The famous bridge in Rishikesh called Lakshman Jhula which lies suspended over River Ganges is 450 ft long and connects Tehri and Pauri district. But did you know the story behind its name? Legend has it that Rama’s younger brother Lakshmana crossed the Ganga using just two jute ropes. To honor his feat, a 284 ft long hanging rope bridge was built at the same place and named Lakshman. Until 1889, it was this very rope bridge that was used to cross the river but it was washed away during the floods of October 1924. After this, another bridge was built which opened to public use in 1930. This is still in use but its name remains the same in honor of Lakshmana. If you visit Rishikesh, don’t forget to cross this bridge. On either sides you will see markets where you can shop for idols, semi-precious stones and other knick-knacks. The famous 13-storey Trayambakeshwar Temple is also near Lakshman Jhula.