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Lakshman Jhula in Rishikesh

·  Summer: March-June (25°C - 35°C)
·  Winter: October –February  (5°C –27°C)
·  Monsoon: July-September

Best time to visit:  September – November

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Lakshman Jhula is an iron suspension bridge that is built over the River Ganga and is located at a distance of 3 km. from the main township of Rishikesh. Originally a hanging jute bridge that was constructed in 1839, this bridge was named after the younger brother of Lord Ram, Lakshman as it is believed that he used this bridge to cross the River Ganges. The jute bridge was replaced by the British in 1939 with an iron suspension bridge with a span of 450 ft. in length and a height of 70 ft. from the river.

An iconic landmark of Rishikesh, this beautiful bridge offers panoramic views of the River Ganges and numerous temples, bathing ghats, prayer flags and ashrams on the sandy river bank. On both the sides of the bridge, there are many temples such as Lakshman Temple and Tapovan, which are important pilgrimage centres. A thirteen storey temple, called Terah Manzil is another popular tourist attraction.

Rafts pass underneath the bridge loaded with adventure loving tourists, which add up to the silhouette of this bridge and the cityscape. Situated 2 km. away from Swarg Ashram, Lakshman Jhula is used as a path for visiting Swarg Ashram and Gita Bhavan.

Road: Rishikesh has a good network of bus services connecting it with important cities. Driving up to Rishikesh along NH 58 is well worth considering the spectacular mountain views.

Railway: The nearest railhead Haridwar is at a distance of 25 km., which is linked to all major Indian cities such as Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata.

Airway: Jolly Grant airport at Dehradun, which is 35 km. away is the nearest airport, with daily flights to all major cities. Taxis are available to reach Rishikesh from the airport.