Ram JhulaRam Jhula is iron suspension bridge in RishikeshUttarakhand State. Ram Jhula is located 3 kms far from Rishikesh city. Ram Jhula is 450- Feet Bridge on the Ganges. It connects the Shivananda Ashram to Swarg ashram area. Ram Jhula is landmark of the Rishikesh city.
Ram Jhula was a hanging jute rope bridge (without pillar). The bridge was constructed by the public works department. The Government built Ram Jhula with help from the Sivananda Ashram Divine Life Society). The Ram Jhula was built in 1980. Ram is also known as Shivananda Jhula. Sivananda Ashram is one of the most famous ashram in Rishikesh. Sivananda ashram is also famous as yoga ashram. Ram Jhula connects Muni ki Reti to swarg ashram. Swarg Asrham area has Gita Bhawan, Parmarth Niketan Lakshmi Narayan Temple. Ram Jhula has Gita Bhawan, Sawarg Ashram Parmarth Niketan at one side & Madhuban Ashram, Yog Niketan & the Shivananda Ashram (Divine Life Society) on other side.
Laxman JhulaLakshman Jhula, the famous hanging bridge across Ganga, is about 3 km from the main township of Rishikesh. It is 450 feet long and is situated at a height of 70 feet from the river. As per mythological tales, once Lakshman, the younger brother of Lord Rama, crossed river Ganga at the same site where the bridge now stands. At that time, there was only a suspension bridge, made of jute. After this incident, the bridge came to be known as ‘Lakshman Jhula’. With time, the jute bridge eroded and a new iron bridge was built along the same path in 1939.
Lakshman Jhula is actually an adjoining bridge across the Ganga, along the old route to the holy shrines of Badrinath and Kedarnath. The jhula has now become one of the most visited tourist spot of Rishikesh, not simply because of its ancient origin and religious sanctity, but also because of the grand temples and wonderful local markettht have come to be developed around it. A thirteen storey temple, called Terah Manzil, near the Lakshman Jhula is very popular amongst visitors. The top floor of this temple gives a wonderful view of the surroundings.
Triveni GhatTriveni Ghat is situated bank of the holy river Ganges. This scared ghat used for bath for most of pilgrims. The main daily event of the attraction is the evening Aarti of Goddess Ganga also commonly called as "Maha Aarti". You can see the devotee’s offers prayer during aarti.
Rivers play an important part in the Hindu mythology. Almost all the rivers starting from the holy Ganges to the mighty Brahmaputra has a story to tell. Triveni Ghat in Somnath is one such spot where three Rivers namely Hiran, Kapil and Saraswati meet with the Arabian Sea. The confluence of the three rivers or Sangam as it is referred to in Hindu religious terms is one of the most holy places in India. This is also the place where the chatri of the Lord Krishna is constructed. Krishna is said to have visited this holy spot after being hit by an arrow. The Ghat is considered to be the cremation ground of Lord Krishna.
Neelkanth TempleNeelkanth temple is one of the most sacred place of worship for the Hindus. It is located on a hill above Swargashram in Rishikesh and is situated at a altitude of 925 mts. Neelkanth temple is considered to be a apt example of complete natural hill heaven that lies adjacent to mountain ranges of the Nar-Narayan. Because of its beauty & religious importance the devotees and nature lovers visit the place round the year. Neelkanth Mahadev temple is considered to be one of the most famous temples and is situated at the confluence of the Madhumati and Pankaja rivers, amidst three valleys- Vishnukoot, Brahmakoot & Manikoot.
The way to the temple is quite exhilarating. The steep & narrow roads taking above the hill, in which the river is flowing on one side and mountain terrain is on the other side. Road is very curvy and narrow with steep slopes as one can expect on any hill station, so be carefull while driving. Incase you don't have a experience of driving on hills better park your vehicle at Ram Jhula taxi stand and hire a cab. It's a drive of 32 kms from Rishikesh via barrage or alternatively one can walk 22 kms via Ram Jhula to get there.