About Ram Jhula
The bridge is located over the holy Ganga river and it connects Sivananda Nagar in Muni Ki Reti, in the district of Tehri Garhwal in the west to Swargashram in the district of Pauri Garhwal, in the east.
People can also traverse the bridge with bikes or cycles. A number of holy ashrams and Hindu religious centres and temples can be found lining the side of the bridge. These ashrams encompass the true essence of Rishikesh, with their peace, hospitality and piety.
Another well-known bridge in the area is the Lakshman Jhula, which is lengthier than Ram Jhula and is situated 2 kilometres upriver, on the banks of the Ganga.
One of the most memorable experiences you can enjoy at the Ram Jhula is overlooking the holy city of Rishikesh from the bridge itself in all its natural and historical glory, surrounded by the river and the mighty mountains.
History of Ram Jhula
The famous Ram Jhula was initially a bridge made of very strong jute ropes, tightly intertwined to give it strength and to help it bear the weight of passers-by. It did not have any pillars to provide structural support in the beginning. Later, it was re-constructed with iron in the year 1986 by the PWD under government supervision.
Since it is located in the spiritual and holy city of Rishikesh, the name of the bridge is derived from the Aryan King- Lord Ram- the protagonist of the epic Ramayana.
The other famous bridge on the river is the Lakshman Jhula. The story goes that in the era of Ram’s reign, Lakshman had crossed the Ganga with the help of two ropes.
To commemorate this mythological event, the Lakshman Jhula was constructed with ropes, in the year 1889. Therefore, a gesture of sibling love and camaraderie between the two brothers- Ram and Lakshman, the second bridge was named ‘Ram, indicative of the divine bond between the two brothers.
About Ram Jhula Market
The Ram Jhula Market can be found in the point where the bridge ends, where you can find shops selling everything imaginable- from groceries to mementoes and religious tokens. You can find religious sculptures, statues and framed pictures of different gods and goddesses, dress materials, jewellery and other artefacts available in the markets.
One can buy authentic semi-precious stones and gems at reasonable prices from here as well. Shoppers can choose from beautiful, ethnic, locally sourced handicraft items to bright and comfortable cotton clothes like sarees, lehengas and cholis, all at reasonable prices.
How to Reach Ram Jhula
By train: If you want to travel by train, the nearest railway station is the Rishikesh Railway Station. From here, you can hire an auto to reach Ram Jhula.
Best Time to Visit Ram Jhula
The best time to visit Ram Jhula and to take full advantage of its natural beauty and spiritual serenity is between the months of February and May. Since Ram Jhula is situated at the foothills of the Himalayas and on the River Ganga, the weather is always suitable for a visit throughout the year.
However, the summers are hot and dry and the temperature can soar up to 40 degrees Celsius. The winters are comparatively more enjoyable. It is advisable to avoid the monsoon season, as the rains may hinder sightseeing and other sports like river rafting and roads can become slippery and dangerous for treks.
What Not to Miss at Ram Jhula
Visitors and tourists have a multiple choice of places to visit near Ram Jhula, apart from the bridge itself. Even if you are not in Rishikesh for your pilgrimage and simply want to explore trekking and other adventures in the area, there is plenty to do.
It is said that Lord Lakshman himself had meditated in this spot in his quest for enlightenment. The temple can be easily accessed by taking an auto from the Rishikesh bus stand.
The band members had spent quite some time here creating one of their best albums- “White Album”. The ashram is known as one of the most spiritual places in Rishikesh.
Other Essential Information About Ram Jhula
Places to stay in Ram Jhula
They have an in-house restaurant and the guests can enjoy activities like campfires and river rafting organized by the hotel itself. Room rent starts from INR 6,500 per day.
It also has special halls for yoga and meditation. It has a multi-cuisine restaurant that serves Indian, Chinese and Continental dishes. Cost of rooms starts from INR 2000 per day.
All modern facilities, like free wi-fi, AC rooms, yoga and meditation halls and prompt medical attention, are available here. Rent for the rooms starts from INR 2,100 per day.
Tips for visiting Ram Jhula
- You must also visit the International Yoga Festival held in March every year.
- The “aarti’ that takes place in the evening on the banks of the Holy Ganga is another sight to behold.
- You should carry your own supply of medicines. 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.