Cross a jungle root bridge

It’s the incredible rainfall of Sohra (Cherrapunji), India, that allows living-root bridges to be formed from the surrounding jungle. Eoghan and Jili bring you into the wet north-eastern Indian region. To find out more about Eoghan and Jili, visit the bio page of travel bloggers, Twobirdsbreakingfree.

Twobirdsbreakingfree visit Sohra in India, the wettest region in the world…

Bridges made from jungle vines, for centuries.

Indiana Jones, eat your heart out. This is the real deal—minus blow darts from tribal pygmies or some giant, stone ball rolling in your direction. For hundreds of years the Khasi and Jainta people of north-eastern India have been creating living root bridges from the dangling roots of jungle Rubber Fig Trees (Ficus elastica). Together with some incredible waterfalls created in the lush, local jungles by the insane yearly rainfall, it makes for one amazing place to visit.

These bridges take 10-15 years to establish but once grown and manipulated into their final shape they can hold up to 50 people at once and last hundreds of years. Sohra (currently in the process of changing back to this original indigenous name from Cherrapunjee) is the most famous place for these bridges but others exist in Nagaland in India and even Sumatra and Java in Indonesia.

The most famous of these bridges is probably the “Double Decker” root bridge near Nongriat Village, but the longest known example of a living root bridge, at 50 meters long (and an intimidating height), is near the small Khasi town of Pynursla. Boasting the second largest rainfall average on the planet, (the area with the world’s highest average rainfallMawsynram, is less than 100 klm away) this area is also home to a huge array of impressive waterfalls; the Nohsngithiang Falls (Seven Sisters Falls), Nohkhalikai Falls (at 340m, it’s the tallest free-fall waterfall in India) and Rainbow Falls (a remote jungle waterfall).

Tips: 

To get to Sohra, take a shared Tata Sumo (MUV) from the sumo stand in Bara Bazaar in Shillong.

Bloggers and Vloggers Twobirdsbreakingfree have made a huge, incredibly detailed guide here.

When: Cherrapunji receives an enormous rainfall throughout the year. The best time to visit Cherrapunji is between October and May, when the weather is cool and pleasant.

Where: Sohra (Cherrapunji),  northeast India

 

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