Rishikesh to Lakshman Jhula: Tips for Hiking

The Rishikesh to Lakshman Jhula trail is an amazing hiking trail along the holy river the Ganges, the trail is stunning with so many different viewpoints. The walk is a total of 6.5 km and takes in the old Rishikesh to Lakshman Jhula bridge. Rishikesh is a fantastic place to visit in the summer and winter months but the river is a bit high in the rainy season so, you get a little changed in the trail route in the month of July/August & mid-September.

The Rishikesh to Lakshman Jhula trail offers a lot of things to do along the way such as taking a dip in the Ganges River, visiting temples and shrines, swimming in the river, eating organic food, and hanging out with friendly locals.

There is so much to explore and learn in this beautiful area! While hiking in Rishikesh requires a bit of physical activity, it’s not too strenuous and is a popular walk throughout the whole year. Many people who rent the service of rickshaws to Rishikesh love to go through the winding mountain roads and visit Ram Jhula which is an ironed suspension bridge that crosses the Ganges river.

Triveni Ghat Area
Triveni Ghat Area

Walking Route

If you’re looking to explore the Marine Drive Pathway and all the sights along the Ganges river, start in the Bahattar Sidhi area. You can follow the river upstream, visiting Triveni Ghat, Raghunath Temple, Rishikund, Pappu Lassi Wala, and Bharat Mandir (one of the oldest temples in the area, built in the 9th century by Adi Guru Sankara). After exploring the Triveni Ghat area & Bazars ( Including the vegetable market), take the riverside pathway and keep following upstream.

As you explore the Ganges on foot, you come to a point where you must cross a dry river known as the Chandrabahga. You’ll eventually arrive at Swami Dayananda Ashram and Swami Swatanratananda Ashram. After about 20 minutes of walking, you’ll reach the newly built Janki Setu suspension bridge.

Street around Triveni Ghat
The street around Triveni Ghat

After crossing the Janki Setu Bridge, take the left pathway upstream., you will come across the Vanprashtha Ashram, Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Geet Bhavan Ashram, Rameshwar Temple, Ram Jhula Suspension Bridge, Chotiwala Restaurant (where you can stop for lunch or tea break), and the Swarg Ashram area, where Sivananda passed many years of his life in solicitude.

In the area of Swarg Ashram, there are more than 100 hermitages in this area where monks are still living where you meet many monks and Sanyasi around.

Vegetable Market Rishikesh
Vegetable Market Rishikesh

Once you follow the road to Lakshman Jhula through the local bazaars and temples, you can explore the boating experience along with Trayambkeshwar Shiva temple and the Sai Ghat area.

The Lakshman Jhula is a bridge that spans the river Ganges and is a popular tourist destination. It’s accessible via a tarred road through local bazaars and temples. The bridge offers stunning views of the river and the surrounding areas.


The walk is one of the most popular walks in Rishikesh and is great for anybody looking to get a little exercise and have a walk in the fresh air. We hope you enjoyed our article on the Rishikesh to Lakshman Jhula walk, if you have any questions please feel free to contact us anytime at info@rishikeshdaytour.com Thank you for reading, we hope that you enjoy your stay in Rishikesh!




Namaste! I am Om. I am a licensed Tourist Guide ( Approved by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India), I’m originally from Varanasi. Now, I am living in Rishikesh. I set up this blog to share my tips and experiences for traveling to inspire and help you to travel more. Hari Om

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