A bike trip shilong to Nongriat & trekking to double decker root bridge


Located in the thick tropical forest of Meghalaya near Nongriat village, cloaked with rain during most parts of the year are the fantastic man-made cum natural wonders of the living root bridges. Created by the people of the Khasi tribe, these roots grow from the ancient rubber trees, seen only in the northeast region. These roots are trained by the Khasis to grow in such a manner as to be in the form of bridges on the top of a river. These bridges are an amazing alternative to wooden bridges that dwindle with so much rain falling on them. The most popular tourist attraction of Cherrapunjee, these double-decker living root bridges are 2 bridges that are stacked one on the other, made because of the entanglement of roots.

A new root bridge takes about 15 years to get strong enough so that it can bear the weight of people who would be crossing it. Over a span of the next few years, the roots become even stronger. It is believed that some of the root bridges are over five hundred years old.

The living root bridges of Meghalaya are probably the most unique feats of primitive bio-engineering in the world. Also, I think that the waterfalls of Meghalaya are the most beautiful in India. The double-decker living root bridge is the biggest of all root bridges.