Living Root Bridge
Canon EOS 300D | 22.0mm | 1/125s | f/5.6 | ISO 200 | Flash Off EXIF


The living root bridge at Ummunoi, Meghalaya. Pioneered by the local War-Khasi tribe, these unusual bridges are grown by carefully guiding roots from the Ficus elastica tree over mountain streams and on to the opposite bank. The process takes anything from 10 to 15 years but results in a magnificent, strong, resilient and alive bridge that only gets better with age!

Kudos to the owners of the Cherrapunjee Resort for bringing these wonders to the world’s attention and helping in their preservation.

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Nidhi said.. Reply

Gorgeous! And to think I’ve been to Cherrapunji dozens of times and NEVER saw this.

Prateek said.. Reply

Thanks! Now you’ll have something new to look forward to on your next trip.

Rakesh Rachamalla said.. Reply

Incredible. I hadn’t heard of this before, so it’s fascinating to me and I’m reading all about it now. Thanks for sharing.

Rashmi said.. Reply

Good thing you didn’t miss seeing this. It’s such an ingenious, fascinating structure. Quite an example for necessity being the mother of all invention.

Abhishek said.. Reply

Yep, fascinating.

Prateek said.. Reply

Glad to be of service. Do make an effort to visit the region and see these unique structures for yourself.

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