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INCREDIBLY INDIA! 7 Things You Need to Know About the Root Bridge in Meghalaya

Credits - Dhwani Vora

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.

  1. The living root bridge is almost over 500 years old. Old enough to accommodate 50 people at once.
    Living Growing Root Bridges Source - inhabitat.com
  2. There are 11 root bridges in Cherrapunjee and all of them are functional.
    Bridge over quiet waters Source - livemint.com
  3. 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 Living Root Bridges of Cherrapunji Source - khbuzz.com
  4. The Khasis-a tribe in Meghalaya, make use of natural resources like twines and trunks for crafting the roots into bridges.
    Living root bridge & Khasi Source - photoshelter.com
  5. The living bridges are made from the secondary roots of the Ficus elastica tree, whose roots grow above the ground surface.
    Living Root Bridge Source - flickr.com
  6. A species of Indian rubber tree with an incredibly strong root system thrives and flourishes on the slopes of these mountain streams.
    2 Living Root Bridge Source - Bryan Morse's Blog
  7. It's fascinating to know that some of these live root bridges are over a hundred feet long.
    3 Living Root Bridge Source - volunteerworkindia.org
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