Trek to Nongriat Village- Home to stunning waterfalls, pools and the famed double-decker living root bridge

The practice of making a living root bridge is one of the finest examples of selfless and sustainable thinking. This can be said from the fact that the people who start building these bridges across the streams and rivers never get to actually use the bridge in their lifetime owing to the time it takes for the roots to form into a bridge strong enough to be walked on.

These bridges are made from the roots of the rubber tree and the double-decker living root bridge found in Nongriat is a sight that should not be missed when in the region. However, there are no motorable roads leading to the destination and the hike to this village is no easy one. Tread past over three thousand stairs as you make your way to this magical village hidden amidst the lush green jungles of Sohra. Once there, stay at a local homestay for two night as you immerse yourself in the offerings of the forest. Once you are done exploring the natural pools and waterfalls of Nongriat with our local expert, we guarantee that you will hold this village very close to your heart for years to come.

Where is the double decker living root bridge in Meghalaya?

The root bridges are located in Nongriat village in the East Khasi Hills, since the village is located deep in the jungle, the only way to get there is to hike from Tyrna village.

Where is Tyrna village located?

Tyrna village is a 20-30 minute drive away from Sohra (Cherrapunjee).

How much does it cost to take a taxi from Sohra to Tyrna village?

It costs around 400-500 INR to take a taxi from Sohra to Tyrna village, where you can begin your hike to the double decker root bridge. Since the trek takes nearly an entire day, there are rarely any taxis to take to back to Sohra.

How should I plan my hike to the double decker living root bridge?

The best way is to stay the night at Nongriat Village. The trek from Nongriat to the double decker root bridge is 3000 steps each way. Hence, dividing your journey into two days makes the trip more enjoyable, and you get enough time to spend admiring the stories of succession of the living root bridges.

What are the things I should carry for the double decker living root bridge trek?

A large reusable water bottle, spare set of clothes, good shoes, extra socks, an overnight bag, and a garbage bag are the few things that you must carry to be a prepared and responsible traveler.

What are the things I should not carry for the double decker living root bridge trek?

Single use plastic bottles, soft drinks, chips, chocolates, and other forms of single use plastic are few things you should avoid bringing during trek.

How many living root bridges are alive in Meghalaya?

There are approximately 100 or so known living root bridges across different villages. Some of the most popular of these living root bridges are in Nongriat, Cherrapunji, Nongbareh, Mawkyrnot, and other nearby locations.

What should I do after I reach the living root bridges?

  • Soak your feet in the cool water and let the fishes nibble away your on aching feet.
  • Let it sink in that you are witnessing a natural manmade architectural marvel.
  • Admire the fact that these root bridges are built by people who never got to use them. All root bridges are built for the future generation, as they take a long time to build.
  • Document your experience and tag us on Instagram.
  • How are living root bridges made?

    A living root bridges are made by the Khasi and Jaintia tribes, who have mastered the art of wrapping thick roots together to form structures. They are formed by guiding the pliable roots of the rubber fig tree across a stream or river, and then allowing the roots to grow and strengthen over time until they can hold the weight of a human being.

    How old is the tradition of making living root bridges?

    The art of building the living root bridges is over two and a half centuries old. Once these bridges are made, they are said to last for around 500 years.

    How difficult is double-decker Root Bridge trek?

    The trek is not recommended for the faint hearted. It’s an offbeat trek which takes at least 2 hrs. one way.

    How far is rainbow falls from double decker Root Bridge in Nongriat?

    The rainbow falls is a 5-6 kilometers hike from the double decker root bridge.

    Is the trek worth the effort?

    Absolutely! Your feet will ache, but it’s definitely worth the experience, as you will cherish these moments forever.

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