Are you willing to see one of the best wonders of nature the double decker living root bridge this summer in Shillong? Really the view is priceless as the bridges are made from living tree roots only. It has been awarded by UNESCO as one of the best World Heritage Site. So, pack your bag now, and let’s explore it more.
You will find double decker living root bridge in nearby areas of Shillong and Cherrapunji. Cherrapunji is the World’s wettest place and receives huge amounts of rain each year. Shillong is the capital city of Meghalaya state located in the north eastern part of India. It is also known as the Scotland of the East India.
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Shillong has one of the best roads, connectivity and tourist amenities, resorts and hotels. Being a popular destination, I spent about a week in Shillong, Cherrapunji and my experiences were mind blowing. Apart from living root bridge, you will mesmerize with waterfalls, forests, lakes, mountains and much more.
Explore Living Root Bridge
You will love Living root bridge which is almost everywhere in Meghalaya’s deep and dense tropical forest. Furthermore, the forest is an awesome place for adventure activity like trekking, hiking, camping and much more. It is not easy to view the double decker root bridge as the trek is long and very tiring. Although, when you see this remarkable wonders you will feel great and it will be an out-of-the-world experience.
Khasi tribe have grown them from the roots of ancient rubber trees, native to the northeast region. The root bridges also provide a stable alternative to wooden bridges, which normally decay during the monsoon seasons. Some of the bridges are believed to be hundreds of years old, and can easily hold more than 50 people.
I started to explore living root bridge from Guwahati, the gateway to the north east of India. You can book a flight ticket and land directly to Shillong Umroi Airport, which is also called Barapani Airforce Base. However, only Air India flight operates to this airport and is near about 40 km away from the capital city Shillong.
The best way to reach Shillong is to travel by shared taxi, private buses, or rental car. So, I decided to take a shared taxi as it cost me only Rs. 300/- from Paltan Bazar, Guwahati and takes about 3 hours to reach Shillong. If you are traveling with your family, the best way to get there is to rent a car. In addition, Government and private buses ply from the surrounding states to Shillong from various places. You can get a bus from ISBT Lokhra, Guwahati to Shillong.
On the way to Shillong, you can shot awesome view of Barapani or Umiam Lake with your camera. Driving through the lush green hills and forests with small villages along the road makes you feel like you are in heaven. Once you reached Shillong, you can hire any local taxi and head straightway to Mawlynnong. Local taxi charges are not so expensive and cost you around Rs. 3000/- only.
Where to stay in the lands of the cloud
You can stay in hotels, homestays, and resorts in and around. Various budget and premium hotels are available in police bazaar right in the Shillong market. If you are interested in a lovely view, you can enjoy staying in the Ri Kynjai resort or Orchid Lake resort near Barapani lake. It lets you view the wonderful lake and the food here is also awesome.
Best time to explore Living Root Bridge
You can plan for a to Meghalaya is during the period of September-November and February-May. This is the best time to enjoy the beautiful weather having lush green pine forests.
The Awesome Living Root Bridges
You’ll see more than a hundred root bridges when you walk along the villages of Mawlynnong, Nongriat or Cherrapunji. Mawlynnong is the Asia’s cleanest village and most beautiful you’ll ever find yourself in. Double Decker Root Bridges of Nongriat Village or Umshiang Bridge are great and found everywhere around Shillong and Cherrapunji.
You can trek and go for hiking to these places if you are an adventure enthusiast. Ummunoi Living Root Bridge is another famous and one of the oldest bridges in Meghalaya. Other famous living root bridges are Ritymmen Root Bridge and Mawsaw Root Bridge.
So, what are you waiting for? Book your flights and hotels now!
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