The Khasi Living Bridges of Meghalaya, India.

One of the very few examples in the world where humans have come up with a successful and natural solution; a way of working with nature to overcome the problems a wild river can cause.


This living in bridge takes generations of the Khasi people to create and will serve them for some 500 years. The roots of the Indian fig (Ficus Benghalensis) are supported on hollowed out betel nut trunks and directed across the river to take root on the opposite bank.


It takes decades of tending before it becomes strong enough to carry people. It takes so long that the people who planted the tree may never see it become the bridge that will carry their decedents across the river. An ultimate sustainable structure, it is one of the many living bridges of Meghalaya in north-eastern India.

  Meghalaya's Living Bridges  

Meghalaya, meaning 'Abode of Clouds', is possibly the wettest place in the world where the bridges must withstand torrents of powerful water during the monsoon. Interestingly, these bridges are built in a matriarchal society. In the Khasi language a tree is masculine, but when it is turned into wood, it becomes feminine. Generally in the Khasi language when something becomes useful, its gender becomes female. The video left is from NDTV india. The picture (above) is with the kind permission of the wonderful photographer Amos Chapple taken in Nongriat, Meghalaya, India.