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Living Root Bridges (Meghalaya)

One of Meghalaya’s most popular sights, these bridges have been steadily expanding for over two centuries. When the Khans built theirs, they used the roots of rubber trees and fed them until they were long enough to bridge the river’s banks on each side. When the roots were entangled over time, they became strong enough to carry a large amount of weight (around 50 people!).

A hundred-foot-long living bridge takes anywhere from 10 to 15 years to develop into its final form. Up to 500 years might be expected from fully developed roots.

Living Root Bridges (Meghalaya)

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Double living root bridge in East Khasi Hills may be seen in the picture below.