Out of many activities to do in Rishikesh, crossing Ram and Laxman Jhula to explore the city is a must-have deal for travelers. It is also interesting to know the story behind both the iron suspension bridges above the river Ganga.
Rishikesh the Yoga Capital of the World is known for its scenic backdrop, religious feel, and adventure sports. Some attractive spots of the city feature an interesting story that makes you pay a sure-shot visit. Two places in Rishikesh are the well-known Ram Jhula and Laxman Jhula. The two popular iron suspension bridges that are 70 feet above the holy Ganga are a sight to look at and experience while staying at luxury hotels in Rishikesh.
If you have ever been to Rishikesh, then you might have got the chance to cross either of the mythological bridge once. If not, then you will surely pay a visit next time after knowing the interesting tale behind it.
Story of Ram Jhula in Rishikesh
Ram Jhula is one of the architectural marvels in Rishikesh which is 450 feet in length iron suspension bridge. Like its subling, Laxman Jhula, this bridge is one of the famous landmarks of the religious city and the walkover gateway to famous temples, ashrams, and other religious sites. From morning to evening, you can witness glimpses of religious travelers crossing the bridge and experiencing the panoramic view of the beautiful Ganga river. From the bridge, you can see the far-off beauty of Rishikesh along with watching adventure seekers crossing in a rafting boat. A famous picture-taking site and also the prime location for Bollywood movies to shoot here, Ram Jhula is must visit place in Rishikesh.
In terms of construction and location, Ram Jhula was built by PWD in the year 1980 and connects one end to the other end of Shivananda Ashram, Beatles Ashram, Yoga Niketan, Parmarth Niketan, Geeta Bhawan, and several other sacred places.
Story of Laxman Jhula in Rishikesh
Similar to the construction pattern of the above-mentioned bridge, Laxman Jhula is the oldest one built in 1929 with having the same structure of iron suspension, 450 feet in length, and 70 feet above Ganga river. The famous landmark of the city is located in the sacred area of Tapovan which is close to major attractions and several hotels near Laxman jhula. The bridge features a mythological significance that dates back thousands of years. As per the tale, it is the same place where Lord Laxman, the younger brother of Lord Rama, crossed the river Ganga on jute ropes.
At present, Laxman Jhula connects two villages namely Tapovan and Jonk. On the other side, there is an extensive line of the marketplace and best restaurants in Rishikesh for travelers and native people around.
Laxman Jhula is used as a common connection point for people to cross one village to another on foot. Now, the bridge has restrictions for two-wheelers to cross because of the safety issue. And, another bridge adjacent to this is in the construction process.
Ram Jhula and Laxman Jhula are two iconic landmarks of Rishikesh that cannot be ignored. It is a must to cross both the bridges and stand for a minute to view the majestic beauty around and spiritual feeling inside. The bridges are easily accessible for luxury resorts near the Ganga river and other areas around.
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