Having had an early night the day before, the next day, we started early to Cherrapunji, the place that receives the world’s second highest share of rainfall. Hidden in the thick tropical forests of Cherrapunji are some astounding man-made natural marvels known as the living root bridges. These strong webs of tangled root bridges aren’t built, they are grown! The journey to Nongriat village to see the legendary double-decker living root bridge is a three km steep hike descending to 2,400 feet with 3,500 stairs to cover. It takes about two hours to reach the double-decker bridge after taking a detour to see the first root bridge called Long Root Bridge and then crossing two metal suspension bridges. Walking through these bridges was a daunting experience, especially for noob hiker like me! This is when your no.1 cheerleader, your best friend, comes in to push you just enough to ensure that you don’t miss out on this surreal experience. Sometimes we come across some phenomenal works of nature that leave us in awe. All the trouble feels worth it when you reflect on the views and serenity around you.