Thursday, April 12, 2018

The root bridge


I just stood there in awe looking at that root bridge. A classic example of the symbiotic relation between humans and nature. 


This bridge is about 180 years old and it is over the Thylong river.  It is worth mentioning here that the four major clans, Khongsar, Khongthohrem, Khongliar and the Nohwet village had a major role to play in the creation of this living root bridge.  You have to go down about 450 steps from the road level to reach the bridge.  


The entry fee to visit the bridge is only ten rupees and it is managed by the Dorbar Shnong Nohwet.  


I noticed that there were volunteers from the village who kept a watch on the bridge. You can walk across the bridge but stopping or taking selfies on the bridge is not allowed. You can see one of the tourists being adamant about clicking a selfie inspite of the volunteer telling him to get off the bridge.    


As seen all over the North East, there are dust bins provided at every possible corner.  


This sign board talks about the dos and donts. 


Looking at it from a different angle, you can see the tree is supporting itself as well as the bridge.



Sustainable living architecture that will live for generations to come.


Walking around the river bed I had a closer look at the life around the river. This guy was waiting for his lunch 


While walking down the steps I heard a lot of chirping sound and finally located one of them. Can’t believe that this little one could create such a racket. 


Clicked one more picture from further down the river.



29 comments:

Anonymous said...

Beautiful. - Anushree Chavan

Shoyeb Shaikh said...

When did you go there Joe. Nice pics.keep on sending such post.
Thanks wish you all the best.

Anonymous said...

Beautifully captured
Cindy

Jenny Woolf said...

What an amazing bridge, I have never hard of it or of the places near it. I am glad the villagers take such an interest. Selfies, never seen anything so stupid.... Interesting post. Thanks!

Andrew said...

Very impressive and rather amazing that it is 180 years old.

Anonymous said...

Joe, thank you so much. I am touring around the world free of cost :-) Interesting. Beautifully captured. - Linda Marcedo

Anvilcloud said...

This is kind of awesome.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Joe. You are a blessing.... so much exposure and detailed explanation. Your captures are indeed amazing. The root bridge is my favourite, love to have a feel and cross over. No selfie for sure - Johnny Marcedo

Patsy Irene said...

What an amazing natural structure! Thank you for sharing. I have never heard of a root bridge before!

Michelle said...

This is amazing. I have never seen anything like it.

Ella said...

Wow! That is an amazing bridge!
I am not afraid of the spin, but the little "smooth criminal" kan be very cruel.
Thank you for sharing!

padmaja said...

Just stunning!

Lisa Isabella Russo said...

Wow, that bridge is amazing, I didn't even know such a thing could exist in real life! The little critter you found is also beautiful.

Tom said...

...WOW! Is this made use Ficus trees? In Maui there is a HUGE Ficus (Banyan tree) that takes up an entire city block. Thank for sharing!

Lorraine said...

I love that first picture with the reflections in the water framed by the root bridge. Beautiful impromptu staging.

Val Ewing said...

I've never seen or heard of anything like this! Fantastic.

DUTA said...

That's a very special kind of bridge - a classic example, indeed, of Nature-Human connection.
It seems it is very carefully taken care of both by the villagers and the Management.
Your pictures are awsome!

David Gascoigne said...

Really interesting structure. It is amazing how some tourists cannot respect the most simple of instructions. I hope they fined the idiot heavily.

Haddock said...

Unfortunately that is the sad part. Punishment in India is not prompt and befitting the crime.

Julia said...

Wow, that's some interesting bridge. Nature is just so amazing.
Thanks for the visit and comment.
Julia

DMS said...

Root bridges are amazing. Love seeing how amazing nature is. :)
~Jess

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

What an interesting formation -- nature does the most amazing things!!

Jeannette said...

Hello Joe...what very good photos of such a cultural and natural treasure!

Anonymous said...

Hi, Joe,
Nice pictures of a bridge created by using tree roots.
It seems you travel a lot and of course click nice and informative pictures.
This gives us (who travels less) lot of information about places which we may not visit.
We visit and enjoy these places through you.
Keep it up.
All the best.
R P Madiwale

Ravi Pankha said...

Fantastic to see even picture of the bridge. U must have enjoyed the natures creation. Thanks Joe for superb photos.

Rachel said...

Gorgeous pictures, Haddock! Although, the spider scares me! I'm terrified of spiders! Thanks for sharing your amazing trip! :)

Nas said...

Awesome photos. Sounds such a wonderful trip!

Anonymous said...

Truly impressive, Joe! Thanks for sharing! - Almerindo Lana

Radha said...

Another place to visit on my bucket list. Thank you for the lovely pictures of your trip.