Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Picture perfect - Living Root Bridge, Mawlynnong

One of the great secrets of Meghalaya is its living root bridges. These would classify as one of the wonders of India with no difficulty. They are actual bridges formed over streams by training the aerial roots of the Ficus elastica over fifteen to twenty years. And once formed, these bridges grow stronger over time as the tree keeps growing. The most famous of the root bridges is in the village Riwai, near Mawlynnong. The other well-known one is the double-decker(!!) root bridge near Cherrapunji. But to see that one has to take a 4 hour trek one way, so I have so far given it a miss!! Many smaller bridges exist throughout the state - they were built (or rather grown!!) by the local people mainly for connectivity and not for tourism, though now that is an added benefit. I have been to the Riwai bridge more than 10 times, but realised that I have not really got too many good pictures. These will have to suffice.

With Amy's dad on the bridge

2 comments:

  1. Hi,
    I was wondering if you could tell me how long it takes to get to the bridges from Mawlynnong and if it is a big hike. Sorry I have been trying to find the information but seriously failing at it.
    Cheers,
    Tash

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