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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Thanks! Now you’ll have something new to look forward to on your next trip.10:39pm, 25th Jan'11
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.12:36pm, 26th Jan'11
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.4:48pm, 26th Jan'11
Yep, fascinating.7:14pm, 26th Jan'11
Glad to be of service. Do make an effort to visit the region and see these unique structures for yourself.7:57pm, 27th Jan'11
Gorgeous! And to think I’ve been to Cherrapunji dozens of times and NEVER saw this.9:49pm, 25th Jan'11