Umshiang Double Decker Root Bridge

Umshiang Double Decker Root Bridge, near Nongriat Village, Cherrapunji, Meghalaya

In the depths of northeastern India, in one of the wettest places on earth, bridges aren’t built—they’re grown.

There is a tribe in India that has passed down for generations the art of manipulating tree roots to create a system of Living Bridges

Using the roots of the Ficus elastica tree (rubber fig tree), the tribes have woven an elaborate system of living bridges, some of which are thought to be over 500 years old. These extraordinary examples of living architecture are also lessons in patience, since they take about 15 years to grow. With age though, the living root bridges grow stronger and can often support the weight of 50 or more people at a time!

One special root bridge, believed to be the only one of its kind in the world, is actually two bridges stacked one over the other and has come to be known as the “Umshiang Double-Decker Root Bridge.”

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Keywords:  green, leaves, cherrapunji, meghalaya, sohra, wettest place on earth, livingroot bridge, bridge, east khasi hills, tropical forest, double decker


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