Lakshman Jhula is one of the most famous touristic areas in Rishikesh. Lakshman Jhula is iron suspension bridge on the River Ganga in Rishikesh. Lakshman Jhula is located in Tapovan area. The bridge is total 140 meters long. Lakshman Jhula bridge is often considered as heart of the touristic activities. According to Ramayana Lord Ram and Lakshman (brother of Lord Ram) visited here. Lord Ram was incarnation of Lord Vishnu to kill the devil Ravan. Ravan was born in Brahmin (priest) family so after killing the Ravan Lord Ram and Lakshman came to this region to get rid of sin brahm hatya. To cross the river Ganga Lakshman made bridge by using divine powers. That’s why the bridge is known as Lakshman Jhula.
The current bridge was built in 1927 – 1929 when the old bridge was damaged in flood in 1924. The cost to built this bridge was paid by Rai Bahadur Shewpershad Tulshan. Lakshman Jhula was opened on 11 April 1930. Now the Lakshman Jhula is very famous touristic place in Rishikesh. It is surrounded by the shops, restaurants, hotels, yoga retreats and ashrams. From the bridge you will see the beautiful river ganga and the foothills of the himalayas. Both side there is small market which contains shops for jewelries, cloths and other stuff.
How to reach: Lakshman Jhula is located in Tapovan area of Rishikesh. Nearest car parking is just 250 meter far. large buses are difficult to enter so you need to walk approx 700 meters from Rishikesh Badrinath highway. You can also check below map for more details.
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