Beginning of main content

Lakshman Jhula

Enthralling culture, stunning scenery and magnificent architecture come together to make this 20th-century bridge one of Rishikesh’s most popular attractions.

Listen to the wild waters of the River Ganges and look on as small motor boats and rafts pass underneath you on Lakshman Jhula. Visit a grand temple at one end of the bridge and purchase handmade artwork and jewelry from markets on both sides.

Built in 1939 this suspension bridge measures 450 feet (137 meters) in length and stands 70 feet (21 meters) above the river. The local people will tell you that its name comes from Lakshmana, the younger brother of Lord Sri Rama who crossed here when the bridge was made from jute thread.

Fortunately you can now cross the bridge confident in its steel construction. Peer over the railings and down over the Ganges. Steep cliffs and dense forest line the banks offering no escape for the adventurous white-water rafters you can watch paddling through this section of the valley.

Return your attention to dry land and stroll along the bridge to see people dressed in bright clothes practicing meditation and a range of religious rituals. Many will then make their way to the 13-storey Tera Manzil temple at the far end of the bridge. Climb to the top floor to enjoy spectacular views of the river as it cuts a path through the rugged green mountains.

The bridge connects the Tehri and Pauri districts and both of these have extensive markets nearby. Walk to either end and you will find a vast selection of stalls where local artisans sell handcrafted goods.  Find wooden sculptures and paintings or search for pretty garments and jewelry. 

Lakshman Jhula is approximately 5 miles (8 kilometers) north of Rishikesh. The bridge is now used by small motorized vehicles as well as by visitors on foot. It is always open and there is no fee to cross.


Map

Lodging Near Lakshman Jhula

See all 206 Hotels near Lakshman Jhula
Divine Resort Laxman Jhula

Divine Resort Laxman Jhula

Laxman Jhula Road, Tapovan, Rishikesh
3.7
of 5, from 3 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Rishikesh, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lakshman Jhula and Laxman Jhula. Ram Jhula and Paddle India are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$13
Hill Top Swiss Cottage

Hill Top Swiss Cottage

High Bank, Bhirkhet, Tapovan, Rishikesh
4.3
of 5, from 19 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Rishikesh, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Ram Jhula and Lakshman Jhula. Laxman Jhula and Paddle India are also within 2 mi (3 km).

The Narayana Resort & Spa

The Narayana Resort & Spa

Tapovan Laxman Jhula, Rishikesh
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Rishikesh, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lakshman Jhula, Laxman Jhula, and Ram Jhula. Paddle India and Parmarth Niketan are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$32
Divine Ganga Cottage

Divine Ganga Cottage

Laxman Jhula, Rishikesh
3.6
of 5, from 25 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lakshman Jhula and Laxman Jhula. Ram Jhula and Paddle India are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$14
OYO Rooms 081 Tapovan

OYO Rooms 081 Tapovan

Badrinath Road, Tapovan, Rishikesh
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Rishikesh, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Lakshman Jhula and Laxman Jhula. Ram Jhula and Paddle India are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$12
OYO Rooms 079 Tapovan

OYO Rooms 079 Tapovan

Badrinath Road, Tapovan, Rishikesh
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Rishikesh, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Lakshman Jhula and Laxman Jhula. Ram Jhula and Paddle India are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$5
Bunk Stay Rishikesh

Bunk Stay Rishikesh

Hill Top, Neelkanth Road, Laxman Jhula, Rishikesh
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Rishikesh, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Laxman Jhula and Lakshman Jhula. Paddle India and Ram Jhula are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$82
Dewa Retreat- A Himalayan Boutique Hotel

Dewa Retreat- A Himalayan Boutique Hotel

Badrinath Road, Laxman Jhula, Rishikesh
4.5
of 5, from 13 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Rishikesh, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Lakshman Jhula and Laxman Jhula. Ram Jhula and Triveni Ghat are also within 3 mi (5 km).