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  • Andrew Khariang

    One of the Living Roots Bridge....

  • Candi Wallace

    Known as 'Living bridges'. These bridges are constructed by the people of small villages in India whom manipulate the roots of fig trees to create these magnificent pieces of architecture.

  • Julie LeStarge

    Fig Tree Bridge. Saw this on human planet, humans guide the Fig Tree where to grow, and as a result have a bridge. Found in India.

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Living Root Bridges of Meghalaya, India. Photo by Timothy Allen

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This living bridge is made from roots from the ficus tree. Villagers spend their whole lives weaving the roots together as the trees grow so that humans can cross the rivers during monsoon season. amazing.

In order to make a rubber tree's roots grow in the right direction - say, over a river - the Khasis use betel nut trunks, sliced down the middle and hollowed out, to create root-guidance systems. The thin, tender roots of the rubber tree, prevented from fanning out by the betel nut trunks, grow straight out. When they reach the other side of the river, they're allowed to take root in the soil. Given enough time, a sturdy, living bridge is produced.

They are called ‘Living Bridges’ of Cherrapunji. Cherrapunji, in Meghalaya, India, is famous for the highest amount of rainfall in the world.

Living Root bridges of Cherrapunji, India i will do this in my world travels (:

Long ago, the War-Khasis people of Meghalaya in northeastern India began forming the roots of the rubber tree into bridges that would give them passage over the river. The root bridges are extraordinarily strong and because they are alive and still growing, the bridges actually gain strength over time—and some of the ancient root bridges used daily by the people of the villages around Cherrapunji may be well over 500 years old.

12 Most Dark And Mysterious Places On Earth: I want to visit all of them! Living Root Bridge, Meghalaya, India

covered bridge on an old country road. I could live here its so peaceful... ahh :)

Tamil film star of yesteryears, MGR, on the back of a trishaw with the current Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, India who was then an actress.