Witness a slice of heaven in the living root bridges of Meghalaya

Author: Tanuja Rai
Date: 2020-04-30

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Meghalaya is one of the most beautiful states of Northeast India which attracts tourists in large numbers every year. The name Meghalaya literally means ‘the abode of clouds’ and is often referred to as the Scotland of India. This state has a lot to offer from the picturesque views, places to visit, adventurous activities to food and festivals. Meghalaya is rich in culture and traditions and is one of the treasures of India. It is not only known as a beautiful state for tourists to visit but also as one of the cleanest states in India. Mawlynnog is a village in Meghalaya which is known as the cleanest village in the whole of Asia. You would not want to miss the chance of visiting this place now, would you? Meghalaya has many popular tourist spots to visit and this state rests calmly on the foothills of the Himalayas. Meghalaya is an interesting state and nature has blessed this state abundantly. You will find so many interesting things here from living root bridges to many beautiful caves in this state and Krem Liat Prah in Jaintia Hills Meghalaya is the longest cave in the Indian subcontinent. Maysynram is a place in Meghalaya that is famous all over the world for receiving maximum rainfall on earth. Cherrapunjee is another popular place in Meghalaya that also receives the highest rainfall and has many places of attractions to visit. Meghalaya as a whole is a combination of everything that a soul seeks during tranquil holidays. 

                                                       The Adobe of Clouds - Meghalaya

The Abode of Clouds - Meghalaya

No special permit is required to enter this beautiful state in India after the removal of permit restrictions in 1955 and all of us lucky people can enjoy our holidays in beautiful Meghalaya without any permit now. The state has some of the thickest primary and subtropical forests in India with a wide variety of flora and fauna, hence, constitutes one of the important eco-tourism and wildlife circuits in the country. Tourists come to this wonderland in large numbers in different seasons of the year seeking adventure opportunities in the form of trekking, rock and mountain climbing, hiking, caving, water sports, and more. They also come to Meghalaya for spending peaceful holidays close to nature and understanding interesting tribal culture and customs. There are so many places to visit in Meghalaya that can blow you away with its beauty. 

Cherrapunjee was the wettest place on earth before Maysynram, hidden inside the thick lush green forests and has some of the most renowned places in Meghalaya. One of the most famous places of tourist’s attractions in Cherrapunjee Meghalaya is the Umshiang Double Decker Living Root Bridges, commonly known as the living root bridges. 

Cherrapunjee sightseeing

Living Root Bridges of Meghalaya

The living root bridges of Meghalaya are simple suspension bridges formed by living rubber trees aerial roots by tree shaping. All thanks to the local Khasi tribe and Jaintia people of the mountainous terrain of Meghalaya for shaping the roots by pulling and twisting them in the required direction to form bridges around 200 years ago. The living root bridges are the roots of Indian rubber fig trees found only in the Northeast region of India. Some bridges are called Double Decker Living Root Bridges because of the two decks or the layers of bridges one over another. These are not only the living root bridges in this area but many others. Umshiang Double Decker Living Root Bridges are the most famous of them all due to the large size of the bridges. The upper deck bridge is 20 m long, and to reach the bridge you need to be physically strong. These double-decker living root bridges are a must-see in Cherrapunjee.

 Double Decker Living Root Bridges in Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya

Double Decker Living Root Bridges in Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya

You can go trekking at Cheerapunjee in Meghalaya in Northeast India while visiting the living root bridges. It is advised not to visit this place during monsoon due to heavy rainfall. Apart from the living root bridges, there are other places that you can visit in Cherrapunjee like Dwaki, Mawlynnog, Mawsmai cave, etc. Do visit the cleanest village in Asia at Mawlynnog in Meghalaya while visiting the famous Living Root Bridges and do not miss visiting other popular tourist attractions nearby. Shillong also has bewitching views and places you must visit in Meghalaya.

Shillong is the capital city of Meghalaya encircled by pine trees and astounding valleys that stand tall providing relief from the blazing heat across the country. This hill station has a soothing and comfortable atmosphere and is suitable to visit at any time of the year. Cool gentle breezes and light drizzles make the visit more joyful. Shillong has many waterfalls, clean lakes, museums, etc that magnetizes tourists and has many places of attraction too.

Shillong sightseeing

 View of the valleys and river in Shillong

View of the valleys and river in Shillong

Mawsynram, the wettest place on earth with the highest rainfall, is also a must-visit place in Meghalaya. It is on the wish list of rain lovers all around the globe and many numerous waterfalls can be found here. To experience the powerful rains of the earth’s wettest place you must visit Mawsynram.

Mawsynram sightseeing