Incredible 500 Year Old “Living” Root Bridges in India

Living Root Bridges

The living root bridges of Cherrapunjee, India are made of real live rubber tree roots (Ficus elastica). Native people have developed a method of using the root systems of these massive trees to create a beautiful “root bridge” which spans rivers. The ingenuity and time to create something of this magnitude is astronomical. The double bridge is thought to be some 500 years old.
Living Root Bridges

Root Bridges of Cherrapunjee

Root Bridges

 

Root Bridges

Root Bridges

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