Best time to visitSeptember To May
Things to doBridges, Photography
Best MonthsAll year
Traveller TypesFriends, Couples, Families
Rank4 out of 4 attractions in Riwai Village
Living Root bridges are known to come into existence in the West Jaintia Hills locale and East Khasi Hills region. Living root extensions are a type of tree forming normal in the southern piece of the Northeast Indian state of Meghalaya. They are handmade aerial roots from the living banyan fig trees. In the East Khasi Hills, living root connects adjacent Cherrapunji are known not known to exist around the towns of Nongthymmai, Nongriat, Tynrong, Mynteng, and around Laitkynsew. The nearby Khasi individuals don't know when or how the convention of living root scaffolds began. The most punctual composed record of Cherrapunji's living root extensions is by Lieutenant H Yule, who communicated awe about them in the 1844 Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal. At more than 50 meters long, the longest known sample of a living root bridge is close to the little Khasi town of Pynursla. It can be reached from both of the towns of Mawkyrnot or Rangthylliang.
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Living Root Bridge
Day 3, Living root bridge, Mawlynnong Village and river Dawki. There are two living root bridges. One where we went, is single bridge which is quite easily accessible. You need to climb down few 100 steps only. Whereas the famous living root bridge which is on websites is double decker bridge and was not advisable to climb down there because rains had made it slippery and it could cause accidents. Locals said you need to climb approx 3000 steps and they could be too slippery.
Living Roots BridgeNear East Khasi Hills, this is a famous tourist spot because the roots of a tree merges with another one on the other side of the river, thus making it a bridge from the roots of the rubber trees. However, the whole idea is man made and the roots are made to grow laterally until they meet their counterpart from the other side. A delicate feast for the eyes of a traveler.
Living BridgesThese bridges are living and grow stronger with time. The Khasi people of Meghalaya, India have been building these bridges for a long time which connect an old foot trail of the erstwhile Khasi kingdom. The Living Root Bridges are an unique marriage between man's ingenuity and nature.
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We decided to go there instead of the Bridge to which Cherra Resort staff people takes tourists after trekking to a long distance of 2 hours. We took this decision because my Dad at 61 years can also see the Living Root Bridge. After inquiring 1-2 people Ashok da finally found the path towards the Living Root Bridge. We reached at a totally silent place in the jungle and took a visiting ticket from a local lady. We also inquired her about the way to bridge. It was very nice trek of 20 mins with all sounds of insects, birds, etc generally heard in the jungle. We finally reached the Living Root Bridge and were amazed to see a bridge made up from the roots of Ficus elastica tree (known as Living tree). There was an Australian couple sitting on the bridge. We had a conversation with them regarding the other two Living Root Bridges and also regarding the Indian atmosphere. After clicking some pics and having a close look of bridge, we then returned. Our driver, Ashok da, started a conversation (in Khasi language) with the local lady who gave us tickets. She invited to her home for eating pure, natural tomatoes. When I ate a piece of tomato, I was shocked and experienced an extremely original taste of tomato which I never have eaten in my life. She offered those tomatoes to Ashok da @ the rate of Rs.80/kg to which he refused. While returning, I saw a pipeline made from bamboo which was made for storing water from a long distance waterfall into a Sintex water tank. This was a brilliant creativity of village people to store water.
The living root bridge: An example of man's harmony with nature:On the way out, we were told to visit another tourist destination, the" living root bridge ", located in the Riwai village, Meghalaya. One can witness the splendour and magnanimity of nature in full display - the entwined roots of two large ficus tress entwined to create one-of-its-kind living root bridge, right above the pristine river.
A living root bridge, Riwai Village, Meghalaya, which is natural bridge like structure made out of hundreds of years old tree roots presently strong enough to carry load across them.
There are two of this kind – the one mentioned is a single Decker root bridge. Nature’s unique gift is accompanied with a small water pool near by. After a long travel, people enjoy a quick wash and surprisingly, the place is clean and maintained well.
The living root bridges are a sight to behold. One has to trek for 2-3 hours to see these bridges. Khasi tribe people have been trained to grow these living roots and these roots have been intertwined by each generation.
You might want to take help of google maps and localites to reach to Living root bridge as it’s very inside a village and roads are narrow and lush green. PS: There is another living root bridge in Cherapunjee which has 2 levels of bridge so you could decide on which one would you like to see.
This is something that should definitely not be missed, no matter what. As I went further along the path to the bridge, I felt like I was entering a fairy-tale land. This place is nothing short of magical.