KHASIS & THE LIVING ROOT BRIDGES
The highlight of this trip will be your visit to the living root bridges of Cherrapunji, which are a sustainable architecture marvel. Made from the roots of the Ficus Elastica tree, the War-Khasi, a tribe in Meghalaya, long ago noticed this tree and saw in its powerful roots, an opportunity to easily cross the area’s many rivers. Now, whenever and wherever the need arises, they simply grow their bridges.
The root bridges, some of which are over a hundred feet long, take ten to fifteen years to become fully functional, but they’re extraordinarily strong – strong enough that some of them can support the weight of fifty or more people at a time. Because they are alive and still growing, the bridges actually gain strength over time – and some of the ancient root bridges used daily by the people of the villages around Cherrapunji may be well over five hundred years old. Adding to the charm is Cherrapunji, which is credited as being the wettest place on earth.
In this trip you will get a chance to trek to these bridges and meet the local tribes who have built these incredible structures. You also get to see the cleanest village of Asia and stay in a tree house. The third highest waterfall of India is also located in Cherrapunji and is a treat for the wandering eyes.
By then end, you would have discovered a world from the pages of a Tolkien novel.
- Visit the wettest and the rainiest place of planet earth.
- Go trekking to see the living root bridges, a sustainable architecture marvel.
- Interact with local tribes and understand about their culture.
- Visit Mawlynnong, which is the cleanest village in all of Asia.
- Stay in a tree house.
- Witness the beauty of the pristine green valleys of the Khasi Hills.
Throughout the year.
Minimum persons required - 1
Upon arrival at Guwahati Airport, leave for Cherrapunjee (3 hours). For the coming few days, you will halt at an Eco-friendly guest house, run by a very hospitable couple.
After a late breakfast, you will leave for a sightseeing tour of Cherrapunji. Visit waterfalls, eco-park and caves. Evening will be free to relax. Bonfire can be arranged on request.
After breakfast, embark on a 3-4 housr trek to the living root bridges of Umunoi, a brilliant example of symbiotic living between man and nature.
After breakfast, go for a long 5 hour trek to see the double-decker living root bridge, the most brilliant of all the living bridges found in the world.
Today, you will go for a three hour trek to a warm natural pool and an angling spot. Indulge in pleasures of fishing. A little campfire will be lit where the food will be prepared. Evening relax by the bonfire.
Whole day will be free to relax, indulge in a bird watching or perhaps, visit some of the nearby villages. By late afternoon, you will leave for Mawlynnong (2-3 hour drive). Halt at the village tree house.
Spend the day exploring the fascinating village of Mawlynnong, which is the cleanest village of Asia. Meet the local tribal people and learn about their culture.
Leave for Guwahati (3-4 hours) for a flight back home. Tour ends.
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