The living root bridges of cherrapunji | Meghalaya Living Root Bridges
In Cherrapunji, located in the Indian state Meghalaya, living root bridges are located throughout the rainforest. Travelling to the wettest place on earth, means heavy rain, thick fog, the greenest jungle, the tallest Indian plunge waterfalls and some of the most stunning & eco-friendly natural wonders you’ll come across.
The root bridges, some of which are over a hundred feet long, take ten to fifteen years to become fully functional, but they're extraordinarily strong—strong enough that some of them can support the weight of fifty or more people at a time. In fact, because they are alive and still growing, the bridges actually gain strength over time—and some of the ancient root bridges used daily by the people of the villages around Cherrapunji may be well over 500 years old.
One special root bridge, believed to be the only one of its kind in the world, is actually two bridges stacked one over the other and has come to be known as the "Umshiang Double-Decker Root Bridge."
How to Reach
Cherrapunjee can be reached by road from Guwahati & Shillong. Guwahati airport is around 123 kms while Umroi airport is an airport located at Umroi -- 30 km (19 mi) from Shillong -- Meghalaya. By rail, Guwahati is the nearest railway station.