Rishikesh – is home for traditional ashrams and modern yoga schools.
The city of Rishikesh lies in the northern part of India, in Uttarakhand state, 245 km from New Delhi, the capital of the country. The city itself usually has very little to offer to the tourists, except for perhaps the central part, the Market; but the neighboring villages, Ram Juhla, Lakshman Juhla, and Tapovan, are truly fascinating.
The entire city is located on the right bank of the Ganges, but if you take the Badrinath Road that follows the waters of the river upstream, and go 5 km to the north, you will find the first hanging bridge – Janki Setu and just 1 km after the second bridge Ram Jhula. The majority of ashrams, restaurants, yoga schools and other activities are waiting for you across the bridge, in the district called Swargashram.
If you go another 5 km down the Badrinath Road, you will find yourself in Tapovan, a district that has been developing fast, with guesthouses and yoga schools booming all over the place.
If you come down to the river Ganges from Tapovan, you’ll come across the second hanging bridge, Lakshman Jhula, and the eponymous area. Again, all the activities here take place across the bridge on the left bank of the Ganges.
There is no public transport from Ram Jhula to Lakshman Jhula. Your only options are to get there on foot or by bike, or to rent a scooter.