Laxman jhula or Lakshman Jhula is an attractive point of Rishikesh where almost every tourist wants to go, is situated at the entrance of The Himalayas, it is a hanging rope bridge over river Ganges. Surrounded by high hill, it presents a rare panorama of hills, river and greenery.
Lakshman Jhula is believed was made by Lakshman by using his bow and arrow in order to cross the mighty river Ganga. The current bridge was built by the British after the original got washed away in the flood. It is interesting to note that the structure is still standing and sturdy. In 1939 they managed to erect that structure. Prior to this it was a rope and wooden structure.
The bridge is cemented however you can still feel turbulence. best times are early mornings and late nights. Visitors and devotees can experience the feeling of being alone if one stands in the centre of the bridge and watching river ganga is very thrilling and divine experience. Visitors can also buy fish food to feed the fishes of Ganga from the Lakshman Jhula and don't miss a rafting tour by boat on the holy Ganga and have a swim (bath) with the holy Ganga.
Near Lakshman Jhula, there are enough restaurants, bakerys, and plenty of shops.
Lakshman jhula is about 15 kms away from Rishikesh city center and about 34 kms away from Haridwar.