraction in entire Rishikesh.
Important places around the Lakshman Jhula include the Terah Manzil temple, the Lakshman temple, and the Ram Jhula. The entire area is imbued with a mystic, serene and holy feeling to it. It is common to find people here profoundly submerged and engrossed in their religious traditions and meditations, as the entire area resonates with the sounds of the enchanting mantras and shlokas from the temple. All in all, a short visit to the temple is one filled with religious worship and tranquillity, both beautifully rolled together and amalgamated into one.
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5 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.
5 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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