Lakshman Jhula bridge in Rishikesh closed down

Ram Jhula Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
Laxman Jhula Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

 Rishikesh’s 90-year-old suspension bridge, Lakshman Jhula, constructed during the British Raj over the Ganga, was closed on Friday as experts feel it can not sustain more load. Built in 1923, the 136-metre bridge on the Ganga is used by pedestrians and two-wheelers.

The Lakshman Jhula is a 136-metre suspension bridge on the Ganga river connecting Tapovan village in Tehri district with Jonk in Pauri district. Built in 1923, it is one of the main attractions for tourists and devotees in Rishikesh. The bridge is used by pedestrians and two-wheelers. It was named after Hindu mythological character Lakshman as it is believed to stand where he is said to have crossed the river with the help of jute ropes.

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