This year began with a long vacation which was pending since last year. Every time we planned a trip to the north- eastern states of India, some thing else cropped up and we kept on re-planning. Even this time we could fit in only Kaziranga National Reserve and Shillong-Cherrapunji. The whole group of seven states “The Seven Sisters” still wait for us to explore them…..
Cherrapunji(Sohra as the locals call it) is known to many as the place which receives world’s highest rainfall. It is also blessed with some amazing sights which are truly the wonders of nature. Besides numerous waterfalls it has some natural limestone caves and most magnificent living root bridges or Jhinkieng Jri in the native Khasi language.
Though due to a slight misinformation we landed up in almost opposite direction to Cherrapunji at Mawlynnong but we were rewarded with the view of a smaller living root bridge . The roots of two Ficus trees are inter-twined to form this huge bridge above the stream. During the monsoons, there is much foliage which makes it more awesome sight to behold.
What we were looking for were the double decker root bridges which are in Cherrapunji and involve a three hour to and fro trek in the forest . There are a lot many such bridges in the thick of jungle and are regularly used by the natives . It is an ingenious solution of humans for braving the the natural forces.
Cherrapunji is around three hour drive from Shillong, capital of the state of Meghalaya. A visit to root bridges, the limestone cave and the waterfalls is tiresome at the end of the day and it calls for simply cozying up in a warm quilt by the fire because it is cold almost throughout the year.
However a trip to these rain forests is worth of all the tiredness and cold temperatures ……..