Double Root Bridge
Nongriat, Meghalaya 793111, India
About Double Root Bridge
Root bridges are handmade from the aerial roots of rubber fig trees (Ficus elastica) by the Khasi and Jaintia peoples of the mountainous terrain along the southern part of the Shillong Plateau. They take around fifteen years to fully develop. While most of the living root bridges are single decked, this one here is special- with two decks.
Attractions near Double Root Bridge
A huge cave surrounded by the thick forest. The cave is known for its fossil formations, limestone structures, and stalagmite and stalactite formations which are believed to be millions of years old. It houses many narrow passages and chambers, as well as a stream that flows inside the cave.
The waterfall descends from a steep rockface and drops approximately 170-190 metres into a gorge. There is a local legend that two fairies live at the falls.
Living root bridges are a form of tree shaping common in the southern part of the Northeast Indian state of Meghalaya. They are handmade from the aerial roots of rubber fig trees
Dramatic, multi-tiered waterfalls in picturesque surrounds, with an easy walking trail and stairs. The local Khasi people called it Ka Kshaid Lai Pateng Khohsiew (or “Three Steps Waterfalls”). The British renamed the falls because there used to be a rock resembling an elephant near the left side of the main falls (which I think was the bottommost one). However, that rock was destroyed in an earthquake back in 1897.
The museum offers its visitors an insight into the history of the Indian Air Force and its events, especially during the Indo - Pak War of 1971. Among other things, the museum provides information on the history of planes and aircraft, models of aircrafts, the world's oldest airport, and the Wright brothers’ memorial.
Mountaintop with observation towers offering views of the sweeping vistas of Shillong City.
Where is Double Root Bridge
Discover more attractions in East Khasi Hills, where Double Root Bridge is located
The East Khasi Hills District is mostly hilly with deep gorges and ravines on the southern portion. The most important physiographic features of the district is the Shillong Plateau interspersed with river valley, then fall sharply in the southern portion forming deep gorges and ravine in Mawsynram and Shella-Bholaganj bordering Bangladesh.
What visitors say about Double Root Bridge
Foound this gem on the way to the double decker living root bridge.
The pool is crystal clear, with a warm blue colour. The water is very cold and refreshing and you can swim in there. I don't know how to swim so it was a bummer that I coudnt enjoy it to the fullest. My friend on the other hand swam across to the waterfall in the other end. It was a cooling and refreshing experience as the hike to the root bridge was very intense.
There is a swinging bridge constructed across the river only through which you can reach the root bridge. It sways as you enter it, you can feel the adrenaline rushing when you walk on it. The view from up top of the pool is also fantastic. The people who lives in the nearby village have to cross this bridge and take a journey through the forest to reach the nearest town.
The hike to the root bridge was very very hard. You have to descend and ascend 3500 steep steps through on your journey back and forth, the most intense leg day I ever had ;)
The view throughout the hike is breath taking, surroundings covered in lush greenery and rocky mountains which turn to large waterfalls in rainy season. The highlight of the hike was the crystal clear blue lagoon in the wild river in between (I have added it as a separate place in my map). We took a refreshing dip in it, it was so beautiful and incredibly adventurous.
The double decker bridge is a wonder. It takes around 20-30 years for it to grow fully and become useful, have to admire the patience of the people making it. They construct the bridge using aerial roots of Rubber Fig Trees. The villagers lays the root on small structures and in many years, the roots will overgrow the structures and will be big enough to support weight of the people. All over the area surrounding the double root bridge, there are many other single root bridges too.
I will recommend anyone to visit the place, especially because of the blue lagoon on the way. But be prepared. The hike is very hard. Bring enough snacks and water.