Lakshman Jhula Rishikesh
Lakshman Jhula, the iconic religious landmark of Rishikesh, is a 450 long iron suspension bridge, which connects the border of Tehri and Pauri district. Although the bridge construction was fraught with disaster, it became a magnificent example of urban design in 1929. The bridge got its name from the facts that Lakshman, the younger brother of Lord Ram, crossed the Ganga using two jute ropes. To honour this place, a 284 ft long hanging rope bridge was made at the same point. In 1924, a substantial iron bridge was constructed by Rai Bahadur Sherprashad in honour of his father. Later in 1930, another bridge was made, which was open to the public. There are few significant temples as well such as Terah Manzil and Lakshman temple, located near this Lakshman Jhula. While passing through the bridge, one will see how the life unfolds in Rishikesh - different hues of river Ganga dotted with fishes swimming in the water current, see the sun colouring the skies orange, magnificent view of mountain ranges and hear the bell-clanging and chanting of devotees in earning morning and evening. Tourists can ramble around the Lakshman Jhula area, crammed with twinkling stalls, quirky cafes and handicraft store. Also, tourist can go for boating that will take them across the river. Sunset is the best time to visit Lakshman Jhula.