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#1 of 12 Places To Visit in Cherrapunjee
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Cherrapunji, Meghalaya, India
visit duration
Around 3 to 4 hours

about living root bridges

Living Root Bridges are built especially using the secondary root systems that grow higher up on the trunk. To prevent these roots from flaring out on all directions and guiding them the right way, hollowed out betel nut trunks are used. Once the roots extend over to the other side of the river, they are allowed to take root. A good sturdy bridge may take anywhere from 10 to 15 years to be completely built and can easily carry the weight of more than 50 people. 

On the slopes of the Jaintia and the Khasi hills in Cherrapunji, grows a species of the Indian rubber tree. This species has a particularly strong root system and thrives very well in these parts. The war Khasi tribes had noticed this property of the tree long ago, and decided to use it as a way to cross over treacherous rivers. Once they mastered the art, they started building more and more such bridges whenever there arose a need.

Since the roots continue to grow, over time this living bridge continues to strengthen as well. Some bridges in this area are more than 500 years old. A special mention goes to the "Umshiang Double-Decker Root Bridge", which are two bridges stacked up on each other - one of its kind in the whole world, for sure.

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2 Living Root Bridges reviews
Sumit Agarwal
Sumit Agarwal
Sensational and best place to visit in Meghalaya
Jun 18 2014
Great place to visit and the way to this living root bridge is amazing. You will love this place.
Debangana Sen
Debangana Sen
Mar 28 2014
A must visit. Walking on this bridge you will be amazed at the inventiveness and the resourcefullness of the tribals.