Living root bridges

Umshiang Double-decker bridge

Living root bridges are a type of simple suspension bridge formed of living plant roots by tree shaping. Living root bridges are common in the state of Meghalaya.

Meghalaya is a state in Northeast India and is also called the “The abode of clouds.” The regions are one of the wettest places in the world. The people living in these regions are called the Khasis. They have developed a relationship with the forest from ancient times.

The Khasis developed a way to travel through the forest through the waterfalls and other water bodies by creating the living root bridges also known as jing kieng jri. It takes about 25 to 30 years for the formation of such living root bridges. These bridges become stronger with time. The origin of the creation of the living root bridges is not known; however, the first record appears more than a hundred years ago. Read more…

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