The Living Route Bridge is one of the most unusual bridges one would ever see. Because of its distinct features, this venue has grown in popularity and drawn a significant number of tourists from all around the world. It is a must-see location on any travel itinerary. Your travel list of Khasi Hills in Meghalaya is incomplete without visiting the Living Root Bridges.
This location is close to Mawlynnong, Riwai, which is also regarded as Asia's cleanest village. This alone draws a significant number of tourists. Riwai is just one kilometre from Mawlynnong. It is, however, 76 kilometers from Shillong and takes approximately 2.5 hours to reach your desired destination by roadway. This suspension bridge is nestled among lush green trees and bushes, with a stream running straight beneath it. The magnificent beauty captivates visitors and provides soul-satisfying fulfilment.
Nongriat has another living root bridge. It is very big, which is why it is known as the Double-Decker Living Route Bridge. This, however, is more popular than the single living route bridge. To see this one-of-a-kind bridge for yourself, you must drive 12 kilometres, which takes about 30 minutes by road from Cherrapunjee. Shillong is the closest city to Cherrapunjee and the most direct path to Nongriat village. One must be aware that the path to it may be rough in some areas, but it is worth the ride to the beautiful place. However, for trekkers, the hike begins in Tyrna Village, which is just a 20 to 30-minute drive from Cherrapunjee. The overall hiking time is around 1.5 hours, with spectacular views at each stop.
Because of the way it was formed, the Double Decker Living Root Bridge has a distinct personality. The Khasi and Jaintia tribes handcrafted these bridges from aerial roots and rubber fig trees. It serves as a replacement for wooden bridges, which are usually decomposed and are destroyed during the monsoon season. However, aerial roots and ribber fig trees are an excellent alternative. Even though man-made, it is the most naturally built bridge in history.
The Living Root Bridge is created by the binding of pliable roots of Ficus Elastica trees found across the river's stream. The roots are then allowed to grow until they are strong enough to support the weight of humans going through them. However, one must be aware that it takes about fifteen years for the new root bridge to become strong enough to keep the bridge in place and allow people to walk through it. Some of the roots are now over a century old, making them stronger than ever. You should also know that there are approximately 11 operational living root bridges that bring ethereal elegance to the forest.
This bridge can be photographed as a remembrance in the village of Nongriat. The hill is 3000 steps down from this bridge. This location is also popular with trekkers because getting to the spot of the Double-Decker Living Root Bridge requires hiking over shaky bridges to your ultimate destination. It is an adventure in and of itself that one can enjoy.
You can also relax in the naturally formed Jacuzzi located next to the bridge. Where will one quickly get a chance to relax in a cold Jacuzzi? It's a paradise in itself. Aside from wildlife watching, there is also swimming and cliff jumping. One of the most enthralling activities is the free fish pedicure that nature provides. This location is also suitable for tourists interested in bird watching. However, you must bring your binoculars to watch the various species of birds flying peacefully in their natural environment.
The homestay option near the living Root Bridge enhances your experience even more. You can take some time to rest and enjoy the peace and calm of the jungle. It is an excellent place to enjoy and breathe in nature. It is not often that one has the chance to spend the night in the jungle and enjoy the quiet and serenity that nature has to bring. It has the potential to cure humans' corrupted minds. This site will help you grow a fresh perspective on life and remind you to live in the moment from time to time while appreciating God's gift of nature.
This is also an excellent location for a couple to spend some quality time together away from the hustle and bustle of the capital. It allows you to discover not only nature but also yourself. It exposes a world beyond technology and modernization. You get to see nature in its most primal form, which is spellbinding.
A local guide is often recommended when exploring this region. They will not only lead you along the course but will also educate you on the various species that live in this region. You should also inquire about the locals and learn new things.
All-weather is suitable for visiting the site, as it is for many other places in Meghalaya, but it is often advised to avoid monsoon because the path becomes slippery and navigation becomes challenging due to heavy rainfall. However, tourists enjoy the misty weather all year, which is very pleasant and enjoyable.