There are lots to see in the magical city of Rishikesh! One can witness the beauty, serenity and wonder of the city in numerous of ways. The attractions of Rishikesh are really awe-inspiring and beautiful. One such wonderful attraction of Rishikesh is Lakshman Jhula or Laxman Jhula.
Located just 3 km away from the main city of Rishikesh; the wonderful destination of Lakshman Jhula is widely famous for its hanging bridge across the river Ganga. Perched at a height of 70 feet from the Ganges; this 450 feet long bridge connects two villages, i.e., Tapovan in the district of Tehri Garhwal and Jonk in the district of Pauri Garhwal. The entire hanging bridge of Lakshman Jhula is made up of iron.
Located on the old route to the holy shrine of Badrinath & Kedarnath; the Lakshman Jhula is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand. The best part is that it suits the people of all ages! The religious sanctity and ancient origin with the wonderful local market and hanging spot make this place the best to enjoy with family & friends.
Mythological Belief Behind LakshmanJhula Bridge! If we go through the mythological tales, then we come to know that the younger brother of Lord Rama, "Lakshman" crossed the sacred river Ganga at the same site where the present Lakshman Jhula Bridge is constructed. Using just two ropes, Lord Lakshman crossed the Ganges. To honour this bravery of him, a 284 feet long jute bridge was built at the same spot and came to be known as, "Lakshman Jhula".
Certainly, this jute bridge was very helpful to the people and they used it to cross the river but unfortunately, in the floods of October 1924, this bridge was washed away. Then in the year of 1939, a new iron suspension bridge was constructed in the place of the eroded jute bridge.
One can witness the beautiful panoramic view from the bridge! Apart from this famous Lakshman Jhula Bridge, there are other awe-inspiring locations & landmarks in Lakshman Jhula. After crossing the bridge, you can visit to the famous "Terah Manzil Mandir" (Thirteen Storey Temple), also known as "Trayambakeshwar Temple".
The top floor of this temple offers a magnificent view of the surroundings. Rather than this, there are also many temples, ashrams and attractions in Lakshman Jhula.
Talking about the market of Lakshman Jhula, you can find the beautiful wooden & handicrafts items, spiritual goods, gems, jewellery and delicious street food. The feeling that can be experienced in this beautiful destination is certainly peaceful, mystic and magical!