Ram Jhula is one of the most famous places in Rishikesh and if you are planning a pilgrimage to the city or just vacationing, you must stop at this famous bridge. It is an all-iron suspension bridge about 450 feet long. It was built by PWD in 1986.Bridge spans the sacred Ganges and connects Sivananda Nagar in Muni Ki Reti, Tehri Garhwal district to the west, with Swargashram in Pauri Garhwal district to the east.This bridge is located in the state of Uttarakhand, about 3 km from the capital Rishikesh.It is an easy walk from Rishikesh, and if you like long walks amidst the stunning scenery, you can also walk across the bridge.You can also go around the bridge by bike or bicycle. There are many sacred ashrams and Hindu religious centers and temples along the bridge. These ashrams embody the essence of Rishikesh with their peace, hospitality and devotion.Another famous bridge in the area is Lakshman Jhula, which is longer than the Ram Jhula and is 2 kilometers upstream on the banks of the Ganges.One of the most unforgettable experiences to be had at Ram Jhula is the view from the bridge of the holy city of Rishikesh in all its natural and historical splendor, surrounded by a river and majestic mountains.
The famous Ram Jhula was originally a bridge made of very strong jute ropes, tightly woven to give it stability and to support the weight of passers-by. In the beginning there were no supporting pillars. It was later rebuilt in iron by the PWD under state supervision in 1986.As it is located in the spiritual and holy city of Rishikesh, the name of the bridge comes from the name of the Aryan king - Lord Ram - the hero of the Ramayana epic.Another famous river bridge is the Lakshman Jhula.According to legend, he crossed the Ganges using two ropes during the reign of Rama Lakshman.To commemorate this mythological event, the Lakshman Jhula was built with ropes in 1889. Therefore, as a sign of brotherly love and companionship between the two brothers, Ram and Lakshman, the second bridge was named "Ram", symbolizing the divine connection between the two brothers.
Given the large number of tourists and pilgrims who visit this site each year, there are countless shops and markets near where the bridge starts and ends.The bridge ends at Ram Jhula Market, where you'll find shops selling everything from groceries to souvenirs to religious icons. At the markets you can find religious sculptures, statues and framed paintings of various gods and goddesses, costume materials, jewelry and other artifacts.Here you can also buy semi-precious stones and real gemstones at cheap prices. Shoppers can choose from beautiful local ethnic handicrafts and lightweight and comfortable cotton garments such as saris, lehengas and cholis, all at reasonable prices.
- Here are some useful tips to keep in mind when visiting Ram Jhula:- Aside from being one of the most popular pilgrimage destinations in the country, there are also a number of spiritual centers here. Be sure to visit their yoga centers and meditation ashrams for a spiritually satisfying experience.- Also visit the International Yoga Festival held in March every year.- “Aarti”, which takes place in the evening on the banks of the Holy Ganges, is another must-see.- You must have your supply of medication with you.Carrying your own water bottles when you are touring the place can also make the trip convenient.- Winters can get quite cold in the area, which is why it is essential to pack accordingly. No matter what time of the year you are travelling in, make sure you carry some warm clothes to combat the cold.- If you are travelling with children, it is important to take special care of them because of the crowds that you will inevitably be met with when you are there.
The best time to visit Ram Jhula and fully appreciate its natural beauty and spiritual tranquility is between February and May. As Ram Jhula is located in the foothills of the Himalayas and on the Ganges, the climate is always suitable for a visit all year round.However, summers are hot and dry and temperatures can reach up to 40 degrees Celsius. The winters are relatively more pleasant. It is recommended to avoid the monsoon season as the rain can make sightseeing and other sports such as rafting difficult and the roads can become slippery and dangerous when hiking.
By Train: If you wish to arrive by train, the nearest railway station is Rishikesh Railway Station. From there you can hire a car to reach Ram Jhula.
By Air: The nearest airport is Dehradun Jolly Grant Airport, about 22 km away. Taxis can be hired from outside the airport gates to take you anywhere in Rishikesh including Ram Jhula. The journey from the airport to Ram Jhula costs around INR 1,500.By car: There is also a bus service from the airport. Driving from Haridwar to Rishikesh by road will be more interesting if you are on a budget. The city streets are well equipped with rickshaws and cars, making it easy to get around in and around the city.