Double Decker Living Root Bridge - Meghalaya


Deep in the rainforests of the Indian state of Meghalaya, bridges are not built, they’re grown!

State - Meghalaya

Town - Cherrapunji

Village - Nongriat and Mawlynnong

Living Root Bridge - Nongriat

Photo of Nongriat, Meghalaya, India by sheralli

I am sure you must be wondering how can someone build a bridge out of the living tree roots, isn't it? This left me bewildered too, when I heard about it for the first time. But as soon as I heard about it, my heart knew what's my next travel plan!

Khasi Woman

Photo of Guwahati - Shillong Road, GMC Ward Number 44, Swaraj Nagar, Guwahati, Assam, India by sheralli

Along with the double decker living root bridges, there are also single decker living root bridges. The Khasi Tribe made these bridges across rivers, so that they can have an access to the other side.

How Are These Bridges Built?

Can you guess? No! basically the Khasi Tribe engineered these root bridges across the rivers. In Nongriat, you will find the Umshiang Double Decker Root Bridge. Umshiang is the river on which these bridges were built.

People of the Khasi Tribe, took the newly grown ends of a tree root and channelized it to the other side via hollow woods. So, the roots grew in the direction of the hollow woods and reached the other end if the river.

This way, they channelized a lot of roots to the other end of the river and made the bridge quite strong. These bridges can hold upto 60 people at a time. After the roots grew, they put stones over it to solidify the structure all the more.

Bridge made of living roots

Photo of Mawlynnong, Meghalaya, India by sheralli

Best Season to Visit North East

I visited this natural beauty during the rainy season, which is essentially in the month of July. But, this is not the good season to visit Northeast. Best time to visit Shillong or Cherrapunji is during the winters.

Best time to visit North East is in the months of October to March. You can also visit in the summers, but it is the most beautiful during winters.

Where to Stay in Meghalaya?

Staying is not a big problem in Meghalaya. You can chose to stay in the homestays or the Meghalaya tourism hotels in Shillong. Apart from these, there are many hotels that you can book online.

Prefer to stay in the main market areas because from there only you will get all the cabs and buses for everywhere. If you are staying in Guwahati, stay in Paltan Bazaar area. There, you will get government cabs for Shillong, Cherrapunji and Mawlynnong.

I stayed in Shillong, it was a Marwari owned hotel in the main market area. Mawlynnong took me an hour from there. You can also read my post about Mawlynnong - Asia's Cleanest Village. It has much more to offer apart from the living root bridge trek.

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