We were a bit tired after trekking for around five hours over the David Scott Trail but felt very happy on completion of the task. We relaxed for a while and had our lunch in one of the nearby
restaurants before moving on to our next destination. It was going to be the final destination on this trip and hence we felt a bit sad. But the feeling of covering some of most serene and
exquisite spots in the country gave us the required pleasure.
During our stay in Meghalaya, we have spotted some living root bridges several times. They play a very important role in increasing the tourist attraction of the state. While some of them are single deckers, the bigger ones are of double deckers. I have travelled to different types of places across the globe but never seen anything like these. They are completely natural and have grown on their own. The final destination was the Double Decker Living Root Bridge.
These root brides are formed by tangles of big and thick roots which are then intermingled in order to create bridges which have the capacity to hold a number of people at the same time. The local Khasi people are trained to create these bridges with some help from the nature.
The roots are extremely strong and can be twisted to form solid bridges which in turn are useful in crossing raised and high speed streams. It is the Ficus Elastica tree whose roots are used for creating the bridges. In addition to the primary roots that hold them with the ground, these trees produce numerous secondary roots. The secondary roots are perched over huge boulders across the streams thereby leading to the living bridges.
Some of the root bridges have a length of more than hundred feet and have been operational only after being in existence for more than fifteen years. The necessary time is provided to add the necessary strength to the bridges. The Double Decker Living Root Bridge is extremely strong and has the ability to hold around 50 people at the same time. We left the place quite early as it was getting dark and we had to catch the return flights the next day.