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The history of the bridge is associated with Hindu Mythology, Ramayana. It is believed that Lord Ram and Lakshman had crossed the river Ganga at this place with the help of just two ropes. Thus, as a way to praise this act of fearlessness, Lakshman Jhula was built.
This suspension bridge was the point of contact between the two villages until 1889. However, one of the floods that occurred in 1924 completely washed away the bridge. The bridge was reconstructed in 1929, and the name was not changed due to its religious significance. This bridge is almost 96 years old and it continues to be an iconic tourist spot.
The Lakshman Jhula is a suspension bridge made of iron and is 450 feet in length. The bridge is at an elevation of 70 feet and gives a panoramic view of the River Ganga. This bridge was reconstructed in 1927-1929 by U.P.P.W.D, to replace the old bridge which was washed away by the great floods of 1924.
- Cross the bridge - If you visit the Lakshman Jhula, you must take a stroll from one end to the other. It is a pedestrian-only bridge, with sometimes two-wheelers being allowed to cross. The stretch will give you panoramic views of the river Ganga. The sound of the flowing river Ganga and the cool breeze is sure to leave you spell-bound.
- Take Photographs-The bridge is also the best place from where you can click breathtaking pictures of Rishikesh and its iconic sights. This bridge is a photographer’s haven because it offers panoramic views in every direction. Both sides of the bridge are flanked by busy markets selling colorful wares along with numerous food stalls for enjoying delicious treats. You can take portraits of saffron-clad sadhus or panoramic shots of the mighty mountains in the background.
Tips for visiting
- Travelers must be aware of the monkey, there is a sizable population of monkeys in Rishikesh. These monkeys freely roam on the bridge and may steal the belongings of travelers
- Travelers must avoid carrying any edibles in their hands as this will attract the attention of the monkeys.
- Rishikesh winters are very cold and even in the summer, there is a certain amount of wind chill in the evenings. You must carry warm clothes when you visit the bridge. During winter, you must dress in layers and carry extra jackets, and sweaters.
Best time to visit
Rishikesh is an all-around year destination. The weather here remains moderate except in the winter season. The winter season remains a bit chilly but can be manageable with extra woolen outfits and thermals.
- Chotiwala Restaurant
- Lakshman Jhula Cafe
- Devraj Coffee Corner
- German Bakery and Restaurant
- J.G.B. Purple Dhaba
- Ganga Beach Cafe
Nearby market/ shopping places
The visitors can explore the following market/shopping places on their visit to the bridge -
- Arihant Gems - Arihant Gems is a place near Lakshman Jhula that has different kinds of gemstones and artifacts made up of gemstones. You can take souvenirs for your near and dear ones from here.
- Pashmina shopping - There are several pashmina shops located near Lakshman Jhula. You can head in the direction of the famous market nearby such as Lakshman Jhula Market, and Ram Jhula Market to shop for a wide range of products as well as souvenirs.
- Sudha Chandan Mahal - This popular store houses a good collection of jewelry and pearl decorative items.
- Hotel Ishan
- Laxman Jhula Regency
- Aloha On The Ganges, Rishikesh
- The Hideaway Bedzzz, Rishikesh
- The Sweven
Interesting Facts About Lakshman Jhula
- The bridge was destroyed in the great floods of 1889.
- The bridge was reconstructed between 1927 and 1929 by U.P.P.W.D.
- The bridge is 450 feet long and 70 feet in elevation.
- Rishikesh Lakshman Jhula bridge is an iconic landmark of Rishikesh with a spiritual significance.
- It is believed that Lord Ram and Lakshman had crossed the river Ganga at this place with the help of just two ropes. Thus, as a way to praise this act of fearlessness, Lakshman Jhula was built.