Living bridges or root bridges are commonly found in Meghalaya, India.
These Living Bridges are natural yet man-made as they are built by Khasi people and War Jaintia locals from Shillong.
Read on to know some interesting titbits about these unique bridges:
- These bridges are build out of the aerial roots of living banyan or fig trees.
- There is a process which the local people has been following to build such humongous creative bridges.
- The process takes around 15 years for a single bridge to get complete.
- The lifespan of this bridge is not fixed they may vary.
- As the roots grow thicker, the strength of the bridge also increases.
- A Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal written by Lieutenant H Yule in the year 1844 had the very first mention about living root bridge
- The longest known Living Bridge is about 50 meters.
- There are many double-decker Living Bridges as well, but the most famous the “Double Decker” root bridge is in Nongriat Village.
- In total there are three double-decker root bridges. Two are in the West Jaintia Hills near the villages of Padu and Nongbareh. One is in Burma Village, in the East Khasi Hills.
- Furthermore, in West Jaintia hill district there are villages where we can find these bridges- Shnongpdeng, Nongbareh, Khonglah, Padu, and Kudeng Rim.
- In the East Khasi Hills, the villages in Cherrapunji, Nongpriang, Sohkynduh, Rymmai, Lawsuit, and Kongthong are a home to living root bridges.
- Also, these two are the of the most common districts where you can find these living root bridges.
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