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Trek to Nongriat Village
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Welcome to a place where time seems to slow down, and the bridges themselves become living monuments of patience and dedication. Welcome to the world of living root bridges in Nongriat Village, Meghalaya.

These bridges are a testament to selflessness and sustainability. The locals, who begin constructing these bridges, may never have the chance to walk on them during their lifetime. It takes years for the roots to grow strong enough to form a sturdy bridge. These incredible bridges, made from the roots of rubber trees, represent a labor of love that spans generations. The double-decker living root bridge in Nongriat is a sight that should not be missed.

While there are no motorable roads leading to the village, the adventure of hiking your way through over three thousand stairs through the lush green jungles of Sohra; is an experience in itself. Once you reach Nongriat, it’s time to immerse yourself in the beauty of the forest. You would be staying at a local homestay for two nights and really get a taste of the village life. Our local expert will guide you as you explore the natural pools and waterfalls of Nongriat.

Get ready for an adventure that blends nature, culture, and a deep appreciation for sustainable living.

  • Guided trekking to Nongriat Village and the double-decker living root bridge.
  • Accommodation for two nights in a local homestay in Nongriat Village.
  • Meals including breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the duration of the trek.
  • Exploration of the natural pools, waterfalls, and other living root bridges in Nongriat.
  • Transport arrangements to and from the starting point of the trek.
Things to carry
  • Light and comfortable backpack
  • Sturdy and comfortable hiking shoes or trekking boots with good grip
  • Quick-dry clothing suitable for hiking, including moisture-wicking shirts and pants
  • Rain jacket or poncho
  • Hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • A reusable water bottle
  • Start from Shillong, drive to Sohra, and begin a challenging hike to Nongriat Village, crossing over 3,000 stairs amidst lush green jungles. Check-in at a local homestay for an authentic experience.
  • Spend time resting and soaking in the tranquil offerings of the surrounding forest in Nongriat Village.
  • After breakfast on day 2, embark on a guided tour of Nongriat’s natural attractions, including the renowned double-decker living root bridge and the area’s pristine natural pools and waterfalls.
  • Engage with the friendly locals to learn about the Khasi culture and their unique way of life, enriching your understanding of the region.
  • Conclude the experience by trekking back to the starting point and driving back to Shillong, carrying a heart full of cherished memories.

The trek to Nongriat Village and the famed double-decker living root bridge is an adventure suited for nature enthusiasts, thrill-seekers, and cultural explorers. If you’re passionate about hiking through lush green landscapes, crossing suspension bridges, and discovering hidden gems in the heart of Meghalaya, this journey is perfect for you. It’s an opportunity to immerse yourself in the Khasi culture, marvel at the wonders of nature, and experience the gratification of sustainable practices that have stood the test of time.

  • Embark on a challenging hike involving over three thousand stairs to reach Nongriat Village, a journey necessitated by the absence of motorable roads.
  • Witness the incredible double-decker living root bridge in Nongriat, an awe-inspiring testament to sustainable engineering and communal effort.
  • Immerse yourself in the local ambiance by staying in a cozy, culturally rich homestay in Nongriat Village for two nights.
  • Engage in meaningful interactions with the friendly villagers, gaining insights into the traditional Khasi culture and lifestyle.
  • Take the opportunity to learn directly from the villagers about their customs, traditions, and sustainable practices.
Frequently Asked Questions

How do I reach Nongriat Village?

There are no motorable roads leading to Nongriat Village. The trek starts from a nearby village called Tyrna. You can reach Tyrna by hiring a taxi or using public transportation from Shillong, the capital city of Meghalaya. *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 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 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.

Are there any food options available in Nongriat Village?

Local homestays in Nongriat Village usually provide meals for their guests. The food is typically simple and includes local Khasi cuisine. It’s recommended to inform the homestay in advance about any dietary restrictions or preferences.

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.

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.

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