Double Root Bridge - Reviews From Travellers
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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.
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Double Root Bridge
Nongriat, Meghalaya 793111, India
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.