The Living Root Bridges are a collection of man-made grown bridges. The Living Root Bridges are Meghalaya's most famous root bridges. The most famous one being the "double-decker" root bridge. The Living Root Bridges are located in Cherrapunji(Sohra), around 54 Kms from Shillong.
The Living Root Bridges are made from rubber tree roots also known as Ficus elastica tree. Some of the root bridges are over 100 feet long and haven taken 10 to 15 years to attain the perfect shape. Once fully grown, these roots last for as long as 500 years.
Deep in the dense tropical forest of Meghalaya, and shrouded in cloud and rain for much of the year, are some astonishing man-made natural wonders known as living root bridges, inventive members of the Khasi tribe have trained them to grow from the roots of ancient rubber trees, native to the northeast region. Visiting the Living Root Bridges is bound to a once in a lifetime experience for visitors.
The root bridges provide a stable alternative to wooden bridges, which decay and get destroyed during the lengthy monsoon seasons. Visitors are free to visit anytime and there are no entry fees as such.