Cherrapunji: Root Bridges

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.

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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.

English: Double living root bridge in East Khasi
Image via Wikipedia

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 ……..


About shoma abhyankar

I like to believe that I am a creative person. I read, write, paint, sketch, rustle up some quick and some elaborate meals for friends and family, love chess, su-doku and scrabble, can hum an old Hindi song tentatively, always stand up for women rights, hate fake people, bugs, roaches, spiders and cigarette smokers!! I graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Architecture in 1998. Soon after, I married an officer in Indian Air Force and have been on move since then. For a brief time of two years when we were posted in Pune, I worked as a junior architect in a firm. Being aware of frequent movement that we would have to live with, I chose to be a homemaker and concentrated on creating a warm and welcoming home for my family. But sitting at home without any creative activity was not my cup of tea. I learnt candle making and soon put up an exhibition at Poona Club when my daughter was barely a year old. I also enjoyed a short stint as a home-based entrepreneur, supplying chocolates and cakes on demand, while we were posted in Bareilly. With an inclination towards writing, I completed a diploma in ‘Creative Writing in English’ from Symbiosis College of Distance Learning, Pune. Then I discovered the blogosphere. Now I hope to not only travel and share my experiences with the world but also to pen a book someday....
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14 Responses to Cherrapunji: Root Bridges

  1. eof737 says:

    The pictures are stunning. 😉


  2. Sony Fugaban says:

    That is one amazing bridge, Shoma. I have never seen such natural creation since this day. Thank you for sharing it with us!


  3. Arindam says:

    beautiful picture. Cherrapunji is one of the most beautiful place in India for sure.


  4. tmso says:

    That’s amazing. I’ve never seen root bridges. Thanks for the post!


  5. Northern Narratives says:

    I have never seen anything like this. Wonderful. Thank you for this post 🙂


  6. Nature fails to surprise me with its unique , amazing and majestic formations. The root bridges is truly a fascinating wonder. Thank you. Best wishes to you and your love ones.


  7. Fascinating photos! It must be incredible to see the bridges and walk on them, and well worth the trek to get there! It’s amazing that they’ve been there more than 100 years and survived the elements of nature, especially while being regularly used by many people during that time.


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