Friday, March 08, 2013

Living Root Bridges of Meghalaya

The root bridges of Meghalaya are a sight unto themselves and a test of forbearance when you try to balance yourself on the tangled roots that make the precarious base, hold on to the shaky sides and try not to notice the beautiful emerald waters down which in turn will cause you more nausea and lose balance.

These bridges are made from the roots of the Ficus elastica tree which produces a series of secondary roots that can be twisted to build these gorgeous bridges. So, in Meghalaya, the Khasis practically grow their bridges. These are living bridges and grow stronger over time. Several of these root bridges are several hundred years old
The best is of course the Nongriat Double-Decker Root Bridge that takes an arduous 6-8 hours of steep downhill and uphill climb to reach.

And there are some others as shaky and frightening...

1 comment:

R Niranjan Das said...

Beautiful post!