India’s living root bridges are both practical and beautiful (Photos)
BY: JESSICA BEUKER
Meghalaya or “the abode of clouds,” in Northeast India is almost entirely covered in a beautiful lush forest that boasts an incredible biodiversity of mammals, birds and plants.
Between the tall green mountains and the low tropical jungle, you’ll find a peculiar thing – India’s living root bridges.
According to The Huffington Post, the root bridges were invented by the indigenous Khasi tribe, and handmade by shaping the roots of young rubber trees.
The process itself can take years, and it takes about two decades for the bridges to be usable. Once they are, however, they can stretch longer than 100 ft. and hold more than 50 people.
Unlike any other type of bridge, these bridges are alive and therefore continue to grow and get stronger over time. The bridges can last for anywhere between 400 and 600 years, making them suitable for future generations to come.