Did you know? In the depths of north-eastern India, in the vicinity of the wettest place on Earth, Cherrapunji, bridges aren't built- they're grown. Thanks to The War-Khasis, a tribe in Meghalaya. Here are things you must-know about these living root bridges of Meghalaya. Also affectionately known as the ‘double decker’ root bridge.
- The living root bridge is almost over 500 years old. Old enough to accommodate 50 people at once.
- There are 11 root bridges in Cherrapunjee and all of them are functional.
- Just as wine gets better with age, these bridges get stronger each year. It takes 10-15 years for them to turn into bridges.
- The Khasis-a tribe in Meghalaya, make use of natural resources like twines and trunks for crafting the roots into bridges.
- The living bridges are made from the secondary roots of the Ficus elastica tree, whose roots grow above the ground surface.
- A species of Indian rubber tree with an incredibly strong root system thrives and flourishes on the slopes of these mountain streams.
- It's fascinating to know that some of these live root bridges are over a hundred feet long.