After my travel in parts of Mussoorie, I went to haridwar and Rishikesh for the latter half of my trip to Uttarakhand. The first place which I had visited in Rishikesh was the historic Laxman jhula. Rishikesh is considered as a land of Gods and is located on the foothills of Himalayas and is one of the most revered sites in Hindu pilgrimage. The holy ganges river flows through Rishikesh and adds mmany dimensions to its scenic beauty. The place attracts many adventure seekers and also spiritual seekers from around the world who wants to learn meditation.
The Laxman Jhula is a bridge in Rishikesh which spans at a height of 400 feet, it is basically a suspension bridge over the River Ganga and a very popular tourist spot in the place. The legend associated with the bridge is that Laxman had crossed the river on a jute brisdge that was later on replace with an iron rope suspension in the later half f the 19th century. The bridge was then washed away by the devastating floods and then later on a stronger bridge was made, which still intact and it is what we see now.
Laxman Jhula acts a link between the city of Rishikesh and the holy part of its. It acts as a link between the spiritual and modern sides of the Rishikesh. The bridge also swings slowly when it is thronged by the tourists.
There are people who also take their two wheelers on the bridge. There are plenty of monkeys too on the bridge who are waiting for an opportunity to grab every eatable you are carrying on your hands. The view of the surrounding areas from the bridge in the evening just wins your heart. The feeling of standing over the historic bridge and feeling the purity of River Ganga flowing down is an experience of a lifetime.
If you ever visit the holy site of Rishikesh do visit the bridge and feel the aura of the place by standing on it but remember not to cross it very fast, relish the exotic views around the place.
The next place which I visited was the Chitai temple in Almora.