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Living Root Bridge




Situated at Laitkynsew village, the Umnnoi living root bridge is a 53 ft long bridge. Locally known as 'Jingkieng Deingjri' which means 'bridge of the rubber tree,' this bridge is remarkable in that it is more than a 100 years old.

Root bridges are made by an ingenious technique. The tiny, hair-thin, hanging roots of a particular Banyan tree are intertwined with boughs and twigs and allowed to grow naturally. After a few years the intertwined roots and branches would become strong enough for people to use it as the bridge across the stream. The chief advantage of a root bridge is that it does not get washed away by the strong currents of the rains, but remains permanent and in fact grows stronger year by year.



Updated on 21st October, 2005
District: East Khasi Hills
Location: Laitkynsew    

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