Living Root Bridges of Meghalaya (India)
Next to the northeast side of India there is a very dense rain forest and it is said to have the richest biodiversity in Asia. A variety of unique plants grow here, one which is the Ficus Elastica, which is a natural substance forming living root bridge in Meghalaya.
Typically a bridge built over the river, the valley, even the sea, by humans. The bridge also commonly made of wood, steel or concrete. However, another special case occur in India. in the area of Cherrapunjee there are unique bridges that was not built by human hands, but live and grow on its own.
People of ancient India has utilized the quality of Ficus Elastica tree to serve their needs, namely as a bridge to cross rivers. Bridges in Meghalaya was made by directing root of Ficus Elastica to the desired direction using stem nut trees and positioned in accordance with the bridge Long.
Living Root Bridges in Meghalaya is so powerful, in fact some of them can bear the weight of 50 people at once, and there is also one that has a length of 30 meters. This bridge takes 10 to 15 years to be fully functional, and they continue to grow and continue growing stronger day by day, as they live. Some of the root bridges in Meghalaya are older than 500 years.
The Living root bridges is so amazing moreover with its surrounding beautiful natural landscape. Not only as a connecting line, this root bridge already became one of the important attraction for tourists in Meghalaya, India.
Pictures of Indian Root Bridges of Meghalaya
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