Lakshman Jhula is a suspension bridge which is a popular sight in the city of Rishikesh. The bridge is used to cross the river by hundreds of people every day and gives an amazing view of the Ganges. The bridge is not very wide and hence can be crossed in two lanes, both going on either side. Some people also take two wheelers on the bridge and the bridge is usually crowded by people and vehicles. Tourists stop midway on the bridge and take pictures in this amazing piece of architecture with the holy Ganges that can be viewed as a background.
The history of the place is related back to the times of the famous Indian Mythology Ramayana. According to ancient tales, the brother of Hindu god Rama who was called Lakshman once crossed the river Ganga on Jute ropes at the same site where the present bridge is built which led to the naming of the bridge as “Lakshman Jhula”.
One can book an Auto to reach the market area located near the bridge and then walk down to the bridge for crossing the river.