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“Turned back at first/single bridge”

Double Decker Living Root Bridge
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“Turned back at first/single bridge”
Reviewed December 10, 2013

With a large family group of big and small, young and old, only my oldest son and I decided to make the trek to see the bridges. We started at the end of a dead end road after passing the visitors center bridge and viewing areas. We trekked down many slab stone and concrete steps, apparently reported to be approximately 3600, to a small village of maybe a half a dozen to one dozen homes leaving a donation in a wooden box as we passed. Not far from this point my son and I found what another visitor's post below describes as possibly the diversion bridge. It was smaller in span than the other bridges pictured in this page. While not the double decker bridge, my son and I were amazed by its beauty and the view of a wonderfully clear pool fed by a beautiful adjacent water fall. The vine bridge was thin at the bottom with only thin strips of bark at the footing path, roots from trees on opposite sides of river intertwined and growing together. In the horizon above and beyond the waterfall, there was just enough room to see three hundred foot water falls far off in the distance. We had to turn back to regroup with family who had turned back earlier. We never made it to double bridge. Maybe next time. Batteries ran out in the camera on the way down the steps as I took way too many on the way down there. Huge caterpillars and black and vibrant blue butterflies abundant.

I would make this trek again if in Shillong, just to see this single bridge,....and we didn't even make it to the double bridge. My son and I will share the memory forever. Whether we ever get back there again, possibly with my wife and youngest son, is the question. Would hope to.

Bill (California, USA)

Visited January 2013
7 Thank William S
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“Tiring trek Amazing result”
Reviewed December 3, 2013

please do not undertake this trek unless you are comfortable walking close to 3000 steps. Its a long walk down and an equally longer walk up, taking almost double the time to climb up.

now that the statutory warning has been given, let me tell you what you can expect in this trek:
1.butterflies circling you as you climb up/down
2. lots of spider webs and really large spiders
3. bird calls
4.khasi villages hidden away
5. of course the living root bridges
6 quaint stream

there are 2 root bridges, in this trek to nongriat village, once you climb down the initial steps you will get to a notification stating single root bridge, please take that as the first destination, it is totally worth it as you can marvel at this natural /manmade creation and also spend time relaxing in the stream flowing beneath

post the single root bridge , commence your walk down to the double root bridges ,to the village of nongriat, you will pass 2 manmade hanging bridges in the way, the walk is well worth it, since the double root bridges are actually something to behold . There are couple of eating joints nearby in the village as well as stay options, should you choose to avail of them.

it is a one day affair if you want to take it slow and return back to sohora post that. carry drinking water and some chocolates as the case is in every trek.

Visited November 2013
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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“A bridge through the jungle”
Reviewed November 28, 2013

It was a splendid experience reaching this living root bridge through the forest and also loved the hike during return. It made of roots and it is surprisingly rock solid. A small steam of water flows under the bridge with lovely sound.

Visited March 2013
5 Thank sugamghosh
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed November 20, 2013

Must visit, plan accordingly so that you carry a pair of extra clothes to enjoy some time in the natural pools. Better if you plan to stay there for a day. Carry a camera only if you are so much of a picture freak. If you are in a group, carry just one camera.
You can stay at the nongriat guest house about 50 meters away from the double decker root bridge.

There is nothing to dislike here, do not make a mess of this place from your end. And do it ASAP before the place is made more accessible with a better road or anything else.

And if you wish to be connected on mobile etc.. make sure you have a BSNL/ Aircel or Reliance connection.

Visited October 2013
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“A truly amazing and rewarding experience”
Reviewed November 16, 2013

6000 steps takes you there and back! You can do it on your own but it is more rewarding going with a local guide who can tell you the history, point out the flora, and provide anecdotes of the area. I only spent a few hours but I would recommend that you stay over in the village at the little Rest House - support the locals - and really experience life in this, the wettest place on earth. The Khasi people are friendly and humble.

Visited November 2013
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