The living Root bridges is a form of tree shaping that naturally invent a bridge that similar to suspension bridge but this version is nature-made. The ingredient of the material for this bridge is the aerial roots of living banyan fig trees, and that is the Ficus Elastica. The location of this incredible spot located at the North East side of India, which on the Meghalaya. The idea and approaches that the native people do to make this happen is by train the pliable tree roots while growing through the betel tree trunks. Other materials are also part of the finalization process, and they are Stones, Sticks, and other unknown materials.
To build the same craft – it takes around 15 years to finish the entire process. The process should be in natural, and there will be plenty differences if we pursue the instant way to having the same result. Once the bridge craft has done – the life age of the bridge can reach 500 to 600 years with self-renewing as well as self-strengthening where the roots usually get thicker. Surely, this evident is a priceless phenomenon that we rarely found in some countries. Some analysis stated that maybe this idea trigger the transformation of the current modern suspension bridge that we often see in the big, modern cities and countries globally.
The Living Root Bridges Trek Challenges
There are plenty living Root bridges Trek challenges that we will meet along the way of our trip to this hidden treasure place. Each bridge has its difficulties level, and they are Ummunoi Root Bridge that start from Laitkynsew Village and end at the Nongkroh village. The length is 2 kilometers for one way with the total time of 3 to 4 hours for the return distance duration. The second is Umkar Root Bridge that start from Siej Village and take 30 minutes for the return with the length of distance approximately 0.5 kilometers for one way.
Do and Don’ts
To reach the living Root bridges will need minimum 2,000 Rupees for a one-way trip and the options we have for the transportation are by taxi or rent reliable vehicle/cars. The area in this location has been in a well-known name as the wettest area on earth. The suitable months to visit this place is within the July months where it close to the Summer Season. Bring a reliable backpack is a must along with the raincoat and some spare of T-Shirt is important since the weather there is unpredictable. Hiking Shoes maybe the right tools that we need to wear compared to sandals where will bring us a lot of trouble on the way.