THE LIVING ROOT BRIDGE OF MEGHALAYA!

THE LIVING ROOT BRIDGE OF MEGHALAYA! (1)

Riwai Village located in the East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya, the village offers picturesque natural beauty, a trek to the living root bridge. This “Living Root Bridge” carbon dated to 1100 years back are a testimony to the far-sighted vision of past generations.THE LIVING ROOT BRIDGE OF MEGHALAYA! (2) Meghalaya’s double-decker and single-decker root bridges are unique in the world and are a sight to behold. The bridges are tangles of massive thick roots, which have been intermingled to form a bridge that can hold several people at a time. Khasi people have been trained to grow these bridges across the raised banks of streams to form a solid bridge, made from roots. The living bridges are made from the roots of the Ficus elastica tree, which produces a series of secondary roots that are perched atop huge boulders along the streams or the riverbanks to form bridges.THE LIVING ROOT BRIDGE OF MEGHALAYA! (3)The root bridges, some of which are over a hundred feet long, take ten to fifteen years to become fully functional, but they’re extraordinarily strong – strong enough that some of them can support the weight of fifty or more people at a time. The bridges are alive and still growing and gain strength over time.THE LIVING ROOT BRIDGE OF MEGHALAYA! (4)

THE LIVING ROOT BRIDGE OF MEGHALAYA! (5)

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3 responses to “THE LIVING ROOT BRIDGE OF MEGHALAYA!

  1. Wow! I really love this post – the photos and the concept of “living bridges”. Totally beautiful 🙂 Joyful greetings, Sam 🙂

  2. Pingback: SHILLONG, MEGHALAYA TRIP 2017 – GK DUTTA·

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