According to Mythology, Lakshmana, the younger brother of Lord Rama, crossed the river Ganga on a jute rope here. Later, a jute rope bridge was built here to honor Lakshmana in 1889. It was only until October 1924 when a flood came and washed away the 284-foot-long hanging jute rope bridge. Then in 1930, a new bridge was built.
There are major temples such as Tayambakeshwar Temple, Neelkanth Mahadev, Lakshmana Temple, Sacha Akhileshwar Mahadev Temple, and Sri Raghunathji Temple are located near Lakshmana Jhula.
It is situated in the city of Rishikesh and can be reached by auto rickshaw sharing. If you are traveling by train, the nearest railway station to reach Lakshmana Jhula is the Rishikesh railway station (4 km). If you travel by airplane, you can land at Jolly Grant Airport, 22kms away in Dehradun.
Until November 5, 2020, the bridge will be restricted to pedestrians only and will be permanently closed when another bridge is built next to it. Barriers kept on both ends prevent vehicular traffic, including scooters and motorcycles. However, access for pedestrians is still possible. Media reports that the bridge was completely closed are false. The bridge is being replaced due to its deteriorating state. It is better to confirm by calling someone locally who can tell you the latest development on that matter. The 2-wheeler and 4-wheeler pallets are closed to vehicles but open to pedestrians.
On November 20, 2020, the Government of Uttarakhand has announced the construction of the state-of-the-art Bajrang Bridge next to the Lakshmana Jhula bridge. Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat announced during the inauguration of the 346-meter-long Janki setu Bridge at Rishikesh, which connects Swargashram with Muni Ki Reti.