The Living Bridges of Meghalaya, India

The Living Bridges of Meghalaya, India

The living bridges in Meghalaya, India are indeed products of creativity and resourcefulness. Learn how the locals built these ingenious root bridges.


Looking like they came from LOTR’s Ents, these seemingly natural bridges were built by the inhabitants of Meghalaya, India. Due to consistent rain that the area receives, locals can easily manipulate fig tree roots into bridges and ladders. Unlike wooden bridges that rot due to moisture, the living bridges strengthen over time and can last for centuries.

Building these bridges takes a lot of patience and time. Initially, the locals have to build a guiding system using a bamboo structure where the fig tree roots are attached. It takes around six to eight years before the bridge can support a person’s weight. The living bridges scattered around what is considered the wettest place on earth are proven to be strong and reliable, but if you’re doubtful, you are always free to do a stress test.

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Head down to Meghalaya, India to cross these living bridges before they’re gone.

Image credits: Amos Chapple

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