The Untold Stories Of Double Decker Living Root Bridge Of Meghalaya
Meghalaya suddenly became famous in the bucket lists of Wonderlusters! If you compare only the tourist count of the last three years and the content count built above Meghalaya, then you know that North East India is a new cool. There are many things that set this trend - one of these is the Double Decker Root Bridge of Meghalaya.
On hearing the name of the living root bridge of Cherrapunji, there is a thrill in the mind. This is a wonderful view of nature located in Meghalaya. These bridges are made from the roots of a tree called the Ficus elastica tree. The people here saw this tree and knew the quality of its roots which was elastic and fit to tie but was also very strong. They used it to cross the river.
This bridge is also so life-heavy that it can bear 50 people's weight simultaneously. It takes ten to fifteen years to develop the bridge. One side is that these roots are always alive and growing, so their strength also keeps increasing. This bridge is also built in such a way that they are on top of each other and that is called double decker living root bridge. That's why this bridge is also known by double decker root bridge of Cherrapunji.
History Of Double Decker Root Bridge:
Maulinang is a village is located about 3 km from Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya. There is a wonderful 'double-decker' bridge over the Umsiang River in Cherrapunji. A special type of rubber tree is found here, called Ficus elastica. As these rubber trees age, the branching branches that grow out of their original roots rise to the ground and grow slowly. Indigenous peoples capitalize on this feature of the Ficus elastica tree and make these living bridges a long process. The bridges of the two trees on either side of the river or roots are interconnected. This is a special process that has been going on for about 3 years. Despite these modern times of concrete, these bridges continue to become more durable and stronger as they age. In the whole process, it is an amazing bridge with small live streams. Then the stone or brick is laid on the bridge, making it convenient for movement.
The bridge has been seen in this area for several hundred years. However, there is no exact information as to when exactly this started. The first mention of this bridge is found in the journal of The Asiatic Society, written in the first 3 by Henry Yule, a Scottish thinker.
The living bridge of Maulinang village is very famous for tourists. Many tourists come here to visit these natural bridges. Besides, the natural beauty of this place is also fascinating. Apart from Maolinang, the 'Single Decker Living Root Bridge' is located in Meghalaya's Shongpedeng, Nongbarre, Khongla, Pudu, Kudeng Rim, Minteng, Nongrihat, Nongthimai, Litkensiu, Pineursla villages. Interestingly, the double-decker living root bridge is also seen in some villages.