Location: Landmark of Rishikesh, Laxman Jhula is very long bridge suspended over the holy River Ganges. It is situated nearby the Swarga Ashram in Rishikesh.
Description: Associated with Indian Mythology, Lakshman Jhula is a sacred place amongst Hindu devotees. In the year 1889, the jute rope suspended over the river was replaced by an iron bridge but being flooded in year 1924, it was replaced by a stronger iron bridge. The bridge was named after the epic character “Lakshman”. According to Hindu epic, Lord Rama’s younger brother Lakshman crossed a jute-rope bridge over River Ganges and Lakshman Jhula is the same place where an iron bridge stands today. Along with this, the existence of Indrakund, according to Kedar Khand of Skanda Purana, is also mentioned at this very point in Rishikesh. Besides this, Laxman Jhula offers a bird’s eye view of River Ganges surrounded by numerous shrines and ashrams. One should visit this place and enjoy a dip in the holy water while uttering “Har Har Gange”.
Activities: Laxman Mandir is a famous ancient temple located near to Laxman Jhula, along the west bank of River Ganges. Ram Jhula, a swinging bridge is also located near to this bridge and is easily accessible for tourists.