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Getting an Indian Visa to See the Living Bridges of Cherrapunji

by David | October 3rd, 2010

Usually, architects and construction workers build bridges, not gardeners. However, in India’s Cherrapunji region, it’s actually a little bit of both. Like something ripped from the pages of Tolkien, the War-Khasis tribe grows living bridges from the roots of the Ficus elastica rubber tree. (via Treehugger)

Although the bridges take time to grow, once they are finished they are quite strong, and they gain strength as they get older and the roots get stronger. To create the bridges, the War-Khasis plant a tree and then uses hollow tree trunks to direct the spread of the roots as the tree goes. When the tree roots reach the other side of the river, they dig themselves into the shore and cling to it with a vengeance. Some of these bridges span more than 100 feet and are over 500 years old. There’s even a double-decker tree bridge!

You can visit these amazing living bridges-in fact, the potential for tourism is what kept the tribe from tearing them down and replacing them with something more modern. According to, the best time to visit this part of India is in the dry season, from March to July. You will need both a valid passport and an Indian visa. Indian visas must be issued before you travel-you will not be allowed to apply for one on arrival. For more information on what is required, see Indian Visa Requirements for Tourists.

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