Living Root Bridge is located around 78 kms from Shillong near Riwai village in the East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya. From Riwai Village one has to trek around half a kilometer of descend to reach the Living Root Bridge. It is located between the Riwai village and Nohwet village between two hills and over a stream.
There is no entry fees for Living Root Bridge.
Living Root Bridge is a bridge over a stream made of roots of two living trees on both sides of the stream. This type of bridges has been an ingenious invention of the local Khasi people who through a special technique encourages the roots of rubber fig trees ( ficus elastica) to grow over a stream and strengthen over time until it can hold a human weight.
We traveled there in the month of December and there were hardly any water in the stream. During monsoon one can try a soothing bath in the stream.
After watching Living Root Bridge we started to climb on the other side of the hill to go to Nohwet viewpoint. After trekking around 1 km I reached Nohwet viewpoint. I took a little longer route as I wanted to explore Nohwet village. On the way I walked past a church, Meghalaya type houses, kids cheering me 🙂
At Nohwet Viewpoint there is an entry fees of Rs 30 per person. One has to walk on a machan (a platform erected on a tree) and go to the viewpoint which also on a elevated platform made of bamboo. One 7 persons can be on the platform at a given time. It was a nice experience to be on a tree machan which gives nice view of the valley and hills on the other side. On the left hand side one can see the plains of Bangladesh.
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