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* 14 Sep 2021
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Meghalaya’s living root bridges
 These are suspension bridges made by sustained nurturing and entwining roots of a species of Indian rubber trees to form bridges that are firm and strong enough to carry weights. The tribes of Khasis / Jaintias applied various methods to cause the roots to entwine and grow and stretch across river bodies to create firm bridges. Some of bridges are as old as 500 years.  They take upto 15 years to grow and become strong enough for people to cross over. Owing to climate and wetness, some of the roots may decay but more fresh roots entwine to make it even stronger over the years.
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Popular root bridges at Cherrapunjee
Umshiang Double Decker Root Bridge - A double-decker living-root bridge at a height of 2400 feet, it is 3 km long and begins from Village Tyrna Village. Reaching the upper bridge, which is 20 meter long is tough but a worth -it task. Please take note that one needs to be physically fit to reach the upper bridge.

Ummunoi Root Bridges - At a height of 1400 feet, this bridge is 74 m long and is known to be the oldest living bridge of the region. .

Ritymmen Root Bridge - This 30 m long bridge is in Nongthymmai village.

Umkar Root Bridge - This is a short bridge near Village Siej and takes half an hour to walk to and fro on it. Local floods a few years ago had washed away a portion of bridge that is being re-built by the locals. During the monsoon season, a visit to this bridge is even more exciting as a waterfall gushes along the bridge at that time.

Mawsaw Root Bridge - Mawsaw Bridge (steel and root) is located around 20 - 30 minutes walk from the Umshiang bridge.

The Khasi tribe inhabit the eastern part of Meghalaya, in the Khasi and Jaintia Hills. Khasis residing in Jaintia hills are now better known as Jaintias. They are also called Pnars.
The Khasis occupying the northern lowlands and foothills are generally called Bhois. Those who live in the southern tracts are termed Wars.

* 13 Sep 2021
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Shnongpdeng Village is located in Jaintia Hill district near Dawki in the state of Meghalaya, India.
Umgot river is passes by the village which makes it attractive place to visit. The water of the river is absolutely crystal clear & one can easily see the bottom of the river. Boating, Cliff jumping, zip lining, scuba diving are available.

Dawki - a town in West Jaintia Hills district, Meghalaya.
The Umngot River flows through Dawki, a small town in the East Jaintia Hills district near the Indo-Bangladesh border. The best time to visit Doki is from January to May as it is closed for boating in monsoons when the river overflows.
There is a small island in the middle of the Umngot River - a beautiful place filled with rocks in every shape, color and size.
Dawki Bridge, a suspension bridge built over the Umngot river was constructed in 1932 by the British.