Laxman Jhula in RishikeshLaxman Jhula – a swing built by Laxman. It is said that Laxman, the younger brother of Lord Ram, crossed the River Ganga on a rope he made out of jute, and hence the bridge came into existence by this name. The 450-ft-long bridge which is built 70 ft above the River Ganga, is only 3 kms away from the main town of Rishikesh. In 1939, the jute bridge was replaced with an iron suspension.
Temples near Laxman Jhula
The two most attractions of the bridge are the Tera Manzil Temple and Sri Raghunathji’s Temple, apart from other temples like Lakshman Temple and Sachha Akhileswar Mahadev Temple.
- Tera Manzil Temple: Also known as Trayambakeswar Temple, the temple 13-storied building, houses many Hindu Gods and Goddesses on all its floors along with vedic texts in different chambers, giving an insight of the Hindu mythology.
- Lakshman Temple: The temple is located at the vicinity of the bridge in the honor of Laxman. The temple also has a 20 ft long statue of Hanuman, the ardent follower of Lord Ram.
- Sachha Akhileswar Mahadev Temple: Being the God of the Gods, one can never forget to worship Lord Shiva. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, has a 10-ft-long Shivaling.
Things To Do near Laxman JhulaYou can find the local market at the other end of the bridge, outside the temples. The market offers everything ranging from gems, precious, semi-precious stones, to religious variety including books, idols, CDs, and of course, the cloth market for women.
Other ActivitiesHow can one forget the water activities when you are on the banks of the most sacred river in Hindu mythology? You can opt for boating, enjoy rafting, bungee jumping, camping and trekking.
How to Reach Laxman JhulaFrom Railway Station: From the station, head in the south direction and then turn slight left towards the Haridwar road. Turn left at Rajsthani onto the Haridwar road where you pass by the petrol pump on the left. Continue on the Haridwar-Rishikesh-Badrinath road/ NH 58, until you pass the colonhydrotherapyindia on the left. Turn right onto the Neelkanth Bridge road where you cross the Glacier tour on the left. Turn right onto the Neelkanth temple road. Turn slight right and you will find the Laxman Jhula on the left.
Vikrams, popular mode of transport will take you safely from the station to the bridge in just 10-15 INR.
From Bus Stand: From the Bus Stand, head in the south east direction on the Nirmal Ashram road. Turn left at the Girnari Lal Jugmandar Das Jain Shop onto the Haridwar road, where you pass by the Petrol Pump on the left. Continue on the Haridwar-Rishikesh-Badrinath road/ NH 58, until you pass the colonhydrotherapyindia on the left. Turn right onto the Laxman Jhula road. Take the first left and you pass by the Divine Ganga Cottage on the right. Turn left at the Royal Café. Turn right at the Ayurveda Clinic – A Panchkarma Research Center. Take the first left and you reach the Laxman Jhula.
Best Time to Visit: The bridge can be visited any time throughout the year, and any time during day or night.
Laxman Jhula Address: Laxman Jhula Rd, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249137
Where to StayThe few hotels, which are nearest to the bridge are listed below.
Hotel Gayatri Resorts
Badrinath Road, Off Tapovan Sarai
Near Laxman Jhula, Tapovan Jonk
Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249137
Ph: 0135 2442080
Tariff: 2000 INR onwards
Hotel Narayana Palace
Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249192
Tariff: 2950 INR onwards